Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Defining God

By A. Devia
To put a name, a word, to the source of all life is to limit it.  To give it a picture is only slightly less limiting.  But to explain something without words, without pictures is to withhold from the world something great.

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Verse 1- Tao is both Named and Nameless, As Nameless, it is the origin of all things, As Named, it is the mother of all things.

A Rose By Any Other Name is Still a Rose

A gentleman doing missionary work came to my door wanting to speak with me about the “One True God.”  I pointed to an object in the yard and asked “My dear sir, what do you call that rather large object out there?”  He looked very confused and answered “a tree.”

“What if a woman came along and said ‘No, that is an Oak and that over there is a Pine and that one over there is a Maple.’ Would that mean your answer is incorrect?”  The man just stared at me for a moment and then went back to his rehearsed speech, but I interrupted asking, “What if I tell you that, yes the large object out there is a tree but what is really important is that it is a living being?”  I, then having said all I felt needed to be said, bid the man a good day and closed the door.

Many have tried to explain it.  With many faces it has been seen, by many names it is known, God, Lord, Creator, Great Spirit, Allah, Jehovah, Tao, The All, etc.  But it is all the same.  It is the source from which we come, the place to which we return, it is the idea we never stop becoming.  It is limitless, unknown, unknowable.  To name is to limit. 

The Name of Tao

Me-You-The Tree
Emptiness that is Full
Unknown- Unknowable


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