An ideal is beyond explanation

Super User

To analyse God is to dethrone God

Belief is like a staircase. Each step takes one higher, but when one remains standing on a certain step of the staircase one does not progress. Belief may nail the feet to the ground and keep one there ... standing on a certain spot on a staircase. As a person evolves so his belief evolves, until he comes to that stage where he harmonizes with all the different beliefs, where he is no longer against any belief. Then he is not nailed down any more; he is above all the different beliefs. Very often a person says, 'I cannot understand what God is. Can you explain God to me? But if God were to be explained He would not be God. To explain God is to dethrone God.

God apart, can one explain anything fine and subtle such as gratitude, love, or devotion, in words? How much can be explained? Words are too inadequate to explain great feelings, so how can God be explained in words?



However religious or pious, he cannot explain God; not even a mystic or philosopher can explain Him. The ideal of God is the first lesson that must be learnt; and it cannot be learnt by analysis. Therefore the intellectual mind which seeks for an analysis of God is always sure to be disappointed. The philosopher spoke truly when he said, 'To analyze God is to dethrone God.' Analysis can never portray even the ideal of God. That is why every messenger, Muhammad, Christ, Moses, Abraham, emphasized the one word: faith. ...  It is the same with every ideal, even with the ideal of God. An ideal is beyond explanation.

Seeking

Super User

On Seeking

If you are seeking, seek us with joy
For we live in the kingdom of joy.
Do not give your heart to anything else
But to the love of those who are clear joy,
Do not stray into the neighbourhood of despair.
For there are hopes: they are real, they exist --
Do not go in the direction of darkness --
I tell you: suns exist.

- Jalal-ud-Din Rumi

Commentary

Follow your urge to seek
Follow it into the light
Follow it with Joy
Follow it wherever it leads
The path will fork and fork again
Along its way
Sometimes it shall be a mighty road
At others barely discernable
You shall need to learn the skills
Of the Spiritual Ranger
To follow its many twists and turns
To choose the right fork
But always remember this:
There is not only one way
Each soul has his own 
And what is most important
Is to discern your nature
And be true; sincere
For within each soul
As sure as the Sun is light
Lies the secret of the way;
An answer to your urge
Sometimes a glowing sign
Sometimes a silent whisper
Sometimes in certainty and joy
Sometimes in doubt and despair
I cannot tell you where to go
Or of where you shall be travelling
Nor yet how to get there
But take fortitude in my words
And set out into the light
With joy.


The Truth About Death and Birth

Super User

Ever since Gilgamesh, we have been deeply troubled by - and sought to understand - the nature of death.  We fear our own deaths, and we grieve over the deaths of those we love.  We fear and we hate Death.  Seemingly we shall never conquer or master this fiend.   Yet not all is lost... indeed much less is lost than is gained!   

Mastering Death

Dying is this: when there is a fruit or something sweet and good to taste, the child comes to its mother and says, 'Will you give it to me?' Although it would have given pleasure to the mother to eat it, she gives it to the child. The eating of it by the child is enjoyed by the mother. That is death. She enjoys her life in the joy of another. Those who rejoice in the joy of another, though at their own expense, have taken the first step towards true life. ... If we enjoy a beautiful thing so much that we would like to have it, and then give that joy to another, enjoying it through his experience, we are dead. That is our death. Yet, we live more than he. Our life is much vaster, deeper, greater.

Seemingly it is a renunciation, an annihilation, but in truth it is a mastery. The real meaning of crucifixion is to crucify this false self, and so resurrect the true self. As long as the false self is not crucified, the true self is still not realized. By Sufis it is called Fana, annihilation. All the attempts made by true sages and seekers after real truth are for the one aim of attaining to everlasting life.