Thursday, June 21, 2007

God Alone

Today, again, I'm selecting a powerful quote from Reality that, in no uncertain terms, stresses the Glory and Inscrutability of God.

When I was a young man, I was a fairly bothersome know-it-all.

Now that I'm in my sixties and facing the most debilitating health challenges of my life, I'm much more tractable, more willing to let others' lack of knowledge slide, and question myself closely about whether I really do know what I think I know.

I'll attempt to summarize the following eloquent quote in a few words: I am far above a rock in development and complexity. God is so much farther above me than I am above the rock that it's near silly to even try to contemplate by how much...

"The Essence of the Divine Entity and the Unseen of the unseen is holy above imagination and is beyond thought. Consciousness doth not reach It. Within the capacity of comprehension of a produced (or created) reality that Ancient Reality cannot be contained. It is a different world; from it there is no information; arrival thereat is impossible; attainment thereto is prohibited and inaccessible. This much is known: It exists and Its existence is certain and proven— but the condition is unknown. All the philosophers and the doctors know that It is, but they were perplexed in the comprehension of Its existence and were at last discouraged, and in great despair they left this world. For the comprehension of the condition and mysteries of that Reality of realities and Mystery of mysteries there is need for another power and another sense. That power and sense is not possessed by mankind, therefore they have not found any information."

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, in the compilation Japan Will Turn Ablaze, "Tablet of
‘Abdu’l-Bahá to Mr. Kanichi Yamamoto", p. 23

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