What if one went to search for a Biclaudapus on the top of a high mountain? Does one not find it because it is too small? Or is it that it is so well camouflaged it evades one’s observation? Indeed, how does one find what one does not already know? How does one recognize that which one does not have some preconceived notion of in mind? How would it be recognized?
When one says they are looking for God, what does that mean? Ultimate being is clearly beyond the domain of our natural physical senses. Is the awareness of God like the unbounded emptiness, a meaning that eludes the limited forms comprehensible by our consciousness’ constructs. What if God has no form to present? Why would God have any form? Yet, as the Psalmist wrote, “…is the maker of the ear unable to hear, is the maker of the eye unable to see…”1? Then one may ask, is the maker of that which is aware, aware as well?
If the awareness of the Milky Way’s presence, or the awareness of the sea of billions of neutrinos passing through one’s body every second, or if the awareness of the teeming population of bacteria and microscopes that cover our bodies, and even the awareness that your roof is leaking – it has just not yet dripped down on you- if all these things escape one’s notice, should one really expect is be aware of God? Some may say God does not exist – as it they could possibly know that – because some preconceived notion did not work for them.
Searching with great diligence and with the utmost sincerity, if one insists on looking for an orange tree on the top of the highest mountain, one will not find what one seeks though one seek for a lifetime. Is that a failure for lack of purity or even good deeds? Does that failure prove the orange tree does not exist?
This is searching for a thing we know of, but searching incorrectly. If we truly understood the orange tree we would not have looked for it on a mountaintop. Clearly then one must search correctly, but then again, how does one search for something that one does not know.
The air one breathes, though it is all around us and we breath it every instant of our life, is not felt, seen or tasted and is completely forgotten until it is missed. Though gravity holds us down to the Earth securely while it permeates the Universe, if we were to look for it we would not be able to point to it and say, there it is. The Milk Way galaxy is all about us, its immense mass and extent engulfs our existence all while we are unaware of it. We do not detect these things, thought they pervade our existence. We may think about them when someone tells us these things exist, but they are completely taken for granted otherwise because the direct perception of these things escapes the operations of our immediately life.
One may say, we created scientific instruments that detect and measure these things. We have scientific theories and physical laws that explain these things and behaviors, therefore we know these things exist as demonstrated through our science and instruments. We have religions, rituals, and many dogmas. Does one know God through those traditions?
Look into the emptiness of one’s inner most being, between the thoughts; forget the self. Then consider, is that truly empty?
- Ps 94:9 ↩