An ideal is beyond explanation

January 11, 2014 Comments Off on An ideal is beyond explanation

An ideal is beyond explanation. To analyze God is to dethrone God.

Bowl of Saki, January 10, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

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?


Since to analyze God means to dethrone God, the less said on the subject the better. … Everyone has his own imagination of God. It is best if everyone is left to his own imagination.


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.



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