Claiming that the unknown is unknowable is claiming to know the unknown(Gita Daily)

Published on Mar 24, 2014

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18, Text 55

“God is so great that we tiny creatures can never know him.” So claim some people.

At first sight, this position seems reasonable and even humble. However, it neglects the reality that God is so great that he transcends not only affirmation, but also negation. We can neither know what he is nor, what he is not. The statement that he is unknown to us reflects our humility. However, the statement that he is unknowable to us indicates that we are overstepping beyond humility to claim unwarrantedly that we know him in the sense that we know that he is unknowable.

True, we cannot know God by our own efforts. But the claim that we can never know him minimizes his potency; it makes him impotent to reveal himself to us. He is so great that he can enable even us finite beings to know his infinite glories. Of course, we can never know him in full, but we can know him enough to fall completely in love with him.

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