Sunday, May 22, 2011

The highest knowledge of God

Artist: Caspar David Friedrich

I found the works of Anthony de Mello in the early nineties, I'd say, and I'm so glad I did. Here's something he said about the limits of conceptual thought:

"Wouldn't it be wonderful if we had a world where everybody said, 'We don't know?' The fact is that you're surrounded by God and you don't see God, because you KNOW ABOUT God. The final barrier to the vision of God is your God concept. You miss God because you think you know. The highest knowledge of God is to know God as unknowable. All revelations, however divine, are never any more than a finger pointing at the moon. As we say in the East, 'When the sage points to the moon, all the idiot sees is the finger'."


  1. me too.
    annie c

  2. How many times can I thank you?? Yes, yet again--thank you!


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