Claiming that the unknown is unknowable is claiming to know the unknown

“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.

Gita wisdom furnishes us with knowledge of God in his sweetest manifestation as Krishna. This knowledge is not meant to be merely an anthology of textual statements. Rather, it is a symphony of transformational realizations that begins only when we cultivate devotion for Krishna, as the Bhagavad-gita asserts (18.55: bhaktya mam abhijananti). The more we render devotional service to Krishna, the more he progressively reveals his unlimited glory to us. With every passing day, Krishna, the supreme unknown, becomes increasingly, deliciously known. And yet, because he is infinite, he remains tantalizingly, everlastingly unknown.

Krishna’s self-revelation as an enchanting blend of known-unknown makes the life of loving him an eternal adventure of exhilarating ecstasy.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18 Text 55

“One can understand Me as I am, as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, only by devotional service. And when one is in full consciousness of Me by such devotion, he can enter into the kingdom of God.”


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