The lower cannot comprehend the higher. The lower can only surrender to the higher. Not able to understand God isn’t ignorance. Attempting to understand God is ignorance. There is a difference between knowing God and knowing about God. Knowing God is an absolute experience. Knowing about God is purely intellectual. God isn’t something to be understood. God is to be felt. God is a matter of the heart.
Feelings are the doors to divine experiences. Gratitude, love, devotion, surrender and faith are all in the feeling domain. “When intelligence matures and lodges securely in the mind, it becomes wisdom. When wisdom is integrated with life and issues out in action, it becomes bhakti. Knowledge, when it becomes fully mature is bhakti. If it does not get transformed into bhakti, such knowledge is useless. So, the master key to spiritual connect‐feeling….(Bhaava)….
God can neither be defined nor confined. Though the word ‘mother’ represents motherhood, my mother alone is my mother. Similarly, while the word ‘God’ represents that Universal Cosmic Presence, yet my god is my god. My God is absolutely personal to me. So is your God, absolutely personal to you. Her Krishna is different from His Krishna. Together we can recite the God’s name, and yet, what it means to each one of us will remain absolutely personal.
By agreeing that God is omnipresent, which means present everywhere, we agree God cannot be bottled into time and space. Then God cannot be a person. A person is within the limitations of time, space, bone and flesh. God can only be a presence. Then, God cannot be perceived through the senses, like how we perceive material. However, God, as a presence, can always be felt everywhere, in everything, every time. Nobody explained ‘Feeling Thy Presence’ better than Bharathiyar, when he described, “All my senses are thy manifestations. Crow’s feather thy black; the trees thy green; the sounds thy rhyme; the burning flame yields me the pleasure of touching thee.
In anything and everything I perceive, I feel thy presence.” God is a lingering presence and not a material object confined to some space. Much after you leave the altar of your worship, continue to feel the formless presence of the fragrance of your God, in you, around you, with you and within you.
The disciple asked, “Where is God?” The Master replied, “Where is he not?” When asked, “When are you with Him?” When am I not with Him!”