If You Understand God, You Have Failed

Self-realization—the doorway to enlightenment—comes when you know through direct contact with God that you are one with divine consciousness in body, mind, and spirit. This exalted state of conscious unity with the divine cannot be explained; it can only be experienced.

Words end where truth begins.
Various scriptures

Humbly acknowledging that God is beyond knowing does not alter your conviction—you know that you know God.

Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.
Kahlil Gibran

The paradox is that even when you know that you know God, you know that you do not know God.

God is not what you imagine or what you think you understand. If you understand, you have failed.Saint Augustine

Claiming that you know God implies that you understand God and, by extension, God’s plan for you. The best that you can hope for is to experience the peace beyond all understanding that comes from feeling God’s loving presence in every moment.

I say to mankind, Be not curious about God. For I, who am curious about each, am not curious about God—I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least.
Walt Whitman


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2 Responses to “If You Understand God, You Have Failed”

  1. Aarón Says:

    I understand you perfectly.

    Since I was born I have had many experiences that I’ve always kept to myself warily. Then I started to tell my grandmother, another sensitive person like me and I also sincerely with those who lived these experiences with me and puzzled …. My great uncertainty is to understand why since I was a kid I always knew where I came from before birth. Why I always knew and felt this enormous presence that accompanied me everywhere and why, when closer to the people I was, I felt more alone and when I was alone I felt closer than ever. Therefore, when I went alone in the nature I felt connected with everything around me. I felt everything around me was alive, pulsating as a heart connection to all, including me. Is like a vibration in the soul, a vibration that is felt when we are in love or when we help someone. That to me was, is, God.
    Years later, at 16 exactly, I had a great experience where I was and saw what I always felt as a child, where I was before birth, that extraordinary, peaceful, full and pure light where I experienced some feelings that would be as infinite impossible to explain with words. My connection in this life with that”place”has always been so strong that even a child, I was able to feel and sense, because all is one, although apparently we seem that everything is individual.
    I understand that many people do not understand what I mean by the prospect they have. It’s something to be lived to know.

    For all that, I can understand what you transmit. I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels that connection with all.


  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    You are truly blessed, Aaron, to feel what you feel so acutely. Most people who know what you know only know it intellectually and experience it only rarely.

    There is nothing to fear and nothing to hide. Perhaps you are meant to share your experience with others, as you are doing here.

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