Tao and God
It’s been a bit of a journey to get to this point. I’ve been religious and also an Atheist. Now my own position is a recognition that we have been arguing about things that are very likely not intellectually knowable or answerable.
People have been arguing about matters of religion and suchlike since before the Buddha’s time, 2600 years ago. Fast forward to now, oh look, the arguments are still going on. If matters of God, the soul and the afterlife were answerable, don’t you think we’d have answered them in two and a half millennia? In my view, people spend a lot of time searching for the truth. We shine our light in search of answers, not realising that what we see are mostly shadows cast by our own preconceptions. Sometimes, we see our own shadow when we get in the way of the light and we call it “God”. The problem is we get a fixation on the shadows and paraphernalia. We have wise people throughout history pointing out a whole wonderful universe to us, we spend our time obsessing about them and their beliefs. We have a finger pointing at a stunning view of the world, but we stare fixedly at the finger, not the world.
I think that the only word for what there is, is Tao. You cannot really know it, define it or reason it. It’s best approached in an intuitive way and is certainly not a god as commonly understood. It’s a force that’s subtle and all pervading, all things are part of it and abide by it and in it. All of our scientific discoveries are merely us shining a light on part of it’s splendour, as for our spiritual knowledge this is also the case. But in truth, there is so much more to discover and our chief danger is to take the little we know and think that it’s everything.
I am reminded of the words of Hamlet to Horatio:
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”