19954Re: My Father's Soulful Response
- Apr 28, 2007Great story Kamalakanta.
I never personally felt the calling of the priesthood, but I did try
for a while, unsuccessfully, to fit God into my mind.
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, kamalakanta47
> When I was a child, I was an altarboy, and by 11 I wanted to be a
> priest. However, when, at age 11, I sent away for and received the
> papers to apply for a seminary, an inner voice told me that it was not
> for me. Calmly, I tore the pages, with an inner feeling of certainty
> and peacefulness.
> One day, I asked my father: "Dad, when was God born?"
> My father, very pleased that I had asked a spiritual question,
> answered very peacefully: "My child, God was never born. God always
> This seemed impossible to me. I could not fathom something or someone
> without a beginning! So I said: "But dad, everything is born! How can
> God be without being born?"
> He smiled gently and repeated: "God always was and always will be. He
> is eternal."
> I spent days and weeks trying to imagine how God was born, how He came
> into existence, for my feeble mind could not comprehend a being that
> was not born. Surely God must have started being at some point!
> So my imagination provided the solution! Of course! Since this whole
> idea of God not being born sounded so magical, my mind's solution was
> to imagine that one day a magician, who had a show by the side of the
> road, pulled God out of a hat! Problem solved! God was born by magic!
> Years later, I either heard or read the story about one of St.
> Augustine's experiences. He was trying to understand God. Before he
> had his spiritual experiences, St. Augustine was an agnostic! He kept
> trying to understand God with his mind! So one day he is walking on
> the beach, when he sees a little girl trying to fit the ocean into a
> He approached her and said: "Oh girl, do not be foolish! Can you not
> see that you cannot fit the ocean into a thimble? It is too small!"
> The little girl responded: "In the same way, you cannot fit God into
> your mind. It is too small!" And then the little girl disappeared.
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