Re: My Father's Soulful Response
Thank you so much for your postings, particularly this one. What a
wonderful analogy the story of the little girl trying to fit the sea
into her thimble is- I'm so glad you shared it!
--- 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
> for me. Calmly, I tore the pages, with an inner feeling ofcertainty
> and peacefulness.always was."
> 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
> This seemed impossible to me. I could not fathom something or
> without a beginning! So I said: "But dad, everything is born! Howcan
> God be without being born?"He
> He smiled gently and repeated: "God always was and always will be.
> is eternal."came
> I spent days and weeks trying to imagine how God was born, how He
> into existence, for my feeble mind could not comprehend a beingthat
> was not born. Surely God must have started being at some point!whole
> So my imagination provided the solution! Of course! Since this
> idea of God not being born sounded so magical, my mind's solutionwas
> to imagine that one day a magician, who had a show by the side ofthe
> road, pulled God out of a hat! Problem solved! God was born bymagic!
> 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
> trying to understand God with his mind! So one day he is walking ona
> the beach, when he sees a little girl trying to fit the ocean into
> He approached her and said: "Oh girl, do not be foolish! Can you
> see that you cannot fit the ocean into a thimble? It is too small!"into
> The little girl responded: "In the same way, you cannot fit God
> your mind. It is too small!" And then the little girl disappeared.