Why we cannot know God with our mind | Limitation of mind in knowing God

Why we cannot know God with our mind | Limitation of mind in knowing God


The Vedas are telling us, you cannot know
him. Why can we not know him? Let’s find out. What is the problem with him? The
problem is not with him. The problem is with us, the knower. What is the problem with us? Our instruments of knowledge are defective How do we know anything? Supposing I lift this up and say what is this ? You will immediately say, “Swamiji, it’s a
wristwatch.” But how did you come to know? that it’s a wristwatch. “I saw with my
eyes.” Did the eyes come to know? Eyes cannot know. The eyes only gather the
light and pass it to the mind. The mind reads, this is the shape, this is the
color, this is the texture, this is the size. The mind also doesn’t make a
decision. It passes that data to the intellect and the intellect compares oh
it’s a similar thing that is on my wrist. I’ve seen it thousands of times. it’s a
wristwatch, tell him. The intellect instructs the mind, the mind instructs
the mouth, and you speak up, “Swamiji, it’s a wristwatch”. So how did you get
knowledge of this? With the senses, the mind and the intellect. These three are
the instruments of knowledge. Any knowledge you want will be through the
senses, mind and intellect. An ant will gather knowledge like that and
saraswathi, Brihaspati will gather knowledge like that. So if you want
knowledge of God, you will have to use your senses, mind and intellect. Now, the
problem is our senses mind and intellect are material. They are made out of the
material energy Maya, and God is not material, He is divine. He is beyond Maya
(Ramayan verse) So that divine God, our
senses mind and intellect cannot reach. Let me give you an example. You know, I
completed my schooling, my last few years, I was studying in Delhi.
So in those days, there was a tradition that before the first beginning of the school all the children would gather in the
assembly yard. and then the principal would address them. So, occasionally he
would get some VIP to inspire every month. Now I was studying in grade five
at that time .You know India was still developing, so the education level was
less and many of the ministers were quite less educated. On this day, the
principal got some Mantriji (Minister) to the school. So the mantri (minister) came and he asked us the question, the price of potatoes is ten rupees a kilo, tell me what is my age? We were all
confused, the price of potatoes is ten rupees a kilo and what is the age of the
minister? There was no formula that we had taught, we try to remember what did
we learn physics, chemistry, mathematics. Now no answer was coming, the minister
got annoyed. He looked at the principal, “what have you taught them?” So again he
asked in a louder voice, “the price of potatoes is ten rupees a kilo,
what is my age?” Now the principal was getting worried. If this Minister gets
annoyed, he will block the government funds. He was praying and praying and
praying. One boy lifted his hand. He said Mantriji your age is 50 years. The Minister
was so happy, “well done, very good. you have found it out. wonderful.” He wrote a good
report and went off. Later on the principal called that boy to
his office. He said, “my child you saved the life of all of us today. You have
done well for our school. But tell me how did you come to know that if the price
of potatoes is 10 rupees a kilo then the age of this Minister is 50 years? The boy
said, “sir, I applied a simple computational formula.
There is one man who lives in my neighborhood. He is 25 years, he is half
mad. This Minister is full mad, so he must be fifty years”. All right ?This it is not a subject of the intellect what will the intellect figure out? Similarly, the scriptures say
that God is not a subject of your intellect. (Sanskrit verse) God is beyond the realm of maya.
With these eyes, you cannot see him. With these ears, you cannot hear him. With
this mind, you cannot truly meditate on Him. (Sanskrit verse) (from Mandukyaponishad)
He is beyond the purview of your senses, mind and intellect. See
even material things, our intellect is unable to comprehend. If one of these
children were put in UT Dallas, in the physics class there (pure physics), and
they were asked at the end, “my child, what is the professor teaching.” They would say, I don’t know. It’s all going over my head. Right? Possibly, what Swamiji is saying, is
also going over the head. Once I asked one little child, “what did you understand
in today’s lecture?” The child said, “Swamiji, I was counting today you said
three times Rasagolla (Indian sweet).” So, the child has got the little
intellect. Now, God is infinite. He is divine. How will we grasp Him with our
little intellect? There was one sage called Maharshi (Great Sage) Panini. He has written the Sanskrit grammar. It is such a perfect grammar that it has not changed since
5000 years. Once somebody showed me a paper written
by a NASA scientist in 1974. That NASA scientist had written in his paper, which
was published, that we were thinking of developing a computer compatible spoken
language. However, after studying Sanskrit, I feel there is no need for such a
language. Sanskrit is such a perfect computer compatible language. So that
Maharshi (Great Sage) Panini who wrote the grammar of Sanskrit, when he wished to learn for
himself first, he thought may as well learn from Lord Shiv. So, he went to
Mansarovar (in Himalaya), and he was trudging his way up Kailash (in Himalaya). Lord Shiv, sitting on
Kailash, saw the Maharishi coming and he thought, he understood, why he is coming.He wants to get knowledge. Lord Shiv thought that why should he labor all
the way to climb up. Let me teach him from far. This was the first instance of
distant learning. Nowadays it has become common. Maharshi was climbing up,
Lord Shiv took his damru (hand percussion) in his hand and he made twelve sounds on
it (Sanskrit) See the Sanskrit scholars know. Maharshi Panini heard, he understood. The light went on. He went back and wrote the Sanskrit
grammar. If you wish to study, it the complete course was for 12 years.
imagine the genius that he had. Now if Lord Shiv did this to us, we would not
become Shastri (degree awarded after years of higher education in Sanskrit language). You will say, I don’t have the intellect. So the Vedas say, “look, you
don’t have the intellect to understand God.” if you say I can understand Him, then your intellect must be divine. That is why you can understand the divine God. “No Swamiji, my intellect is material.” Then God must also be material. That is why
your material intellect can understand Him. “No no God is divine my intellect is
material.” Then this material intellect can never comprehend the supreme
almighty. That is why the Vedas are saying, with these eyes you cannot see
Him; with these years you cannot hear Him.