God does not think
To know, without delusion, the Lord as the highest Spirit, who has entered and who supports the three worlds, is to awaken to: ‘I am He.’ Before this awakening the Lord is believed to be all-pervading, as the text says. But there is an unspoken qualification: ‘but not here, and not in me.’ When the awakening comes, the remaining thin bonds of restriction to the body-mind complex are dissolved.
What then does it mean to say that he knows everything, and that he worships? There is no separate-seeming self; only the Lord is there, within and without. He, the Lord, knows everything – in the sense that He is everything. God does not think, or know as a mental operation: there is nothing apart, nothing separate, for him to know as an object. But the surviving body-mind complex, though a mere shadow, can still be referred to as ‘he’. This it is which carries on the jnana-nistha worship, divinely inspired and delighting in the welfare of all beings, till its illusory separate existence finally fades away into light.
© Trevor Leggett