Truth in a Nutshell
Knowing by Loving
For he comes down to our level, adapting his Godhead to our power to comprehend…. Only he himself is completely and utterly sufficient to fulfil the will and longing of our souls. Nothing else can. Our soul, when it is restored by grace, is made wholly sufficient to comprehend him fully by love. He cannot be comprehended by our intellect or any man’s – or any angel’s for that matter. For both we and they are created beings. But only to our intellect is he incomprehensible: not to our love.
All rational beings, angels and men, possess two faculties, the power of knowing and the power of loving. To the first, to the intellect, God who made them is forever unknowable, but to the second, to love, he is completely knowable, and that by every separate individual. So much so that one loving soul by itself, through its love, may know for itself him who is incomparably more than sufficient to fill all souls that exist. This is the everlasting miracle, for God always works in this fashion, and always will. Consider this, if by God’s grace you are able to. To know it for oneself is endless bliss; its contrary is endless pain.
The Cloud of Unknowing, translated by Clifton Wolters
Without love there can be no meditation at all. By meditation we travel on the path which leads us back to the Father. And without love for the Father we will never try to travel on the path at all. Love is the first essential quality. Rather, it forces us to travel on the path. So love automatically leads us back to the Father. And what is love? As you have often heard: Love is God and God is love.
Maharaj Charan Singh, Spiritual Perspectives, Vol. II