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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Can You See the Stars in the Daytime?

[This essay was originally posted to "The Third Tale," a blog on Weebly. In transferring it I have updated and made corrections where necessary.]

Sri Ramakrishna said:

You see many stars in the night sky, but cannot find them at midday. Can you say, then, that there are no stars in the heavens in the daytime?

So even though we humans do not see the Almighty in the daylight of our ignorance, we must not say, "There is no God."


This is a great example of the common-sense, humble nature of Sri Ramakrishna's sayings.

The skeptic may pick this apart: "We can't see the stars because the sun is brighter. What is brighter than God?" etc.

But it's a beautiful illustration nonetheless. The full panoply of the kosmos is up there, all day long. And we're so blinded by what is near us (our daily worries, perhaps?) that we can't see it.

Read my introduction to Sri Ramakrishna, a brief biography I wrote, and a selection of his sayings with my commentary.

Categories: Spirituality, Sri Ramakrishna

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