Chapter 3: Close Your Eyes and Try to Catch Him
Go to the home of beauty and form,
should you wish to see the man within.
His ways cross the sphere
where life lives with death,
and sense with insanity.
His ways cross the sphere where life lives with death, and sense with insanity. God’s ways are paradoxical. The Bauls say that in God all the opposites meet, all the polarities become one. In God, death and life are not two things. In God, darkness and light are not two things. In God, the beginning and the end are not two things. God means the totality; God comprehends all. So when you reach towards God you will not be losing anything, you will be simply gaining all. In the beginning it may appear that you are losing something, but God is all-inclusive. Lust remains in God, of course, but absolutely transformed. Matter remains in God, but becomes sacred, is holy. One remains in the world but no more of it. God himself is in the world, but not of the world. The world belongs to him but he does not belong to the world.
This polarity has to be understood. The Bauls’ god is a greater god than the Christian god, the Jewish god or the Mohammedan god, because those gods are of the theologians. The Bauls’ god is more poetic; those gods are more logical. The Bauls’ god is more illogical, but more true. Christians say, “God is only good.” The very word God is derived from the root good. God is good, then what happens to bad? Then where does the bad exist? To explain that they have to create a devil. But the Bauls laugh about such theoretical cunningness. They say that God creates the Devil, so he remains the creator of the devil. And if you say the Devil has gone against God, then there are only two possibilities: one, that God is not omnipotent, and the devil can go against him - then God is not all-powerful; the other, that God himself provokes him to go against - then he is all-powerful, but then he is the cause of the Devil.
Bauls say that God is both, and when they say God is both, they mean that God is incomprehensible, he is paradoxical. God is all. In him, everything is transfigured, all opposites become a harmony. God is the orchestra. He is the one in the many. He’s the unity of all.
His ways cross the sphere where life lives with death, and sense with insanity. Bauls say, “He is the supermost reason and the supermost irreason also.” They say that God is reason, and God is madness also. For a logical mind it becomes difficult to figure out. But Bauls say life is not of logic. The Bauls say, “We are simply describing what is the case. We are not saying what should be, we are simply describing what is the case. This is the way we have known God: he is very rational and very irrational, both. He is infinite compassion and infinite justice, both. In him, all the polarities have become one.”