Chapter 8: God: The Creative Process, Not the Creator
Existence exists without any cause. Thinking in terms of causes leads nowhere. If you go beyond one cause, then there is another cause. If you go beyond that, then another cause comes. And the why remains - always, endlessly. You ask why, and again you are confronted with another why.
If God is a person then the why becomes relevant. But God is not a person. You cannot ask him; you are him. You yourself are the cause.
Existence is uncaused; otherwise you will have to invent ultimate cause - but that carries no meaning. If you say that there is an ultimate cause, it means that beyond a certain point you will not ask again what the cause is. Even a person who believes in God as the creator, who says, “God created the world” may invent why’s and answers. But if you ask him, “Why is there a God, why does he exist?” then the religious man will say, “God is uncaused. He is the cause, so he is uncaused.”
Existence itself is uncaused. At the beginning there is no cause, so in the end there can be no purpose. Only when there is a cause can there be a purpose. There is no beginning - because if there is a beginning, then there must be a cause. Existence is beginningless. And there is no end because the beginningless cannot come to an end. It is endless. So there is neither a beginning nor an end to existence. It is eternal, uncaused, without any purpose.
For the human mind it is meaningless to say this, because we think in terms of causes, “from where?” and in terms of purposes, “to what end?” Because of this limitation of the human mind, it cannot conceive of something that is beginningless, endless, uncaused, purposeless.
But how can there be any cause, and how can there be any purpose? To be is enough, to have been is enough, being is enough.
You can think of it in another way, through another outlook. When you love someone, you do not ask what is the cause of it. If love is caused by something, it ceases to be love. Love flowers uncaused. If a cause could be pointed out, then the beauty of love would be lost, then there would be a scientific explanation for it.
You cannot ask what love is for. There is no purpose in love. If I love you, I cannot ask why. If I am loving you for some reason then it is not love. Love is purposeless.
In love, we come closest to godliness. That is why Jesus said, “God is love.” It is not that “God is loving” - no. That is not the meaning. “God is love”: in love, we come closest to the creative process, closest to godliness. Love is the peak from which we come to know what religion is.
Love is religious. So a person who cannot love, cannot pray; a person who cannot love, cannot be religious. Only a loving mind can be religious, because only a loving mind can think in terms of no purpose, no cause. Love is enough. It does not ask anything beyond itself. It is a fulfillment in itself; it is the end in itself. A single moment of love is eternity itself.