The reason for calling the divine “achintya,” beyond thinking, is that you cannot think about it or contemplate it. So if somebody says, “I am contemplating the divine,” he is saying a wrong thing. He may be contemplating, but the object of his contemplation cannot be the divine, it must be something else.
This means – and understand it well! – that whatsoever you can think about is not the divine. You can think about Rama, but only about what you know about him. His shape, his eyes, his body, his words, his behavior, all these are known and you can think about all of these, but you have not known the ultimate being. That which has remained unknown and hidden despite all your knowledge is the ultimate being. Rama’s behavior is not the same as the divine. His behavior has become the known, but the divine is the innermost essence behind Rama’s behavior. Rama’s words are not the divine, they are known. The wordless behind the words is the divine – and it remains unknown.
It is the day of Gautam Buddha’s death, and Ananda is weeping and hitting his head. Buddha consoles him: “Why are you weeping unnecessarily?”
Ananda replies, “I am not weeping unnecessarily! Now Buddha will be no more, he will disappear. And now he will be gone forever! What else can I do but weep?”
Buddha laughs and says, “In the first place, I am not the one who you think will disappear. When have I ever been the one that you think will die? I was never that. I am not what you are crying about. And if you are crying about me, it is pointless! I will remain the same as I am, there will be no difference.”
The Gautam Buddha that Buddha was talking about was not the same Gautam Buddha that Ananda was weeping about. These two don’t meet anywhere. If Ananda thinks about Buddha, he will leave the real Buddha aside; he does not know that Buddha. He will think only of his gestures, of his movements, of his sitting and rising, of his words, of his eyes – but those are not Buddha. It is like thinking of the house in which Buddha lives when you want to think of him. What has Buddha to do with the house?
Whenever you think of the divine, you think of some form through which it might have manifested, but you cannot think of the divine directly. It is beyond thinking.
Then how to reach it? It can be reached only if you drop all thinking. You cannot think of the divine. When there is no thinking, then the divine is. When all thoughts cease, the process of thinking stops. When all thinking has come to an end, language and mind are no more. Only consciousness is, only knowing remains – and there is no object in that knowing.