We can say about the house “it is,” but we cannot say “God is.” In the same sense, the word will become a falsification – because godliness has always been there, is there, will be there. So in the same sense as we say “the house is,” we cannot say “God is.” “God is” makes godliness also a thing – and it is not a thing. It is all things together…all things that have ever been, and all things that will ever be there. It is the totality of past, present and future.
So how to say “God is”? In fact, the sentence “God is” is a tautology, a repetition – as if you are saying “isness is.” God means isness – the isness of all that is.
The isness of the house is God, the isness of the tree is God, the isness of man is God.
You cannot say “God is” because then God will also be one of the million things; he will not be the totality. You cannot say “God is.” It is a falsification.
You cannot say “God is not,” because the totality is. How can you deny it? Even if you say it is an illusion, the illusion is. Even if you say it is a dream, the dream is, the dreamer is, the dreamed is. You cannot simply say “God is not.” You are, and the person to whom you are saying “God is not,” is – the isness cannot be denied.
So what to do? How to express “God”? How to express “nirvana”? How to express “Tao” or “the truth”? They cannot be expressed. They can be understood, they can be indicated, but they cannot be expressed.
Expression is very limited and the truth is infinite. The infinite cannot be put into words. You can force the infinite into the words but then it is no more infinite; that is the falsification. All that is beautiful, all that is lovely, all that is good and true, remains unexpressed.
Lao-Tzu has said, “Truth cannot be expressed. The moment you express it, it is no more truth.”
This is one of the most fundamental things to be understood. Truth can be shown, but cannot be said. You can show truth – a buddha is an arrow, showing the truth, but he is not saying it. And whatsoever he says is a falsification.
Zen monks say that Buddha uttered infinite lies – because whatsoever is uttered becomes a lie. It is not a question of what it is – the moment you utter it, it becomes a lie. The utterance is very finite, and the uttered is infinite.
Have you watched? If you have fallen in love with a man or a woman and you say “I love you,” suddenly you feel the impotence of language. “I love you” does not carry much. It looks absurd to say; it looks as if you have betrayed your inner feeling. Real lovers never say “I love you.” They may do many things to show their love, but they will never say “I love you,” because to say it is to corrupt it. It is vaster than the word love.
Whenever you say to somebody “I love you,” you will feel a little guilty. If you don’t love them there is no problem; then you can go on saying it. Then, these are clichés; then, they don’t mean much. Then, you can go on playing with words. But if you really love, then your heart will beat faster when you say “I love you,” and you will feel a little embarrassed. It is something which cannot be said.