Buddha said, “One may wish to reveal it with comparisons, but in the end there is no comparison that can explain this.”
For example, Jesus says God is love. This is a comparison, perhaps the best comparison. In human experience, love has a tremendously significant place; in its purity, perhaps love can give you a hint of what happens to the man who becomes realized, who comes to know the divinity of existence. But even love is not a right comparison according to Gautam Buddha. It is beautiful, but enlightenment is far beyond. Love is a beautiful flower, but it is just a flower, ephemeral; in the morning it blossoms, in the evening it is gone. It was beautiful when it was, but it is not eternal, it does not have immortality. It is beautiful and delicate, and one can enjoy its dance in the wind.
It is poetry to compare love with God or enlightenment, but it is not truth. There is no human experience which can explain that which goes beyond the human mind. It is simple, it is arithmetic; that which is beyond the human mind certainly cannot be compared with any experience of the mind.
You must have heard the ancient parable of a frog who had come from the ocean – he was on a religious pilgrimage. On the way he found a small well, and just to have a little rest he jumped into the well. He was happy to find there another frog, and they started talking to each other. The frog of the well asked him, “From where are you coming?”
The stranger frog said, “It is very difficult to describe. You will have to forgive me, because I am coming from a place which is beyond your comprehension. You have never left this well, and I am coming from the ocean.”
The frog of the well certainly felt offended; this was not expected of a guest. He jumped halfway across the well and said, “Is your ocean this big?”
The frog from the ocean was in great difficulty. He said, “Please, just drop this subject. The ocean is so big that there is no way to measure it by your experience of the well.”
The frog in the well jumped the whole length of the well and he said, “Is it that big?”
And the frog from the ocean said, “You are forcing me to be unnecessarily unkind towards you, but I cannot say such a stupid thing that this small well of yours can be compared to the infinity of the ocean.”
This was too much for the frog in the well. He said, “You just get out! You are talking about this ocean only to humiliate me.”