The great cathedrals of Europe – they are the longings of the earth to reach to the sky. Just seeing those great creations a great song is bound to arise in your heart, or a great silence is bound to descend on you. Man has lost the poetic, the creative urge, or it has been killed. We are too interested in commodities, in gadgets, in making more and more things. Production is concerned with quantity, and creation is concerned with quality. The quality has disappeared and with the quality, God has disappeared – because God is the ultimate quality of creation.
You will have to bring the heart back. You will have to be aware again of nature. You will have to learn to watch roses, lotuses again. You will have to make a few contacts with the trees and the rocks and the rivers. You will have to start a dialogue with the stars again. Otherwise the divine cannot be brought back to humanity, and without the divine humanity is doomed, is lost.
Yes, T. S. Eliot is right: “…something has happened that has never happened before: though we know not just when, or why, or how, or where. Men have left G O D not for other gods…”
That was very usual in the past; people used to move from one god to another. That was really very significant, it was an evolution. The God of Moses is less sophisticated than the God of Jesus, naturally; there are thousands of years between these two enlightened persons. Moses was as enlightened as Jesus, but Moses had to talk the language which could be understood by his people, and those people were very primitive. Hence Moses spoke in the language of law, commandments: do this, don’t do that. Law was his central emphasis.
By the time Jesus arrived man had evolved. Jesus talked about love, not about law. Love was his law. Now love is a higher value than law, certainly holier than law. Law is mundane. The God of the Jews was a jealous God…because we make our God in our own image. The God of the Jews was a very angry God; for small reasons he would destroy cities. A person just commits a sin – and what is sin in the ancient concept? He just disobeys a certain commandment – and God can destroy the whole town. It was a very angry, violent God.
It was not really the God that was violent and angry, it was the people. Their eyes were full of violence and anger, they could not see the real God.
Remember this: God is always the same. It was exactly the same when Moses was alive, it was exactly the same when Jesus was alive, it is exactly the same when we are alive; it will remain the same. God is always the same, but our eyes change.
Jesus could see God as love, as compassion. God was growing because man was growing. And man was changing one god for another, for a higher conception of God. Man has always been changing gods, and that’s perfectly right. When we change, how can our rudimentary ideas of God remain the same? When our eyes change everything changes.
There is a very beautiful story…