Only the high priest was allowed, and the high priest had to purify himself. The whole year he would purify himself and fast and pray and get ready. Then one day in the year the whole community would gather. Then too the high priest would not utter the word before the crowd. He would move into the innermost shrine of the temple; the doors would be closed. Deep in silence where nobody could hear – the crowd would be waiting outside and there was no possibility for them to hear – he would assert the name in such sanctity, deep love, intimacy. He was asserting the name for the whole community.
It was a blissful day when the name was asserted. Then for the whole year the name was not to be brought to the lips. You have to carry it in the heart; it has to become like a seed. If you bring the seed out of the soil again and again it will never sprout. Keep it deep down. Water it, protect it, but keep it deep in darkness so that it sprouts, dies and is reborn.
The name of God has to be kept deep in the heart. You should not even hear it. It should be so deep in your being, in your subliminal depths, that it never even reaches to your own mind – that is the meaning of why the high priest goes into the innermost shrine. Nobody hears, the doors are closed, and he asserts the name once. The meaning is this: go into the deepest shrine of your temple of the heart, purify yourself…. And once in a while, when you feel that you are pure, when you feel the fragrance of your being – when you are at the peak of your energy, when you are really alive and not an iota of sadness lingers around you; you are happy, tremendously happy, ecstatically happy and tranquil and silent, and you are in a state where you can thank, where you can feel grateful – then go into the innermost shrine. Your mind will be left out – that is the crowd. You move deeper into the heart and there you assert so silently that even your mind will not be able to hear it. There “the word” has to be carried.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. There is no difference between God and his name. He has no name, he himself is his name. His “is-ness” is his name, his existence is his name. A child is born. What name does he have? – no name. But he is. That “is-ness” is his name. Then for utilitarian purposes we give a name to him, and by and by he will forget his “is-ness” and he will become identified with the name. If somebody insults the name he will be angry, if somebody praises the name he will be very happy – and the name never belonged to him!
God is the child, always the child, always the innocence of the world. He has no name. That is the meaning of this saying …and the Word was with God. “Is-ness,” existence, being: …and the Word was God. His name is his being. Don’t repeat his name, move into his being – that is the only way to attain him. In fact, forget about him. Move into your own being and “is-ness,” and you will attain to him.
All things were made by him
and without him was not any thing made
that was made.