Bend down and there it is:What is the idea of God? At Maine State Prison, D. says "Religion is that which screws up the idea of God."
No need to wrest it from others.
With the Way in complete agreement,
The mere touch of a hand is spring:
The way we come upon blooming flowers,
The way we see the year renew itself.
What comes this way will stay;
What is gotten by force will drain away.
A secluded person on an empty mountain,
While rain falls, picks some blades of duckweed.
Freely feeling the flash of dawn:
Leisurely, within the celestial balance.
- Ssu-k'ung T'u (837-908)
Not the idea we have about God. Rather, the idea of God. What is, then, the idea of God?
The dialogue is familiar:
"Goodbye," he said.Drizzle is inaudible right now.
"Goodbye," said the fox. "And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see clearly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
"What is essential is invisible to the eye," the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.
"It is the time you have lavished on your rose that makes your rose so important."
"It is the time I have lavished for my rose--" said the little prince, so that he would be sure to remember.
"Men have forgotten this truth," said the fox. "But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose . . ."
"I am responsible for my rose," the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.
(-- from Le Petit Prince, by Antoine De Saint-Exupery, 1943)
"Eidos" is the Greek term for what is seen -- the immutable genuine nature of a thing. http://www.philosophypages.com/dy/e.htm
Do we have any idea of the idea of God?
What is seen...as God is...seen?
Such intriguing stillness!