Saturday, June 9, 2018

Impossible Question

… how is it that what is infinite, ever perfect, ever blessed, Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute, has come under these delusions? 
It is the same questions that has been asked all the world over. In the vulgar form the question becomes, "How did sin come into this world?" This is the most vulgar and sensuous form of the question, and the other is the most philosophic form, but the answer is the same. 

The same question has been asked in various grades and fashions, but in its lower forms it finds no solution, because the stories of apples and serpents and women do not give the explanation. In that state, the question is childish and so is the answer. 
But the question has assumed very high proportions now: "How did this illusion come?" And the answer is as fine. 
The answer is that we cannot expect any answer to an impossible question. The very question is impossible in terms. You have no right to ask that question. Why? 

What is perfection? 
That which is beyond time, space and causation -- that is perfect. Then you ask how the perfect became imperfect. 
In logical language the question may be put in this form: "How did that which is beyond causation become caused?" You contradict yourself. 

                   - Swami Vivekananda, 
                       Talk in New-York

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