Knowing and experiencing God (quotes)

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To know God is life’s purpose

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To know and experience God is the very purpose of life

  • To know God and to make Him known. Loren Cunningham
  • Oh, to know God’s private address. Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
  • My final destination is my complete knowledge of God. Kedar Joshi
  • We are made to know and love God. Nicolas Malebranche
  • There is no knowing that does not begin with knowing God. John Calvin
  • You were placed on earth to know God. Everything else is secondary. Greg Laurie
  • To strive to know God is in itself pristine and the ultimate aspiration. David Hawkins
  • Christianity is not primarily about lifestyle change; it is about knowing God. Michael Reeves
  • For what higher, more exalted, and more compelling goal can there be than to know God? J. I. Packer
  • The essential feature, and necessity of life is to know reality, which means knowing God. Malcolm Muggeridge
  • The ultimate purpose of our life is to rejoin God in conscious participation of divinity. Edgar Cayce
  • The fire to pursue God, the zeal to know God, and the humility to allow God to do whatever He pleases with our lives. Eric Ludy
  • Of all treasures of knowledge, the most vital is the knowledge of God, his existence, powers, love, and promises. Spencer W. Kimball
  • Lord, make my way prosperous not that I achieve high station, but that my life be an exhibit to the value of knowing God. Jim Elliot
  • Of all the knowledge that we can ever obtain, the knowledge of God, and the knowledge of ourselves, are the most important. Jonathan Edwards
  • Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life’s problems fall into place of their own accord. J.I. Packer
  • The chief purpose of life, for any of us, is to increase according to our capacity our knowledge of God by all means we have, and to be moved by it to praise and thanks. J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The very purpose of human life is to come to knowledge of God, and if we simply turn towards God we will find that He has been waiting for us all along. Tim Freke
  • The terms which, in his inmost heart, each man knows. As I know mine. As all know. For that is the truth of it — that we all know, God, that we know, that we know, we know, we know. Saul Bellow
  • What I want to achieve, what I have been striving and pining for these thirty years, is self-realization, that is, to see God face to face. Mahatma Gandhi
  • What were we made for? To know God. What aim should we have in life? To know God… What is the best thing in life? To know God. What in humans gives God most pleasure? Knowledge of himself. J. I. Packer
  • Of the three sorts of knowledge proper to a child, the knowledge of God, of man, and of the universe,–the knowledge of God ranks first in importance, is indispensable, and most happy-making. Charlotte Mason
  • Our aim in studying the Godhead must be to know God himself better. Our concern must be to enlarge our acquaintance, not simply with the doctrine of God’s attributes, but with the living God whose attributes they are. J. I. Packer
  • The sum total of all possible knowledge of God is not possible for a human being, not even through a true revelation. But it is one of the worthiest inquiries to see how far our reason can go in the knowledge of God. Immanuel Kant
  • What makes life worthwhile is having a big enough objective, something which catches our imagination and lays hold of our allegiance, and this the Christian has in a way that no other person has. For what higher, more exalted, and more compelling goal can there be than to know God? J. I. Packer
  • We are here on this earth to know God intimately, fully, correctly, and contagiously; to house His holy person in our very bodies, allowing Him to showcase to the world around us His loving nature, His attitude, His thoughts, His emotions, and His actions through the way we live every moment of our lives. Eric Ludy
  • Once you become aware the the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life’s problems fall into place of their own accord. J. Packer
  • I want to have a lasting experience with God. Sometimes I feel like I understand the divinity of this world, but then I loose it because I get distracted by my petty desires and fears. I want to be with God all the time. But I don’t want to be a monk, or totally give up worldly pleasures. I guess what I want to learn is how to leave in this world and enjoy its delights, but also elevate myself to God. Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The goal of life is god realisation.  Sivananda
  • To know God as that Spirit which is the origin and end of all beings is indeed the ultimate knowledge. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • All religions worship the same God. All religions have the same goal and that is God-realization. Just as you can reach the ocean by traveling on any river you can reach God by following any religion. Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal
  • The very purpose of human life is to come to knowledge of God, and if we simply turn towards God we will find that He has been waiting for us all along. Tim Freke
  • Having achieved human birth, a rare and blessed incarnation, the wise man, leaving all vanity to those who are vain, should strive to know God, and Him only, before life passes into death. Srimad Bhagavatam
  • St. John of the Cross, writes, ‘God does not reserve the high vocation of mystical contemplation for certain souls only. On the contrary he wants all to embrace it, but finds few who will permit Him to work such exalted things for them.’ The very purpose of human life is to come to knowledge of God, and if we simply turn towards God we will find that He has been waiting for us all along. The 17th-century French mystic, Brother Lawrence, assures us ‘Knock, persevere in knocking, and I guarantee that he will answer.’ Tim Freke
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To know God is true wisdom

  • The true wisdom of man consists in the knowledge of God the creator and Redeemer. John Calvin
  • Pure wisdom always directs itself towards God; the purest wisdom is knowledge of God. Lew Wallace
  • Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. John Calvin
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To know and experience God is the basis of all religion

  • Certainly it does make the greatest possible difference what we think about God; the knowledge of God is the very basis of religion. John Gresham Machen
  • The essence of religion is the knowledge of God which is eternal life. That and nothing less than that is religion. Everything else is on the surface, is superfluous save for the needs of men. Annie Besant
  • The true basis of religion is not belief, but intuitive experience. Intuition is the soul’s power of knowing God. To know what religion is really all about, one must know God. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Religion–that voice of the deepest human experience.  Matthew Arnold
  • All religions worship the same God. All religions have the same goal and that is God-realization. Just as you can reach the ocean by traveling on any river you can reach God by following any religion.  Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal
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To know and experience God is an innate capacity in all of us

  • The experience of God, or in any case the possibility of experiencing God, is innate. Alice Walker
  • If I accept the fact that a god is absolute and beyond all human experiences, he leaves me cold. I do not affect him, nor does he affect me. But if I know that a god is a powerful impulse in my soul, at once I must concern myself with him, for then he can become important. Carl Jung
  • John of the Cross, writes, ‘God does not reserve the high vocation of mystical contemplation for certain souls only. On the contrary he wants all to embrace it, but finds few who will permit Him to work such exalted things for them. Tim Freke
  • Nature has created us with the capacity to know God, to experience God. Alice Walker
  • All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God. Voltaire
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The more we know God, the more we want to know him better

  • The more we get to know God, the more we want to know him better. D. A. Carson
  • Let all our employment be to know God: the more one knows Him, the more one desires to know Him. Brother Lawrence
  • The more we know Him, the more we will desire to know Him. As love increases with knowledge, the more we know God, the more we will truly love Him. We will learn to love Him equally in times of distress or in times of great joy. Brother Lawrence
  • One of the most wonderful things about knowing God is that there’s always so much more to know, so much more to discover. Just when we least expect it, He intrudes into our neat and tidy notions about who He is and how He works. Joni Eareckson Tada
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We wish to know God’s thoughts

  • I want to know God’s thoughts. Albert Einstein
  • I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know God’s thoughts, the rest are details. Albert Einstein
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We wish to know God’s intention

  • Anyone who says he knows God’s intention is showing a lot of very human ego. Michael Crichton
  • God, as I use the word, is another name for what is. I always know God’s intention: It’s exactly what is in every moment. Byron Katie
  • Be still and know. Remain in a state of spiritual wakefulness, with your mind and senses open, to hear what God wills in every moment. Abbot Vasilios
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The instrument for the knowledge of God is in ourselves

  • We find the instrument for the Knowledge of God in ourselves But we find God everywhere. Rudolf Steiner
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To know God is to be multi-sensory

  • Those who know God know that it is quite a mistake to suppose that there are only five senses. Coventry Patmore
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It takes God to know God

  • No man can know God unless God has taught him; that is to say, that without God, God cannot be known. Irenaeus of Lyons
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We each get to experience God in our own way

  • Never make a principle out of your experience. Allow God to be as creative with others as He is with you. Oswald Chambers
  • There are “ten thousand ways to God.” David Hawkins
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The rewards of knowing and experiencing God

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To know and experience God is to be deeply rewarded

  • To know God and to live is the same thing. God is Life. Leo Tolstoy
  • To know God is to be adjusted to daily living. Alfred Armand Montapert
  • Do you know God? Do you know there is a power greater than ourselves which manifests itself within us as well as everywhere else in the universe? This I call God. Do you know what it is to know God, to have God’s constant guidance, a constant awareness of God’s presence? To know God is to reflect love toward all people and all creations. To know God is to feel peace within – a calmness, a serenity, an unshakeableness which enables you to face any situation. To know God is to be so filled with joy that it bubbles over and goes forth to bless the world. Peace Pilgrim
  • So the Free Man is Free. Absolutely Free. Not just a little bit free. Not cut off from all of this. That’s not the nature of His Freedom—humorlessness relative to the world still, non-pleasure still. No, in His Freedom He becomes capable of humor in life, capable of pleasure, or enjoyment, in the forms that are arising. That is the fullness of God-Realization. All of the humorless, pleasureless forms of experience that are often associated with God-Realization in the traditions are not God-Realization in Truth.  Adi Da
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To know God is to know true joy and happiness

  • To know God’s love is indeed heaven on earth. J. I. Packer
  • Happiness is the realization of God in the heart. Happiness is a quiet tranquil realization of the love of God. White Eagle
  • The joy of God is so exquisite that any sacrifice is worth the effort and seeming pain. David Hawkins
  • Oh, the fullness, pleasure, sheer excitement of knowing God on earth! Jim Elliot
  • What most people perceive as energy is really strength of spirit. It comes from the joy of knowing God, loving Him, and being loved by Him. Kathie Lee Gifford
  • The soul that has come to know God fully no longer desires anything else, nor does it attach itself to anything on the earth; and if you put before it a kingdom, it would not desire it, for the love of God gives such sweetness and joy to the soul that even the life of a king can no longer give it any sweetness. Silouan the Athonite
  • Happiness is the realization of God in the heart. Happiness is a quiet tranquil realization of the love of God. White Eagle
  • There is absolutely nothing in ordinary human experience to compare with the joy of the presence of the Love of God. No sacrifice is too great nor effort too much in order to realize that Presence. David Hawkins
  • Devotees whose worship takes an impersonal turn become conscious of the Lord as an infinite Light or as the wondrous sound of Aum, the primal Word, the Holy Ghost. The highest experience man can have is to feel that Bliss in which every other aspect of Divinity—love, wisdom, immortality—is fully contained. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • By realisation I mean a wonderful experience of peace, goodness and beauty, when the world makes sense and there is an all-pervading unity of both substance and essence. While such experience does not last, it cannot be forgotten. It shines in the mind, both as memory and longing.  Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • God is most glorified in us when our knowledge and experience of Him ignite a forest fire of joy that consumes all competing pleasures and He alone becomes the treasure that we prize. Sam Storms
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To know God is to know true peace

  • Trials can be hard, if you don’t know God. Al Green
  • No God, no peace; know God, know peace. Croft M. Pentz
  • It is only if we abide in the peace of God that passes all understanding that we can abide in the knowledge and love of God. Aldous Huxley
  • When you know God as peace within, then you will realize Him as peace existing in the universal harmony of all things without. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • You are awake—awake and at peace, dwelling on the mystery of pure unmanifest Being. In blissful, ecstatic indifference, you wouldn’t mind if the whole universe disappeared.  This is why you feel the sense that “I could stay here forever.” When you find yourself feeling that way, you will understand why men and women throughout history have spent years, even lifetimes, meditating in caves. When you directly experience the ground of your own Being, you will understand that mysterious longing to be alone with God, forever.  Andrew Cohen
  • With honest and straightforward simplicity, I am here to tell you that you can never be free of personal trials and tribulations until you make your own discovery of Reality, God. You will never find more than the most temporal, ephemeral happiness until you make a personal discovery of God, Isness – until you get off your soft sofa and actually make your own determination of Reality, of Truth, of Fact. You will never permanently rid yourself of the grind and grate in the pit of the stomach nor find yourself free of that feeling of impending doom until you make your own, individual determination of exactly what God is to you! … If you have tried everything else and are still periodically miserable, if you still contend with one problem after another, if you still have not yet solved the problem of fear and increasing pressure, and if you are really ready to stop suffering, it is time to do yourself a favor. Start now, this minute, to begin your own determination of what God, Reality, Truth is. One can never be happy nor self-satisfied until he does. One can never be free of trials and tribulations until he does. One can have no permanent sense of health or wealth until he does. No one will ever be free of personal fear or insecurity until he makes a determination for himself of just what God is to him.  William Samuel
  • Q: What is the experience which comes nearest to the Supreme? M: Immense peace and boundless love. Realize that whatever there is true, noble and beautiful in the universe, it all comes from you, that you yourself are at the source of it. Nisargadatta Maharaja    
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To know God aids true understanding

  • As we come to know God better, we will also find it easier to know, follow, and accept His will for our life. Elizabeth George
  • You don’t know who you are until you know God and you don’t know how to live until you’ve settled the question of how to die. Alistair Begg
  • Understanding human nature is the highest knowledge, and only by knowing it can we know God. It is also a fact that the knowledge of God is the highest knowledge, and only by knowing God can we understand human nature. Swami Vivekananda
  • We may not know what to do, but it is sufficient to know the One who knows. We all like specific direction; however, when we don’t have it, knowing God is faithful and ever true to His promise, and that He has promised to be with us always, is comforting and keeps us stable until His time is right to speak to us more specifically. Joyce Meyer
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To know God is to be transformed

  • Only he who knows God is truly moral. Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
  • Our perfection certainly consists in knowing God and ourselves. Angela of Foligno
  • To know God is to be transformed, and thus to be introduced to a life that could not otherwise be experienced. D. A. Carson
  • The deeper the experience of the free grace of God, the more generous we must become. Timothy Keller
  • Just one instant in a very high state can completely change a person’s orientation to life, as well as his goals and values. It can be said that the individual who was is no more, and a new person is born out of the experience. Through hard-won progress on a dedicated spiritual path, this is the very mechanism of spiritual evolution.  David Hawkins
  • The effect on human consciousness of the experience of the Presence of God is subjectively transformative and identical throughout human history. It leaves a timeless mark that is verifiable as a calibration of a recorded level of conciousness.  David Hawkins
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To know God is to be rid of toxicity

  • The thing is that the ego cannot cure itself of its own malady of egoism; it’s already infected by the disease itself. And that is why it is necessary to go to a guru who knows God and by absorbing his consciousness into yourself, you discover that you aren’t this ego. You cross that abyss and you find that you are infinite. Goswami Kriyananda
  • All of man’s ills are due to his lack of knowing God within him. The perfection of God’s universe is founded upon its perfection of Balance. All of man’s ills are caused by toxic poisons generated in his body through unbalance affecting his power of control over the functions of his electric body. Man, as an extension of God, is creator of his own electric body. He is master of his electric body to the extent of his knowing the Light of God in him. … God says to man: »What I do, ye shall do«, but man is unbelieving for long ages. Walter Russell
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To know God is to be free

  • So the Free Man is Free. Absolutely Free. Not just a little bit free. Not cut off from all of this. That’s not the nature of His Freedom—humorlessness relative to the world still, non-pleasure still. No, in His Freedom He becomes capable of humor in life, capable of pleasure, or enjoyment, in the forms that are arising. That is the fullness of God-Realization. All of the humorless, pleasureless forms of experience that are often associated with God-Realization in the traditions are not God-Realization in Truth. Adi Da
  • When you awake to the ground of Being, you realize that when something came from nothing, the nothing didn’t disappear. That unmanifest, unborn dimension is the ever-present ground out of which everything is still arising in every moment. It is what the Buddha called “the deathless,” and what others call “eternity consciousness.” When you awaken to this dimension in your own awareness, you will find yourself always already resting in the eternal moment before time began. This is the recognition that liberates: Prior to everything, I already am.  The experience of this recognition is not one of becoming liberated. It is of being already liberated. What you realize when you awaken to that ground is that there is a part of each and every one of us that is already free—from everything. That part of yourself, which is the ground of Being, has never been bound, trapped, or limited in any way. That’s the part of yourself that I want you to discover. It’s not the part of yourself that needs to become free. It is already free, right now.  Andrew Cohen
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To know God is to discover our oneness with God

  • We all seem to get this idea that, in order to be sacred, we have to make some massive, drastic change of character, that we have to renounce our individuality. To know God, you only need to renounce one thing – your sense of division from God.  Elizabeth Gilbert
  • There is no need to invent an ego that is separate from the divine if our basic human nature is trusted. If we trust ourselves, we know how to avoid interfering with nature and how to live in harmony. When we know God as an unseen, loving, and accepting power at the heart of everything, allowing us to make our own choices, then God is a trusted part of our nature. Wayne Dyer
  • Each soul in entering the material experience does so for those purposes of advancement towards that awareness of being fully conscious of the oneness with the Creative Forces.  Edgar Cayce
  • The belief that a personal life exists apart from God creates experience disconnected from God. This is painful and frustrating. Our spiritual work is to break down the illusion that we have a life here and that a life of God is somewhere else. Michael Beckwith
  • To be united to God in unity of person was not fitting to human flesh, according to its natural endowments, since it was above his dignity; nevertheless, it was fitting that God, by reason of his infinite goodness, should unite it to himself for human salvation.  Thomas Aquinas
  • …to live in the conscious realisation of the fact that God lives in us, is indeed the life of our life, and that in ourselves we have no independent life, and hence no power, is the one great fact of all true religion, even as it is the one great fact of human life. Religion, therefore, at its purest, and life at its truest, are essentially and necessarily one and the same. Ralph Waldo Trine
  • He who has realized oneness with God possesses all knowledge contained in Him. Knowing the Lord as Beginning and End of all beings and worlds, a true Brahmin has knowledge of the hereafter and of the workings of nature on this plane of existence. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • With expanded perception comes freedom from the limitations of the body. The experience bestows a profound sense of joyous well-being, “beyond imagination of expectancy,” and undeniably clear awareness of one’s indissoluble unity with the infinite Consciousness from which all creation springs. Some of the names given to this experience are “cosmic consciousness,” “samadhi,” “oneness,” “nirvana,” “Christ consciousness,” “enlightenment,” “self-realization,” “divine ecstasy,” “rapture,” and “union.” This is the experience of God, or, just as meaningfully, the experience of our Self or soul.   Joseph Selbie
  • Self-realization is the knowing—in body, mind, and soul—that we are one with the omnipresence of God; that we do not have to pray that it come to us, that we are not merely near it at all times, but that God’s omnipresence is our omnipresence; that we are just as much a part of Him now as we ever will be. All we have to do is improve our knowing. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • To rise above the duality of creation and perceive the unity of the Creator was conceived of as man’s highest goal. Those who cling to the cosmic illusion must accept its essential law of polarity: flow and ebb, rise and fall, day and night, pleasure and pain, good and evil, birth and death. This cyclic pattern assumes a certain anguishing monotony, after man has gone through a few thousand human births; he begins to cast a hopeful eye beyond the compulsions of maya. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • When you fully remember who you are, you become one with God. An invisible grace permeates every aspect of your life. Deepak Chopra
  • If even only for a moment you can throw yourself into That in which there are no separate beings, then you will hear what God says. Just stop all your thinking and willing, and you will hear the unspeakable words of God. Jacob Boehme
  • To be at one with God is to be at peace. The child simplicity is the greatest agency in bringing this full and complete realization, the child simplicity that recognizes its true relations with the Father’s life. There are people I know who have come into such a conscious realization of their oneness with this Infinite Life, this Spirit of Infinite Peace, that their lives are fairly bubbling over with joy. Ralph Waldo Trine
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A true sense of oneness with God is what we call enlightenment

  • Enlightenment is therefore the revelation of the Self when the illusion of the reality of a separate self is removed. David Hawkins
  • Enlightenment or awakening is not a new or extraordinary kind of experience. It the self-revelation of the very nature of experience itself. Rupert Spira
  • Enlightenment conjures up the idea of some superhuman accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way, but it is simply your natural state of felt oneness with Being. Eckhart Tolle
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There is a price to be paid for not knowing God

  • As the body dieth when the soul departeth, so the soul of man dieth, when it hath not the knowledge of God. John Jewel
  • It is terrible when people do not know God, but it is worse when people identify as God what is not God. Leo Tolstoy
  • Until we have the right knowledge of God, the knowledge of self and our need for grace remains distorted. Steven J Lawson
  • The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God and the Church is famishing for want of His Presence. Aiden Wilson Tozer
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Knowing God verse knowing about God

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To know God is different from knowing about God

  • Knowing God is more important than knowing about God. Karl Rahner
  • You can know a lot about God and godliness and still not know God. J. I. Packer
  • Most of us know about God, but that is quite different from knowing God. Billy Graham
  • A little knowledge OF God is worth more than a great deal of knowledge ABOUT him. J. I. Packer
  • I often wonder if my knowledge about God has not become my greatest stumbling block to my knowledge of God. Henri Nouwen
  • There’s a difference between knowing God and knowing about God. When you truly know God, you have energy to serve Him, boldness to share Him, and contentment in Him. J. I. Packer
  • I am not asking whether you know things about Him but do you know God, are you enjoying God, is God the centre of your life, the soul of your being, the source of your greatest joy? He is meant to be. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • There’s a difference between knowing God and knowing about God. Knowing about God is all of the stuff we’ve been told and all of the books we’ve read and all of our religious experiences and what others have told us and tried to convince us of. But knowing God is when we make conscious contact. Wayne Dyer
  • To know much and taste nothing-of what use is that? Bonaventure
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Knowing about God can be a hindrance to knowing God

  • Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a world where everybody said, ‘We don’t know?’ The fact is that you’re surrounded by God and you don’t see God, because you KNOW ABOUT God. The final barrier to the vision of God is your God concept. You miss God because you think you know. The highest knowledge of God is to know God as unknowable. All revelations, however divine, are never any more than a finger pointing at the moon. As we say in the East, ‘When the sage points to the moon, all the idiot sees is the finger’. Anthony de Mello
  • I want God, not my idea of God. C.S. Lewis
  • A theoretical knowledge of scriptures often produces a conviction that one knows the truth when he actually does not know it. Only by communing with God, the “Library of All Knowledge,” may one know all truths in their exactitude, without wasting time in the theoretical understanding and misunderstanding of scriptures. That is why a wide gulf may exist between scripture readers and men of realization who are themselves embodiments of scriptural truths.  Paramahansa Yogananda
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Know God as a direct experience

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Know God as a direct experience

  • God is a quality, an experience – like love. You cannot talk to love, you can live it. Osho
  • You don’t have to believe in God in order to experience God. Deepak Chopra
  • Brahman cannot be described. It can only be experienced. Aimee Hughes
  • When you experience God it is deeply personal, but it’s not at all private. Timothy Keller
  • One man with a genuine experience with God is worth more than a library full of arguments. Vance Havner
  • The grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference. Thomas Merton
  • I experience God as the power of life, the power of love and the ground of being. I don’t say that’s what God is; I say that’s my experience of God. John Shelby Spong
  • To complain that man measures God by his own experience is a waste of time; man measures everything by his own experience; he has no other yardstick. Dorothy L. Sayers
  • God is a synergetic experience. Science can never reveal it, philosophy can never come to it – only a poetic approach, a very passive, very loving approach, can. Rajneesh
  • I think I can tell you how I experience God. I experience God as the power of life calling me to live, I experience God as the power of love calling me to love. John Shelby Spong
  • People substitute tradition for the living experience of the love of God. They talk and think as though walking with God was attained by walking in the footsteps of people who walked with God. Francis Howgill
  • To know and experience what God can do, we must first realize and acknowledge what we cannot do. We must get our eyes off of ourselves and our limited ability, and totally onto Him and His infinite power. Joyce Meyer
  • It is not the objective proof of God’s existence that we want but the experience of God’s presence. That is the miracle we are really after, and that is also, I think, the miracle that we really get. Frederick Buechner
  • When reality explodes in you, you may call it experience of God. Or, rather, it is God experiencing you. God knows you when you know yourself. Reality is not the result of a process; it is an explosion. Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • There is an essential connection between experiencing God, loving God, and trusting God. You will trust God only as much as you love him. And you will love him to the extent you have touched him, rather that he has touched you.  Brennan Manning
  • A universal theology is impossible, but a universal experience is not only possible but necessary. It is this experience toward which the course is directed. A Course in Miracles
  • God’s presence. . . is an inner experience that never changes. It’s a relationship that’s there all the time, even when we’re not paying attention to it. Perhaps the Infinite holds us to Itself in the same way the earth does. Like gravity, if it ever stopped we would know it instantly. But it never does. Rachel Naomi Remen
  • Though our tradition insists we cannot contain God in our minds, it also insists we can experience God. And when we do, we experience love. As we come to depend less and less on transient and impermanent images, our religion insists that the essential experience of God is of goodness and love. God is good. We are safe. Doug  Hammack
  • So who is God? No one can finally say. That is not within human competence. All we can ever say is how we believe we have experienced God, doing our best to dispel our human delusions. Let me try to do just that. I experience God as the source of life calling me to live fully and thus to respect life in every form as embodying the holy. John Shelby Spong
  • At any given moment, someone in the world is amazed to find that the God experience is real. Wonder and certainty still dawn at these moments, whenever they arise. I keep at hand a passage from Thoreau’s Walden, where he speaks of  “the solitary hired man on a farm in the outskirts of Concord, who has had his second birth.” Like us, Thoreau wonders if someone’s testimony about having a “peculiar religious experience” is valid. In answer, he looks across the span of centuries. “Zoroaster, thousands of years ago, traveled the same road and had the same experience, but he, being wise, knew it to be universal. Deepak Chopra
  • Things in life can be understood only if you experience them, from the scent of a rose to the taste of chocolate, to the luxurious touch of cut velvet, to music. These sensations have no reality for someone who hasn’t experienced them.  Deepak Chopra
  • More recently, theologians have suggested that human experience is a source for knowledge of God and that experience is, in fact, foundational even to Scripture and tradition. For these theologians scripture is the accumulated record and accepted, collective version of people’s experiences of God. Flora A. Keshgegian
  • One man with a genuine experience with God is worth more than a library full of arguments. Vance Havner
  • Knowledge about God is of two kinds, direct and indirect. Indirectly we can read scriptures, listen to sermons, consult authorities, and from these sources build a reasonable case that God exists. But such a God transmits no love to Earth. Therefore nothing substitutes for gyana, which is direct knowledge of the divine. Instead of having thoughts about God, you share God’s own thoughts. Deepak Chopra
  • [True] spirituality is not an abstract idea, a theory, an ideology, or a movement of some kind. It is a personal lived reality. Sandra Schneiders
  • Spirituality is the conscious movement toward fullness and potentiality in God, is lived day by day in the actual experience of communion with God. Rebecca A. Meier-Rao
  • Spirituality is not an abstract idea, a theory, an ideology, or a movement of some kind. It is a personal lived reality. Sandra Schneiders
  • God is not something that you have to believe in, but something that can be experienced directly. Anthony Lambert
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To know God is the ultimate experience

  • Nothing in or of this world measures up to the simple pleasure of experiencing the presence of God. Aiden Wilson Tozer
  • God is the ultimate experience of silence, of beauty, of bliss, a state of inner celebration. Rajneesh
  • There is absolutely nothing in ordinary human experience to compare with the joy of the presence of the Love of God. No sacrifice is too great nor effort too much in order to realize that Presence. David Hawkins
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To know God is a transcendent experience

  • Those who have actually achieved transcendence describe their experience of pure intelligent consciousness—movingly and personally—as an all-encompassing supernal light, an ecstasy of supreme joy, an immersion in pure and welcoming love, and an all-knowing compassion. They describe God as infinitely present and infinitesimally aware—an awe-inspiring intelligence that creates and sustains all of creation yet is at the same time intimately aware of their inmost thoughts. Joseph Selbie
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The direct experience of God is all that matters

  • Of two men who have no experience of God, he who denies him is perhaps nearer to him than the other. Simone Weil
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Our experience of God is our evidence for God

  • I myself believe that the evidence for the existence of God lies primarily in inner personal experience. William James
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God is the experience of love

  • God is an experience of supreme love. Elizabeth Gilbert
  • I experience God as the power of love.  John Shelby Spong
  • I had a deep experience of God’s love for me. Henri Nouwen
  • He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love. John iv
  • Measure your progress by your experience of the love of God and its exercise before men. William Wilberforce
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God is a feeling experience

  • God is a feeling experience and not a believing experience. If your religion is a believing experience … then that’s not truly God. Oprah Winfrey
  • Do not dissect the love of God, but feel it. Emmet Fox
  • What do you think of God,” the teacher asked. After a pause, the young pupil replied, “He’s not a think, he’s a feel.” Paul Frost
  • Q: How is the Absolute experienced? M: It is not an object to be recognized and stored up in memory. It is in the present and in feeling rather. It has more to do with the ‘how’ than with the ‘what’. It is in the quality, in the value; being the source of everything, it is in everything.  Nisargadatta Maharaja
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Experience God by embracing the mystery of God

  • Mysteries are not riddles. Mysteries are places to go with your mind. You go into mysteries. Frederick Lenz 
  • Mystery is not an argument for the existence of God; mystery is an experience of the existence of God. Peter J. Gomes 
  • God reveals himself to those who wait for that revelation, and who don’t try to tear at the hem of a mystery, forcing disclosure. Catherine Doherty
  • The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. Albert Einstein
  • An appreciation of mystery was central to our experience of God. Doug  Hammack
  • The mystery of God hugs you in its all-encompassing arms. Hildegard of Bingen
  • Life is a mystery – mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity. Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery. Amit Ray
  • You believe God is not there, but He is, Hidden in the secret of the divine mystery. Rumi
  • The experience of conscious communion with God makes way for a no-experience in which the only thing the person can do is yield to the unknown Mystery. In that yielding, a new self is born.  Rebecca A. Meier-Rao
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God can be directly experienced through attaining mystical states…

  • Mysticism cuts through bullshit, and it takes you right there to the experience.  Frederick Lenz
  • The immediacy of mystic experience simply means that we know God just as we know other objects. God is not a mathematical entity or a system of concepts mutually related to one another and having no reference to experience. Muhammad Iqbal
  • Mysticism is the passionate longing of the soul for God. Evelyn Underhill
  • The pure mystic wishes to approach his God only in the all-embracing love.  Franz Bardon
  • Mysticism is an eclectic mixture of various forms of self-discovery that’s primarily experimental. Frederick Lenz
  • The school of awareness is the school of mysticism. Mysticism is the experience of eternity, of that which lies beyond the physical phenomenal experience. Frederick Lenz
  • …the mystic is one for whom God is not merely an object of belief, but a living fact experimentally known at first-hand; and mysticism for him becomes, in so far as he responds to its demands, a life based on this conscious communion with God. Evelyn Underhill
  • What does mysticism really mean? It means the way to attain knowledge. It’s close to philosophy, except in philosophy you go horizontally while in mysticism you go vertically. Elie Wiesel
  • In mysticism we reorder those awarenesses. We combine and recombine them endlessly. We assemble them so we can experience aspects of the universe that most people will never know. Frederick Lenz
  • Mysticism: to dwell on the unseen, to withdraw ourselves from the things of sense into communion with God – to endeavour to partake of the Divine nature; that is, of Holiness. Florence Nightingale
  • …the mystic is one for whom God is not merely an object of belief, but a living fact experimentally known at first-hand; and mysticism for him becomes, in so far as he responds to its demands, a life based on this conscious communion with God. Evelyn Underhill
  • A mystic doesn’t say “I believe.” They say “I know.” A true mystic will ironically speak with that self-confidence but at the same time with a kind of humility. So when you see that combination of calm self-confidence, certitude, and humility all at the same time you have the basis for mysticism in general. Richard Rohr
  • Mysticism, according to its historical and psychological definitions, is the direct intuition or experience of God; and a mystic is a person who has, to a greater or less degree, such a direct experience — one whose religion and life are centered, not merely on an accepted belief or practice, but on that which the person regards as first hand personal knowledge. Evelyn Underhill
  • This mysterious something has been called God, the Absolute, Nature, Substance, Energy, Space, Ether, Mind, Being, the Void, the Infinite — names and ideas which shift in popularity and respectability with the winds of intellectual fashion, of considering the universe intelligent or stupid, superhuman or subhuman, specific or vague. All of them might be dismissed as nonsense-noises if the notion of an underlying Ground of Being were no more than a product of intellectual speculation. But these names are often used to designate the content of a vivid and almost sensorily concrete experience — the “unitive” experience of the mystic, which, with secondary variations, is found in almost all cultures at all times. This experience is the transformed sense of self which I was discussing in the previous chapter, though in “naturalistic” terms, purified of all hocus-pocus about mind, soul, spirit, and other intellectually gaseous words. Alan Watts
  • To illustrate: Everybody in the world knows the word “God,” but there are few people in the world who know God. For most of us God has remained a word, a term, a power outside the self; God, Itself, has not become a living reality except to those few people who are known as mystics. Joel S. Goldsmith

 

… by attaining union with God

  • True knowledge of this God can only happen by union with him in the mystical experience, not by rational analysis or intellectual reasoning. That direct knowledge transcends intellectual knowledge. Bernard Haisch
  • Oneness. Undivided. All. Only the pure in heart and poor in spirit can come to the unitive knowledge of God. My Me is God, nor do I recognize any other Me except my God Himself. St. Catherine of Genoa
  • …leave behind the senses and the operations of the intellect, and all things sensible and intellectual, and all things in the world of being and non-being, that thou mayest arise by unknowing towards the union, as far as is attainable, with Him who transcends all being and all knowledge. For by the unceasing and absolute renunciation of thyself and of all things, thou mayest be borne on high, through pure and entire self-abnegation, into the superessential radiance of the divine Darkness. Dionysius the Areopagite
  • The higher we soar in contemplation, the more limited become our expressions of that which is purely intelligible; even as now, when plunging into the Darkness which is above the intellect, we pass not merely into brevity of speech, but even into absolute silence, of thoughts as well as of words … and, according to the degree of transcendence, so our speech is restrained until, the entire ascent being accomplished, we become wholly voiceless, inasmuch as we are absorbed in Him who is totally ineffable. Dionysius the Areopagite
  • To become conscious of God, to become God, to be God and to be beyond God, God having an existence separate from creation, to be that, to merge with that, to lose one’s self and find one’s self endlessly again and again in that is self-realisation. Frderick Lenz
  • The fitting disposition for union with God is not that the soul should understand, feel, taste or imagine anything on the subject of the nature of God, or any other thing whatever, but should remain in that pureness and love which is perfect resignation and complete detachment from all things for God alone. St. John of the Cross
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The experience of God in this way is a direct and indisputable knowing

  • A man with an experience of God is never at the mercy of a man with an argument. Leonard Ravenhill
  • Zen Master Daie put it perfectly, nearly a thousand years ago, when he wrote: All the teachings the sages have expounded are no more than commentaries on the sudden cry… Ah, This!   Tim Freke 
  • One can spend endless lifetimes studying all the spiritual and philosophical teachings of the world and merely end up confused and discouraged. Seek to ‘know’, not to ‘know about’. ‘Know’ implies subjective experience; ‘know about’ means to accumulate facts. In the end, all facts disappear, and there are none to be known. David R. Hawkins
  • Spiritual realizations arise spontaneously and not as a consequence of thought processes. They arise in awareness as though coming out of intuition. It is a nonlinear process through which one suddenly becomes aware that they just ‘know’. David R. Hawkins
  • In the famous Gifford lectures, James described the experience of consciousness itself as rare, unique, indescribable, and “beyond mind”—a thought-free state of Knowingness that’s complete, all-inclusive, with neither need nor want, and beyond the limitation of experiencing the merely individualized, personal self. David R. Hawkins
  • Questionner: Do you believe in God?    Carl Jung:  No, I do not believe in God.  I know.  I know.
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Know God by experiencing reality

  • Eastern sages have always insisted that there exists a direct experience of reality that is nonverbal. Eastern religions are thus experience based. Or, if you like, hands on. Robert Lanza
  • When it comes to a direct experience of the very nature of reality, the event essentially boils down to seeing unity and peering through the illusions of time and death. It is variously called realization, enlightenment, union with God, satori, samadhi, nirvana, and many other names. Robert Lanza
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Each day is a chance to experience God’s presence

  • Each day presents a new opportunity to experience God’s presence. Aiden Wilson
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Religion can be a defence against the experience of God

  • Religion is a defence against the experience of God. Carl Jung
  • Religion is one of the safest places to hide from God. Richard Rohr
  • Religion idolizes concepts and avoids personal experience. Bill Johnson
  • People substitute tradition for the living experience of the love of God. They talk and think as though walking with God was attained by walking in the footsteps of people who walked with God.  Francis Howgill
  • She cut herself loose from the moorings of Scripture and tradition and appealing only to experience and credibility as her guides. Trevor Hart
  • The irony is that religion, if trapped in a conceptual prison, can block higher states of consciousness that lead to direct experiences of God. Anthony Lambert
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Knowing God is an experience of the heart rather than the mind

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God cannot be known with the mind

  • God illumines the mind and shines within it. One cannot know God by means of the mind. One can but turn the mind inwards and merge it in God. Ramana Maharshi
  • The word philosophy simply means a pursuit of wisdom, the purpose of life, and a search for Truth. However, this quest, because it originates with man, can never find the answers. In fact, man cannot reach God or know God by intellectual pursuit. Jimmy Swaggart
  • The human mind may know God, and learn of God, though it has no terms by which to explain Him; it may think of Him as Absolute, as Infinite, as Personal, while it may never in this life be able to fathom the full meaning of these sublime ideas. George C. Lorimer
  • The Ultimate and Highest leave taking is leaving God for GOD, leaving your notion of God for an Experience of That which transcends all notions. Meister Eckhart
  • Let us not mock God with metaphor, Analogy, sidestepping, transcendence; Making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the Faded credulity of earlier ages: Let us walk through the door. John Updike
  • Would that we might pass beyond the word into the experience. Richard Kellaway
  • Let me admonish you, first of all, to go alone; to refuse the good models, even those which are sacred in the imagination of men, and dare to love God without mediator or veil. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Though our tradition insists we cannot contain God in our minds, it also insists we can experience God. And when we do, we experience love. As we come to depend less and less on transient and impermanent images, our religion insists that the essential experience of God is of goodness and love. God is good. We are safe. Doug Hammack
  • You cannot define God. You cannot understand it. You can only dissolve it in. You can only experience it. You can never know it. Whatever knowledge you say you have of God is just cultural nonsense.  Experience does not mean you can grasp it.  You can only experience it by dissolving it it. There is no other way. Sadhguru
  • The soul understands what the mind cannot conceive. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Our thought cannot grasp the One as long as any other image remains active in the soul . . To this end, you must set free your soul from all outward things and turn wholly within yourself, with no more leaning to what lies outside, and lay your mind bare of ideal forms, as before of the objects of sense, and forget even yourself, and so come within sight of that One.   Plotinus
  • Enough of these phrases, conceit and metaphors, I want burning, burning, burning. Rumi
  • He had gone beyond the world of metaphor and simile into the place of things that are, and it was changing him. Neil Gaiman
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Knowing God is an experience beyond thoughts and words

  • The issue isn’t how to think about God but how to experience him directly. Deepak Chopra
  • There’s no way a human being can escape his or her human-ness to be able to imagine God. We can talk about how we’ve experienced God, not what or who God is. John Shelby Spong
  • I invite people into the direct experience of the Self, not the theory of it. Mooji
  • Don’t just read about God. First taste Him; and then you will be able to speak thousands of words about Him, as with a thousand mouths. But if you don’t, taste Him, everything you say will be mere surmises. Perception of God is what is necessary. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Practice the truth you hear and read about, so that it is not just an idea but a conviction born of experience. If reading books on theology satisfies your desire for God, you have not grasped the purpose of religion. Do not settle for intellectual satisfaction about truth. Convert truth into experience, and you will know God through your own Self-realization. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Self-realization is not something one can learn from books; it comes only through personal experience. Realization of Truth, experience of God — not dogma merely — is what every religion should bring to its followers. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • God is a living experience, not a belief. Deepak Chopra
  • The living experience of God is more important that ideologies, traditions and rituals and is often obscured by them. Anthony Lambert
  • God is an experience. It’s not a study, an essay, or an argument. Either you are inundated with it or you are not. God is as real as someone touching your hand. That’s how much you can feel Spirit inside of you. It is as real as the beating of your heart. You feel it flowing through your being. Michael Singer
  • Words betray their hollowness. The real cannot be described, it must be experienced.  Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • Brahman [God] cannot be described. It can only be experienced. Aimee Hughes
  • On the verbal level, everything is relative. Absolutes should be experienced, not discussed. Nisargadatta Maharaja 
  • Truth cannot be described, but it can be experienced. Nisargadatta Maharaja
  • For the mystics, prayer is more than petitioning an all-powerful deity with their personal desires. It is a technique to come into communion with the Being of all beings. God is no-thing and so is beyond any particular image that the mind can create. Thoughts and images cannot reveal God, but rather conceal His naked presence. God is not understood with the intellect, but intuitively known when thoughts are absent. Mystical prayer is emptying the mind so that we may directly experience Consciousness itself; the nothingness that contains everything. Tim Freke
  • The journey to God is merely the reawakening of the knowledge of where you are always, and what you are forever. It is a journey without distance to a goal that has never changed. Truth can only be experienced. It cannot be described and it cannot be explained. I can make you aware of the conditions of truth, but the experience is of God. Together we can meet its conditions, but truth will dawn upon you of itself. A Course in Miracles
  • Simply do this: Be still, and lay aside all thoughts of what you are and what God is; all concepts you have learned about the world; all images you hold about yourself. Empty your mind of everything it thinks is either true or false, or good or bad, of every thought it judges worthy, and all the ideas of which it is ashamed. Hold onto nothing. Do not bring with you one thought the past has taught, nor one belief you ever learned before from anything. Forget this world, forget this course, and come with wholly empty hands unto your God. A Course in Miracles
  • Reason is like an officer when the King appears; The officer then loses his power and hides himself. Reason is the shadow cast by God; God is the sun. Jalal-uddin Rumi
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To know God transcends belief

  • There’s no believing in God…We either know God, or we don’t. Gregory David Roberts
  • Any metaphor for God fervently believed in is a poor substitute for the living experience of God. Anthony Lambert
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God cannot be known as an object for God is the eternal subject

  • What is seeking? Seeking is “you” wanting to know God. Whatever you know is an object, and you are the subject. So if you want to know God, what does it mean? You are the subject and God is the object, but what exists is the other way around. God is the Subject and you are the object.    Ramesh Balsekar
  • What you are looking for is what is looking.  Francis of Assisi
  • In silence, God ceases to be an object and becomes an experience. Thomas Merton
  • God is not a thing or event in time, and the time-bound words which cannot do justice even to temporal matters are even more inadequate to the intrinsic nature and our own unitive experience of that which belongs to an incommensurably different order. Aldous Huxley
  • God is not a person; God is manifestation itself. We think that God is a superhuman person, but God is not a person. He is not a subject. We can never experience God in a subject/object experience. God is what makes a subject/object experience possible. We can never see God or experience God as separate from ourselves. God is a being but there is no division. Ricky Ray
  • God being, as He is, inaccessible, do not rest in the consideration of objects perceptible to the senses and comprehended by the understanding. This is to be content with what is less than God ; so doing, you will destroy the energy of the soul, which is necessary for walking with Him. St. John of the Cross
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God cannot be truly known as a finite form

  • Ignorant devotees who have visions of lesser deities in meditation do not know that all those forms are merely temporary, meager manifestations of the essentially unmanifested Spirit. They concentrate on the finite forms of the Infinite God and thus, in their minds, limit Him. … He who worships God merely as a finite form will not attain the transcendental divine union with His infinite nature. Paramahansa Yogananda
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Know God by not knowing God…

  • God is best known in not knowing him. Saint Augustine
  • In the end, we know God as unknown. Thomas Aquinas
  • You may know God, but not comprehend Him. Richard Baxter
  • God’ is always the equivalent of ‘I do not know.’ Annie Besant
  • To come into union with the wisdom of God, the soul has to embrace not-knowing, rather than knowledge. St. John of the Cross
  • It is better for the soul to be in the sweet country of understanding nothing. Marguerite Porete
  • We know God easily, if we do not constrain ourselves to define him. Joseph Joubert
  • The more we grow to know God, the more we realize how little we know of Him. Steven J Lawson
  • Anyone who knows God cannot describe Him. Anyone who can describe God does not know Him. Paulo Coelho
  • The blessed divine light will illuminate the heart to the degree that pure Consciousness is purged of all concepts and ideas. St. Hesychios the Priest
  • This is what is ultimate in our human knowledge of God, to know that we do not know. Anthony de Mello
  • The perfection of learning is to know God in such a way that, though you realize he is knowable, yet you know him as indescribable. Hilary of Poitiers
  • I know if I told you what God looked like and felt like then I’d be telling you a story. I just think we don’t know. God manifests himself, herself or itself in a way that we need it, in a way that we can grab a hold of and a way that we can put our arms around. Tim McGraw
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…for the highest knowledge is to know God as unknowable

  • When we speak of knowing God, it must be understood with reference to man’s limited powers of comprehension. God, as He really is, is far beyond man’s imagination, let alone understanding. God has revealed only so much of Himself as our minds can conceive and the weakness of our nature can bear. John Milton
  • You miss God because you think you know. The highest knowledge of God is to know God as unknowable. All revelations, however divine, are never any more than a finger pointing at the moon. As we say in the East, ‘When the sage points to the moon, all the idiot sees is the finger’. Anthony de Mello
  • Our contemplative ancestors taught us to live and thrive when our God is unknown and unknowable. Theirs was the wisdom that God’s primary language is silence, and that we discover a vibrant faith soaking in the silence of meditation and contemplation. They introduced us to the spirituality of a God beyond images and metaphors. We use the word “apophatic” to describe this part of our spiritual tradition. Through the centuries, we’ve developed contemplative practices that awaken us to the Divine Presence beyond our mind’s ability to contain. Doug Hammack
  • To invoke apophatic theology is to imply that God is ultimately unknowable, so we can say very little about God, or, alternately, we can say things about God but we cannot really know what the many things we do in fact say actually mean. Lauren F. Winner
  • The insight that human language is tarnished, even fallen, and that when applied to God, it can distort—the “astringent” suggestion that God’s unknowability demands we say nothing of God at all—threads through the centuries of Christian prayer and writing. Lauren F. Winner
  • We do not know what God is. God Himself does not know what He is because He is not any created thing. Literally God is not, because He transcends being.  John Scotus Erigena
  • Lewis, in his book Miracles, advocates the use of negative theology when first thinking about God, in order to cleanse our minds of misconceptions. He goes on to say we must then refill our minds with the truth about God, untainted by mythology, bad analogies or false mind-pictures.  P. H Brazier
  • Unknowing, or agnosia, is not ignorance or absence of knowledge as ordinarily understood, but rather the realization that no finite knowledge can fully know the Infinite One, and that therefore He is only truly to be approached by agnosia, or by that which is beyond and above knowledge. Pseudo-Dionysius
  • One of the greatest favours bestowed on the soul transiently in this life is to enable it to see so distinctly and to feel so profoundly that it cannot comprehend God at all. These souls are herein somewhat like the saints in heaven, where they who know Him most perfectly perceive most clearly that He is infinitely incomprehensible; for those who have the less clear vision do not perceive so clearly as do these others how greatly He transcends their vision.  St. John of the Cross
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Know God by letting go of the need to know

  • Great leaps in levels of consciousness are always preceded by surrender of the illusion that “I know.” David R. Hawkins
  • It is better for the soul to be in the sweet country of understanding nothing. Marguerite Porete
  • You use metaphor to make yourself feel at home in the world. You use metaphor to extinguish the unknown. The problem is the unknown is where I want to be. Roni Horn
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God can only be known by the heart…

  • The heart that knows God can find God anywhere. Aiden Wilson Tozer
  • Only in the heart can one experience the divine presence of truth. Kabir
  • To know God, know your heart (conscience). After you know your heart, you will learn to see God in all things. Truth can only be seen by those with Truth in them. Suzy Kassem
  • We must observe that the knowledge of God which we are invited to cultivate is not that which, resting satisfied with empty speculation, only flutters in the brain, but a knowledge which will prove substantial and fruitful whenever it is duly perceived and rooted in the heart. John Calvin
  • Do not try to approach God with your thinking mind. It may only stimulate your intellectual ideas, activities, and beliefs. Try to approach God with your crying heart. It will awaken your soulful, spiritual consciousness.  Sri Chinmoy
  • Find the god in your own heart and you will understand by direct intuition what all the great teachers, real mystics, true philosophers and inspired people have been trying to tell you by the tortuous method of using words. Paul Brunton
  • Lift the veil that obscures the heart, and there you will find what you are looking for. Kabir
  • Do not try to approach God with your thinking mind. It may only stimulate your intellectual ideas, activities, and beliefs. Try to approach God with your crying heart. It will awaken your soulful, spiritual consciousness. Sri Chinmoy
  • It is the heart which experiences God, not the reason. Blaise Pascal
  • There is a God-shaped vacuum in every heart. Blaise Pascal  
  • There are many paths to enlightenment. Be sure to take one with a heart. Lao Tzu
  • Although the intellect is easily fooled, the heart recognizes the truth. Where the intellect is limited, the heart is unlimited; where the intellect is intrigued by the temporary, the heart is only concerned with the permanent. David R. Hawkins
  • To have God speak to the heart is a majestic experience, an experience that people may miss if they monopolize the conversation and never pause to hear God’s responses. Charles Stanley
  • The ‘kingdom of God’ is not something one waits for; it has no yesterday or tomorrow, it does not come ‘in a thousand years’ it is an experience within a heart; it is everywhere, it is nowhere. Friedrich Nietzsche
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…or by negation

  • Now, because we cannot know what God is, but rather what He is not, we have no means for considering how God is, but rather how He is not.  Thomas Aquinas
  • The Hindus point at what cannot be spoken by calling it Neti Neti: Not this, Not this, or neither this nor that. Leo Hartong
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To know God is intuitive knowledge

  • The true basis of religion is not belief, but intuitive experience. Intuition is the soul’s power of knowing God. To know what religion is really all about, one must know God. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Words can never transfer understanding. They can only open the way for one’s intuition to rise into consciousness. Ramesh Balsekar
  • The way to God is not through the intellect, but through intuition. Spirituality is measured by what you experience intuitively, from the communion of your soul with God. It is so simple if inside you are always talking to Him, ‘Lord, come to me!’ Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The reason that God remains unknown to millions who worship Him in temples and churches, and in holy cities and places of pilgrimage, is that the physical instruments of knowledge can apprehend only the products of the Creator; Divinity Itself is perceived by the supramental faculty of intuition, the soul’s God-given power of knowing truth. When mental restlessness is stilled and the consciousness is interiorized, in touch with the soul, the God-revealing intuitive faculty is awakened. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • No devotee should be satisfied until he has sufficiently developed his intuition—by impartial introspection and deep meditation, as in Kriya Yoga—to experience the communion of soul and Spirit. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Divinity Itself is perceived by the supramental faculty of intuition, the soul’s God-given power of knowing truth. When mental restlessness is stilled and the consciousness is interiorized, in touch with the soul, the God-revealing intuitive faculty is awakened. Paramahansa Yogananda
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Know God by knowing the self (self-realisation)

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Know and experience God by coming to know the self…

  • Whoever knows himself knows God. Elijah Muhammad
  • He who knows himself knows god. Clement of Alexandria
  • Know thyself, and thou shalt know God. Ali ibn Abi Talib
  • In knowing God, each of us also knows himself. John Calvin
  • How can you know God if you don’t know your big toe? B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Without knowing your Spirit you cannot know God. Nirmala Srivastava
  • Without knowledge of self there is no knowledge of God. John Calvin
  • Know thyself, for through thyself only thou canst know God. John Ruskin
  • One seeks to know the self better in order to know God better. Edwin Gaustad
  • True wisdom consists in two things: Knowledge of God and Knowledge of Self. John Calvin
  • He is conscious only of God…To be conscious of knowing God is to know about God and self. Meister Eckhart
  • Are you afraid to find a loss of self in finding God? A Course in Miracles
  • Here on earth the love of God is better than the knowledge of God. St. Thomas Aquinas
  • The height of all philosophy is to know thyself; and the end of this knowledge is to know God. Francis Quarles
  • God realization and self-realization are one and the same. God-realization is nothing but the ability and expansiveness of heart to love everything equally. Mata Amritanandamayi
  • Our true and genuine wisdom can be summed up as the knowledge of God and the knowledge of ourselves. John Calvin
  • All the great teachers have left a similar message: Go within, discover your invisible higher self and know God as the love that is within you. Wayne Dyer
  • The knowledge of self is the most important thing, because how are you going to know God if you don’t know yourself? How are you going to know anything if you don’t know yourself? RZA
  • All that is real in me is God; all that is real in God is I. The gulf between God and me is thus bridged. Thus by knowing God, we find that the kingdom of heaven is within us. Swami Vivekananda
  • We are all part of the One Spirit. When you experience the true meaning of religion, which is to know God, you will realize that He is your Self, and that He exists equally and impartially in all beings. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The passing life of the senses doesn’t lead to knowledge of what our Self is. When we clearly see what our Self is, then we shall truly know our Lord God in great joy. Mother Julian of Norwich
  • What is yoga ? In simple words, it is taking your attention to the Spirit.  This is yoga.  What does the kundalini do ?  She raises your attention and takes it to the Spirit.  Only after knowing the Spirit you can know God. Nirmala Srivastava
  • To get at the core of God at his greatest, one must first get to the core of himself at his least, for no one can know God who has not first known himself. This core is a simple stillness, which is unmoved itself but by whose immobility all things are moved and all receive life. Meister Eckhart
  • Knowledge and personality make doubt possible, but knowledge is also the cure of doubt; and when we get a full and adequate sense of personality we are lifted into a region where doubt is almost impossible, for no man can know himself as he is, and all fullness of his nature, without also knowing God. Thornton T. Munger
  • Without knowledge of self there is no knowledge of God. Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid Wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But as these are connected together by many ties, it is not easy to determine which of the two precedes and gives birth to the other. John Calvin
  • Christianity, Islam, and Judaism emphasize Divinity as Transcendent. The mystics of the world’s great traditions focus instead on the Realization of Divinity as Immanent. The realization that God is both immanent and transcendent (res externa, extensa) is a consequence of the Realization of the Self and Enlightenment.  David Hawkins
  • The humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God than the deepest search after science. Thomas à Kempis
  • Self-realization means to know truth through yourself, and not through others. By seeking God first, through Self-realization, all things — strength, power, prosperity, wisdom, health, and immortality — will be added unto you. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The constant awareness of one’s existence as “I” is the ever-present expression of the innate divinity of the Self […] The truth of this identity is obscured by the duality created by perception and disappears when all positionalities are relinquished. David Hawkins
  • The instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if a man’s self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred. S. Lewis
  • We are all part of the One Spirit. When you experience the true meaning of religion, which is to know God, you will realize that He is your Self, and that He exists equally and impartially in all beings. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • What exists is a godly existence, a divine existence. God not as a person but as a presence certainly exists. But to understand that presence, you have to understand your own inner presence first, because it is from there that you can take off, it is from there that you can have the first glimpse of what godliness is. If you have not known yourself you will never know God.  Rajneesh
  • God dwells in you, as you, and you don’t have to ‘do’ anything to be God-realized or Self-realized, it is already your true and natural state. Just drop all seeking, turn your attention inward, and sacrifice your ego mind to the One Self radiating in the Heart of your very being. For this to be your own presently lived experience, Self-Inquiry Meditation is a direct and immediate way. Ramana Maharshi
  • The experience of Divinity within as Self, or God Immanent, is quite different from belief in God Transcendent. It is for this reason that the Buddha counseled against all depictions or nominalizations of God because Enlightenment is a condition or state in which the Self-knowing is that of Identity. In this condition or state, there is no ‘this’, such as self, with which to describe the Self. The condition or state is best described as Self-effulgent, and in that state the Knowingness is its own Reality. David Hawkins
  • Man is the individualised expression or reflection of God imaged forth and made manifest in bodily form. How is it, then, I hear it asked, that man has the limitations that he has, that he is subject to fears and forebodings, that he is liable to sin and error, that he is the victim of disease and suffering? There is but one reason. He is not living, except in rare cases here and there, in the conscious realisation of his own true Being, and hence of his own true Self.  Ralph Waldo Trine
  • This mysterious something has been called God, the Absolute, Nature, Substance, Energy, Space, Ether, Mind, Being, the Void, the Infinite — names and ideas which shift in popularity and respectability with the winds of intellectual fashion, of considering the universe intelligent or stupid, superhuman or subhuman, specific or vague. All of them might be dismissed as nonsense-noises if the notion of an underlying Ground of Being were no more than a product of intellectual speculation. But these names are often used to designate the content of a vivid and almost sensorily concrete experience — the “unitive” experience of the mystic, which, with secondary variations, is found in almost all cultures at all times. This experience is the transformed sense of self which I was discussing in the previous chapter, though in “naturalistic” terms, purified of all hocus-pocus about mind, soul, spirit, and other intellectually gaseous words. Alan Watts
  • God is the life behind your life, the sight behind your eyes, the taste behind your tongue, and the love behind your love. To realize this to the fullest extent is Self-realization. Without God’s power you can do nothing. If you always hold this thought, you cannot go wrong, because you will have purified the temple of your mind and your soul with the vibrations of God. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • He who knows the All but fails to know himself lacks everything. Jesus, as quoted in the Gospel of Thomas
  • Knowledge of God as the All-in-All is possible only when the devotee realizes first the great “Myself”—that Spirit present within himself, as well as omnipresent in the universe. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Proof of the existence of God is not to be found in books, nor in the words of others. It is in yourself. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The kingdom of God is not in the clouds, in some designated point of space; it is right behind the darkness that you perceive with closed eyes. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • …an exalted power of the soul, a power so high and noble it is able to see God face to face in his own self. This power … knows no yesterday or day before, no morrow or day after (for in eternity there is no yesterday or tomorrow); there is only a present now; the happenings of a thousand years ago, a thousand years to come, are there in the present and the antipodes the same as here. Meister Eckhart
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…through self-realisation

  • This is the entire essence of life: Who are you? What are you?  Leo Tolstoy
  • Self-realization is effortless. What you are trying to find is what you already are. Ramesh S Balsekar
  • The purpose of life is to realize God within ourselves. This can be done even whilst attending to our worldly duties.  Meher Baba
  • Being aware of awareness itself, only consciousness can get you there to the truth of yourself, the immortal inner being.   Rajneesh
  • Divine desperateness is the beginning of spiritual awakening because it gives rise to the aspiration for God-realisation.  Meher Baba
  • The spine is the highway to the Infinite. Your own body is the temple of God. It is within your own self that God must be realized.  Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if a man’s self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred. S. Lewis
  • All service should be regarded as an offering to God, and every opportunity to serve should be welcomed as a gift from God. When service is done in this spirit, it will lead to self- realization.  Sathya Sai Baba
  • I believe one of our souls’ major purposes is to know, love, and express our authentic selves. To live the life and be the person we were created to be. However, our true selves only emerge when it’s safe to do so. Self-condemnation, shame, and guilt send your true nature into hiding. It’s only in the safety of gentle curiosity, encouragement, and self-love that your soul can bloom as it was created to do.  Sue Thoele
  • The goal of life is god realisation.  Sivananda
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Know God by transcending the ego

  • There is no timetable or prescribed route to God. Although each person’s route is unique, the terrain to be covered is relatively common to all. The work is to surmount and transcend the common human failings that are inherent in the structure of the human ego. One would like to think that they are personal; however, the ego itself is not personal. It was inherited along with becoming a human being. Details differ based on past karma. David Hawkins
  • The less there is of you, the more you experience the sublime. Joseph Campbell
  • Man’s obsessive consciousness of, and insistence on being, a separate self is the final and most formidable obstacle to the unitive knowledge of God. Aldous Huxley
  • The more you abandon yourself, the more you will find Me. You are that which is not. I am that I am. God speaking to Catherine of Sienna
  • To the extent that there is attachment to ‘I,’ ‘me,’ ‘mine/ there is no attachment to, and therefore no unitive knowledge of, the divine Ground. Aldous Huxley
  • It is only by forgetting yourself that you draw near to God. Henry David Thoreau
  • The divine Ground of all existence is a spiritual Absolute, ineffable in terms of discursive thought, but (in certain circumstances) susceptible of being directly experienced and realized by the human being. This Absolute is the God-without-form of Hindu and Christian mystical phraseology. The last end of man, the ultimate reason for human existence, is unitive knowledge of the divine Ground—the knowledge that can come only to those who are prepared to “Die to self” and so make room, as it were, for God. Aldous Huxley
  • Direct knowledge of the Ground cannot be had except by union, and union can be achieved only by the annihilation of the self-regarding ego, which is the barrier separating the ‘thou’ from the ‘That’ Aldous Huxley
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Know God by finding God within…

  • When you meditate, the silence of the senses illumines the presence of God within. Gurumayi Chidvilasananda
  • Meditation was invented as a way for the soul to venture inward, there ultimately to find supreme identity with Godhead. Whatever else it does, and it does many beneficial things, meditation is first and foremost a search for the God within. Ken Wilber
  • God is the life behind your life, the sight behind your eyes, the taste behind your tongue, and the love behind your love. To realize this to the fullest extent is Self-realization. Without God’s power you can do nothing. If you always hold this thought, you cannot go wrong, because you will have purified the temple of your mind and your soul with the vibrations of God. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Mystics tell us that if we wish to find God, we must look within.  F.C. Happold
  • As God is the Essence of our own being, we cannot truly express ourselves until we learn to manifest His presence within us. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • God dwells in you, as you, and you don’t have to do anything to be God-realised or Self-realised, it is already your true and natural state. Just drop all seeking, turn your attention inward and sacrifice your mind to the One Self radiating in the Heart of your very being. For this to be your presently lived experience, Self-Enquiry is the one direct and immediate way. Ramana Maharshi
  • If we want to find God, we have to look within, into the realm of deep mind-a realm that science has yet to explore. Peter Russell
  • The Master keeps her mind always at one with the Tao; that is what gives her her radiance. The Tao is ungraspable. How can her mind be at one with it? Because she doesn’t cling to ideas. The Tao is dark and unfathomable. How can it make her radiant? Because she lets it. Since before time and space were, the Tao is. It is beyond is and is not. How do I know this is true? I look inside myself and see.  Laozi
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… by being present to the indwelling presence

  • As our apophatic tradition leads us beyond images, we become more comfortable in the presence of divine mystery, not needing to frame a God who is “like this,” or who will “do that.” Instead, our contemplative practice awakens and feeds our ceaseless yearning for the Ultimate, for the Deep from which we come. Apophatic spirituality invites us feel comfortable being one with divine Presence through inner quiet that does not try to direct or maneuver God. Doug Hammack
  • The testimony of those who have gone before us is unanimous. When we focus on simply being present to the indwelling Presence, something happens to us. Our thoughts, feelings, and assumptions about God change. People of steadfast contemplative practice begin to frame God less as the metaphor-God, and more as an experience of love. Doug Hammack
  • I confess that there is nothing to teach: no religion, no science, no writings which will lead your mind back to Spirit. Today I speak this way, tomorrow that, but always the Path is beyond words and beyond mind.   Lao Tzu
  • We should daily feel a deeper union with Life, a greater sense of that Indwelling God – the God of the seen and of the unseen – within us. Ernest Holmes
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Know God by coming to know your own inner presence…

  • What exists is a godly existence, a divine existence. God not as a person but as a presence certainly exists. But to understand that presence, you have to understand your own inner presence first, because it is from there that you can take off, it is from there that you can have the first glimpse of what godliness is. If you have not known yourself you will never know God. Rajneesh
  • Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Can we see God? Of course not. Can we know God? Of course not. If God can be known, He will be God no longer. Knowledge is limitation. But I and my Father are one: I find the reality in my soul. These ideas are expressed in some religions, and in others only hinted. In some they were expatriated. Christ’s teachings are now very little understood in this country. If you will excuse me, I will say that they have never been very well understood. Swami Vivekananda
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…by knowing the watcher

  • My approach is that we are not searching for experiences here. We are trying to know the one who experiences all experiences. Our search is for the witness. Who is this observer? Who is this consciousness? Sometimes it feels sad, sometimes it feels happy; sometimes it is so high, flying in the sky, and sometimes so down. Who is this watcher of all these games? – high and low, happy, unhappy, in heaven and hell. Who is this watcher? To know this watcher is to know God. And you are already it – just a little awakening is needed… no search but only awakening. Rajneesh
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To know God is to come to know God as ourselves…

  • To know that you are God is another way of saying that you feel completely one with this universe. Alan Watts
  • The best thing you can give is God consciousness. Manifest your own divinity first. The truth is there. It’s right within us all. Understand what you are. George Harrison
  • Transformation, or enlightenment, means understanding our true nature and expressing it in all aspects of our being. We are now and always will be fully God. James C Wilhelm
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…as our very own inner being

  • As God is the Essence of our own being, we cannot truly express ourselves until we learn to manifest His presence within us. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • True salvation is fulfillment, peace, life in all its fullness. It is to be who you are, to feel within you the good that has no opposite, the joy of Being that depends on nothing outside itself. It is felt not as a passing experience but as an abiding presence. In theistic language, it is to “know God” – not as something outside you but as your own innermost essence. True salvation is to know yourself as an inseparable part of the timeless and formless One Life from which all that exists derives its being. Eckhart Tolle
  • Man is the individualised expression or reflection of God imaged forth and made manifest in bodily form. How is it, then, I hear it asked, that man has the limitations that he has, that he is subject to fears and forebodings, that he is liable to sin and error, that he is the victim of disease and suffering? There is but one reason. He is not living, except in rare cases here and there, in the conscious realisation of his own true Being, and hence of his own true Self. Ralph Waldo Trine
  • Unless you have found God in your own soul, the whole world will seem meaningless to you. Rabindranath Tagore
  • The hope is to know God inclusively; to realize the divine Ground in the world as well as in the soul. Aldous Huxley
  • We should daily feel a deeper union with Life, a greater sense of that Indwelling God – the God of the seen and of the unseen – within us. Ernest Holmes
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Know and experience God through expanded states of awareness

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Know God through raising your level of consciousness

  • When there is enough consciousness, God appears. You will know this as surely as you know that you have thoughts, feelings, and sensations. This is God will cross your mind as easily as This is a rose. The presence of God will be as palpable as a heartbeat.  Deepak Chopra
  • Only when you transform your own awareness will God become clear, real, and useful. Deepak Chopra
  • The key to reaching God is to undergo a shift in awareness. Deepak Chopra
  • So it’s really a process of actually having a realization of God, which all becomes clear with the expanded state of consciousness. George Harrison
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Know God through expanded awareness

  • Truth is one, single, and it can never be misinterpreted. To know the truth it is essential that whatever human awareness we have got, it has to be expanded.  There is something still lacking in that awareness by which we cannot know God, we cannot know the truth. Nirmala Srivastava
  • If then you do not make yourself equal to God, you cannot apprehend God; for like is known by like. Leap clear of all that is corporeal, and make yourself grown to a like expanse with that greatness which is beyond all measure; rise above all time and become eternal; then you will apprehend God. Think that for you too nothing is impossible; deem that you too are immortal, and that you are able to grasp all things in your thought, to know every craft and science; find your home in the haunts of every living creature; make yourself higher than all heights and lower than all depths; bring together in yourself all opposites of quality, heat and cold, dryness and fluidity; think that you are everywhere at once, on land, at sea, in heaven; think that you are not yet begotten, that you are in the womb, that you are young, that you are old, that you have died, that you are in the world beyond the grave; grasp in your thought all of this at once, all times and places, all substances and qualities and magnitudes together; then you can apprehend God. Hermes Trismegistus
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Experience God by abiding in thoughtless awareness…

  • The Creator has to be experienced beyond the five senses and the only instrument that can experience in this way, for you, is yourself – in the state of thoughtless awareness in which you declare ‘I am’ and hold it. Barry Long
  • Our thought cannot grasp the One as long as any other image remains active in the soul . . To this end, you must set free your soul from all outward things and turn wholly within yourself, with no more leaning to what lies outside, and lay your mind bare of ideal forms, as before of the objects of sense, and forget even yourself, and so come within sight of that One. Plotinus
  • You can only get next to God through the effort of preparation. To experience the uncreated, the state of awareness will have to be held for several minutes. You are then between time and the time-less – waiting for the unknown, which will come but cannot be willed. Barry Long
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…by resting in the root of being

  • Go to the root of all experience, to the sense of being. Beyond being and not-being lies the immensity of the real. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj 
  • Since resistance is inseparable from the mind, relinquishment of resistance — surrender — is the end of the mind as your master, the impostor pretending to be “you,” the false god. All judgment and all negativity dissolve. The realm of Being, which had been obscured by the mind, then opens up. Suddenly, a great stillness arises within you, an unfathomable sense of peace. And within that peace, there is great joy. And within that joy, there is love. And at the innermost core, there is the sacred, the immeasurable, That which cannot be named. Eckhart Tolle
  • Such words as ‘God’ and ‘Death’ and ‘Suffering’ and ‘Eternity’ are best forgotten. We have to become as simple and as wordless as the growing corn or the falling rain. We must just be. Etty Hillesum
  • The one unalterable reality is being. Until you realize that state of pure being you should pursue the enquiry. If once you are established in it there will be no further worry. Ramana Maharshi
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Know God as the light of awareness

  • The radiance of God is the light of awareness that reveals the divinity of all that exists. David Hawkins
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Know God through present moment awareness

  • Time and the manifested are as inextricably linked as are the timeless Now and the Unmanifested. When you dissolve psychological time through intense present moment awareness, you become conscious of the Unmanifested both directly and indirectly. Directly, you feel it as the radiance and power of your conscious presence – no content, just presence. Indirectly, you are aware of the Unmanifested in and through the sensory realm. In other words, you feel the God-essence in every creature, every flower, every stone, and you realize: `All that is, is holy.” This is why Jesus, speaking entirely from his essence or Christ identity, says in the Gospel of Thomas: “Split a piece of wood; I am there. Lift up a stone, and you will find me there.”  Eckhart Tolle
  • Through the present moment, you have access to the power of life itself, that which has traditionally been called “God.” As soon as you turn away from it, God ceases to be a reality in your life, and all you are left with is the mental concept of God, which some people believe in and others deny. Even belief in God is only a poor substitute for the living reality of God manifesting every moment of your life. Eckhart Tolle
  • Those who think to reach God by running away from the world, when and where do they expect to meet him? We are reaching him here in this very spot, now at this very moment. Rabindranath Tagore
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Know God by transcending time

  • Time is what keeps the light from reaching us. There is no greater obstacle to God than time: and not only time but temporalities, not only temporal things but temporal affections, not only temporal affections but the very taint and smell of time. Meister Eckhart
  • Past and future veil God from our sight ; Burn up both of them with fire. How long Wilt thou be partitioned by these segments, like a reed ? So long as a reed is partitioned, it is not privy to secrets, Nor is it vocal in response to lip and breathing. Jalal-uddin
  • Rejoice in God all the time, says St. Paul. He rejoices all the time who rejoices above time and free from time. Three things prevent a man from knowing God. The first is time, the second is corporeality, the third is multiplicity. That God may come in, these things must go out except thou have them in a higher, better way : multitude summed up to one in thee.  Meister Eckhart
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Know and experience God through spiritual practices

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Know God through love and know God as love

  • What a vast difference there is between knowing God and loving Him. Blaise Pascal
  • For me the only certain means of knowing God is nonviolence, ahimsa, love. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Earthly things must be known to be loved; Divine things must be loved to be known. Blaise Pascal
  • Love is our highest word and the synonym for God. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • What do you think of God,” the teacher asked. After a pause, the young pupil replied, “He’s not a think, he’s a feel.” Paul Frost  
  • Do not dissect the love of God, but feel it. Emmet Fox  
  • You can’t understand the first thing about God unless you love Him. George Harrison
  • By love may He be gotten and holden, but by thought never. The Cloud of Unknowing
  • The astrolabe of the mysteries of God is love. Jalal-uddin Rumi
  • The end of all learning is to know God, and out of that knowledge to love and imitate Him. John Milton
  • Don’t try to know God first; love God first. Then He will tell you everything. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The people who know God well—mystics, hermits, prayerful people, those who risk everything to find God—always meet a lover, not a dictator. Richard Rohr
  • Self knowledge puts us on our knees, and it is very necessary for love. For knowledge of God gives love, and knowledge of self gives humility Mother Teresa
  • Once I ‘know’ God, that is, once I experience God’s love as the love in which all my human experiences are anchored, I can desire only one thing: to be in that love. Henri Nouwen
  • It is only through love that we can attain to communion with God. All living knowledge of God rests upon this foundation: that we experience him in our lives as Will-to-love. Albert Schweitzer
  • Only God is love, and for this love to be fully realized self must step aside. And not only do we not need a self to love God, but for the same reason we do not need a mind to know him, for that in us which knows God, is God. Bernadette Roberts
  • Let all our employment be to know GOD: the more one knows Him, the more one desires to know Him. And as knowledge is commonly the measure of love, the deeper and more extensive our knowledge shall be, the greater will be our love: and if our love of GOD were great, we should love Him equally in pains and pleasures. Brother Lawrence
  • Love is basic for the very survival of mankind. I’m convinced that love is the only absolute ultimately; love is the highest good. He who loves has somehow discovered the meaning of ultimate reality. He who hates does not know God; he who hates has no knowledge of God. Love is the supreme unifying principle of life. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The people who know God well – the mystics, the hermits, those who risk everything to find God – always meet a lover, not a dictator. God is never found to be an abusive father or a tyrannical mother, but always a lover who is more than we dared hope for. How different than the account manager that most people seem to worship. God is a lover who receives and forgives everything. Richard Rohr
  • Since love of God is the highest felicity and happiness of man, his final end and the aim of all his actions, it follows that he alone observes the divine law who is concerned to love God not from fear of punishment nor love of something else, such as pleasure, fame, ect., but from the single fact that he knows God, or that he knows that the knowledge and love of God is the highest good. Baruch Spinoza
  • The pure mystic wishes to approach his God only in the all-embracing love.  Franz Bardon
  • The experience of Divine Life and Divine Love trump doctrine and creedal belief. Doug  Hammack
  • Measure your progress by your experience of the love of God and its exercise before men. William Wilberforce
  • To understand the nature of God, it is necessary only to know the nature of love itself. To truly know love is to know and understand God; and to know God is to understand love. David Hawkins
  • To the degree you experience God’s love towards you – seeing you as beautiful and radiant – to that degree sex won’t ruin your life. Timothy Keller
  • Our first experience of God is so important, we either experience Him as the police guard that wants to punish or as Creative Love that awaits. Pope Benedict XVI
  • Whatever God is, we experience his nature, or her nature, or its nature (we struggle for language, don’t we?) when we live in the experience of love.  Doug  Hammack
  • I think I can tell you how I experience God. I experience God as the power of life calling me to live, I experience God as the power of love calling me to love. John Shelby Spong
  • The experience of overarching Love is the point of walking the path of God. It is the quest for ultimate Reality. It is the quest for that which passes understanding. Doug  Hammack
  • People substitute tradition for the living experience of the love of God. They talk and think as though walking with God was attained by walking in the footsteps of people who walked with God. Francis Howgill
  • Q: What is the experience which comes nearest to the Supreme? M: Immense peace and boundless love. Realize that whatever there is true, noble and beautiful in the universe, it all comes from you, that you yourself are at the source of it. Nisargadatta Maharaja    
  • What is God? The eternal one life underneath all the forms of life. What is love? To feel the presence of that one life deep within yourself and within all creatures. To be it. Therefore, all love is the love of God. Eckhart Tolle
  • My trust in God flows out of the experience of his loving me, day in and day out, whether the day is stormy or fair, whether I’m sick or in good health, whether I’m in a state of grace or disgrace. He comes to me where I live and loves me as I am. Brennan Manning
  • It’s not about finding ways to avoid God’s judgment and feeling like a failure if you don’t do everything perfectly. It’s about fully experiencing God’s love and letting it perfect you. It’s not about being somebody you are not. It’s about becoming who you really are.  Stormie Omartian
  • When you are in the presence of unconditional love, that is the optimum environment for your heart to open, because you feel safe, because you realize nobody wants anything from you. The minute that heart opens, you are once again letting in the flow. And that flow is where you experience God. Ram Dass
  • The testimony of those who have gone before us is unanimous. When we focus on simply being present to the indwelling Presence, something happens to us. Our thoughts, feelings, and assumptions about God change. People of steadfast contemplative practice begin to frame God less as the metaphor-God, and more as an experience of love. Doug Hammack
  • The life-converting experience is not the discovery that I have choices to make that determine the way I live out my existence, but the awareness that my existence itself is not in the center. Once I ‘know’ God, that is, once I experience God’s love as the love in which all my human experiences are anchored, I can desire only one thing: to be in that love. Henri Nouwen
  • By singlehearted devotion, O son of Pritha (Arjuna), that Supreme Unmanifested is reached. He alone, the Omnipresent, is the Abode of all creatures. —The Bhagavad Gita VIII:22
  • When you are absorbed in love for God, His response is there at the heart center, a tremendous feeling of calmness and divine joy welling up in the heart that draws your attention or concentration to that center. That feeling in the heart is like a great comet of light; and in that light is the love of God. It is that feeling which you should concentrate on in the heart. Those who are in earnest about God are aware of these subtle spiritual experiences. As soon as I concentrate on the heart, I feel that light, that glow of God’s all-consuming love. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • In whatever way people are devoted to Me, in that of measure I manifest Myself to them. All men, in every manner (of seeking Me), pursue a path to Me. —The Bhagavad Gita IV:11
  • The paradox is that the simplest way to know God is the way of love. There is a way of knowledge (Jnana Yoga) by which He can be known: the path of analytical discrimination, eliminating all that is not God—”Neti, neti,” not this; not that. Another way is to purify oneself by performing nothing but good actions and renouncing the fruits thereof (Karma Yoga). And then there is the path of devotion (Bhakti Yoga), continuously thinking of God until one sees Him in everything. He is so evident if we look for Him with the eyes of devotion. We must make Him know that we are wanting Him, that He cannot continue to elude us. If we press Him with our thoughts, with our longing for Him, He is bound to express Himself; He is bound to respond. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • To discover the hidden presence of God, you must love Him. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Renunciation is the means by which God can be known, but it is not the end in itself. Love is much greater than mere renunciation. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • God cannot be comprehended by the faculty of intelligence, but is totally and perfectly intelligible through the power of love. The Cloud of Unknowing
  • And when great love for God comes in your heart, you do not miss anything; no matter what you have or do not have in this world, you nevertheless feel fulfilled. Divine love transmutes all material desires—even the longing for human love, that mortal passion which so often brings pain either from its fickle nature or because it is snatched away by death. Loving the Lord, you can never turn back to being satisfied by lesser loves. In Him you will find all the love of all hearts. You will find completeness. Everything that the world gives you and then takes away, leaving you in pain or disillusionment, you will find in God in a much greater way, and with no aftermath of sorrow.  Paramahansa Yogananda
  • God’s presence is so close; it is just as though somebody is playing hide-and-seek with you in a dark room. Though you do not see the person, you feel that he is there. That is how God is, just behind the darkness of your unseeing eyes. He is talking to us through the wise man. And He is inspiring us through the great ones, such as Christ, Krishna, and the Masters. He is, but where is He? That is what devotion answers: You do not have to see Him in order to become devoted to Him. Devotion means that you know He is omnipresent around you in the dark conundrum of cosmos, playing a divine game of hide-and-seek with you. Behind the leaves, behind the wind, behind the warm rays of the sun—He is hiding, but He is there. He is not far away; that is why it becomes easy to love Him. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • If you have that love for God which brings actual perception of Him, you do not require the formal discipline of renunciation. It becomes automatic; all lesser desires and attachments fall away. The selfish man is not a man of God, because he is always thinking of the desires of the ego apart from God. Renunciation is the means by which God can be known, but it is not the end in itself. Love is much greater than mere renunciation. Love is a joyous giving. When that is in the heart, there is no pain in parting with anything. When renunciation for its own sake is uppermost, the devotee rationalizes, “Why should I part with this or that?” He discriminates in giving. Renunciation is made to seem so terrible that few want to follow it. But when love for God is there, then even the renunciant has no feeling of renunciation. You gladly do without anything or everything for love of God. The most enjoyable way of life, whether as a monastic or a householder, is to be in love with Him.  Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The devotee who is in love with God says, “Even though I don’t see You, Lord, I know You are right behind my thoughts. I could not think or reason without You. I could not will without You. I could not walk or speak without You. So, Lord, I know You are here with me all the time, behind my brain, behind my love, behind my whole existence; and that is why I love You.” When you are conscious of His presence within you and that your whole being is solely dependent on Him, that is the devotional way to God. If you have this awareness of His immanence, how could you be selfish when you see Him in everyone? He who loves God, loves God in everyone.   Paramahansa Yogananda
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Know God through worship

  • Worship in truth is worship that arises out of an actual encounter with God, a response to the experience of knowing God’s real presence and activity in our daily lives. This has nothing to do with sentiment, thinking religious thoughts or having aesthetic experiences in church buildings; any religion can give you that sort of thing. Graham Kendrick
  • Praise becomes compulsory when we experience true intimacy [with God]. Beth Moore
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Know God through prayer

  • We cannot really know God if we do not pray. Mother Teresa
  • The first purpose of prayer is to know God. Charles L. Allen
  • The whole meaning of prayer is that we may know God. Oswald Chambers
  • Some people pray just to pray and some people pray to know God. Andy Murray
  • We look upon prayer simply as a means of getting things for ourselves, but the biblical purpose of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself. Oswald Chambers
  • Those who know God the best are the richest and most powerful in prayer. Little acquaintance with God, and strangeness and coldness to Him, make prayer a rare and feeble thing. Edward McKendree Bounds
  • Sometimes we hear it said that ten minutes on your knees will give you a truer, deeper, more operative knowledge of God than ten hours over your books. What! Than ten hours over your books on your knees? B. B. Warfield
  • If God sees that my spiritual life will be furthered by giving the things for which I ask, then He will give them, but that is not the end of prayer. The end of prayer is that I come to know God Himself. Oswald Chambers
  • Anyone, without exception, can know God if they really want to simply by praying, by honestly telling Him that they want to know Him. He always responds to honest seekers. Jesus promised, ‘All who seek, find. Peter Kreeft
  • Prayer does change things, all kinds of things. But the most important thing it changes is us. As we engage in this communion with God more deeply and come to know the One with whom we are speaking more intimately, that growing knowledge of God reveals to us all the more brilliantly who we are and our need to change in conformity to Him. Prayer changes us profoundly. R. C. Sproul
  • I deepen my experience of God through prayer… Marianne Williamson
  • Communicating with God is the most extraordinary experience imaginable, yet at the same time it’s the most natural one of all, because God is present in us at all times. Omniscient, omnipotent, personal-and loving us without conditions. We are connected as One through our divine link with God. Eben Alexander
  • Why do you put up a barrier of doubt between yourself and God? If you love Him and inwardly talk to Him, and know He is with you, you will get much more result than from hours of just sitting absentmindedly in silence, supposedly meditating, with your mind wandering over everything but God. Paramahansa Yogananda
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Know God through meditation

  • We sit in meditation and cry to God, we cry to the light, as little children, knowing God will do everything for us. Frederick Lenz
  • Consciousness and meditation are methods where you can actually obtain GOD perception. George Harrison
  • How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? The rule for doing this is simple but demanding. It is that we turn each Truth that we learn about God into matter for meditation before God, leading to prayer and praise to God. J. I. Packer
  • Meditation isn’t just something we do to make ourselves more peaceful and to take some of the stress out of our lives. We do it because it’s the only direct experience we can have of knowing God. Because God is that which is indivisible. Everything else in the universe, in the physical world, is divisible. Up and down, good and bad, right and wrong, male and female, and so on. But that which is indivisible in our physical experience is called silence. And when you get into silence, you’re coming to know the indivisibleness of your life – and that’s conscious contact. Wayne Dyer
  • Dhyan means meditation. Meditation means awareness, watchfulness, a silent witnessing of all the processes of the mind. And the magic of watching is that as your watchfulness deepens, the mind starts evaporating. When the watchfulness is absolute mind becomes nil, a zero. And the disappearance of the mind gives you clarity, absolute clarity, transparency; you can see through and through, you become a mirror. And then life is reflected as it is – not according to any doctrine, not according to the Bible or the Koran or the Gita but as it is. And to know life as it is, is to know god. Rajneesh
  • I deepen my experience of God through prayer, meditation, and forgiveness. Marianne Williamson
  • Meditation is the soul’s perspective glass, whereby, in her long remove, she discerneth God, as if He were nearer at hand.  Owen Feltham
  • He who is persistent will realize God. So try your best to make meditation a regular experience in your life. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Begin with dhyana, with meditation, and end in samadhi, in ecstasy, and you will know what God is. It is not a hypothesis, it is an experience. You have to LIVE it – that is the only way to know it. Rajneesh
  • Meditation was invented as a way for the soul to venture inward, there ultimately to find supreme identity with Godhead. Whatever else it does, and it does many beneficial things, meditation is first and foremost a search for the God within. Ken Wilber
  • Meditation isn’t just something we do to make ourselves more peaceful and to take some of the stress out of our lives. We do it because it’s the only direct experience we can have of knowing God. Because God is that which is indivisible. Everything else in the universe, in the physical world, is divisible. Up and down, good and bad, right and wrong, male and female, and so on. But that which is indivisible in our physical experience is called silence. And when you get into silence, you’re coming to know the indivisibleness of your life – and that’s conscious contact. Wayne Dyer
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Know God through silence

  • In Silence God ceases to be an object and becomes an experience.  Thomas Merton
  • True silence is a garden enclosed, where alone the soul can meet its God. Catherine Doherty
  • Embrace silence since meditation is the only way to truly come to know your Source. Wayne Dyer
  • To experience beauty, love, truth and peace, or God, your mind has to be stilled. Barry Long
  • Listen to God’s speech in his wondrous, terrible, gentle, loving, all-embracing silence. Catherine Doherty
  • God has been everlastingly working in Silence, unobserved, unheard, except by those who experience His Infinite Silence. Meher Baba
  • God can be known. The Master of the universe, whose light twinkles in the stars, whose life-throb is in every blade of grass—you must find Him. The most important thing in this world is to seek and to find God. You must seek Him in the temple of silence. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Listen to God’s speech in his wondrous, terrible, gentle, loving, all-embracing silence. Catherine Doherty
  • The silence is all there is. It is the alpha and the omega, it is God’s brooding over the face of the waters; it is the blinded note of the ten thousand things, the whine of wings. You take a step in the right direction to pray to this silence, and even to address the prayer to “World.” Distinctions blur. Quit your tents. Pray without ceasing. Annie Dillard
  • You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind. Sathya Sai Baba
  • There is a divine depth in silence. We meet God alone. Frederick William Robertson
  • Awareness of the divine essence as our inn ermost true self first requires absolute silence and release of all that God is not. It implies no less than turning away from the external toward what lies hidden within. It is a turn from the external, or realm of opposition, to the internal — the all-embracing totality of divine being. It is the way of meditation beyond objectivity, the way of inner silence before God. Wolfgang Kopp
  • When you are worshiping in external ways, your mind is outside, and God is hidden variously behind the dense barriers of material objects. But when you are worshiping God in the temple of silence within the body, you are right there with Him—your consciousness touching His Consciousness. Self-Realization shows you the way to this inner communion with God who is veritably enthroned in the depths of the heart. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • If nothing that can be seen can either be God or represent Him to us as He is, then to find God we must pass beyond everything that can be seen and enter into darkness. Since nothing that can be heard is God, to find Him we must enter into silence. Since God cannot be imagined, anything our imagination tells us about Him is ultimately a lie and therefore we cannot know Him as He really is unless we pass beyond everything that can be imagined and enter into an obscurity without images and without the likeness of any created thing. Thomas Merton
  • God has spoken very boldly about his desire to be a presence in our lives. If I want to heal the ache and loneliness in my own life, one of the things I need to do is get away, alone with God. . . . In the silence God will speak to you most powerfully. Too often his words to us get muffled, lost, or covered by the crowd of many noises both inside and outside of us. We must have a quiet heart in order to hear God’s distinctive message to us.  Tim Hansel
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Know God by remaining still

  • I felt in need of a great pilgrimage, so I sat still for three days and God came to me. Kabir
  • To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still. Hiddu Krishnamurti
  • When you sink below the surface of the manifest world and awaken to the timeless depth of that empty ground, you find yourself contemplating consciousness in its primordial state, free from all content, before it entered the stream of time.  In this dimension, nothing has ever happened. The universe has not yet emerged; you have not been born; even time itself has not yet begun.   Andrew Cohen
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Know God through wonder

  • Awareness of the divine begins with wonder. Abraham Joshua Heschel
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Know God through aloneness

  • Out of that aloneness – the experience of God. There is no other way; there has never been any and there is never going to be. Rajneesh
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Know God through reading and hearing God’s word

  • We cannot know God apart from His Word. Joyce Meyer
  • A beautiful heart wants to know God and gets to know him through his Word. Lauren Scruggs
  • If we are to know God, we must read His words, for therein He stands revealed to the honest in heart. J. Richard Clarke
  • Come to the Word with a spirit of longing with devotion and humble expectation. Be determined to know God. Aiden Wilson Tozer
  • The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God. Aiden Wilson Tozer
  • The sacred page is not meant to be the end, but only the means toward the end, which is knowing God Himself. Aiden Wilson Tozer
  • Since it is impossible, without God, to come to knowledge of God, he teaches men through his Word to know God. Irenaeus of Lyons
  • Was there ever a more horrible blasphemy than the statement that all the knowledge of God is confined to this or that book? How dare men call God infinite, and yet try to compress Him within the covers of a little book! Swami Vivekananda
  • The Self-revealing of the Word is in every dimension – above, in creation; below, in the Incarnation; in the depth, in Hades; in the breadth, throughout the world. All things have been filled with the knowledge of God. Athanasius of Alexandria
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Know and experience God by observation and contemplation

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We can find God in what we already know

  • How wrong it is to use God as a stop-gap for the incompleteness of our knowledge. . . . We are to find God in what we know, not in what we don’t know; God wants us to realize his presence, not in unsolved problems but in those that are solved. . . . God is no stop-gap; he must be recognized as the center of life, not when we are at the end of our resources. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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Know God by allowing God to show himself

  • Our life is not given to us like an opera libretto, in which all is written down; but it means going, walking, doing, searching, seeing…. We must enter into the adventure of the quest for meeting God; we must let God search and encounter us.  Pope Francis
  • The only thing to seek in contemplative prayer is God; and we seek Him successfully when we realize that we cannot find Him unless He shows Himself to us, and yet at the same time that He would not have inspired us to seek Him unless we had already found Him. Thomas Merton
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Know God by looking around…

  • And if you would know God, be not therefore a solver of riddles. Rather look about you and you shall see Him playing with your children. And look into space; you shall see Him walking in the cloud, outstretching His arms in the lightning and descending in rain. You shall see Him smiling in flowers, then rising and waving His hands in trees. Khalil Gibran
  • God comes to us disguised as our life. Richard Rohr
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… by keeping your eyes peeled

  • Many of us say we want to experience God, but we don’t look for his majesty. We travel life’s paths with our heads down, focused on the next step with our careers or families or retirement plans. But we don’t really expect God to show up with divine wonder. Margaret Feinberg
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Know God by contemplating nature

  • The initial step for us all to come to knowledge of God is contemplation of nature. Irenaeus of Lyons
  • God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, ‘Ah!’ Joseph Campbell
  • I have found, after a good deal of consideration, that the best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for Him here. George Bernard Shaw
  • I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. Frank Frankfort Moore
  • Nothing has ever been said about God that hasn’t already been said better by the wind in the pine trees. Thomas Merton
  • When your tongue is silent, you can rest in the silence of the forest. When your imagination is silent, the forest speaks to you. It tells you of its unreality and of the Reality of God. But when your mind is silent, then the forest suddenly becomes magnificently real and blazes transparently with the Reality of God. Thomas Merton
  • Even a stone, and more easily a flower or a bird, could show you the way back to God, to the Source, to yourself. When you look at it or hold it and let it be without imposing a word or mental label on it, a sense of awe, of wonder, arises within you. Its essence silently communicates itself to you and reflects your own essence back to you. Eckhart Tolle
  • But it certainly is a wonderful thing to wake up suddenly in the solitude of the woods and look up at the sky and see the utter nonsense of everything including all the solemn stuff given out by professional asses about the spiritual life; and simply to burst out laughing, and laugh and laugh, with the sky and the trees because God is not in words, and not in systems, and not in liturgical movements, and not in “contemplation” with a big “C,” or in asceticism or in anything like that, not even in the apostolate. Thomas Merton
  • Flower in the crannied wall, I pluck you out of the crannies; Hold you here, root and all, in my hand, Little flower – but if I could understand What you are, root and all, and all in all, I should know what God and man is.  Alfred Tennyson
     
  • The nearest thing one knows in God – for instance, if one could understand a flower as it has its being in God – this would be higher than the whole world. Meister Eckhart
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Know God by contemplating God in spirit

  • For those who look with their physical eyes, God is nowhere to be seen. For those who contemplate Him in spirit, He is everywhere. He is in all, yet beyond all. Symeon
  • Immediate knowledge tells us only that God is, not what he is. But if God is not an empty Being beyond the stars, he must be present in the communion of human spirits, and, in his relation to these, he is the One Spirit who pervades reality and thought. Hence there can be no final separation between our immediate consciousness of him and our mediated knowledge of reality. Joseph Alexander Leighton
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Know God by contemplating and knowing the universe

  • If I have a fundamental belief that the universe is created by God, then I also come to the belief that that universe reflects God, it gives me some knowledge of Him. Obviously, therefore, the more I know of the universe is, the more enriched my limited knowledge of God is. George Coyne
  • He who sees the Infinite in all things sees God.  William Blake
  • I don’t try to imagine a God; it suffices to stand in awe of the structure of the world, insofar as it allows our inadequate senses to appreciate it. Albert Einstein
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Know God by contemplating beauty

  • If you don’t know God as beautiful and satisfying, you don’t know him. John Piper
  • We should bathe our spirits in the deep, pure feeling that stirs within us when we gaze on the glories of His creation. This is the way to know God as beauty. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty… this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness. Albert Einstein
  • On the way to God you have to pass through beauty, pure beauty. If you do not pass through beauty it is not God that you find. Barry Long
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More ways to know and experience God

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Know God by desiring God

  • Your mind should be on God night and day in the same way. Transmute petty desires into one great desire for Him. Your mind should continually whisper, “Night and day, night and day, I look for Thee night and day.” Paramahansa Yogananda
  • That there is needed neither art nor science for going to GOD, but only a heart resolutely determined to apply itself to nothing but Him, or for His sake, and to love Him only. Brother Lawrence
  • Having read many books containing different methods of reaching God, I felt that they would confuse me rather than help me find what I was looking for, which was to become completely God’s. This led me to resolve to give all for the All. I renounced, for love of Him, everything that was nothing but He and I in the world. Brother Lawrence
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Know God by being passionate about God

  • I don’t think you can know God unless you’re passionate about him so you’re either screaming at him, enraptured with the idea of being around him or feeling him in your life. Jim Carrey
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Know God by doing God’s will

  • I do not get to know God and then do His will. I get to know Him by doing His will. Philip Yancey
  • The happiest pillow on which you may rest your head is the knowledge of God’s will. I cannot imagine a more miserable situation than consciously to be out of God’s will. R. T. Kendall
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Know God by recognising God’s sense of humour

  • I don’t believe you really know God if you do not recognize His sense of humor. Robert Breault
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Know God through suffering and adversity

  • Whoever does not know God hidden in suffering does not know God at all. Martin Luther
  • It is said that we only get to know God in those stark moments when we are driven to depend on him. Margaret Campbell Barnes
  • The gift of darkness draws you to know God’s presence beyond what thought, imagination, or sensory feeling can comprehend. Richard Rohr
  • Suffering is the way for Realization of God.  Ramana Maharshi
  • You will never know God’s strength until He has supported you in deep waters. Charles Spurgeon
  • We simply can’t trust God’s power fully until we experience it in the midst of our crisis. David Wilkerson
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Know God through non-attachment

  • The way to deeper knowledge of God is through the lonely valleys of soul poverty and abnegation of all things. The blessed ones who possess the Kingdom are they who have repudiated every external thing and have rooted from their hearts all sense of possessing. These are the ‘poor in spirit.’ Aiden Wilson Tozer
  • When I experience Love I must go to God. When I experience non-attachment God must come to me. Meister Eckhart
  • The rishis of old attained the Knowledge of Brahman. One cannot have this so long as there is the slightest trace of worldliness. How hard the rishis laboured ! Early in the morning they would go away from the hermitage, and would spend the whole day in solitude, meditating on Brahman. At night they would return to the hermitage and eat a little fruit or roots. They kept their mind aloof from the objects of sight, hearing, touch, and other things of a worldly nature. Only thus did they realize Brahman as their own inner conciousness.  Ramakrishna
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Know God by wrestling with evil

  • I shall never know God if I do not wrestle with and against evil, even at the cost of life itself. Mahatma Gandhi
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Know God by seeking God

  • From the moment a soul has the grace to know God, she must seek. Mother Teresa
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Know God by loving many things

  • I cannot help thinking that the best way of knowing God is to love many things. Love this friend, this person, this thing, whatever you like, and you will be on the right road to understanding Him better. Vincent Van Gogh
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Know God by welcoming all things

  • To find God, you must welcome everything.  Rabindranath Tagore
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Know God through contemplation

  • In order to know God, we must often think of Him; and when we come to love Him, we shall then also think of Him often, for our heart will be with our treasure. Brother Lawrence
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Know God through obedience

  • All true knowledge of God is born out of obedience. John Calvin
  • Mediation gives you knowledge about God. Obedience gives you knowledge of God. Adrian Rogers
  • Intimate knowledge of God is possible if we habitually search His Holy Scriptures and translate what we find into obedience. George Muller
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Know God by giving time to God

  • God has not bowed to our nervous haste nor embraced the methods of our machine age. The man who would know God must give time to Him. Aiden Wilson Tozer
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Know God by fearing God

  • To know God is to fear Him. And this fear is to love Him as He deserves to be loved. Aiden Wilson Tozer
  • If the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, then growing in our knowledge of God is always practical. Kevin DeYoung
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Know God through grace and effort

  • God-realization is attained only by great effort on the part of the yogi and by divine grace. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • God-realization is the most difficult state to reach. Let no one fool himself, nor think that someone else can “give” it to him. Whenever I fell into a state of mental stagnation, my Master could do nothing for me. But I never gave up trying to keep in tune with him by cheerfully performing whatever he asked me to do. “I have come to him for God-realization,” I reasoned, “and I must listen to his advice.” Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Knock, persevere in knocking, and I guarantee that he will answer. Brother Lawrence
  • The man who would truly know God must give time to Him. Aiden Wilson Tozer
  • An experience of God that costs nothing does nothing. Leonard Ravenhill
  • An experience of God that costs nothing does nothing. Leonard Ravenhill
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Know God by expanding your conception of God

  • The higher a man’s conception of God, the better will he know Him. And the better he knows God, the nearer will he draw to Him. Leo Tolstoy
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Know God by serving God

  • The fastest way to know God is to serve the God in someone else. Peter Reinhart
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Some say science can help us know God…

  • I don’t use scientific data as a foundation for believing in God – I use it as an enrichment of my knowledge of God. George Coyne
  • The great unity which true science seeks is found only by beginning with our knowledge of God, and coming down from Him along the stream of causation to every fact and event that affects us. Ernest Howard Crosby
  • A scientific discovery is also a religious discovery. There is no conflict between science and religion. Our knowledge of God is made larger with every discovery we make about the world. Joseph Hooton Taylor, Jr.
  • My experiences with science led me to God. They challenge science to prove the existence of God. But must we really light a candle to see the sun? Wernher von Braun
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…while others disagree

  • Science is a line, art a superficies, and life or the knowledge of God, a solid. Coventry Patmore
  • Neither of us can come to either a knowledge of God, or a denial of God by our scientific research. George Coyne
  • It is God who is the ultimate reason things, and the Knowledge of God is no less the beginning of science than his essence and will are the beginning of things. Gottfried Leibniz
  • I have never come to know God, to see God, to believe in God through doing science. He’s not the conclusion of some sort of process of my personal scientific investigation. George Coyne
  • There is knowledge of God and the spiritual nature of man, as well as other types of reality…, that are not reducible to the world dealt with by the so-called natural sciences. The idea that knowledge – and, of course, reality – is limited to that world is the single most destructive idea on the stage of life today. Dallas Willard
  • In a very real sense my science does inform my knowledge of God. If you would allow me to say that we never know God, because if I claim that I know God, I know something other than God, because God is not knowable, he is unknowable. So we have to approach it in that sense first, that my knowledge of God is always limited. George Coyne
  • God is a synergetic experience. Science can never reveal it, philosophy can never come to it – only a poetic approach, a very passive, very loving approach, can. Rajneesh
  • The knowledge of God, the belief in God, is what I call an a-rational process. It’s not rational – it doesn’t proceed by scientific investigation – but it’s not irrational because it doesn’t contradict my reasoning process. It goes beyond it. George Coyne
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Know God by transcending fear

  • The reason you don’t get to know God is because you’re afraid. You’re afraid of the immensity. Frederick Lenz
  • A fear-stricken person can never know God, and one who knows God will never fear a mortal man. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Any faith that admires truth, that strives to know God, must be brave enough to accommodate the universe. Carl Sagan
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Know God by longing for God

  • To truly know God we must long for Him without any other motive than reaching God Himself. Aiden Wilson Tozer
  • That there needed neither art nor science for going to GOD, but only a heart resolutely determined to apply itself to nothing but Him, or for His sake, and to love Him only. Brother Lawrence
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Know God by being humble

  • As long as you are proud, you cannot know God. C. S. Lewis
  • They that know God will be humble. They that know themselves cannot be proud. John Flavel
  • No man can attain to the knowledge of God but by humility. The way to mount high is to descend. Giles of Assisi
  • The deepest repentance and humility and our own frailty and weakness must be realized before we can know God’s strength. Frank Bartleman
  • So we can only know God well by knowing our iniquities. Therefore those who have known God, without knowing their wretchedness, have not glorified Him, but have glorified themselves. Blaise Pascal
  • You cannot know God until you’ve stopped telling yourself that you already know God. You cannot hear God until you stop thinking that you’ve already heard God. I cannot tell you My Truth until you stop telling Me yours. Neale Donald Walsch
  • We shall never learn to know ourselves except by endeavoring to know God; for, beholding His greatness we realize our own littleness; His purity shows us our foulness; and by meditating upon His humility we find how very far we are from being humble. Teresa of Avila
  • God is an unutterable sigh, planted in the depths of the soul. Jean Paul Richter
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Know God by being pure

  • Knowledge of the Absolute depends upon no book, nor upon anything; it is absolute in itself. No amount of study will give this knowledge; is not theory, it is realization. Cleanse the dust from the mirror, purify your own mind, and in a flash you know that you are Brahman.  Swami Vivekananda
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Know God by being prepared to receive

  • If we want to know God personally, to relate to Him intimately, we must be prepared to receive and experience His glory. Che Ahn
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Know God by believing in God

  • Before we can know God and understand his great plan it is first necessary for us to believe that he exists and that he rewards all who diligently seek him. Joseph Franklin Rutherford
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Know God by allowing God to reveal himself

  • The chief reason people do not know God is not because He hides from them but because they hide from Him. John Stott
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Know God by feeling his parts

  • The Buddhists have a story about blind men trying to describe an elephant by feeling it’s various parts, and each describes the elephant according to the part he touched.  That is the way we can hope to know God. Kent Nerburn
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Know God by surrendering your beliefs

  • All beliefs about God are second-hand information derived from others and handed down, and thus, even these have to be surrendered. David Hawkins
  • All erroneous beliefs about God are extraneous to the experiential Reality. The door to Enlightenment is through the deep honesty of unknowingness. David Hawkins
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Know God through expanding your comfort zone

  • Outside our comfort zone, though, is where we experience the true awesomeness of God. Lysa TerKeurst
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Know God through the renunciation of all illusion

  • In its broadest and most basic sense, renunciation means the discarding of illusion and the obstruction to the realization of truth and the Reality of God. Thus, all pathways to God renounce falsity and are devoted to that which radiates love, peace, holiness, compassion, forgiveness, mercy and charity. It also means the choice of renouncing ignorance for Truth, darkness for Light, and the temptations of the ego, such as hatred, anger, pride, malice, greed and selfishness. Renunciation also means freedom from the dualistic trap of denunciation. David Hawkins
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Know God through music

  • Music is one of the closest link-ups with God that we can probably experience. I think it’s a common vibrating tone of the musical notes that holds all life together. Marvin Gaye
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More ways to know God

  • Him you can know by continuously seeking Him; by steadfastness in your mind, harmony in your life, evenness in your temperament; by finding fault not with others but with yourself; by schooling yourself in the path of wisdom; by being humble, ever loyal to your friends and benefactors, appreciating the sincerity of all hearts, cooperating always with good and resisting evil, helping others, giving strength and understanding along the way — this is the royal way of living, the real way that leads to God. The recognition of the world doesn’t matter; seek the approval of your own consciousness, and in that you will have the recognition of God. To be self-satisfied and make little or no effort to improve is to become stagnant. But to try unceasingly to progress, until you are sure that you are with God, is the way to live. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • It is impossible to meet God without abandon, without exposing yourself, being raw. Bono
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We can know God as many forms

  • More are the names of God and infinite are the forms through which He may be approached. In whatever name and form you worship Him, through them you will realise Him.  Ramakrishna
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Once you know God, begin the path in God

  • ‘When the path to God ends, the path in God begins.’ The path in God means to be only infinite Consciousness, to know only infinite Consciousness and to love only infinite Consciousness. Rupert Spira
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