So, as I said, these two examples I have given you are hardly the full range of ideas that people mean when they use the word God.
Now, may I, before we go into the proper examination of the Upanishadic teachings, tell you about what another well-known philosopher said about God? In one of his talks, someone asked him: “Tell us of God.” He said something very interesting.
Personally, I am not a Krishnamurthite, if there is any such word! But then, the essence of intelligence is to understand, accept what is right when somebody says it and not accept it if you find it illogical or irrational.
So, where is the answer to ‘Tell us of God’? He said: “Instead of my telling you what God is, let us find out whether you can realise that extraordinary state, not tomorrow or in some distant future, but right now as we are sitting here together quietly.”
Don’t you think that is much more important? But to find out what that God is, all belief must go. The mind that would discover what is actual, cannot believe in truth, because it cannot have theories or hypothesis about God.
Upanishads are called the wisdom section of the four Vedas known as ‘Jnana kanda’.