While this admonition is everywhere common and we all do it, what does it mean? The problem with this statement is that we assume that there is some subjective thinker that remembers God. I remember God means that there is a subject and an object, I and God. And yet, God is One, not two. Oh, we can have an idea that God is One, but that is still a subject or thinker having a thought about God. Remembering God is a paradox, a Zen koan that can’t be solved by the intellect. First, to remember something means that the something is past experience, and how can the past be the God of the living present? Past is dead. Second, to remember something means that you once knew it. Did we once know God an then forgot?
Hah, there’s the answer to the riddle. We once knew God and then we forgot. In the forgetting we have become split into a thinker and the thought. The God we forgot was our original oneness when we didn’t have to remember God because we were doing God. Children do God. Lovers do God. Sex is doing God. Those who sacrifice themselves are doing God. Remembering God is the end of duality and the separation of the thinker as an separate ego from his objective world. We have many moments when we remember God, a moment of awesome beauty, a meeting with a loved one, the release of playing with a child,and even a moment of extreme grief. But immediately thought comes in and says, “Oh, how great that moment was. I need to remember that.”
So God is all our powerful non-dual moments, and the moment we say we have to remember that, we are forgetting God. So in the paradoxical world of truth, remembering God is forgetting God. Trying to remember God means that you are not doing God, because you cannot remember what you already are, just as you cannot get what you already have.
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This post was written by ed on October 4, 2008