Miss Drusilla wrote:

We human beings cannot truly know God. In Hebrew tradition, one does not say “God is this” or “God is that” — because that would be to limit the Divine, to put boundaries upon Someone far beyond our comprehension. We cannot know Her attributes or Her plans or why She has made us as we are. We can only guess, and this is my guess.

God’s love for us may or may not be unconditional, but our own love is a paltry gift to Her unless it is born of our own free will, in an imperfect universe. It’s easy to have faith and to love God when you live in paradise. Love of God is harder, and worthier, in difficult times.

God, like a good mother, steps back and
lets us live as we will and make whatever mistakes we need to make. But She has shown us ways we may follow to live in harmony with Her, according to Her wishes. We have only ourselves to blame if we ignore them and are miserable.

Sushuri Novaryana added:

To understand [the origin and nature of manifestion] fully would be a great task and one that could not be accomplished by mere discursive reasonng. In the end, knowing the Truth entails becoming one with the Truth as our Taoist and Buddhist friends would constantly remind us.

For our everyday understanding, as living, feeling, non-realised beings, the very best way to understand the Absolute is as our all-compassionate Mother who loves us unconditionally.

Now the modernist mind will immediately say “Aha – so the Divine Mother is just a pretty fairy story – a way of understanding things that is not the full truth.” And the modernist mind would be wrong.

Everything that can be stated in words falls short of Realisation (as Lao Tzu puts it: “the Tao that can be spoken is not the true Tao”). But the recognition and love of our Universal All-compassonate Mother contains the full truth. It is, as the Hindus would say, the bhakti approach to Truth. The Path of Love.

The other approach, the Path of Knowledge, involves the absolute annihilation of the self. Because the only true knowledge takes place when the distinction between the Knower and the known is annihilated – and, in the end the only Knower is Dea Herself, of Whom we are but facets or reflections.

Realisation is not easy. But love is easy. Love cannot really answer the theodicy problem (the problem of evil and the existence of an all-powerful, all-compassionate God). Part of the problem of the late Rajasic world was that questions were posed to exoteric religion that only esotericism (that is to say, Realisation) can answer. And by that time esotericism was long dead in Western religion.

The traditional advice, therefore, is to put aside both esotericism and the theodicy problem and simply surrender ourselves to Dea, knowing that She understands everything, that she know infinitely better than we do and that she is our Compassionate Mother who loves us unconditionally.

From a discussion at the Aristasian Spirituality Group