An Indian Civilizational Perspective

What is God: Tolstoy

Here is a very profound entry from Leo Tolstoy’s diary:

God is the infinite ALL. Man is only a finite manifestation of Him.

Or better yet:

God is that infinite All of which man knows himself to be a finite part.
God alone exists truly. Man manifests Him in time, space and matter. The more God’s manifestation in man (life) unites with the manifestations (lives) of other beings, the more man exists. This union with the lives of other beings is accomplished through love.
God is not love, but the more there is of love, the more man manifests God, and the more he truly exists…
We acknowledge God only when we are conscious of His manifestation in us.
All conclusions and guidelines based on this consciousness should fully satisfy both our desire to know God as such as well as our desire to live a life based on this recognition.

Nov 1, 1910

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