Where Einstein meets Mystics


Mysticism can be ‘uncomfortable’ for people accustomed to living in a world dominated by rational argument and empirical proof.


Because mystics begin all analysis of life with a premise that rationalists would deem an irrational, unprovable conclusion:

an infinite G-d exists

Moreover, say the mystics, all of creation emanates from that infinite G-d, such that every animate and inanimate thing that exists in our finite world is — in some inherent way that cannot be explained with words — part of that infinite G-d and cannot be separated from G-d, not even by death or destruction.

And, just as each and every one of us is inseparable from G-d, so too are we inseparable from one another, because all of the people, places, and things that exist (along with the “spaces” that we now know are not as “empty” as we once thought) are part of an infinite web of inter-connection that underlies all of creation and creates One Unity of Being.

For mystics, it is this One Unity of Being about which we declare:

Sh’ma Yisrael, our G-d that ‘is, was, and will be’ . . . our G-d is One . . . ”

We mystics . . . well . . . we are the “distracted” souls who wander thru life looking for glimpses of that Unity, and then we stand in awe and ask the rest of you to stop for a minute and look with us at the incomprehensible beauty that can occur even in our tiny part of the One Unity of Being.

And what might all this have to do with Albert Einstein???

Well, Einstein had perhaps the greatest scientific mind of all time and he rejected the notion of a “god-like being in our own image-a personage who makes demands of us and who takes interest in us as individuals.”

Yet, here is what he said about being religious:

If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it . . . humble admiration of the infinitely superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with our weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality.
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The religious feeling engendered by experiencing the logical comprehensibility of profound interrelations is of a somewhat different sort from the feeling that one usually calls religious. It is more a feeling of awe at the scheme that is manifested in the material universe.  . . .   There is in this neither a will nor a goal nor a must, but only sheer being.

The Awe engendered by noticing the profound interrelationships manifested in the material universe? . . .  Admiring the superior spirit that underlies reality? . . .
“There is only . . . sheer being”??

Although I am certain Einstein would never have referred to that superior spirit of sheer being as “G-d,” he nevertheless found himself standing in sheer awe of the Unity that underlies all being . . .

Welcome, Dr. Einstein.  Please come on in.   We mystics were just about to say the Sh’ma