וואו נאר עס געפינען זיך סימנים פון עקזיסטענץ
און סימנים פון לעבען
 דארט געפינט מען הקב”ה

Wherever we find signs of existence, signs of life,
there we find the Blessed Holy One.

— Rabbi Morris Lichtenstein [1]

We often talk of “seeking G-d.”

“Seeking,” of course, means “looking for something.”

But how can we look for a Being that has no physical qualities? 

Philosophy allowed that the apparent consistency with which the “world” or “universe” is designed strongly suggests the existence of a “Designing Intelligence.” 

Einstein said the same:

“…the scientist is possessed by the sense of universal causation…His religious feeling takes the form of a rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law, which reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection. “ [2]

Understanding the “suggestion” is merely the first step although, as Einstein himself attests, this itself can give rise to a spiritual-like “awe.” The next step is to teach ourselves to always look at all we see as a in continuing process of creation; of Divine unfoldment. Earlier spiritual teachers, like the Ari, who said that this was true even of inanimate things, were mocked or ignored — until a later time when even scientists could look into the molecular, atomic, and sub-atomic workings of “matter” and find dynamic processes continually in action.

But Rabbi Lichtenstein, like the great Kabbalists and Hasidic rebbes who preceded him, points to one simple error in their thinking, that, if uncorrected, will forever keep them from experiencing G-d’s actual presence. What is their error? The belief, or assumption, that the processes they see are separate from G-d.

To this, Rabbi Lichtenstein affirms:

“There is no presence without His Presence; there is no life with out His Life; there is no substance without His Substance; there is no particle, no atom, without Him at its very core.”  [3]

We need no more “search for G-d” than we ordinarily need to “search for air!”

Where we find “signs of life and intelligence,” we’re finding G-d.

Look around you!

(discussion continued: http://rabbielimallon.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/4-14-12-searching-for-g-d-ii/

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[1] Lichtenstein, Rabbi Morris; “G-d;” from Sefer Refuas Ha-Nefesh (Healing of the Soul); p. 12 (quotation translated by Rabbi Eli Mallon)
[2] Einstein, Albert; “The Religiousness of Science;” from The World As I See It; The Citadel Press, Secaucus, NJ, 1934; p.29
[3] Lichtenstein, Rabbi Morris; “The Divine Mind;” from Jewish Science and Health; p. 14
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