Question: Since Truth Is Beyond Words, How Can We Understand It Through Philosophy?
In today's question (13 May 2009) regarding the convincing of an atheist of the existence of God, the answer given was that the understanding of the theist needs to be philosophical.
I don't understand how this term is being used here.
Philosophy is an intellectual pursuit. How can our understanding be through philosophy? The Truth is beyond what words can express.
Answer: If Truth Is Beyond Words, This Statement is Not True.
Thank you for sharing your confusion over the use of the term philosophy. This gives me a chance to clarify things for not only you, but any of my readers who may have also been confused. Kindly consider the following points:
If truth cannot be expressed by words then the statement, "The Truth is beyond what words cannot express." is not a statement of truth because it is something which has been expressed by words.
Of course what you saying is true if we apply it to the speculations of the mundane philosophers. But when the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the source of all existence speaks, His words are full of sublime unlimited meaning. What has been spoken by the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the Bhagavad-gita and by the great self-realized sages who have perfectly realized Him is the perfection of philosophy.
In conclusion true philosophy is to find the ultimate cause of existence, not by mental speculation and word jugglery, but by perfect transcendental realization of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.