‘Nameless’

 

‘His name is not uttered. It must not be mentioned ; only indirectly is He to be referred to’ [Shivam to Shūnyam].

Vishnu has a thousand names [Sahasranāma] precisely because He is Nameless.

You can find ‘Nameless’ in every religious tradition, sometimes upfront, sometimes tucked away in a footnote. But there is no serious tradition that does not carry it, or some close variant of it, in its texts and practice.

Point a finger, draw a line, say a word, think a thought, emote a feeling towards the ‘Nameless’ and by that very act, what you have pointed a finger to, drawn a line of, said, thought, emoted, is not the ‘Nameless’.

Is ‘Nameless’ a name? Or is it not a name? Try it.

The answer is, it is neither: ‘Nameless’ is a Self-Eating Expression [‘SEE’].

The Lady doesn’t like to be called names.

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