Mystical: In the foreword to Markings, excerpts of diary entries compiled for the public by
Dag Hammarskjöld shortly before his untimely death, one learns that there are absolutely no references to public life. Good: I didn't pick the book up so I could read about Socialism. I wanted to know how he handled the pressure. He was, as Secretary-General of the United Nations, as close as a mere mortal has become-- in terms of burdensome responsibility-- to "King of the World." A quote:
"How can you expect to keep your powers of hearing when you never want to listen? That God should have time for you, you seem to take as much for granted as that you cannot have time for Him."
Mathematical: Ramanujan discovered this infinite series for pi. (*1) You needn't know much about mathematics to be able to appreciate the poetry of this formula. God wrote and sang the song, but Ramanujan was able to hear it and translate it into mathematical symbols so the rest of us could hear it, too.
Mathematical and Mystical: Why bring God into mathematics? We will ask Svrinisana Ramanujan, himself, a Hindu who claimed many of his mathematical insights were given to him by his family's goddess who appeared to him in dreams. His answer:
"Sir, an equation has no meaning for me unless it expresses a thought of GOD."(*2)
Mystical: One wintry night some years ago, I was turning into the parking lot of an Evangelical Christian church, late for the pot-luck dinner for which I'd in-advisedly committed to bringing a covered dish. Said dish, sliding malodorously and perilously close to the edge of the passenger seat, hadn't exactly turned out as planned. I was alone.(*3)
"Oh forget it! I'm too ashamed to be associated with this swill, and my name's on the pan, and I really don't feel like hanging out with these people anyway. I'm going home." To be honest with you, I'd been feeling fed up with life in general for a while.
As I headed home, I flipped on the radio. Christian radio. Dang!!! And what's the first thing I heard?
"And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is [WE'RE TALKIN' TO YOU IRENEATHENA]; but exhorting one another..." Heb. 10:24-25 KJV.
Dangity-dang-dee-Dang-it! I did a u-ey, parked, slunk into the church with my pitiful hot-dish...and left a few hours later, feeling restored and happy, the way human beings were designed (and/or evolved) to feel after they've spent time hanging out with members of their own species.
Trust me (*4) on these 3 things, A, B, and C, that I know for sure.
(A) Everyone should spend part of every day with the mouth shut, listening, just in case God happens to be singing in the vicinity: Even --or perhaps, especially-- if you don't believe in God.
(B) If you're a follower of Jesus, you have to find flesh-and-bones Christians, not disembodied internet entities, to hang out with.
(C) If you can't find a bunch of Christians who make you feel energized rather than drained, better you should hang out with a few atheists (as long as they're life-affirming atheists) than sit at home and brood. Or life-affirming Anything-at-All-ists.
If you've found a group of people you can be yourself with, then you're home.
(*1) "Srinivasa Ramamujan", article retrieved from Infogalictic.com on 11/07/2017
(*2) Quoted in Ramanujan, the Man and the Mathematician (1967) by Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan, p. 88
(*3) My husband was at a gig, or a rehearsal, or a lesson.
(*4) as someone who gets messages from God, THROUGH THE RADIO!
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