It is said in the Bible, what is invariably repeated in all scriptures: In the Beginning was the word. What is referred to as the word, the logos in the West, is Omkar. In the beginning was the word; all the rest followed later, and when all else is no more the word will still resonate; everything will be absorbed in it.
India has developed various methods of shabd yoga, the yoga of the word. The practice consists only of the word. Its significance is to make oneself wordless so that the speaker is silenced, and then what is heard is the voice of God. This is what the yoga claims.
Nanak says: Countless are Your names and the places where You dwell, and countless the realms where no one has yet been. What is the sense in saying countless when it only increases the burden on your mind? In truth, to speak about God is only to increase the load of words; because whatever you say only magnifies the burden on your mind, because whatever you say will be basically wrong.
Suppose a man stands at the shore of an ocean and pronounces: “This ocean is boundless.” If he has not tried to measure the ocean and is only making a statement, what is the use of it? The Pacific Ocean is said to be five miles deep, yet you cannot say it is boundless, because that means that which is truly without a boundary.
If we ask him what he meant, he may say, “I was just standing at the shore and made the statement.” Then he has used the wrong words. If he says, “I dived down but could not find the bottom,” then too it would have been incorrect, because only as far below as he dived was there no ground. Perhaps if he had gone a little deeper he might have reached the ocean bed. In that case what he should have said is, “I went five miles below the surface but did not find the bottom of the ocean.” If he had said he went all the way down and still there was no ground, it is a lie. When you go the whole distance you are bound to hit the sea bed because then nothing is left of the sea.
What can you say with regard to God? For you to say he is boundless you must know him in his entirety. But at that point all words become meaningless, for the depth has been reached, the ultimate attained. Or you might say you went very far but you did not reach the depth. There, too, you should not use the word boundless. For who knows? – had you traveled a little more you might have reached the destination.
How can you say innumerable? Is your counting over? If so, no matter how imposing the figure, it is still not beyond counting. If you say that you are still counting, then wait; don’t be in a hurry to make statements because, who knows, your calculations still may be completed.
So to call God innumerable is to call the innumerable by its own name; you merely add to the weight of your thoughts. Whatever you call him – fathomless, infinite, boundless – makes no difference. It is useless and meaningless to say anything about God. Whatever you say is only a statement about yourself. The man who says God is fathomless is only admitting that God is beyond his capacity for measuring.