The first question:
Why is God said to be indescribable?
Everything in life is indescribable. God is the totality of life. When everything in life is indescribable, then the totality will also be utterly indescribable.
If someone asked you, “What is love?” could you describe love? And it is not that you have not known love. Even if a heavy downpour of love may not have come your way a light rain, a drizzle, certainly must have. In some way or another, through some door or another, you must have had some experience of love. You must have known the love of a friend, of a husband, of a wife, of a son, of a mother, of a father. From somewhere or other a ray of love must have descended because no one can live without a ray of love. You must have had an acquaintance with it. A window must have opened. But if someone asks you, “What is love?” you will remain absolutely speechless. What can you say?
And if someone asks you, “What is beauty?”…and it is not that you have not seen beauty. Sometimes you have seen the night filled with the light of the full moon. Sometimes you have seen the sky full of dazzling stars. You have seen flowers blossoming. You have heard the cooing of the cuckoo. You have heard the music of a veena. Beauty is manifest in many, many forms. Even those who are extremely insensitive know of beauty in some form or other. Sometimes in the face of some person, sometimes in someone’s movements, sometimes in a person’s behavior and life, sometimes in someone’s voice – some experience or another of beauty must have happened to you. There is no person so unfortunate that they have never experienced beauty. But if someone were to ask, “What is beauty?” how would you define it? What definition could you give? You would be dumbfounded.
If there can be no definition of beauty, if there can be no definition of love, then how can there be a definition of God? God is the highest beauty and God is the highest love.
Perhaps you might think that beauty and love are too lofty, so let us come down to smaller things. You must have tasted something – but consider if someone were to ask you, “What is taste?” You have known sweetness, but if someone asked you to define sweetness you would be at a loss. Not even a small matter like sweetness can be defined, even here one goes completely quiet, becomes silent. And if someone who has never known sweetness asks about it, then it would be even more difficult to describe it. Not even sweetness can be defined.