From the form to the formlessOmnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent. These ideas we accept, but who can embody these qualities? When a flower thinks of something superior to itself, it thinks of something in the form of a flower, but much more beautiful and much more fragrant than itself. An animal too, will imagine another animal which is the most powerful and the greatest. So too, in man’s case, when he thinks of the Infinite man has first to conceive of the Infinite in a form. Only then can he transcend the form and enter into the formless. Without going to the form, one can never enter into the formless.
Sri Chinmoy, AUM — Vol. 8, No. 8, March 1973, AUM Centre Press, 1973