Two of Cups — Spiritual Message of the Day
“We must begin with a specific relationship with God; later we come to the understanding that He is all in all.” — Swami Prabhavananda
The Two of Cups typically shows two people who seem to be initiating a close, intimate relationship. We may consider this to be a metaphor for our essential relationship with the Divine, although there is an essential difference in that the Divine is indefinable and non-concrete. So how can we find and experience a relationship with something that is both everything and no-thing? As noted in the quote above, we can begin with an approximation, an incomplete and imperfect representation. While it is true that this is a limiting concept of what is infinite, ineffable, and omnipresent, it does serve a valuable purpose since our human need to perceive a tangible form with our senses makes it possible to focus on and relate to the Divine when represented by a form rather than try to focus on the formless Divine.
This is why many religious traditions offer specific images of the Divine to facilitate worship, such as a crucifix, a statue of the Buddha, a painting of Guanyin on a hanging scroll, or a sculpture of Vishnu. Even though such representations are limiting, those religions realize that at the beginning of our journey toward divine union, conceptualizing divinity in concrete, human terms can facilitate our meditation upon, devotion to, and relationship with the Divine.
So feel free to use such a representation as a point of devotional and meditational focus in order to foster a love of and passion for the Divine. Just don’t forget that any such image, icon, or idol is merely a symbol, the proverbial finger pointing toward the Moon and not the Moon itself.