‘The word is not the thing’. Ultimately, the thing (noumenon), which is ‘no thing’, reality itself, is unnameable, as the Tao is said to be unnameable. Like mind, language – words and concepts – is a tool, and, while being able to distance us from what is, it can also lead us to it in the way of symbols or pointers. A perfect symbol, such as the sound OM, ends up in silence, closest to that reality. It is said that silence of heart and mind is a full emptiness or an empty fullness, its content being love… and understanding (sat-chit–ananda).
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