‘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-chitananda).

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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