SILENCE V


Language is only a medium for communicating one’s thoughts to another. It
is called in only after thoughts arise; other thoughts arise
after the ‘I-thought’ rises; the ‘I-thought’ is the root of all
conversation.

When one remains without thinking one understands another by means of the
universal language of silence.
Silence is ever-speaking; it is a perennial flow of language; it is
interrupted by speaking. These words obstruct that mute language. There is
electricity
flowing in a wire. With resistance to its passage, it glows as a lamp
or revolves as a fan. In the wire it remains as electric energy. Similarly
also,
silence is the eternal flow of language, obstructed by words.
What one fails to know by conversation extending to several years can be
known in a trice in Silence, or in front of Silence – e.g., Dakshinamurti,
and his four disciples.
That is the highest and most effective language.
 
-Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi

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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