Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Enlightened Purpose of Words!

Sri Sri Ravishankar says:

The purpose of words is to create silence.
If words create more noise, then they have not reached their goal.

To illustrates, he shares a beautiful story:

When Buddha got enlightened on that full moon day in the month of May, it is said that he maintained silence for the whole week.

He did not say a word. Mythology says that all the angels in the heaven were frightened.

They knew that it was only once in a millennium that someone blossoms like Buddha. Now he was silent!

The angels then requested him to say something. He said:

Those who know, they know even without my saying and those who do not know, will not know even if I say something.
Any description of light to a blind man is of no use.
There is no point in talking to those who have not tasted the ambrosia of life, and therefore I am silent.
How can you convey something so intimate and personal? Words cannot.
And as many scriptures in the past have declared words end where truth begins.

The angels said, “What you say is right. But consider those who are on the borderline, who are neither fully enlightened nor totally ignorant. For them, a few words will give a push, for their sake you speak and every word of yours will create that silence.”

Rumi echoes:
Let the water settle
You will see the moon and stars mirrored in your being.

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