by, 03-03-2012 at 10:03 PM (428 Views)
Well I thought about writing some poetry but I put on a song that came to my mind, well first, just the phrase "nothing to say," and then the song, "Nothing to Say" by Jethro Tull.. I listened to it at a decent volume and attentively took in the music and lyrics, and the opening verse struck me as quite profound as I listened. I'll let you figure it out if you feel like; in spirit with the song.. It's definitely a very interesting phenomenon.
Wayne Dyer has even mentioned it; he said basically, when you have a spiritual realization, you should not share it, because sharing it usually lessens it... actually I believe, sometimes and in some avenues, sharing it increases it, but I think the vast majority it does the opposite. Your individual spiritual realization is a very personal part of your life, relating to your individual spiritual growth. Such a thing like this loses power if it's told around, that's why it's better almost always to keep it to oneself. Besides if you talk to people, you probably have a tendency to repeat certain things. I believe it is a natural tendency; yet again, repeatedly talking about something so intimate is even worse than talking about it once.
This is basically saying that your personal emotional insights into you and others should generally be kept to yourself - quite oppositely from the notion of proselytizing, and even throws the whole idea of proselytizing into doubt. This also perhaps partially explains a certain crypticness in both Hindu yogis, and Buddhist masters, especially in the Zen "public case," which originated in China but we have come to know more by it's Japanese phrase, koan. A koan is absolutely an example of this principle. It contains valuable insight and yet because it is, it must not be given lightly; and it's protected in a form of riddle which is exceedingly difficult to decipher.
So the koan hides the insight; and yet the Zen masters still take disciples out of a desire to pass on wisdom and compassion. The poet Rumi is a literal fount of wisdom.
But for mere mortals like myself, I've found attempting to enlighten others the vast majority of the time... and if I look at it in terms of expectation; it must surely be a negative return. And the thought of how talking of something rare and precious can devalue it comes to mind. And the silence of Ramana Maharshi returns, and the poem "Chase Them Away!" appears, and lastly the advice of Milarepa. "The best thing you can do is to go to the mountain alone.." and many Christian monks - St. Anthony .. he healed people, but his work peaked after his 20 years in the wilderness, in prayer and meditation.
And I have thoughts; I think they're good, but should I share them? Evidently not. First should come 20 years of, well, hopefully something good with my life. There is a Buddhist koan that Zen students are sometimes instructed to meditate on. It is simply the question, "Who am I?" So I will meditate on this question as much as I can.. maybe I will find some answers I seek. Maybe it is true that "What you seek is seeking you" (Rumi)
(From "Nothing to Say")
Everyday there's someone asking
what is there to do?
Should I love or should I fight
is it all the same to you?
No I say I have the answer
proven to be true,
But if I were to share it with you,
you would stand to gain
and I to lose.
Oh I couldn't bear it
so I've got nothing to say.
Nothing to say.
(On a side note, I'm home!)