Before we could know who we are, we have to learn to come out of what we are not.

‘Before all things existed

there was a great pregnant silence

And then, suddenly,

“Ex nihilo”,

a Word was heard,

and the world began.’

The void is full of worlds,

Like the corpse of a dead man…
The name of the dead man: was it Jesus Christ?

The villagers, women and men, began to speak.

Nothing about the dead man.

Out of him.

Because of his silence.

Their speech was not an original act.

They spoke because they heard.

They heard words which were unknown to them:

Words which were not found in their stock of familiar knowledge.

Their caged birds had no songs for the occasion.

Wild birds, coming from forgotten regions –

They did not even know that they existed! –

Flapped their wings, feathers of bright colours,

Singing songs unknown, possessed their souls and bodies,

And they spoke –

Like poets,

Like magicians,

Like lovers,

Like theologians,

Because theology is the Word which is spoken before the void,

As an invocation of the Absent…

We dwell in forgetfulness.

The words we know are not our truth.

I think, therefore I am.

I am where I think.

But now the world is revered.

Where I think, there I am not.

I am where I do not think.’

 

‘I consider that this Word “enlightens everyone coming into this world”, and though they may not recognize it, it is present to every human being in the depths of their soul. Beyond word and thought, beyond all signs and symbols, this Word is being secretly spoken in every heart in every place and at every time. People may be utterly ignorant of it, or may choose to ignore it, but whenever or wherever anyone responds to truth or love or kindness, to the demand for justice, concern of others, care for those in need, they are responding to the voice of the Word. So also when anyone seeks truth or beauty in science, philosophy poetry or art, they are responding to the inspiration of the Word.’

‘As far as the self is concerned, the self is always experienced by everyone whether one is lost in the physical darkness, or within the sublte darkness of ignorance. In each case the self is always experienced and present – one does not need any other agency to find out the self and experience the self, and no one can deny the existence of the self, because there is no other means of denying it except the self!’

Our selves are sufficient for the physical world.

The self is a part of universal self, possessing all the attributes oif the universal self, just as water is endoed with all the properties of the ocean.

One talks of “poor soul”, “miserable soul”, “old soul” etc. but does not stop to ask oneself what the word ‘soul’ really means.

The Sanskrit term ‘Antahkaran’ which translates as ‘inner vehicle’ or, as more than once translated by the Shankaracharya himself – ‘Soul’.

The self is eternal and the self is the light of lights. The self is consciousness, and the self is happiness. It is eternal and it is Truth, and all these things are never lost because they are ever present everywhere. The self is always with each of us. Let the self prevail, there is no need to search for it.

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