Moss-covered Monk

Moss-covered Monk


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Daily Musings - November 21st, 2012 - Muteness - 沉默權 - Chénmò quán

Muteness - 沉默權 - Chénmò quán

 A spiritual focus
draws one's attention away from the common world;
if one wishes to speak of the wonders of Tao,
few listen.

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
If you devote a great period of time towards study and sulf-cultivation, you will enter Tao. By doing so, you also enter a world of extraordinary experience, opening perception that was just before dormant. Unimaginable ideas flow through your head, thoughts and learning received seemingly out of nowhere, and the mysteries that once eluded you become clear. Yet, if you try to communicate this knowledge to others, there is no one to listen, no one who can understand. You will be met with disbelief. The more you walk this road, the farther you are from the ordinary life of common society. You may see truth, but few people wish to hear it. The type of truth they prefer comes packaged in corrupt politicians, stage performers, and religious charlatans. 

If you  are a follower of Tao, people may seek you out, but these are seldom the individuals who can truly understand Tao. The people who set out to possess the great power of Tao see opportunity for exploitation, as a crutch to counter-balance other forces in life. To speak of the great wonders you have seen is often a futile exercise, fraught with miscommunication. That is why the sages said:

those who know, do not speak.

So why should you not stay quiet? Enjoy the Tao as you will, ignore the pleading of the parasitic personalities. Let others think you are dumb. Inside yourself, you will know the joy of unlocking Tao's mysteries. If someone can profit through your experience, you should share wholeheartedly. But if you are merely a wanderer, amongst strangers, then it is wise to remain silent.