Our limited words

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 All of the wisdom traditions speak of the limitations of the interpretations or labels which we use to guide us through the day, or even through life. We form judgements about events and get strongly attached to those views, when we actually have no way of really knowing how things will turn out in the long run. Oftentimes, all we succeed in doing is raising our own anxiety. What we seek is that in each moment we have a direct experience of our life. The deepest realities about life, love and beauty cannot be put into words. 

The true seeing is when there is no seeing

Heze Shenshsui, Chinese Zen monk, 684 – 758

The disciples were absorbed in a discussion of Lao Tzu’s words ” Those who know do not say. Those who say do not know” When the Master entered they asked him what the words meant. The Master answered “Which of you knows the fragrance of a rose”.  All of them knew.  

Then he said “Put it into words” All of them were silent.

Anthony de Mello, One Minute Wisdom

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