' Human language is suspect '...


Whether it is ever possible to put into words that will not be idle ones truths of our real being has been a question whose answers are well argued for and against.

But whatever the judgement may be, who can doubt that similes, metaphors--that is, symbols--may be offered, suggestive hints given forth, and clues left behind by those whose knowledge and experience carries authority.

And these, too, are only words. Those who say that, in this matter, human language is suspect, completely untrustworthy, and utterly helpless, that its use here can only set up false images and fresh illusions, are going too far.

It is to condemn us to hopelessness. And it does not explain why Lao Tzu, Buddha, Krishna, Jesus, John of the Cross, and Ramana Maharshi spoke or wrote despite their avowals. Of course their communication is all a matter of reference to levels.

On the ordinary practical level--the immediate one--expression through any art, be it music, painting, drama, or literature, is not futile and does give something, does affect its audience.

If it be given by an enlightened man to those still groping in darkness or dusk, it has its place and is justified. But on the ultimate level, with the mind absorbed in the Void, what is there to say?

And to whom could it be said?

Silence then becomes the correct attitude.

When humanity attains this level, the descent of divine teachers and their words will not be needed.



-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect > Chapter 7:
Metaphysics of Truth > # 15 Paul Brunton


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