THE ONLY REAL POWER THAT IS
THE JOY OF BEING
THAT ELIMINATES WITHIN
ALL DARK PROJECTIONS OF THAT WHICH
the glance says what words can never say.
Bowl of Saki, November 13, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
All that the prophet comes to give is not given to the world in words, but all that cannot be given in words is given without words. It is given through the atmosphere; it is given by the presence; it is given by the great affection that gushes forth from his heart; it is given in his kind glance; and it is given in his benediction. Yet most is given in silence that no earthly sense can perceive.
His teacher was interested in his intelligent inquiries,
and so he encouraged him to talk,
whereas it is the custom in the East for the pupil to remain silent before his teacher.
One day the teacher was in a condition of exaltation
and his pupil as usual wanted to discuss and argue,
which was not agreeable to the teacher at that time.
He said in Persian, 'Khamosh,' which means silence.
And the pupil became silent; he went home and remained silent.
And no one heard him speak after that,
no one in the house nor outside; he never spoke anywhere.
Years passed by and the man still kept silent.
But there came a time when his silence began to speak aloud.
His silent thought would manifest and his silent wish would become granted;
his silent glance would heal,
his silent look would inspire.
His silence became living.
It was the spoken words,
which had kept him dead all this time.
The moment the lips were closed
the silence in him began to live.
His presence was living.
When the mind has been made still, a person also communicates with everyone he meets. He does not need many words: when the glance meets he understands. Two persons may talk and discuss all their lives and yet never understand one another. Two others with still minds look at one another and in one moment a communication is established between them. Where do the differences between people come from? From within. From their activity. And how does agreement come? By the stillness of the mind.