Silence is God’s First Language

Silence is God’s first language… ~ John of the Cross
(or Rumi ?)

…everything else is a poor translation. ~ Thomas Keating

wordless mysteries


“Be careful.  The moment you start talking you create a verbal universe, a universe  of words, ideas, concepts and abstractions, interwoven and interdependent,  most wonderfully generating, supporting and explaining each other and yet all  without essence or substance, mere creations of the mind. Words create words,  reality is silent.”

~ Nisargadatta



–> Intentional Silence ~ Centering Prayer ~ Cynthia Bourgeault

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5 Responses to Silence is God’s First Language

  1. peterjfoster says:

    This needs some thinking about. Sometimes I need to talk as part of the process of trying to understand what I want to say or think. Thanks for the prompt…

    • Quoting Eckhart Tolle:

      “The thinking mind is a useful and powerful tool, but it is also very limiting when it takes over your life completely, when you don’t realize that it is only a small aspect of the consciousness that you are. . . . The [transcendence of] thought . . . is now our urgent task. It doesn’t mean not to think anymore, but simply not to be completely identified with thought, possessed by thought.” ~ Eckhart Tolle, “Stillness Speaks”

      Click to access StillnessSpeaks.pdf

  2. Thank you for your great postings!

  3. Friar Fady Sarkis says:

    100/100 Rumi , 100/100 not St John of the Cross. (The collected works of St John of the Cross-Translated by Kieran Kavauaugh, OCD & Otilio Rodriguez OCD- ICS Publications-Revised Edition 1991.

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