Neither Words nor Silence Can Grasp It





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Published on Jul 2, 2012

http://www.shunya-yoga.com/ Part of the "One on One" series. Amir Mourad talks about the tendency of the mind to project our ideas of existence and the "divine" in the image of our own ego. Amir continues to explain that Truth is something that is not to be grasped to the mind, and whatever can be said about it nothing more than a finger pointing to the moon.

"Once Gautama Buddha was asked, "What is Nirvana?". And he just simply sat silently. He didn't say a word. He just simply sat silently. And we shouldn't think that this silence is an answer. It's not an answer. He's simply remaining silent. The silence is not an answer because silence cannot grasp it, neither our words can grasp it. So this shows you just how unfathomable it is. That's why in Zen they've always said that our words and descriptions about it is just like a finger pointing to the moon - we shouldn't think that the finger is the moon itself. The finger is just indicating to the moon. It's trying to give you a sense of the flavor of it.That's what our words and descriptions are, they are just trying to give you a sense of the flavor of it. But our words and descriptions trying to give the sense of the flavor of it will not truly give you the flavor of it. It's like trying to explain the experience of seeing to somebody who is completely blind. You may give him a description about what is the physics of light, what is the constitution of light, how the light travels into the eye, what is the anatomy of the eye, how the electrical signals are interpreted by the brain, you might give him all of these descriptions about seeing. But can any of these descriptions about seeing recreate the experience of seeing ?"


Amir Mourad is an Egyptian yogi, contemporary mystic, and spiritual teacher. After coming to a series of inner transformations during a six-year period of hermitism, he founded the Shunya Yoga system. Combining the ancient technology of yoga with the spirit of Zen, Shunya Yoga is a method which moves beyond one-sided belief systems and philosophies, and into a direct seeing of the inexpressible truth of one's own being.

With a blend of sensitivity and intensity, Amir Mourad's work is an effort to assist social transformation through transformation of consciousness at the level of the individual. Adhering to no particular tradition and addressing both individual and social concerns, his teachings have focused on self-knowledge, meditation, zen, enlightenment, love, death, the recognition of one's ignorance, morality and doubt in the search for Truth. Amir presently teaches through programs and satsangs in Montreal, Canada.

For all inquiries, email : info@shunya-yoga.com.

Please watch: "Reaction, Response, and Responsibility - Amir Mourad"


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