Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc.
There’s a Mystical expression that goes, “He who speaks more knows less, and he who speaks less knows more.” If one encounters religious zealots, they are very likely to speak at great length and volume about their beliefs. A person who is advanced in spiritual awareness knows to remain silent and let the zealot ramble on. With awareness, one knows that to try to enlighten such a person at that level of awareness would do no good. It would only end in a meaningless debate. There’s nothing to be gained. It is better to remain silent, being content to know that in some future lifetime every zealot will awaken to a much greater realization of spiritual truth.
All who have studied deeper forms of meditation—for the purpose of experiencing mystical union with God—do all they can to enter into the Silence of the Absolute. Only when the mind can be totally quieted can Absolute Presence be known. As long as thinking occupies the mind, God cannot. Thoughts and thinking are all activities of the false sense of personal ego identity. Even those thoughts that dwell on God are still part of personal ego consciousness. As long as the personal ego is active—even in the loftiest of ways—God’s Presence remains unknown.