Life reveals its true meaning when thought ceases, says Kitchen Table Philosopher Joseph Raffa
The soft plinging of music fills the ears, curiously beautiful, strangely absorbing the attention, lulling the dreamy mind into a state of well-being. The mood deepens, filling the entire being with its softness. The mind is still. All is well. No drifting movement disturbs the silence of being. The observer has temporarily vanished, absorbed in a happy state of listening. A nameless extent takes over. The mind has entwined lovingly and completely with its own movement, transforming in the process its offspring, the thought, illuminating it with its own light.
All is silence till the swift movement of thought breaks the spell, ending the silence. Of its own accord it raises wings and spreads across the background drawing attention to itself, bringing into existence the world of the known with its time and troubles. Thought weaves its pattern of change with lightning like rapidity – too swift to be followed by a sluggish mind. Elusive and difficult to pin down – gathering strength with its ability to deceive the observer. Compelling, this determination by thought to exist, to be the focus of attention, to continue.
Such then is the offspring of silence. Such is the mystery of silence – that thought must cease to separate itself in appearance before it can join the immensity of the silence. And only then, when thought glides swiftly to an end does life reveal its true meaning, its beauty and its immeasurable depth of love. So be it.
Joseph’s collected spiritual writing is now available in a series of books from Amazon.com and other online retailers.
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