Sacredness of the Word and its Power to Transform us and the World
During one of his talks, Samael Aun Weor has said the following:
“The Consciousness sleeps in our larynx, we are unconscious of the words. We need to become totally conscious of the word.
There are times when to speak is a transgression, there are times when to keep silent also is a transgression.
“It is said that “silence is gold”. We say that there are criminal silences. It is as bad to speak when one has to be silent as to be silent when is necessary to speak.
“Like a flower full of colors but without aroma, are the beautiful but sterile words of the one that does not behave according to what he says.
“It is urgent to stop the mechanical words, it is necessary to speak with precision, in conscious and opportune form; we need to become conscious of the word.
“There exists responsibility in the words, and to judge with the verb is a sacrilege. No one has the right to judge somebody else, it is absurd to calumniate the neighbor, it is stupid to murmur about the other’s life.
“The injurious words fall sooner or later over us like a ray of revenge. The calumnious words always return over the one that has pronounced them, transformed in stones that wound.
“The word has to come from the heart, not from the different psychological aggregates that we have. With profound pain I realize that when somebody speaks, the words unfortunately come not from the depths of the Being, but from any inhuman psychological aggregate.
“The worth that come exclusively from the Essence, would have nothing to be objected for: it would be pure and perfect, however, people have different psychological aggregates very developed. Therefore, when somebody speaks from the “tribune de la eloquence” almost all the time he does so with the intention to use the irony against somebody, to humiliate somebody, to insult, etc. That is to say, the word does not come from the pure Essence, does not come from the Being but from the depths of any “I” and for this is reason is not spontaneous, is not pure, does not produce a creative effect.
“Normally the words among the people has for origin the entrails of any psychological aggregate, like envy, anger, self-esteem, pride, presumption, ambition, etc. With pain, I see that they do not come from the entrails of the Being and that is unfortunate!
“When the word comes from the depths of the Being, the word is full of plenitude and inner beauty. However, when the word comes from the entrails of any psychological aggregate, is conditioned by that “I”, does not have elasticity, ductility, does not enjoy the plenitude, it is not integral and produces discord and any kind of problems.”
~ Samael Aun Weor, The Word and the Impressions
In this wonderful teaching it is emphasized the importance of speaking from the Being, and not from the egos or the personality. This is something that all of us who aspire for a higher life can strive to achieve, regardless if we have the Being within or not. All of us have the consciousness (the essence) which is a fraction of the Being, and it is that which connects us to the larger whole, the Spirit, the Father.
We might have experienced in certain events of our lives how all of a sudden we speak from part of us that is very different to from where most of our words are coming from in daily life. These type of experiences are enough to make us seriously consider the fact that there is a higher aspect of ourselves which, for the most part, is unknown to us.
This brings to mind a memory of an experience on a sacred mountain in South India, years ago, when I looked for deeper insight into the Samadhi states of consciousness. On that mountain I’ve met a sadhu Shiva devotee who agreed to be interviewed, and subsequently lead me to a secluded part of the mountain, near the summit. At one point during our conversation, I started talking from a deeper part of myself, speaking words and in a voice that surprised me. The sadhu closed his eyes when I began to speak and focused on what I was saying. At that time I thought that he consciously activated that deeper part within me, in order for me to have that experience, but later on I realized that that part was always there, and that the circumstance had it emerge.
A good thing is that we don’t have to be in India or in a sacred place to have such experience. All we need is to live our life centered in the essence and its goodness. As the essence becomes larger and more powerful by the virtue of the death of the ego and meditation, the Being can act through us in an ever-increasing way. If we hold onto that, it is like we are holding the hand of the Being to guide us, though just like a child from time to time let go of his parent hand to do his own thing, so too we let go of the Being’s hand when we identify or become submerged in life. Nonetheless, with perseverance we become more mature and comprehending of the need to stick with the Being and not let go, until the day comes when our inner house is sufficiently prepared for Its incarnation. From that point onwards, our word becomes more profound and to a large extent is coming from the parts of the Being that we have within.
In the Sufi tradition, it is mentioned that the word should pass through four gates before being spoken, which is essentially asking oneself four different questions regarding what we are about to say: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it beneficial? Is it kind? If the answer is no to any of these, they advise not to say it. This just shows how immense is the power of the word!
When we strive to live in the essence and talk from the essence, we can do an incredible amount of good with our words. Like a Theosophist Charles Leadbeater said in one of his books: “In these days few people live by themselves as monks or hermits used to do. We live among others, so that whatever we think or say or do will necessarily affect a great many people. We should always bear in mind that our thought, our speech and our action are not merely qualities, but powers—powers given to us to use, for the use of which we are directly responsible. All are meant to be used for service, and to use them otherwise is to fail in our duty.”
To use the word correctly and profoundly, we obviously need to be working on ourselves, or at least live a life guided by higher principles, such as goodness, justice, honesty, mercy and love. Living our life from the consciousness means that our thought, our word, and our deed are transformed, and thus we live according to the divine law, contributing to the spiritual evolution of mankind, and moving along the Path to Liberation.
The word from the depth of the soul is connected to the truth, the reality. It has the power to expose the darkness, and even those trapped or hypnotized by the darkness can have their eyes opened when they are reached by the word that comes from a sacred place within. Such a word has the power to unify, inspire, and give to the world a spiritual nourishment, regardless of how many people it reaches. The power of it becomes exponential as more and more people realize that becoming an instrument of the Being is what can truly transform us and the world.