| Lao Tzu insisted on not saying anything about the truth his whole
Whenever someone asked
about truth he would say many things, but he would not say anything about the
truth; he would avoid it.
In the end he was
forced to say something.
Disciples, lovers, said
he should write because he had known something which was rarely known, he had
become something which was unique -- there would be no Lao Tzu
So he wrote a small
book, Tao Te Ching, but the first thing he said in it was, "Tao cannot be
said, Truth cannot be uttered. And the moment you utter it, it is already
false." And then he said, "Now I can write at ease. I have declared
the basic fact: uttered, truth becomes false; written, it has already gone
wrong." Why is the word false? One thing: it always belongs to the past.
Another thing: the word
in itself cannot carry the experience to you. I say I am silent. You hear the
words; the word in itself cannot carry the experience to you.
I say I am silent. You
hear the words -- the word silent is heard, but what do you understand? If you
have never been silent, if you have never tasted it, if it has never stirred
your heart, if it has never overwhelmed you, overpowered you, how can you
understand? And if it has overpowered you, if there has been a gap when you
disappeared and silence was there, there will be no need for me to talk about
The moment you see me,
you will know; the moment you come near me, you will feel.
The word will not be