Osho on Rabia of Basra
Question - If truth cannot be expressed in words, then why have all the Buddhas used words?
Osho - A parable:
THE GREAT MYSTIC, Rabia of Basra, was immensely beautiful. And a beauty
not of this world. Once a rich young man from Iran comes to Basra. He
asks people, "Is there anything that is out of the way, something
That repulses the rich young man, but finally he decides to go. And when he gets there, the matron asks for an exorbitant fee. He pays the fee and is ushered in. There, in a silent and simple room, a figure is praying. What beauty she has! He has never seen such beauty and grace, not even in his dreams. Just to be there is a benediction, and the prayerful atmosphere starts affecting him. He forgets about his passion. He is entering into another kind of space. He is drugged. He is turned on to God.
An hour passes and he intensely feels he is in a temple! Oh, such joy
and such purity! He goes on feasting on her beauty. But it is no more
the beauty of a human being -- it is God's beauty. It no more has
anything to do with the body -- it is utterly other-worldly.
The sun is rising and its rays are coming through the windows, and he feels it is time to go. He says to Rabia, "I am your slave. Tell me anything, anything in the world that I can do for you."
She says, "I have only one little request."
Rabia says, "Never tell anybody what you have seen and experienced here. Allow the people to come to me -- this beauty is nothing but a trap set for them. I use it as a door for them to enter God. Please, promise me that you will never tell others what you have experienced here tonight. Let them come to a whore and a brothel, because otherwise they will never come to me."
"Oh!" he says, "So this is the secret of this city. The whole city
clamours after your beauty, yet nobody tells me about his experience."
You understand passion. The young man was not in search of God, but he became interested in a beautiful body, in a beautiful woman -- and was trapped. He had gone there because of his passion. Once he was there in the presence of Rabia, the passion started changing -- it became prayer.
You can understand words, that's why all the Buddhas have used words, knowing perfectly well, saying again and again, that the truth cannot be expressed in words. But you understand words and the truth cannot be expressed in words, then how to communicate? The journey has to start from where you are. The Buddhas have to speak words. Words will bring you closer to the Buddhas; words will not give you truth, but they will bring you closer to the Buddhas. Once you are close to them, you will start forgetting the words; you will start falling into silence.
The words cannot express truth, but they can bring you close to a Buddha. And that is more than you can expect of poor words! That's why Buddhas go on saying on the one hand words are meaningless, on the other hand they go on using words.
They ARE meaningful for you -- you don't know the language of silence, you don't know the language of being. You know only your mind; you have forgotten all else. If I am to bring you out of your mind, I will have to start from the mind, I will have to take your mind in confidence -- then only the pilgrimage towards no-mind.....
Source - Osho Book "Walk Without Feet, Fly Without Wings and Think Without Mind"
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