Chapter 28: Beyond Mind and Heart
The very question shows that the man is not a meditator; he is not even aware that nobody can speak about self-knowledge. He seems to be a learned scholar; this is exhibitionism. How can he ask about ordinary, mundane things? His questions must show to the world that here is a man who is the most important, who is asking the question. His very question may befool the ignorant, but to me it exposes him and his ignorance.
And he answered, saying:
Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights.
Kahlil Gibran never goes deeper than the heart - and the heart is not you, and the heart cannot contain self-knowledge. It is better than the head, but self-knowledge means going beyond both mind and heart, going beyond both thinking and feeling. Only then do you know what silence is.
The mind does not know silence - it is a marketplace - nor does the heart know silence because it is so full of emotions, sentiments. You don’t hear them because the heart can only whisper - it is not so articulate because it has not been educated. Mind has been trained to express; the heart has been ignored. So I cannot agree with him as far as his continual emphasis on the heart goes. The heart is a midway station, it is not the terminus. The terminus is your being: there the road ends, because there is nowhere else to go.
The man is asking about self-knowledge, and the answer is not consistent with the question: Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights - that is not the question. The secrets of the days and the nights is not self-knowledge. Perhaps, unconsciously, he himself does not realize that his answer is off-the-wall.
But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart’s knowledge.
I feel hurt myself when I say that sometimes his statements are stupid. But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart’s knowledge. The thirst is in the being, not in the ears. Ears are thirsty only for curiosity; they don’t mean much. And how can the heart speak to the ears? - because the heart itself does not know who you are.
Yes, the heart can give you beautiful dreams, but those beautiful dreams can become the greatest hindrance in your pilgrimage toward the truth, because you will start believing in those dreams. And Kahlil Gibran seems to believe in those dreams. They may be beautiful, and you may feel that now there is no need to go ahead; you have found such a beautiful space - remain here.
But you are not the heart. The heart is still part of the body. And you are only a witness - just as you were the witness of the outside world of your mind and its constant traffic of thoughts. You have gone a little deeper, and now you are thinking, “I have arrived.”