So I will say, go on saying it. You will never be able to say it, but many things will happen in the effort of saying it. People are searching, knowingly or unknowingly, for something which is not part of their mundane life. They are tired and bored, but they want to be clear before they enter into any inquiry. That’s why they want exact descriptions, explanations; they ask all kinds of questions.
It is simply for safety. They have lost their life; now a very small part is left, and they are afraid to gamble it. So you should be compassionate towards them. Don’t get angry that they do not understand you. Don’t stop trying to say it because they are not hearing you, because you are not succeeding in reaching them.
Life’s ways are very mysterious.
You want to say something about the unknowable. You will not be able to say it, but in the very effort, you can change the life pattern of the person. You can give him new dreams and new hopes.
That’s what I have been doing my whole life – selling dreams…hopes.
Neither you can say it, nor I can say it. My whole life I have been trying to say it, knowing perfectly well it is an impossible task. It has never happened and it is not going to happen. And it is good that it is not going to happen…so something remains above mind, always in absolute purity, unpolluted.
I have been setting people on fire.
I don’t succeed in saying it, but as a by-product – of my arduous effort to say it – putting my whole being put at stake in saying it – there are other things happening on the side. The person is set on fire. He starts looking for something which cannot be said.
I have failed in a way. I have succeeded in another.
In fact, failing in saying it is not important. Succeeding in setting a man aflame is the real success. You have not missed the target. What helps is not your words but the way they are said, the authority with which they are said, the living quality of your words – that they are coming from the very center of your being. You are not playing a mindgame; what you are saying is not just part of your thinking…the quality of your words will give the sense that they are part of your living. And that quality goes on making an impression.
So it is a very strange phenomenon: you cannot say it, and still you have to continue to say it. Words may fail but there is something which will transpire.
Just be total. Don’t hold anything back. If tears want to come, let them come. Everything is significant.
Every gesture is significant. Even gaps are tremendously meaningful. No one knows what is going to leave an impression on the other. So you have to make a total effort.
Something is going to happen; it has always happened.
The story is about Gautam Buddha: the night he became enlightened, he remained silent for seven days, for the simple reason that what is the use of saying it when it cannot be said? And it was absolutely clear to him that it is not possible to say it. Then why unnecessarily waste your time and other people’s time?