The Power of Language
“The power of language, the power of words, is is that power inside consciousness that limits the vastness and makes it small, makes it limited.” – Sally Kempton. 24 July 2013 Mantra Telecourse.
I have been drawn lately to understanding mantra. I purchased a three-part mantra telecourse from Sally Kempton a couple weeks ago and have finally absorbed about half of the knowledge. Interestingly enough, language limits my ability to reach a true understanding of lessons, so I usually have to listen to something or read something over and over again before I truly begin to realize the knowledge.
This, and the course itself, affirmed the realization I reached last October that language prevents our minds from reaching an enlightened view or experience. It binds, restricts, and limits us to what can be verbally communicated according to the construct of our tongue. Even my own desire to mentally investigate this concept, with language, as I received the “download” almost completely killed this idea. Therefore, to think clearly and unbounded one has to find a way to explore knowledge without language, without putting knowledge in terms of words, as the words limit, distort, and destroy the knowledge – and then our intellect, our buddhi, attempts to fill in the gaping wounds with subjective matter, further distancing one’s access to divine knowledge for the sake of intellectual self-soothing.
We are even led to believe that we have captured this knowledge by coming to a conclusion which we have found a way to communicate through forced intellectual parsing, but this is most commonly very distant from the truth. To “wrap [your] head around” something, to surround it and attack it with your buddhi, does not allow you to conquer an idea or give you access to pure knowledge and understanding. It is a limited knowledge. To truly undertand something you must listen to it with your unlimited consciousness, then embody it, feel it, and resist the desire to remember or communicate your understanding through use of language. Through feeling you must consciously allow the synapses to form until you understand the knowledge as a clarity of vision. This must be why sanskrit and mantra are so powerful. They can express and communicate information without distorting it and without limiting it.
“Because he does not rest in his real nature, even for a moment, being exploited by the group of powers, he’s called a bound soul. He’s deprived of his glory by the goddesses Brahmi and others (he says the names of the presiding Shaktis of the groups of letters), the goddesses Brahmi and others presiding over the groups of letters. As such he is tormented by gross and subtle words, which penetrate within all kinds of definite, indefinite ideas. He feels, “I am limited, I am imperfect, I may do something, this I take, this I reject.” And he is thus led to joy or sorrow. Thus, being exploited by the group of Shaktis he is called a bound soul. If he wasn’t exploited by the group of Shaktis he would be called an enlightened yogi or Shiva.” – Sally Kempton. Teachings of Kṣemarāja (disciple of Abhinavagupta). 24 July 2013 Mantra Telecourse.