“Seek not the law in your scriptures, for the law is life, whereas the scripture is dead. I tell you truly, Moses received not his laws from God in writing, but through the living word. The law is living word of living God to living prophets for living men. In everything that is life is the law written. You find it in the grass, in the tree, in the river, in the mountain, in the birds of heaven, in the fishes of the sea; but seek it chiefly in yourselves. For I tell you truly, all living things are nearer to God than the scripture which is without life. God so made life and all living things that they might by the everlasting word teach the laws of the true God to man. God wrote not the laws in the pages of books, but in your heart and in your spirit. They are in your breath, your blood, your bone; in your flesh, your bowels, your eyes, your ears, and in every little part of your body. They are present in the air, in the water, in the earth, in the plants, in th e sunbeams, in the depths and in the heights. They all speak to you that you may understand the tongue and the will of the living God. But you shut your eyes that you may not see, and you shut your ears that you may not hear. I tell you truly, that the scripture is the work of man, but life and all its hosts are the work of our God. Wherefore do you not listen to the words of God which are written in His works? And wherefore do you study the dead scriptures which are the work of the hands of men?”

–essene gospel of peace book 1

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“the greatest thing you can say about God, is to remain silent”

“Words are just words.  They have moods, climates of their own.  When a
word settles inside you, it brings a different climate to your mind, a
different approach, a different vision.  Call something by a different
name and see how it is immediately different.  So one of the most
important things to remember is, if possible, live an experience and don’t
fix it by a word, because that will make it narrow.

“You are sitting outside on a silent evening.  The sun has gone and the
stars are just coming out.  Just be.  Don’t even say, ‘This is beautiful,’
because the moment you say that it is beautiful, it isn’t the same any
more.  By saying ‘beautiful’ you are bringing in the past, and all the
experiences that you said were beautiful have coloured the word.  Your
word ‘beautiful’ contains many experiences of beauty.  But this experience
is totally new.  Life has never been like this before.  It will never be
again.  Why bring in the past?  The present is so vast, the past is so
narrow.  Why look through a hole in the wall when you can come out and
look at the whole sky?

“So try not to use words, but if you have to, be very choosy about them,
because each word has a nuance of its own.  Be very poetic about it.  Use
each word with taste, love, feeling.

“There are feeling words and there are intellectual words.  Drop
intellectual words more and more.  Use feeling words.  There are political
words and there are religious words.  Drop political words.  There are
words which immediately create conflict.  The moment you utter them,
argument arises.  So never use logical, argumentative language.  Use the
langauge of affection, of caring, of love, so that no argument arises.  If
you start acting this way, you will see tremendous changes.

“A single word uttered without awareness can create a long chain of
misery.  But if you are very alert, many miseries can be avoided.  Just a
very small change can make a lot of difference.  You should be very, very
careful and only use words when absolutely necessary.  Avoid contaminated
words.  Use fresh words, non-controversial words which are not arguments,
just expressions of your feelings.

“If you can become a connoisseur of words, your whole life will be
different.  Your relationships will be totally different because 99 per
cent of a relationship is expressed through words and gestures.  Gestures
are also words.  If a word brings misery, anger, conflict, argument, drop
it.  What is the point of carrying it?  Drop it.  Replace it with
something better.

“The best thing is silence.  Next best is singing, poetry, love.”

An ABC of Enlightenment

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