Saturday, August 12, 2006

Silence in also conversation...

"He bore himself with naturalness and at the same time with dignity. His mien (i.e., bearing, appearance) was cheerful, smiling, polite. His eyes with a gentle benignity rested on my face. His body was absolutely still. He smiled and said, 'Silence is also conversation.' "

W. Somerset Maugham recalling meeting Ramana Maharshi for the first time.

14 comments:

samuru999 said...

I do remember reading this once...
and was enthralled... as I am now.
Thanks for sharing it here!
Take care!

**SilvermOOn**GEL said...

Yes, yes, yes it is!
Wonderful quote and background.
Ironically, my newest post touches on this in an oblique way...(both the artwork and the post below.)

I like reading background to who you quote. Thx.

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Margie and Silvermoon. This is a reminder to me to be silent.

rama said...

Hullo Don,

Greetings! I am happy to inform you that I have self-published a collection of my poems
on the internet.

This is accessible at:

http://inheritance-poesy.blogspot.com/

I would like to invite you to visit the site!

Thanks and best regards
rama

Kathleen said...

bowing... bowing... bowing...

Thank you Don....

Don Iannone said...

Rama...I just discovered your collection and started reading what you've created. Marvelous! I shall return. Thank you.

Kathleen...thanks and yes bowing to the One.

Dan said...

The Razor's Edge

Homo Escapeons said...

Was that in the Bill Murray version of The Razor's Edge?
"Get outta here Ramana ya big Knucklehead..Who is your buddy?..I think that somebody needs a noogie?..."

When I think about Maharishis I recall John Lennon complaining that the Guru spent most of his time trying to bed Mia Farrow.

Sorry to get off topic...

polona said...

"silence is also conversation"
good!
thank you for this quote.

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Dan, Yes!

Polona...thanks and you're welcome.

HE..Yes! You and Dan saw the same thing.

Imemine said...

Admirers and followers tend to corrupt he saint. Saints should be left alone.

Don Iannone said...

Imemine...thanks. They certainly can. Many spiritual teachers and leaders in general have fallen prey to their own ego. A reminder to all of us.

dumbdodi said...

Dear Don, could you tell me more about Ramana Maharishi. I would like to read more, but don't want to start from somewhere wrong

Don Iannone said...

Dumbdodi...check out these websites:

http://www.ramana-maharshi.org/

http://anonymousdharma.blogspot.com/ (My wonderful friend Dan Shimp is a great place to start.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramana_Maharshi

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