Words are but the shells of thoughts and feelings.

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Words are but the shells of thoughts and feelings.

Bowl of Saki, November 14, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

In spite of whatever wisdom we may have; we can make a mistake if we have
no control over our words. And we can easily find examples of this truth;
those who talk much have less power than those who talk little. For a
talkative person may not be able to express an idea in a thousand words
which those who are masters of silence express in one word. … What gives
power over words? What gives the power that can be attained by silence? The
answer is: it is will power which gives the control over words; it is
silence which gives one the power of silence. It is restlessness when a
person speaks too much. The more words are used to express an idea, the
less powerful they become. It is a great pity that man so often thinks of
saving pennies and never thinks of sparing words. It is like saving pebbles
and throwing away pearls. An Indian poet says, ‘Pearl-shell, what gives you
your precious contents? Silence; for years my lips were closed.’


The mystic sees another significance of the mouth than for it to be a
receptacle of food and drink.  Through the mouth words of wisdom are
expressed, sacred words repeated.  Therefore the mouth is likened to a
shell from which pearl-like words become manifest.  As by the opening of
the mouth words are expressed so by the closing of the mouth the word is
drawn within, which becomes a living word compared with all other words,
which are lost after once they are spoken.

~~~ “Sangita II, Shaghal 9”, by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)


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