The Voice of the Silence 6 (Verses 59-79)
- Published: Tuesday, 11 December 2012 03:00
John Algeo – USA
The last group of verses considered in this series ended with an assertion that, to walk the Path, we have to become the Path, an apparently paradoxical statement. But a paradox has been defined as a Truth standing on its head, so that assertion is also a Truth. In addition, it is said that the opposite of a little truth is a falsehood, but the opposite of a Great Truth is another Great Truth. This assertion is a Great Truth.
The verses continue by explaining what walking the path involves: “ Let thy soul lend its ear to every cry of pain like as the lotus bares its heart to drink the morning sun.  Let not the fierce sun dry one tear of pain before thyself hast wiped it from the sufferer’s eye.  But let each burning human tear drop on thy heart and there remain, nor ever brush it off, until the pain that caused it is removed.  These tears, O thou of heart most merciful, these are the streams that irrigate the fields of charity immortal. ’Tis on such soil that grows the midnight blossom of Buddha33 more difficult to find, more rare to view than is the flower of the Vogay tree. It is the seed of freedom from rebirth. It isolates the Arhat both from strife and lust, it leads him through the fields of being unto the peace and bliss known only in the land of silence and non-being.”