Words are not the true communication
Communication is difficult at the best of times. Sometimes it becomes almost comedic watching people try and express themselves. If you’ve never seen the great Abbot and Costello skit, Who’s on First, have a look. It’s hilarious, it’s classic and it also has a lot of truth in it.
Communicating is difficult because often people have their own slants on things and experiences based on family environment and values, religious beliefs, political influences, culture, tradition, prejudices, education and so on.
As I’ve said communication, or the poor quality of it, has been a human issue from day dot. Businesses are ever churning out courses and sending people to communication seminars and workshops.
The bottom line is that words don’t relate anything profound. Words can’t. Spiritual communication happens soul to soul– above and beyond words.
How do we communicate love, for example? It’s a feeling. You feel it, the other party feels it. It’s unmistakable. No words.
There’s a wonderful story about communication called ‘The Three Laughing Monks.’ I think you may enjoy it. It makes the point nicely.
The three monks only ever did one thing when ever they came to a village. They went to the village centre and started laughing. Soon a crowd would gather and people would start laughing with the three crazy monks.
The three laughing monks became legendary. They were greatly loved and admired. As the years passed their legend grew. Nobody had ever preached like they did; with laughter, never a word was spoken.
The monks never laughed at anyone, rather they gave the impression they knew the great cosmic joke.
One day one of the monks died. The whole village in which they were at the time wondered what would happen next. The people thought the other two would now surely weep. The whole village gathered in expectation. But instead of crying, the two remaining monks stood beside the corpse of the third laughing a great belly laugh. The villagers asked, “How can you be laughing at a time like this?”
And for the very first time, the two monks spoke, saying, “We are laughing because our brother has won. He is the first to leave this place. He has defeated us. We are laughing because we are happy at his victory. What better send off can there be?
Laughter is a universal language.