Originally posted by josephw
[b]'Those who know...cannot explain.
And those who can explain...do not know'
Crippling ideology. Renders truth unknowable. And who said this? What are they trying to say? That something, a truth, cannot be told in plain words and understood by the hearer? This platitude should be rejected by any and all reasoning people because it fails to do anyth ...[text shortened]... all, except by those who cannot hear.
"He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."[/b]
When you or I see something "beautiful", it is finally impossible to describe the experience. We can refer to it with words and descriptions and must; however to think the experience is in the words is mistaken.
Do not the words "sublime" or "ineffable" mean anything to you? If not, that is very sad.
You overstate what is being said by implying that we cannot communicate at ANY level, because at one level (the highest) words ultimately fail. Those of Tao and Zen know this, and live with one of many paradoxes; that we cannot finally express the sublime experiences of life in words, yet silence is unhelpful. We must simply point in a way that in our very pointing we know our hand is not very still but sort of waving - its over in that direction!
Its authority is self-emerging, as with any real truth. Any "authority" must finally be affirmed on the basis of one's own experience and consequent acceptance.
This is the very weakness of appealing to so-called external "authorities", whether they be book, mullah or Pope. It is the reason why each authority results in endless splitting of new "authority", and why every so-called attempt to establish "final" authority fails and ends up in multiple chaos. The final truth is from within for any man or woman.
Authority (power) is an instrument of control not truth. Authority is obviously required in some civil circumstances, but is not appropriate nor ultimately effective for the spiritual questings of humanity.