The Call of Silence: Reflections on the Tao-Teh-King
These reflections on Lao Tse’s Tao-Teh-King illuminate the universal truth that is at the heart of all true teachings. Abdullah hoped that by giving some insight into this Taoist work, readers would be able to take the ideas further and reach a deeper understanding within themselves.
Excerpt from book
From Section 16
The idea of the silence is repeated throughout the Tao-Teh-King because it is Lao Tse’s way of trying to approach the Tao. Everything has to go back to its original Source, the ‘eternal state’. Remember that silence is a force which is always there and which you can become a part of if you tap into it. It is not something you do, but something you can participate in. It is a part of the force we call space; silence and space form the third force of the solar system …
To work toward getting into the silence you must first put into your mind a mantra to divert and replace the associative thinking which is the ‘confusion and evil activity’ of the mind. The simplest and best method is to say God’s name in your heart: choose a two-syllable name such as Allah, Buddha, Jesus or any other that is meaningful to you, and keep repeating it with awareness of what you are saying. In a sense you become lost in it, but you know what you are doing. You must know that you are saying God’s name. This will slowly quieten the associative thinking until you are full of the idea of God in yourself, and then the silence will come. (p. 31)
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