Swami Stories Taken From Sunday Talks Given by
Taken from “Teacher – Guru - Master” September 3rd, 2000
My friends, the greatest eloquence or the highest standard of communication, the depth of communication, the gravity of intimation and the highest of communication is done by utter silence - by utter silence. Not eloquence, not oration, not teaching, not speaking. Silence is the vehicle of communication. Silence is the greatest eloquence. Silence is the highest style of communication. This is done by the second variety, the second class of guru or prophet or Incarnation.
The first is a teacher who teaches. The second is a guru who does not teach. He communicates. Teaching is different from communication. Teaching is a process done by verbalization. Teaching is verbal. But communication, it can be or could be through vibrations. So a teacher teaches, while a master communicates. A teacher confers knowledge, while a master gives you wisdom. A master gives you wisdom. A teacher speaks verbally, with his lips, while a master communicates.
A teacher does everything by remaining outside. A simple example: A teacher is there. Here I am. He teaches me. A teacher is outside. A teacher is different from you. You are not the teacher unto yourself. No. I go to a teacher and that teacher teaches me. This is an external expression, an external medium of communication. A teacher who is more informed, a teacher who is better informed, a teacher who is more experienced teaches me externally. He tells me. I hear. His communication is external. My hearing is external through the windows of my ear.
The master is different. He communicates from within. He’s not outside. The Divine master is inside. The Divine master talks to you from within. The Divine master directs you from within. The Divine master is in touch with you from within. And ultimately you and the master are one. You do not remain separate, whereas you are separate from your teacher. A teacher is higher than you are; a teacher is more informed than you are; and a teacher is more experienced than you are. But here, you and the Divine master are one and the same. No question of experience here because you are the experiencer in relation to the Divine master.
So in the presence of the Divine master you do not experience. You are the experiencer. Whereas in the presence of a teacher, you are a student, you are a disciple, you are a listener. You are passing through the process of listening, hearing, teaching, and learning. But in the presence of Divine master, it is not teaching, it is not learning, it is not hearing. It is becoming one with Him.
So, there are not two here. You and the master are one. There, when you and the Divine master within become one and the same, there is stillness. There’s absolute silence as you find in the depth of an ocean. It is only towards the shores of the sea that you find the gushing waves making a sound, the rising waves and the foam dashing against the shore. The noise – you may call it Miami Beach or Marina Beach, it doesn’t matter whatever beach it is - if you stand near a beach, yes, you find the sound of the gushing waves. But in the depth of the ocean there is no noise. It is only silence. It is only the silence. So a teacher communicates with all the sound of the gushing waves toward the shore, where the student stands to hear him, to receive knowledge from him, while the Divine master is silent, making you silent. In that silence, both become one. Silence unifies; sound divides. Silence brings together, while the sounds diverge and divide.
So that stillness is the communication of the master from within. That’s the reason why we are at a loss. We do not know whether we are near a teacher or whether we are with the master! Some of us say, "Swami’s not talking to me!" because we consider Swami as a teacher. So, "He’s not talking to me. I think that I am His student. I consider that I am a student. I consider that I have come here to learn from Him, to hear from Him. He’s not talking to me. Therefore I am frustrated." This is the first class and quite understandable. We can be quite sympathetic showing all concern, with no hatred, without any evaluation of high and low, with no assessment or judgment, without any sense of guilt. We can understand.
So long as we come here with the feeling that we are coming to a teacher, so long as we are here with the feeling that we have to hear from Him, that we have to learn from Him, that He would speak to us, when that does not take place, then frustration, depression, disappointment, insecurity, sense of fear, all negativity arises in us because every visit is not so blessed, Every day is not so blessed. Every day you cannot expect an interview. Every visit you cannot expect an interview. Every moment you cannot expect Swami to talk to you. Then that will certainly lead to frustration, depression. That’s what happens.