Our guru is none other than Life itself. We can trust her. Completely.
They still come around, unnoticed and low-shouldered, the quiet ones so devoted to truth that they moulted their opinions. Lao Tzu: “Those who speak do not know. Those who know do not speak.”
Having a body can be compared to riding a dumb animal—a donkey, for example, as Jesus and Lao Tzu famously did, and as legions of the nameless have done. The spiritual significance of this is fairly obvious: I am not my ass.
For good communication, words are sometimes helpful and even necessary. But economy must be practiced. Words that have no meaning obscure and interfere with words that do. Lao Tzu: “More words count less.”
Knowing about is not knowing. I can be an expert on honey without having tasted it. Thus: “Those who know do not speak.” “What do you read, my lord,” asked Polonius. “Words, words, words,” replied Hamlet, meaning nothing of value. Warhol dug into this with his famous rendering of a can of Campbell’s tomato soup. Krishnamurti: “The day you teach the child the name of the bird, the child will never see that bird again.” Overheard: “The guy’s a jerk.”