THE ELOQUENCE OF SILENCE

THE ELOQUENCE OF SILENCE

Once a pupil asked his teacher, “What is Brahman?”

The teacher did not respond.

Pupil: “What is Brahman?”

There was again no response.

Pupil: “What is Brahman?”

Again there was no response.

The pupil became impatient and annoyed, and then asked the same question.

The teacher smiled and said, “I answered your question three times but you did not comprehend.

Brahman is Silence.”
[The above story could be based on the famous statement in the Taittiriya Upanishad (2.9), “Word
and thought return, having failed to touch Brahman.]