“Speech is blasphemy, silence is a lie. Above speech and silence there is a way out.”
Speech uses words which are abstract. They merely convey feelings or facts that we have as best as possible. They are just a replacement or a shadow of our feelings and experiences. To say that words can truly represent real life is blasphemy.
Silence is what we experience when there are no words or any other sounds. The truth is that there are other sounds besides our speech, and absolute silence does not exist, it is artificial in the universe as we know it, so it is a lie.
Both silence and speech are objects of the regular world we live in. There is nothing wrong with the world we live in, and on our path to enlightenment, we are told to listen to this master or that master, read this or that or sit in zazen for hours being silent. The truth is, we become enlightened not by listening to someone’s speech, nor by sitting silently for zazen, but by simply living life and seeing the world as it is.
Let us see the world as it truly is, without preconceptions, without opinions, without judgement, without expectations, and without judgement.