Ramana Maharshi used to say that silence was the greatest teacher ...
Jus tickly funny.... (let me lighten it up
) why would he break the silence to say that?
So.... I'm confused - it's not hard I know - whether Ramana, whoever he may be, read a book and regurgitated the information in it, or heard information from the book from others sharing the information in it.... did he come to the conclusion and reiterate information from the book that silence is the greatest teacher
..... or did he hear /read or not read, that information and figure that silence was the greater teacher?
And regardless of Ramana's experience of learning - Phil --- did you learn this from information from / shared by Ramana and others (like ET, like Don Miguel Ruiz & others) or did you just magically learn in the silence of no information yourself and would have known it if you had known no thing but silence?
For me silence is more the bit where all the information finds its balance and is absorbed, but if one is absolutely honest- or rather if I am to be absolute honest, I don't think I've ever had an original lesson that had its origin, be all and end all in silence itself, it all came through the absorption of information either in first hand experience building on information from others and from other experiences - silence is the end point of absorbing information into awareness,,,, for me.
.. I think... maybe ...
Or is this another thing that you don't mean literally?
If silence was the greatest teacher and Ramana knew this --- why would he say anything or quote anything or teach anyone with anything but silence? (be patient with me...