Power Without Words

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 Philosopher, Jacob Needleman, calls the book To Live Within, by Lizelle Reymond, “one of the most profound, hopeful and spiritually authentic books of our time, offering clear evidence that there does in fact exist a science of inner awakening.

 "There exist," says Professor Needleman, "certain books that quietly appear in the world and quietly live apart from the world, where their inner force moves the hearts and minds of all who chance to find them.” 

 Lizelle Reymond’s life was changed forever because of an unexpected encounter with an East Indian spiritual teacher. The point I’d like to make is that her life was changed without any words being spoken.

 It was Sri Anirvan's way of being with Lizelle Reymond that changed her life. It was what he was that made all the difference. 

 It was the quality of Sri Anirvan's presence that made the huge impact. It’s a striking example of how being something can be more more powerful than doing something.    

 When Lizelle Reymond, guided by a good friend, met Sri Anirvan, she had expected conversation. There was none! Instead as they sat together in the early evening on a veranda, “a strange silence fell upon us, enveloping us completely. And the silence persisted, soon becoming heavy and oppressive." 

 "I no longer knew what I was doing. I yearned to escape. My back and my neck grew numb…” 

 At this point, Needleman says, “she was wondering if she could bear it much longer.”  

 “The time seemed without end," says Lizelle Reymond. "But then the atmosphere seemed to lighten and, at the same time, there came a relaxation of mind and muscles, a slackening of tension in the plants and trees, in the very air itself. My breathing became almost imperceptible, my body felt supple, as light as a feather; I thought that it was filled with a new consciousness that came from the heart.” 

 “Two or three hours passed. Night came with the stars and the sounds of crickets. And at a certain moment, her host quietly rose, bowed before Sri Anirvan, as did she, nodding farewell, and both left without breaking the silence.”  

 For many years, I have had conversation with a friend about the power of being over doing. Here is a dramatic case of the power of being.

 What Sri Anirvan was as a human being spoke more deeply and powerfully than words can ever say. Can we learn from such a one that our quality of being matters far more than what we say?

 Lizelle Reymond describes the after-effect of the encounter in this way:   “There was nothing left of the emotional impulses that I had known in some spiritual disciplines - impulses of devotion, of self-abandonment, of submission, of a sudden understanding of what was beyond me, of gratitude to those on my path who had opened up my heart and mind.”  

 “This time I felt alone and laid bare in my inner life. And his look held me to the awareness of the moment without any possibility of escape.”

 What Lizelle calls her “taste of truth” was so powerful that months later, she wrote to Sri Anirvan asking if she could work with him “under any conditions whatsoever and no matter where.”  

 What more can I say?