Devise no Word

Here are a few quotes from Osho to start out this short post.

“Devise no word, says the founder of Zen, Bodhidharma, because with the word starts the world. That is exactly what the Bible says: In the beginning was the word. And in the end also is the word
The moment you enter into the world of words, you start falling away from that which is

This makes me think mainly of Lao Tzu and Ramana Maharshi when devise no word comes to mind. Two masters that which teaching was based off this principle, it seemed to work very well for these two masters, however these are special cases, for other masters words seemed to be devised in order to pull in the seeker into a kind of clever trap.. it gets the minds attention until the point at which the mind surrenders to silence. When this silence happens then:

Devise no word. If your mind creates no word, in that silence is God, or truth, or nirvana. The moment the word enters, you are no longer in your own self. You have gone away.

With the word comes the ripple of the water on a lake, it no longer reflects everything clearly, you no longer see from clarity. This is where the intellectual gets caught up it seems, they want to know about the truth, but they don’t want to see the truth. They love to conceptualize and this is perfectly fine but it has nothing to do with the truth whatsoever… the truth is not a philosophy, it does not need such a crutch to stand on.. philosophy is full of words, beautifully portrayed words, don’t get me wrong, I love a good philosophy, it is very enjoyable, but i also know that they are meaningless to grasp onto, they get you nowhere to your true nature, that which you have always been… That serene reflection in which a Zen master by the name of Hung Chin says is mo chao (Serene Reflection).

Here is a famous poem by him which I will share with you that came from Oshos book on Zen:

Silently and serenely one forgets all words;
clearly and vividly that appears before him.
When one realizes it, it is vast and without edges;
in its essence, one is clearly aware.
Singularly reflecting is this bright awareness,
full of wonder is this pure reflection.
Dew and the moon,
stars and streams,
snow on pine trees
and clouds hovering on the mountain peaks-
from darkness they all become glowingly bright;
from obscurity they all turn to resplendent light,
Infinite wonder permeates this serenity;
in this reflection all intentional efforts vanish.
Serenity is the word of all teachings
The truth of serene-reflection
is perfect and complete.
Oh look! the hundred rivers flow
in tumbling torrents
to the great ocean!

I will point out that you are like a mirror when you are not reflecting that drama that you have attached yourself to. The less attached, the more you reflect what you actually are out into the existence which is said to be existence itself.

You are not that observer that experiences anything or that does anything, but rather experience experiencing itself.

Nick Myers, a 28 year old serial blogger. Also minimalist, zen participant, philosopher, author of Emotional Alchemist, and tea disciple. I am one who sees a potential lesson in every experience in life. Life is who we are and life is our ultimate guru. I seek to bring us together through our own shared experiences. And hope to not only learn deeply who I am but to learn deeply who others are by dropping my ideas from moment to moment about you.

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7 comments on “Devise no Word
  1. Suzanne says:

    The world of words is great! Especially if not taken too seriously.

  2. Well hopefully not taken too seriously haha! I know I enjoy words just as much as I enjoy the silence.

    I guess those that take it too seriously are just going to have to be grumpy magoos!

  3. thevoicecontinues says:


    I was wondering if you would be willing to swap links with me on our blogrolls.

    You can check out my blog at

    Let me know about the swap and mutual support thing so I can link up with you.

    Thanks, and keep up the great work,

    Cathy Evans

    PS – I like the silence, too.

  4. All this talk about silence… 🙂

    I have been thinking that the One IS the mirror and it reflects us. If we become mirrors, there is nothing to reflect…

  5. We have always been the mirror with nothing to reflect, however nothing is there is also the appearance of something. But they are both the same thing, not separated at all. 🙂

  6. Hi Nick,

    Cathy and me both thought of you when we saw this video, so thought we’d share it with you and your readers. It fits with the “Devise no Word/Ramana/Lao thing (two of my favorite messengers).

    We send you our blessings,

    Pete and Cathy

  7. Hey Pete and Cathy,

    Thank you for the video link! I had a great holistic laugh from it. Isn’t t wonderful to experience something such as that?

    Realizing such an insight is beautiful, hilarious, and un-burdening.

    Thank you for the blessings and my blessings definitely go out to you two as well.


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