⚪️☁️🌬Noble Silence :: The scriptures mention a few occasions when the Buddha remained silent to questions posed to Him.
When the Buddha knew that the questioner was not in a position to understand the answer to the question because of its profundity, if the questions themselves were wrongly put in the first place, the Buddha who had truly realized the nature of these issues observed noble silence.
The Buddha's silence regarding these questions is more meaningful than attempting to deliver thousands of discourses on them. The paucity of our human vocabulary which is built upon relative experiences cannot hope to convey the depth and dimensions of Reality which a person has not himself experienced through Insight. On several occasions, the Buddha had very patiently explained that human language was too limited and could not describe the Ultimate Truth. If the Ultimate Truth is absolute, then it does not have any point of reference…he was under no obligation to respond to meaningless questions which reflected gross misunderstanding on the part of spiritual development. He was a practical Teacher, full of compassion and wisdom. He always spoke to people fully understanding their temperament, capability and capacity to comprehend. When a person asked questions not with the intention to learn how to lead a religious life but simply to create an opportunity for splitting hairs, the Blessed One did not answer these questions. Questions were answered to help a person towards self-realization, not as a way of showing his towering wisdom. ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️
- Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera