Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Words. Leaves of thought.

話し言葉 or 'hanashikotoba' is a word that means 'spoken language'.
hanashi - say 言+ tongue(thousand 千 on mouth - 口)
koto - 言 - word
ba - 葉 - leaf

The spoken word is a mere leaf of the tree of the thought, the tree that comes from the desire to express, which lies at the root of that tree.  

The root, the proto-word condenses into langauge, language as we know it. Like vapor becomes rain. If you can work with vapor, you can become a rainmaker. Learn to work with proto-language, and you can then use any "language", or perhaps even do away with it.

The spoken language or 'common language' is vaikhari - the point at which vibration escapes the tongue and mouth as sound. There are deeper, more efficient levels of communication possible.

Search for the terms Para Pashyanti Madhyama Vaikhari
Here is a post that compiles interesting information about the Indian take on the spoken word.
Here is another.

Again, the interesting thing here, is that what is now relegated to esoterica in India, is still present in the common everyday language learned by children in Japan. (They might not realize or know it - but it is still -there- directly in the characters they learn, and the writing and speech acts at many layers - whether one is conscious of it or not.)

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