When we hear we either accept or reject, or we translate what we hear according to our knowledge and our background. Or we compare what is being said to what is already known, or repose one idea by another. All these characteristics of caring denies the act of listening; when one listens there is no comparison, there is no acceptance or rejection.
The very act of listening brings about a total attention in which you see the totality and in all significance and structure of what is being said. The quality of listening is attention and when you attend totally, with your whole mind, your whole heart, your nerves and your eyes and ears, completely intently listen, and you give your whole attention to something. That is when you completely listen.
In that state of attention there is the act of listening and that act of listening puts away anything that is not true. You listen to the totality of the thing, when you attend, there is no borders of inattention, and that act of listening is really a miracle, perhaps it’s the greatest miracle when one can listen totally without any defense without any barrier, then one can look, then one can listen.
If I want to understand what you are saying, I must listen to you; I must listen to you with affection, care and attention. If I want to find out what you are saying, but if I say “Yes, I agree with you, but I’ve heard this before.”, or you are saying something new which is impossible you’re not listening.
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