Ever hear a word in another language that has no english translation? Why is that? I guess Some things just can’t be put into words.

here’s a couple of examples, from east and west.

  Duende ( Spanish) – While originally used to describe a mythical, spritelike entity that possesses humans and creates the feeling of awe of one’s surroundings in nature, its meaning has transitioned , into referring to “the mysterious power that a work of art has to deeply move a person.”

   Wabi-Sabi (Japanese) –“a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.”

We can only express ourselves in the language we know .  Yet language is limited. There does exist concepts beyond language. Mystical experiences are mostly beyond any language. These concepts are expressed as best as they can by using the language and culture of the observer.

For example, if your raised in north mississippi and have a  mystical experience, you may say your born again or saved. Christianity is the mystical language of the locals. They dont talk about the Tao (or DAO , which is  untranslatable into words and can only be experienced) Or The hindu concept of Brahman (that of limitless concessinous so intricate It cant be explained) Or the clear light of ultimate reality spoken of in the Tibetan book of the dead. Even nirvana in Buddhism is not considered when christians are saved and born again or enlightened.

These several religions have expressions of bliss unimaginable. And offer a path to attain that bliss.They are very different, yet i see a common thread.

In the west: Carl Jung called it the The collective unconscious. 

The collective unconscious – so far as we can say anything about it at all  – appears to consist of mythological motifs or primordial images, for which reason the myths of all nations are its real exponents. In fact, the whole of mythology could be taken as a sort of projection of the collective unconscious… We can therefore study the collective unconscious in two ways, either in mythology or in the analysis of the individual. (From The Structure of the Psyche, CW 8, par. 325.)  We are so captivated by and entangled in our subjective consciousness that we have forgotten the age-old fact that God speaks chiefly through dreams and visions. The Symbolic Life (1953); also in Man and His Symbols (1964) Jung is talking about meditation here.

In the east: Shakyamuni  (Buddha, who was born in what is now Nepal some 2,500 years ago)  teaches that all life is interrelated. Through the concept of “dependent origination,” it holds that nothing exists in isolation, independent of other life. The Japanese term for dependent origination is engi, literally “arising in relation.” In other words, all beings and phenomena exist or occur only because of their relationship with other beings or phenomena. Everything in the world comes into existence in response to causes and conditions. Nothing can exist in absolute independence of other things or arise of its own. The Buddha arrived at these insights through Meditation. Zen meditation is attempting to understand the meaning of life directly, without being misled by dogma or language.

As the world turns, we are all connected.The oneness of the universe may not be obvious at first glance but it seems its something we innately know,  Like knowing how to sit and how to breathe.