Illuminating language to untangle delusion
One of Manjushri's foremost roles is as bodhisattva of poetry, oratory, writing, and all the uses of language. Language is one of the primary catalysts of human ignorance and delusion. The patterns of our conventional thought processes are established and learned through our language. Manjushri works to reveal our enslavement by language and to liberate language and use it to express the deeper realities.
Manjushri is the person who asks questions of the Buddha in many of the sutras. Manjushri is called master of words and outstanding orator.
The melody of your speech like a sphere of music. . . Whose ear it enters, it takes away their sickness, their old age, and their death. Your speech is pleasant, gentle, charming, heart-stirring, harmonious, its sweetness is pure stainless clear light.
Manjushri often elucidates the inner meaning of language, using negations to break down patterns of thought and language that reinforce ignorance and block insight. He liberates language by showing how it can be used to express nondual understanding without being caught by its confusions.