Silence – the only path

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Words words words…we get trapped in those alphabet formations. The sentences, the implications and the understanding derived from it all accumulate into a huge mountain of information that we surely do not need.

All our life we keep gathering these words and their meanings. We feel we have good information stored with us and feel that we have achieved a lot. Yet the more we store the more we get confused and as the delusion increases, the capacity to discriminate wavers.

We just want to talk talk talk or hear hear hear…either we will be talking or we want others to talk to us. We feel there is no other means of communication. Oh no, nowadays we have these word chats and so many ways to communicate, yet we need alphabets and words!

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So trapped in this maze of words and words, understanding the truth becomes almost an impossible task. Even when we are listening to a spiritual discourse we catch the words uttered by the master. A true master is one, who pauses in between, allowing the disciple to absorb the knowledge.

The master does not want the disciples to just take in the information and then later give out the same as a lecture to someone else. The whole point of listening is to ruminate over it and derive the truth from it.

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Just like the cow keeps chewing the cud and brings it back from the gut and chews it all over again, similarly the knowledge received must be chewed again and again, until the essence is retained within and by default gets applied in various ways in our life.

But until the time we are busy catching the words, analyzing the same , we are bound to get stuck. Masters usually speak much more in silence. If only we understood this, we would not pester them to speak all the time.

We like it when our Master tells something. We do not feel comfortable when he is silent. We wonder what he is thinking or whether the knowledge is being analysed within his mind before he shares it and so on…

Instead in his silence he relays a lot of wisdom, the truth is always received in silence. The experience happens only in silence, not when one is talking or listening as then it becomes a play of words.

Silence is where the mind stills and a deep connection with the divine happens.

A master sitting silently means he is connected absolutely in those moments with the divine. If we sit near him, in silence, we too will be a part of the beautiful communication happening in silence.

There are no words…only vibrations and energy and a deep stillness and it is in this stillness, in this silence that the truth is revealed…

If only we could become silent and be with the Master who is experiencing the divine through silence, then it is possible for us to experience divinity in that silence…

Silence is the only path…the rest all lead to silence. Silence is the ultimate…in silence…in dhyaana…it will be revealed…

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Once the experience of truth is attained, silence is all that remains. After this words are just a medium of communication, a poor means of communication actually, but essential for transactional purposes.

Beyond that, unnecessary talking is better avoided. All the treasures, the wisdom, truth, divinity flows in the silence all the time. But because of the sound/noise outside and inside, we miss it…

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We hear the Master telling us to become silent. From the time we were in school, the teacher would tell us to keep silence in order to hear the lesson.

But when it happens to be beyond textbooks, beyond scriptures, we must go beyond words…

Silence reveals all…the merging happens in silence…from everything to nothing happens in silence…

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SOLITUDE

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There I was amidst the crowd
Merging and gelling around
The moments passed to hours
And soon it was time to go
The sanctity of home beckoned
The silence, the solitude awaited
A pull, a tug to leave and go
To the haven of solitude and bliss
The stillness in the silence
This was the ultimate experience
Why then the need to go out
When it all was right within
Why step out at all in the ocean
When it all was at the shore

Silence

Where was the sound?

I could hear it loud

Yet it seemed silent

I know not how

It was the sound of the mind

The chatter in the mind

at times it felt like birds chirping

at times it felt like waves lashing

The sound went on and on

Silence …how would it be?

Was it no sound? utter stillness?

Did silence have no sound?

Then I would  have to see it

and surely could not hear it

how would it be?

would it be dark or light?

Who then would see the silence

In the stillness, in the darkness

How could silence be seen?

Who saw when the eyes closed

Who heard when the ears were shut

There was an “I” other than this body

infinite and one, that was the “I”

With no you, only an “I”

Who saw who heard who spoke

It was this “I” and none other

Where was this “I” did I know

Not until I existed would I know

the “I” untouched…unseen…yet…

The eternal one…

Silence it was

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What was I doing here

with a host of people

All I wanted was silence

yet I heard loud sound

talking and whispering

chatting and chattering

why was I here?

I wanted to run away

And yet my feet didn’t move

I felt stuck and rooted

Silence I craved and longed

why did the noise affect me

why did the sound resound?

quieten down I shouted

no anger in my voice

Just please be silent

I requested once again

A cool breeze blew

a shut window opened

I felt a chill run down

Gone was the sound

No voice no noise

Complete silence it was

No words no whispers

absolute silence it was

A stillness in the sea

a stoppage of the mind

utter bliss unsurpassed

a deep state of silence

where no sound pervaded

where no one existed

it was vast empty space

almost like nothingness

a state of soullessness

a state of no sound

Silence…it was…

profound and unbound…

 

 

 

 

 

Power of speech

Words just come out of our mouth and we speak…the power of speech!! This power has no control and words become ammunition in a gun, the ammunition that never runs out of stock.

From childhood we are taught words and trained to speak unlike animals that communicate by making sounds. We the polished humans know a lot of vocabulary and hundreds of languages. Communication has become important and speech is now an absolute necessity to survive.

How necessary are words? How necessary is speech?

A few minutes ago while I sat chanting my favourite mantra without uttering the sounds, I realised that speech is unnecessary. It does not mean people must stop talking. It just means people need to talk only as much as required and then shut the chatter.

When the chatter stops, then there is an external silence. And in this silence we can hear the inner chatter. But for how long will we hear the inner chatter? Not for long…When all the previous incidents and memories are relived once then the chatter stops. Then there is silence and it is this silence that we need to achieve.

Absolute silence, no sound, externally or internally. The sound of the heartbeat, the sounds in the stomach, the sounds that are not words!!

These are sounds of nature…so acceptable and are not creating further internal/external sounds. The unwanted chatter has to stop. It is time to stop talking actually.

Another reason why I felt that silence is truly golden is when I appointed a maid who is dumb and deaf. She is a sweet lady who is always smiling and goes about doing her work very deftly. She cannot hear external sounds, she has no idea what words are. She can feel the emotion another person may depict. She may cry when another cries or laugh when others laugh. Yet there is an innocence about this because words are missing.

She and I do have certain mini conversations using our hands and facial expressions as our tools to communicate. It is perfect and we understand each other well. In fact the other day she was expressing that I am a wonderful person and she enjoys working at my house. Atleast this is what I understood and assumed from her actions!!

See!! It is so simple. No complications at all. Words complicate our life as we usually go overboard and have verbal diarrhoea where words are released without our control. It creates hurts and we store the words like we store diamonds and yet when we throw our words we use them like bullets.

Words, if used must be used like precious stones. Only the barest minimal number of words must be used to express if at all necessary. We were not given the boneless tongue to spurt out unnecessary words. It was to speak, it was a power we received to use sparingly. Yet when I see around myself, and even when I look at myself I feel words have always been damaging and very rarely been useful.

When the words are Godly and the words are about spirituality and when the words are used to soothe pained hearts, then the words are diamonds. Other than that the words are either useless or are ammunition.

So choose the diamonds from the vocabulary we possess and use only as much as necessary. Silence outside, silence inside and then absolute silence where there is no place for words…

Can we achieve this? I want to…yet the love of my life is writing where I need to use words. Yet I can choose to write about God/spirituality and thereby make the right choice of words.

What about the words thrown at us? How do we tackle those? We must train our ears to hear and absorb limited words and then the rest can just slide out before they enter the heart.

We are so used to speaking that we not only speak to people at home, we speak to neighbours, shopkeepers, liftmen, watchmen and a lot of other people. Wishing others and smiling is enough, the rest of the conversation can most of the time be avoided.

We speak on weather, gossip about neighbours/relatives, discuss politics/news and a lot of words just flow without reason or use. These are just empty conversations where we use the words to pass our time. Is our time so useless? Don’t we have mantras/bhajans/hymns? Why not use our time for those?

Time lost is lost forever…Words thrown out cannot be retrieved…So careful…become aware of how we use words and how we use our time…

It is time now to take control of the power we have received. Like the Avengers were controlled by the UN and their power seemed just a waste unless the Assembly would decide to use it, we too need to take control of the Avenger called tongue that just lashes out unwanted words and speak sparingly and remain silent until the necessity is felt to talk!

Truth…

Truth…

A small five letter word. But in reality it means our very existence. To be truthful and to seek the truth…the truth of our existence…and the happiness thereafter…

In the 13th verse, Chapter 1 of the Bhagavad Gita – ‘Conches, drums, trumpets blared forth all at once and the battlefield was surrounded by loud noise’

Everyone on the battlefield blew conches and trumpets and the loud noise declared the onset of the war.

Now, from this verse we can understand that – When an elder of the house raises his voice, rest of the family members follow suit.

It is like as though everyone was waiting for the eldest member to begin.

The truth here is that elders always set an example for the younger generation. It actually matters how a parent conducts himself because that shows in the behaviour of his or her offspring.

When parents say, “Look at my child. He/she is so haughty and has such a bad temper, is so irresponsible and so on and on…”

Take one look at the parent. You will see the very nature hidden or many a times visible in the parent.

The child is innocent. The child is like clay which a parent can mould the way he or she wants. The child learns from and impersonates his/her parents until he reaches a particular age. After which the layers of conditioning make it difficult for the now grown up child to change ways practiced over the years.

It is when a child is in the womb that the training begins. Parents and elders of the house must understand that every thought, word and action of theirs is making impressions on the unborn child in the womb.

The loud noise is the sound within us. If you raise one doubt, one emotion of fear or anger you will find yourself surrounded by many more similar emotions.

When you lose your temper you find yourself saying things which you had never thought of or never meant to say…

One small sound made in anger leads to hundreds of sounds and the resulting noise is inevitably loud.

There is too much noise within us. In fact the noise within us is louder than the noise outside…however loud the noise outside might be.

Close your eyes and peep inside. Try to hear the noise going on inside. It is too loud…

Quieten the sound. Meditate. Reduce the frequency of thoughts that are creating the noise…

Meditate on what the truth is. Meditate on who you are actually. Mediate on the inner self and the sounds will reduce.

It will take some time to reach the state of silence. Probably a long time…

Absolute silence with no noise of thoughts, emotions or experiences…