Theme of the week

Issue XXXVI (09.10.2011)

The Power of Silence

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence.... We need silence to be able to touch souls.”  ~ Mother Teresa

We have turned our back on silence and are gradually becoming more and more habituated to noise; Noise of different types and flavors. Day after day we invent machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life. Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, Shouting, MP3s, MP4s, and what not, have become indispensible from our life.

Silence is a soothing and refreshing state of mind but not all that easy to attain. We cannot close our ears with as much ease as we can our eyes. Reaching to a state of complete silence and peace to mind is easy said but much difficult to reach. A few minutes of being in silent state, can reenergize us. You don’t really have to go places in search of peace. It is right there in your own room, in your own bed, in your own study, on your own terrace, and perhaps, in your own kitchen.

As Mahatma Gandhi has rightly said, “In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth”.

Silence does not mean "NOT TO SPEAK"  or to keep quite. It actually is to free yourself from unwanted and wasteful thoughts. Thus, it is the method to save energy. Usually the amount of energy wasted in speech is less than that wasted if you are forced to keep quite. But if you free yourself from unwanted thoughts, focus on yourself, attain silence in the mind; you save your mental energy.

Silence therefore is to achieve peace and enrich yourself with constructive thoughts. When the network of unwanted and wasteful thoughts is cleared from your mind, you meet the you inside, that is, THE SOUL. This time since the network is clear you find yourself filled with pleasure, peace and love.

As SWAMI VIVEKANAND has said "It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful or ugly. Everything in the world is good, is holy and beautiful. If you see something evil, think that you do not understand it in right light”.

Places of stillness such as worship places, nature, and meditation can help you reaching to the state of silence. Charge your batteries in places of stillness, rest deeply, be rejuvenated, inspired and encouraged to fully surrender to the ultimate place of silence, your very Self.

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