SILENCE – The language of the mind. It is a Yoga, a Yagna and it is a Universal language. Rigveda says – Let noble thoughts come to us from all sides. One has to practice the art of silence to be able to understand its power. One who inherits this Yoga of Silence will always be composed and spreads positive vibes all around. One who possesses this quality, attains great power. As the saying goes that “Speech is silver but Silence is Gold”. If one cannot speak ably, amicably, then it is better to be silent.
Silence always express many wonderful feelings, than words. No other language can express the sweetness of Silence. Great messages and inner teachings were passed on in silence by Great gurus and saints like Adi Shankara, Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Ramana Maharshi, Sri Chandrasekhara Saraswati Swamy and others to their disciples to spread their teachings and messages. All the wise men listened to their teachings and prophesied in silence and kept them in their hearts. Silence is a major tool for all spiritual and truth seekers.
Power of Silence
To overcome vak-doshas (speaking rudely, lying, gossiping, jabbering), Silence is the best solution. If the mind is focused on meditation and vibrancy it leads to significant transformation. The most pleasing language of the Divine is silence. When humility and listening are connected to silence, the listener’s perception is increased. Silence contributes immensely to the progress of the disciple as evident from the puranas, like Mahabharatha and Ramayana. In Ramayana, Rama and Lakshmana silently followed the preachings and teachings of sage Viswamitra to overpower the demons in the forest.
When the frogs croak in the rainy season, the cuckoo realizes that it is better to be silent, rather than singing during this period. In the same way an erudite person prefers to be silent rather than speaking in the house of fools. In this context, it is proved beyond doubt that in the course of Observation, Research, Discourses, times of prophetic listening, the inquisitor chooses to be silent.
The prayer of silence is glorious. Silence reduces breath and increases longevity, develops internal energy, mental health and boosts confidence.
The importance given to silence in Patanjali Yogasutras is admirable. It reduces rajas, tamo gunas and promotes Satva guna. The key to salvation is silence.
It is proved many times, that in silence, the inner journey begins and many secrets are revealed.
Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah