Rejuvenating, Enlightening, Invigorating, Enriching, Healing, Blissful, Deafening, Nerve cracking, Irritating, Frustrating, Frightening. All these words qualify the various effects of
silence on us.
All of us have experienced each of the above feelings at some point in our lives, consciously or sub – consciously. It is amazing to know that effects of silence are so varied and spread over a wide spectrum, ranging from very positive to negative feelings.
Silence is the fasting of speech. Like any other fasts, this too requires tremendous self control and will power. Perhaps fasting on words has more far reaching consequences on the Self than fasting on food. Silence is an elixir.
Silence or Maun is necessary for cleansing of the soul. It is only after quietening of the mind i.e. mental chatter, that we can hear the soul speak.
And this voice is the voice of the Divine. Honest. Soft. Loving. A person engulfed in such a blanket of silence experiences a Divine hug, the gentle caressing touch.
Reducing the decibel levels of our internal environment to zero is a much more herculean and arduous task than silencing the external environment around us, comprising of all sorts of harmonics and overtones.
We can run away from the noise and din around us. But to attain silence within requires much more than just self control.
It requires faith in Him. Surrender to Him.
Acceptance of His will. Love for the Divine.
Silence is the only language that can tame the monkey mind. And this language has no words. It is called Meditation.
Silence is a very potent tool of communication. As Leonardo da Vinci put it: “Nothing strength-ens authority so much as silence.”
It is practiced universally in business transac-tions and deals. Even in personal relationships, exercising silence is widespread .It is one of the major tools of diplomacy.
At times, the message conveyed by silence is louder and clearer than the verbal expressions. It is devoid of the sting and razor edge of the words and hence least hurt is inflicted while conveying the message by adopting silence.
Silence is a buffer between the thoughts of the mind and the stimulus from the brain to take any necessary action or make an expression. The larger the spread of this buffer, the more effec-tive will be the action taken.
This implies that the voice of the Divine i.e.
our inner voice prevails over the impulsive mind.
Silence drives us nearer to Him. It helps us dis-cover our true self. It makes us more affectionate towards ourselves.
Silence makes us more radiant, more serene. Silence gives us power. It liberates us from the mental chatter and gives us the freedom to think
objectively and hence we can live life with greater grace.
.Chandigarh based Deepak Chopra is Author of the books: The Secrets of Success and Mantras for Inner Peace
A must-read book : Guruji – 21 Shades of Divinity: A narrative of the author’s experiences in his solitude during the lockdown – of his encounters with differ-ent shades of Divinity emerging from his experiences, observations and emotions in his solitude.
It encapsulates the purity of his devo-tion. It will inspire all to come back to it – to rekindle the flame of love and passion for life, to go a notch deeper into spiritu-ality – with Guruji.