The Greatness of Silence

The Silence is pure, it bestows the glory of true knowledge [Mei-jnana]; It is the means of all tapas and it always shines in the heart and it is a gateway to attain the infinite happiness.

Buddha said:

“Those who know, they know, even without my saying, and those who do not know, they will not know by my words. Any description of vision and colours to a blind man is of no use. One who has not tasted the ambrosia of existence, of life, no point in talking to them about it. So I am silent,”

Our Hindu Vedic Scriptures have declared:

Words end where truth begins.

Silence leads to peace and God is the embodiment of peace. Saint Arunagirinatha says that Lord Shanmukha made him to realise the value of silence. Silence is important for a spiritual seeker, to absorb the higher truths.

Silence is the source of life, and is the cure for diseases. You might have noticed when people are angry, they keep Silence. Even to the contrary they shout a lot, they become silent after shouting. Sometimes, when you are sad or angry, you say “Leave me alone.” It shows that you know the value of Silence.

An ancient rishi said for questions, “Become Answerless”. Every question only pushes the question a little further. Every answer brings forth many more questions. There is no end to question/answer session. It can go on forever! If you answer one question, it’ll bring forth another ten questions. He said, “Go beyond the questions, Be answerless!” Every being has the solution to all the questions.

Mind is noise, the source of mind is silence. That’s why Buddha said, “No mind.” When Buddha said “No mind,” he meant we should be free from that chain of thoughts that simply wander around in our mind all the time. Buddha kept silent to get answers for many questions.

Space and silence are synonymous. Joy, fulfillment brings the silence. Desire brings noise. Silence is the cure, because in silence you come back to the source, and that creates joy.

If you see the physical parts and organs of Lord Ganesh’s body , you will find that the size of ears is much bigger and size of mouth is much smaller.

It means speak minimum, listen maximum, observe silence and meditation more.

These are the basic and fundamental sutras, mantras and secrets of success in life. May be you are in any area of operation and in any walk of life.

In Mahabharat Lord Ganesha said to Vyasa:

‘Vyasa! Only those who have self-control and use their powers with patience and understanding can fully benefit from his life. The first step to self-control is to control speech. One who can not control their speech loses energy unnecessarily. By controlling speech one avoids the loss. And then is Coming “ Language of Peace “. Energy comes from Prana so do not waste it as the Prana is limited and we have counted breathing. Those who make right use of Prana in right actions/karma/deeds get success in life.”

In Hindu philosophy, Mauna (Silence), which has a voice of its own, refers to peace of mind, inner quietude, Samadhi and the Absolute Reality.

The Hindu texts insist upon proper understanding of silence by experiencing it through control of speech and practice.

Silence is only the state in which the ego or mind, which is merely a false imagination, has been destroyed.

The Silence of Self shines through the pure mind, and it is the pure existence-consciousness which is devoid of all thoughts.

Silence alone turns out to be the gateway to Liberation and this the gate of the final refuge to attain Moksha.

Through whatever path one may proceed towards the state of Liberation, one can finally enter that state only through the gateway of Silence; the gateway of egolessness or mindlessness.

Sri Ramana Bhagavan used to say,

“Through whatever road one may approach the town of liberation, in order to enter that town one must pay the tollgate fee. That toll-gate fee is the destruction of one’s ego or mind.”

REMEMBER, That which is never to happen will not happen, however much effort is made; that which is to happen will not stop, however much obstruction is made. This is certain. Hence, to remain silent is best.

The Ordainer, being in each place, makes the things happen according to the destiny [prarabdha] of each person.

The mere unthinking orlaziness of the dull mind is nothing but a defective and tamasic delusion.

Know thus. Laziness or sluggishness of the mind is not the Silence.

Silence is not the mere Vocal Silence. The Silence is that which shines through the pure mind, and which is devoid of all thoughts with pure existence-consciousness.

The silence is bliss and it is sweeter than the sound of a flute, the sound of a veena, or the prattling speech of their own babbling children.

Silence shines forth in the heart when the wandering mind subsides and is destroyed there and it bestows immortal and perfect bliss; it is sweeter than even the sweetest sound in this world.

If the noise of thoughts sankalpas rising [incessantly] within does not subside, the ineffable state of Silence will not be revealed.

Those whose thoughts [vrittis] have subsided within, will not leave the strong and perfect [state of] Silence even in a big battlefield.

Just as the sweet sound of soft and melodious music cannot be heard in a place where there is a great noise such as the hubbub of a market or the roaring of the waves of an ocean, so the Silence which is ever going on deep within the heart, cannot be heard by ordinary people because of the noise of the millions of thoughts which are incessantly rising in their minds.

On the other hand, because of the strength of His Silence, even the great noise of battlefield will remain unknown to a Jnani, who has annihilated the mind by destroying all thoughts or sankalpas.

Because the ajnani attends only to the hubbub of thoughts, he does not notice the ever-shining Silence within, However the Jnani attends only the Silence within, He does not hear even the greatest noise which may be going on outside.

Only those who have known their reality to be Siva [the Self], are those who are soaked in the perfect and natural state of Silence.

Therefore having removed the ‘I’-sense in anything other than Siva [that is, having given up one’s identification with all adjuncts such as the body], abide without action in Siva.

The glory of the state of Silence – in which one has merged and died in the real principle [Mei-tattva], is the egoless Self, who has understood nature of the observance of self-surrender [sarangati-dharma].

The true practice of self-surrender is for one to subside through the enquiry ‘Who am I?’ and thereby to merge and abide in Self, the state of Silence which is devoid of even the least rising of the ego, the first thought ‘I am this’.

The imperishable foundation stone for the alayavijnana is Silence [mauna], the ancient primal reality.

Alaya-vijnana is the body- consciousness which continues in the body until the death of the body, that is, that it is the mind, whose form is the ‘I am the body’ sense [dehatma-buddhi].

The base on which the world and body appear is the mind, the ‘I am the body’ consciousness, and the base on which the mind appears is Self, the pure consciousness, which is Silence.

Therefore the indestructible Silence alone is the base for all kinds of knowledge.

Instead of arguing by the sharpness of the intellect [mati], which [rises and] subsides, “It [the reality] exists”, “It does not exist”, “It has form”, “It is formless”, “It is one [non-dual]”, “It is two [dual]”, the Silence of existence-consciousness-bliss [sat-chit- ananda], which is the ever-unfailing experience, alone is the real wisdom [mata].

Just as the many rivers which run and merge into the [one] great ocean [are all of the nature of water], so all religions – which flow only towards the ocean of Siva, the abundant consciousness-bliss [chit-ananda], as their target – are Siva-mayam [of the nature of Siva].

Therefore, there is no place for differences [in the ultimate goal of all religions]

Know that Self, which is to be enquired into and attained in the heart as the state of happiness through the requisite tapas [or Self-attention], is only the state of Silence [mauna], which is experienced by removing the delusive and worthless knowledge of differences [along with its root, the ignorance or wrong knowledge ‘I am this body’].

Self, which is the fruit to be attained through enquiry or vichara, is only the Silence devoid of the wrong knowledge ‘I am the body’.

The state of the experience of the one non-dual Silence [eka advaita mouna anubhuti], which is attained as the experience of the unlimited true knowledge [mey-jnana], is only the shining [of oneself] as the empty space devoid of the false imagination which is the rising of the wicked ego-mind.

According to the prarabdha [of the jiva], the Supreme makes the jiva act until it [the prarabdha] comes to an end. Efforts made will be a failure due to prarabdha; even [in spite of] obstructions, it [the prarabdha] will bear fruit. [Therefore] to remain silent [without trying to oppose one’s prarabdha] is best.

It is not possible for anyone to do anything opposed to the ordinance [niyati] of God, who has the ability to do [anything and] everything. Therefore to remain silent at the Feet [of God], having given up all the anxieties of the wicked, defective and delusive mind, is best.

The correct method is for one to remain silently attending to oneself [the first person] alone, and not for one to attend to the wavering mind which is a bundle of second and third person objects.

If one vigilantly scrutinizes the form of the mind, it will be found that there is no such thing as mind at all.

This teaching is misinterpreted by some people to mean that one should attend to or watch the mind, that is, the thoughts pertaining to second and third person objects.

If we attend to the thoughts of the wavering mind, we will be slipping down from our natural state of Self-abidance, in which no second or third person can be known.

Those who have perfect knowledge say that the state of true knowledge [mey-jnana-samadhi], in which one remains without ‘I’ [the ego], alone is maunatapas.

In order to experience [that] silence [mauna], which is devoid of the bodythought [the feeling ‘I am this body’], clinging to the Self in the heart is the sadhana.

The pure Silence which shines forth when the ‘I’- sense [the ego] is lost by [one’s] abiding in the heart, knowing one’s own real existing state instead of going outwards cherishing and attending to other things, alone is the limit of Jnana.

The state of Jnana is that which is devoid of any limit and beyond all definitions. If at all a limit or definition is to be given for Jnana, it is only the pure Silence which remains shining after the ego is destroyed.

Since, just as the activities seen within [and by] a dream-person become laughable and non-existent in the outlook of the waking person, even the activities of the jiva [such as his birth and death], which are an imagination [seen by him] within himself, become non-existent in the true awakened outlook of Self- knowledge, all [of those activities, including his bondage and liberation] are unreal [and are a mere play of maya].

When the pure gracious Supreme reveals the nature of Self, he who was in the dark room [of ajnana] will merge in the Silence of Self-abidance, drowning in Siva-bodha [God-knowledge or existence- consciousness], which is the beauty of the reality.

Know that Silence – which is the perfect knowledge of the form of Self and which shines within when the ego reaches the heart by rejecting all the juggleries of thoughts [sankalpa-jalas], which are rarely rejected – alone is the glorious Supreme Word [para-vak].

The life of Self – the true knowledge [mey-jnana] which shines forth devoid of the ego-sense due to the drowning [of the ego] in its source when the madness of desire for the petty, illusory and delusive sense- objects has been completely destroyed – alone is that which can [truly] satisfy the mind.

Those whose hearts are surging with joy by experiencing the ever-new ambrosia [amrita] of Self, which shines brightly in the pure Silence, will not be spoilt in the world by experiencing the petty sense- objects, which give a little mad pleasure caused by mental delusion.

The reality which is very clearly known by Sages as the goal [siddhanta] of all Vedas and Agamas, and the observance of reality [sat-achara] recommended by all dharma-upadesas, is [nothing but] Silence, the state of supreme peace.

The ultimate goal which is taught in all the Vedas, Agamas, dharma-sastras and other scriptures is only the state of perfect Silence [pari-purna-mauna], which is nothing but the destruction of the mind [mano-nasa].

The complete giving up of all the other three purusharthas [ Namely Artha, Kama] beginning with dharma, is the glorious state of peace, which is the nature of liberation [the fourth purushartha, namely The Moksha is the only true purushartha as the gateway for God Realisation.

Therefore completely give up ego, pride and other noises of desire and cling only to Silence, the knowledge of the Supreme Self, which is Siva.

Om Tat Sat !!!