Silence is the mother of all creativity! Silence is the mother of beauty and love. Intuition, invention, poetry, everything comes out of silence. Even Sudarshan Kriya came out of silence.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Prayer within breath is silence
Love within Infinity is silence
Wisdom without word is silence
Compassion without aim is silence
Action without doer is silence
Smiling with all the Existence is silence!
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
When I thought of writing something about silence, I said to myself, “Writing an article about silence will not be an easy task. It is even funny to think of writing an article about silence. How can we talk about silence? Silence is silence.” Then, I said to myself, “The best way to start this article is to be quiet.” Being quiet started showing me the beauty of silence. Silence is not something to be understood! It is something to be experienced! In stillness, we experience the beauty of silence.
I am a very silent person and I loved silence. My father loved silence also. He was silent most of the time. Then, I realized that being silent doesn’t mean only not talking. It is much more profound than that. It means having a quiet mind, a silent mind. When we do an Art of Silence Course, usually, at the end of the course, we are really silent. When it is time to leave the course, the course should start at that time because the mind is so quiet. It took almost 3 to 4 days to bring the mind into stillness.
On a 10-Day Silence Retreat, we are go deep because the mind becomes so quiet. It is so simple, the quieter our mind is, the more deeper we go. In the stillness of our Being, we realize how beautiful we are. How complete we are. We have no needs in that state. It is such a beautiful state. Then, we can understand a little bit what Guruji means when he says: silence is the mother of all creativity. All the beautiful words he said at the beginning of this article make sense when we reach that state.
Guruji says that when we speak, we loose so much energy. Our mind is scattered in so many directions. “When we are in silence,” he said, “our mind is one, united, composed, whole.” Isn’t it beautiful? We conserve so much energy when we are in silence.
The silence that we experience during meditation is unique. We can’t describe its beauty and its value. It is impossible. But to experience it, it is very possible and very simple. Guruji has given us all the tools to experience silence: meditation, sudarshan kriya, chanting, yoga, pranayama, even seva. When we do seva 100%, we experience silence. Isn’t this so? We are so fortunate.
We have to take the time to be silent, to be in silence with the silence. Silence is so deep, infinitely deep. Silence is the mother of beauty and love (Guruji’s words). And for those of you who have been on a long course, in silence, we feel closer to others the less we talk. We feel the other person much more than when we talk to them. In silence, we feel one with the other. In fact, in silence, there is no other. Only one is there. It is so beautiful. One consciousness, one vibration permeates the whole atmosphere.
We should take the time to be in silence once or twice a year for many days each time. It has so much value. Just a glimpse of deep silence (Samadhi) will transform our life.
I have a little story for you. When I met Guruji for the first time, 25 years ago, he told us that story. He said that when he was with Maharishi, he has been asked to take care of finances. I don’t remember all the details of the story but in short, Maharishi asked him to take care of some financial problems. And it was a huge problem involving many millions of dollars. Guruji had no experience with money. He didn’t know what to do. How to resolve that big problem? Then, he realized that he knew one thing very well – how to sit in samadhi. This was very easy for him. And this is exactly what he did. He sat in meditation for many hours and when he came out of meditation, the solutions to the financial problem started coming to him. Everything fell into place. And in a few days, the problem was resolved.
“Silence is the mother of all creativity,” Guruji says. And it is so true.
Just take the time to be silent and in silence. The value of silence is infinite. The beauty of silence is indescribable.