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Silence

Koi in Lotus Pond

Silence is a source of great strength.
Lao Tzu

Silence is the true friend that never betrays.
~Confucius

The deepest rivers flow with the least sound.
Quintus Curtius Rufus

Just be quiet and merge.
Swami Shraddhananda, Guide to Prayer [unpub.]

There’s nothing, absolutely nothing, not even an
intention. That is the highest level of prayer. At that level you lose
words, you don’t even have words. You don’t really have words at that
point … you just sort of overflow from inside. And that goes out and
creates the vibration. What we need is that kind of prayer together.
Swami Shraddhananda, Guide to Prayer [unpub.]

Prayer has no definite form. It can vary, it can be just a
silent prayer. In fact the best prayer is a wordless prayer. Absolutely
no words. Nothing. Just expanding into the wide expanse around you and
beyond the earth to the universe. Its giving. Just give. And just be
quiet and merge.
Swami Shraddhananda, Guide to Prayer [unpub.]

The universe is very beautiful, yet it says
nothing. The four seasons abide by a fixed law, yet they are not heard.
All creation is based upon absolute principles, yet nothing speaks. And
the true Sage, taking his stand upon the beauty of the universe,
pierces the principles of created things. Hence the saying that the
perfect man does nothing, the true Sage performs nothing, beyond gazing
at the universe. For man’s intellect, however keen, face to face with
the countless evolutions of things, their death and birth, their
squareness and roundness, can never reach the root. There creation is,
and there it has ever been.
Chuang Tzu

“I sometimes think there could be no keener criterion to measure our readiness for an economics of permanence than silence.” Roszak

“It is not birds that speak, but men learn silence.” Kathleen Raine

Paul Wild Joy: The Ecstatic Poetry of Paul Goldman

Every man should have his own Holy Place where he keeps lonely vigil, harkens for the Voices, and offers prayer and praise.
Wabasha, Native American, `The Spiritual Athlete’

Seek solitude as much as possible. Do
not spend your leisure time with other people for
merely social purposes. God’s love is hard to find in
company.
Paramahansa Yogananda, ‘Man’s Eternal Quest’

And Jesus Christ Himself showed us the value of solitude by frequently leaving his public ministry and going into the hills to pray in peace and quiet.
‘The Way of a Pilgrim’

May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
And, above all, may silence make you strong.
~ Chief Dan George ~

Be with people in silence; don’t spend precious
time and energy in idle talk. Eat in silence; work in
ilence. God loves silence.
(Paramahansa Yogananda, `Spiritual Diary’

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

My father went on talking to me in a low voice. That is how our people always talk to their children, so low and quiet, the child thinks he is dreaming. But he never forgets.
Maria Chona, Papago, `The Spiritual Athlete’

Experience has taught me that silence is a part of the spiritual discipline of the votary of truth.
Mahatma Gandhi, “Gandhi, All Men Are Brothers’

If you ask him: `What is silence?’ he will answer: `It is the Great Mystery! The holy silence is His voice!’ If you ask: `What are the fruits of silence?’ he will say: `They are self-control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity, and reverence. Silence is the corner-stone of character.
Charles Alexander Eastman, Ohiyesa, `The Soul of the Indian’

In Silence and stillness a devout soul advances in virtues and learns the mysteries of the Scriptures.
Thomas A Kempis, `The Imitation of Christ’

Silence is the source of everything. It is the source of music and it is music itself. Silence is the deepest, most satisfying music of the Supreme.
~Sri Chinmoy

Silence is within, but we have to discover it. Unless and until we discover our inner silence, we cannot feel that we are of God and for God. Inner silence is not just the absence of thoughts. No! Silence is the blossoming of our indomitable inner will. Silence is our inner wisdom light. This wisdom light is our conscious and constant surrender to the Will of our Inner Pilot, who inspires us, encourages us and guides us to the Shores of the Golden Beyond.
~Sri Chinmoy
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Silence is not a lack of words.
Silence is not a lack of music.
Silence is not a lack of curses.
Silence is not a lack of screams.
Silence is not a lack of colors
or voices or bodies or whistling wind.
Silence is not a lack of anything.

Silence is resting, nestling
in every leaf of every tree,
in every root and branch.
Silence is the flower sprouting
upon the branch.

Silence is the mother singing
to her newborn babe.
Silence is the mother crying
for her stillborn babe.
Silence is the life of all
these babes, whose breath
is a breath of God.

Silence is seeing and singing praises.
Silence is the roar of ocean waves.
Silence is the sandpiper dancing
on the shore.
Silence is the vastness of a whale.
Silence is a blade of grass.

Silence is sound
And silence is silence.
Silence is love, even
the love that hides in hate.

Silence is the pompous queen
and the harlot and the pimp
hugging his purse on a crowded street.

Silence is the healer dreaming
the plant, the drummer drumming
the dream. It is the lover’s
exhausted fall into sleep.
It is the call of morning birds.

Silence is God’s beat tapping all hearts.

Silence is the star kissing a flower.

Silence is a word, a hope, a candle
lighting the window of home.

Silence is everything –the renewing sleep
of Earth, the purifying dream of Water,
the purifying rage of Fire, the soaring
and spiraling flight of Air. It is all
things dissolved into no-thing–Silence
is with you always…..the Presence
of I AM
-Elaine Maria Upton

The waves of mind

demand so much of Silence.

But She does not talk back

does not give answers nor arguments.

She is the hidden author of every thought

every feeling, every moment.

Silence
by Adyashanti

Silence
She speaks only one word.
And that word is this very existence.
No name you give Her
touches Her, captures Her.
No understanding can embrace Her.

Mind throws itself at Silence
demanding to be let in.
But no mind can enter into
Her radiant darkness
Her pure and smiling
nothingness.

The mind hurls itself into sacred questions.
But silence remains
unmoved by the tantrums.
She asks only for nothing.
Nothing.

But you won’t give it to Her
Because it is the last coin in your pocket.
And you would rather
give Her demands than
your sacred and
empty hands.
~~
In Silence

Be still.
Listen to the stones of the wall.
Be silent, they try
To speak your

Name.
Listen
To the living walls.
Who are you?
Who
Are you? Whose
Silence are you?

Who (be quiet)
Are you (as these stones
Are quiet). Do not
Think of what you are
Still less of
What you may one day be.
Rather
Be what you are (but who?) be
The unthinkable one
You do not know.

O be still, while
You are still alive,
And all things live around you
Speaking (I do not hear)
To your own being,
Speaking by the Unknown
That is in you and in themselves.

“I will try, like them
To be my own silence:
And this is difficult. The whole
World is secretly on fire. The stones
Burn, even the stones
They burn me. How can a man be still or
Listen to all things burning? How can he dare
To sit with them
When all their silence
Is on fire?”

~ Thomas Merton ~

(The Strange Islands: Poems by Thomas Merton)

True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
~William Penn

Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods
– Raph Waldo Emerson

You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind
-Sri Sathya

All was silent as before. All silent save the dripping rain.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Silence is more musical than any song.
~ Christina Rossetti

“Wisdom enters through love, silence, and mortification. It is great wisdom to know how to be silent and to look at neither the remarks, nor the deeds, nor the lives of others.”
St John of the Cross, OCD

“What we need most in order to make progress is to be silent before this great God with our appetite and with our tongue, for the language he best hears is silent love.”
St John of the Cross, OCD

‘Be silent before this great God with our appetite and with our tongue, for the language he best hears is silent love.’
St John of the Cross

“By silence, eloquence is meant. It is the best language. There is a state when words cease and silence prevails.”
– Bhagavan RamaNa Maharshi

Earth teach me quiet – as the grasses are still with new light
~An Ute Prayer

“To preserve the silence within–amid all the noise. To remain open and quiet, a moist humus in the fertile darkness where the rain falls and the grain ripens–no matter how many tramp across the parade ground in whirling dust under an arid sky.”
— Dag Hammarskjöld

The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”
– Baba Ram Das

it is in this silence that the remembrance of God will be activated.”
~Wayne Dyer

“Silence is the best, the most potent initiation. Silent initiation changes the
heart of all.”
Sri Ramana Maharshi

“Practicing silence periodically as it is convenient to you is one way to experience the Law of Pure Potentiality. Spending time each day in meditation is another. Ideally, you should meditate at least thirty minutes in the morning, and thirty minutes in the evening. Through meditation you will learn to experience the field of pure silence and pure awareness. In that field of pure silence is the field of infinite correlation, the field of infinite organizing power, the ultimate ground of creation where everything is inseparably connected with everything else.”
Deepak Chopra

“For God alone my soul waits in silence”
Psalm 62:1

What one fails to know by conversation extending to several years can be known in trice in Silence, or in front of Silence – e.g., Dakshinamurti, and his four disciples.
That is the highest and most effective language.
~Ramana Maharshi

I will find new meaning in every joy and sorrow
In that silence, I will hear the voice of the spirit,
and freed from this world~
I will see another order where the
end is another Beginning~Rumi

“The fruit of silence is prayer
The fruit of prayer is faith
The fruit of faith is love
The fruit of love is service
The fruit of service is peace
LOVE OTHERS AS GOD LOVES YOU.”
~MOTHER TERESA

“Be Still and Know that I am God”
– Psalm 46

[1] What language is thine, O sea?”

“The language of eternal question.”

“What language is thy answer, O sky?

“The language of eternal silence.”

~Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

[2] The fish in the water is silent, the animal on the earth is noisy, the bird in the air is singing,
But Man has in him the silence of the sea, the noise of the earth and the music of the air.

[3] Man goes into the noisy crowd to drown his own clamour of silence.

[4] Silence will carry your voice like the nest that holds the sleeping birds.

[5] The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words that are clear; the great truth has great silence.

[6] The day, with the noise of this little earth, drowns the silence of all worlds.

[7]The song feels the infinite in the air, the picture in the earth,
the poem in the air and the earth;
For its words have meaning that walks and music that soars

When the sun goes down to the West, the East of his morning stands before him in silence.

[8] The dim silence of my mind seems filled with crickets’ chirp–the grey twilight of sound.

[9]”How may I sing to thee and worship, O Sun?” asked the little flower.

“By the simple silence of thy purity,” answered the sun.

[10] The night’s silence, like a deep lamp, is burning with the light of its milky way.

[11] Let my thoughts come to you, when I am gone, like the afterglow of sunset at the margin of starry silence.

[12] One word keep for me in thy silence, O World, when I am dead, “I have loved.”

[13] Lead me in the centre of thy silence to fill my heart with songs.

[14] God’s silence ripens man’s thoughts into speech.

[15] I have dipped the vessel of my heart into this silent hour; it has filled with love
~Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

Silence vibrating is Creation. Silence flowing is Love. Silence shared is Friendship. Silence seen is Infinity. Silence heard is Adoration. Silence expressed is Beauty. Silence maintained is Strength. Silence omitted is Suffering. Silence allowed is Rest. Silence recorded is Scripture. Silence preserved is Our Tradition. Silence given is Initiating. Silence received is Joy. Silence perceived is Knowledge. Silence stabilized is Fulfillment. Silence alone is.”~Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

[1] The best companion for kindness, silence.
[2]Hold on the silence and your thought will be enlightened.
~Imam Ali, 2500 Adages

“When I am liberated by silence, when I am no longer involved in the measurement of life, but in the living of it, I can discover a form of prayer in which there is effectively no distraction. My whole life becomes a prayer. My whole silence is full of prayer… Let me seek, then, the gift of silence, and poverty, and solitude, where everything I touch is turned into prayer: where the sky is my prayer, the birds are my prayer, the wind in the trees is my prayer, for God is all in all.” — Thomas Merton

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