THE LANGUAGE OF SILENCE by Amma Karunamayi
- Silence, the absence of sound, gives you divine
energy and refreshes you. Silence gives immortality,
peace, divine strength. There is great power in
our silence. In silence we hear the inner voice of
the soul. Without silence-mental silence, not
physical silence-we are restless. If anyone finds
fault with us, we at once find fault with them in
return and do not accept what we have been told. We
react negatively. This is rajasic behavior. On the
other hand, when we have absolute silence inside,
no force coming from the external environment will
ever affect us, because we will be surrounded by
the spiritual power of our meditation. So, my dear
divine children, be always in that tranquility. It
is not available in this external world. Peace is
always in the garden of our heart. Our heart is a
sweet garden. In that divine garden, tranquility
is the real fruit.
Physical power is only one percent of our true
nature; intellectual power is fifty percent; but
soul power, divine power, is a thousand percent.
When we are always entangled in the body-mind-intellectual
cages, our power is limited, our energy is limited.
As we are now, we are like fish in a small cup-we
are limited. But our true nature is not limited. Our
true nature is like the vast ocean. When we are
entangled in ignorance, we think we are restricted
to a small cup. When we touch Supreme Consciousness
through meditation, then we are boundless, we are
everywhere, we are eternal. When we know and realize
the true nature of the Self, only then can we be
in this state. And silence is the key. The real
nature of the soul is not anger, not jealousy-that
is not our nature. The true nature of the atma is
complete silence. Deep, deep in that silence, the
peace of the soul is infinite, immeasurable. Without
inner silence we can never achieve in meditation
that eternal, boundless happiness within.
Silence is nectar for the sage. All the holy
people-Jesus, Buddha, Ramakrishna Paramahansa,
Ramana Maharshi-are always turned inward. When
we go inside the heart, we have unlimited awareness.
Then only do we find the invisible soul. We touch
that in meditation only. The real touching, the
smooth touching, the tender touching of divine
experience is only and always inside, in our
silence. We listen to that inner voice in our meditation.
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