Monday, May 26, 2008

The Power of silence-Part 3.

As the speed and the number of the thoughts increases, the frequency and the length of the gaps or silent spaces between those thoughts decreases. In fact, very often, there are almost no gaps. It is interesting to note that our thoughts which create our words and result in our actions actually arise from those silent spaces between the thoughts.

Obviously the thoughts came out of the nothingness of silence, from an infinite void. The thought just came into existence in an instant from somewhere and there was really no cause for it, no logical beginning that we can point out. If we think about it using our mind or faculties of logic or ratiocination, we are only going to be confused.

It is in those gaps that we can find peace and, as we will see today, while we are in those gaps we can also find or tap into the Source of all that is or All-That-Is itself. When we merge with the silence and become one with it, we have this beautiful experience of eternal peacefulness that some might label God.

In Getting in the Gap meditation, we bring up the first ten words of the Lord ’s Prayer, “Our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.” First we see the word our on the inner screen of our mind and then the word father and then we try to move back and slip into the gap or space of silence between our and father and stay there for some time.

Then we come out of the gap and see the word father and the word who and then slip into the gap between the words father and who. We repeat this with the whole line. Dyer also suggests thinking of what we want to attract to ourselves while in the gap and also chanting some sound or phrase that we love. Dyer especially recommends the sound “aaah” which, he points out, can be found in the names of god in all cultures and languages, like for example, Allah, Kali, Krishna, Yahweh, Rama, etc.

The Psalms of the Old Testament advise: “Be still and know that I am God.” Mother Theresa had the following to say about silence: “GOD is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, grass grow in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence….”


This is the second part of a series of articles on the power of silence written by Pramod K Uday. He is a leading news paper columnist in India.

Read the earlier parts here: Power of silence-part 1.

Power of silence-part 2.

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