Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Power of Silence-Part 4

All good writers, composers, dancers, singers and actors know the value of silence. Many writers say spending a few moments in silence before writing helps them to get past the most horrific writers’ blocks and get into the most long-lasting experiences of flow where the words and ideas keep flowing out through the pen.

While in the flow, many feel no hunger or thirst or exhaustion. It is almost as if they will never get tired. Perhaps this is what the poet was referring to when he said, “I leave my body outside my study just as Muslims leave their footwear outside their place of worship.” Only the body gets tired.

We are not our bodies and we know this to be true while in an experience of flow, when the Universe writes through us or composes through us and we become just a clear conduit.

It has been said that it is the space between the bars that holds the tiger. It is the space between the notes that makes the music. Remove the spaces of silence and we are left with one continuous noisy note.

God is that which is indivisible. God is that presence which cannot be cut up into pieces; it is the one power in the universe. But we might find it difficult to comprehend this idea of oneness because our normal material existence is very much connected with duality.

When we say light we know we appreciate light because of darkness. Some actions are right and those who involve in right actions are singled out and respected because there are those who do the wrong things. A person with a front should have a back. We cannot think of the inside of a bottle without the opposite idea of the outside of the bottle. A magnet has both the North Pole and the South Pole. This ubiquitous duality has led to dichotomous thinking. Our physical world is a world of dichotomies and combinations of opposites.

This is the fourth 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.

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Read the earlier parts of this article here:

Power of silence-part 1.

Power of silence-part 2.

Power of Silence-part 3.

Image Courtesy: Flickr.-Sound of Silence.

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