Friday, July 18, 2008

The Power of silence-Part 5

Everything is divisible. All those dichotomies - male/female, day/night, black/white, work/play, pleasure/pain, right/wrong - indicate our preoccupation with duality and how our ego loves duality.

Silence is one experience that cannot be divided. Cut silence into pieces and you get more silence, one silence. Therefore when we are in silence we are in fact having a direct personal experience of the oneness and the indivisibility of Source Energy.

Nature is one place where we can easily find silence. That is the reason why many prefer meditating in the isolation of wilderness or the mountains. The sounds of nature - the enchanting music of the birds, the mesmerizing chirping of the crickets, the soft rustling of green leaves, the melodious breeze, the sparkling and whispering waves of the sea - all of them are soothing and resemble silence.

These are the sounds of healing that can cure us of the painful effects of the discordant noise of urban life - the incessant honking, the sounds from the nearby construction site, the sounds produced by the fast locomotives, the noisy parties, the hollow hubbub and chatter and even the long periods of artificial laughter that cover up the underlying emptiness and depression.


This is the fifth 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.

Power of Silence-part 3.

Power of Silence-part 4

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