Silence is the most powerful technique and very fundamental to success (ultimately means love & peace) at personal, professional and spiritual levels. One must continuously practice however difficult it is at the beginning in order to remain in “Silence”, a state of abstaining oneself from speech (which produces a kind of sound in the physical world).
The dictionary meaning of silence is “complete absence of sound”
In fact, ‘Silence’ is about not just a state of abstaining oneself from speech but it has a much deeper meaning and purpose. Silence means “a journey into the root of the thought”.
Let me explain. There are in fact three types, stages rather, of Silence:
Controlling and finally abstaining oneself from Speech – ‘Silence’ in the external world.
Controlling and finally abstaining oneself from Gestures (hand & eye movements to convey the thoughts) – ‘Silence’ at the physical/ emotional level.
Controlling and finally abstaining oneself from Thoughts (to control wavering Mind) – ‘Silence’ at mind/ spiritual level.
Once we reach the stage 3 above means that we are already in control of the other two. That’s why it is said over and over again by the learned that ‘control your mind’. But is it so simple however straightforward it appears? Certainly not. They know that of course, they will not reveal it until we keep asking the questions like How to control Thought?
In order to reach the stage 3 one has to obviously and undoubtedly practice strictly the other two as well and usually works in the same order. This means that unless there is control over our physical body and its activity in the physical world, it would be highly impossible to control “Thought”. It is mostly dependent on the physical body and its experiences in the physical world, and therefore “a journey in to the root of the Thought” in order to deliberately move beyond the physical and the emotional levels and finally to experience the state of True Silence at Mind/ Spiritual Level.
It may be, and in fact it is, possible to control the speech and gestures through practice in a reasonable time frame or in a life time, but what about the Thoughts?
Mind gets trapped mainly in “Imaginations” and, followed by, “Recollection” of thoughts (could it be equated to hypochondriac?–assuming the role of or involvement of liver, gallbladder, spleen etc.?). Why?
It is interesting to note that once we are in control of speech and gestures the mind wakes up, becomes very active and we feel more aware of our surroundings. This is a step in right direction. But this is where most of us fail to reach the next level – silence at mind/ spiritual level. This is when certainly one has to be very careful and/ or very cautious because that is when the mind, when it is in its dynamic level (called wavering mind), falls prey to its very two qualities mentioned above 1) Imagination 2) Recollection. That is why it is important at this stage toseek for a learned person / teacher / guru.
Everyone (including the teacher/guru) who practices to experience the true silence at the mind / spiritual level will go through such experiences and are unavoidable. The question now is ‘How to control those Thoughts?’ to deliberately move beyond the physical and the emotional levels and finally to experience the state of True Silence at Mind/ Spiritual Level.
In order to control what comes next the “Mind”, one has to control these ‘flow of thoughts’ and therefore there should be an effort to make “a journey into the root of the thought”.