Silence..a word heard so less often these days.
I know we belong to a generation that loves noise, or maybe everything thats too loud.
But I would like to share a short experience that I had years ago.
I was never acquainted with the real meaning of silence, until I met this man at the airport while I was travelling to Dubai.
He was carrying a bundle of books in his hand, which got fallen by me, by mistake, as I was walking lost in my own world of thoughts. His name was Mihir and he seemed to be quite an intellectual man, and when I picked up the books for him, I found one of my favourite books amongst those, which I asked him to lend me for a quick read. We were sitting in the airport lounge and reading our books respectively. And then soon enough, a casual conversation started in between us.
He seemed to be quiet (maybe just too quiet) during most of the conversation, or maybe during almost the entire conversation, as in he would ask a question and then just listen, very quietly and calmly, till I was left with no single word or thought left in my mind to express.
This somehow made me ask him finally(after a couple of minutes), that “Why are you so quiet? Are you like that always or are you depressed or lost right now? Is there something thats bothering you? Is there some problem? As in, Is there anything really wrong?
Not much surprised with my questions, he answered patiently, I’M really fond of staying silent. Silence doesn’t signify depression, hurt, agony, stress or any such thing. In silence, I find solace.
When I’m silent, I’m listening. And when I’m listening, I’m learning. I’m paying my due respect to you by listening carefully to every word that you said. Silence gives meaning to words. If I had not been silent while you were doing all the talking, probably your words would’t have held any meaning to any of us, because they would not have been heard by any of us. And right now when I’m speaking, if you had not been quietly listening, my words would have gone completely unheard.
In silence, we find peace. In silence, we find truth. And in silence, we find our self.
And I found his every word so practically true. As long as he was telling me all this and I was silent, I could comprehend his words so much more carefully. Silence really adds so much more meaning to words.
He added, that though we can never stay silent forever. Nature makes sure that we speak somehow. Sometimes it suggests us words, sentences and expressions to ease ourselves and sometimes to ease others.
But words hold no significance without silence. If you haven’t experienced the power of silence, you’ll never really know the power of words.
When Lord Buddha experienced the light of the mighty God for the first time, He kept silent, altogether for 7 days, and experienced the zenith of true joy and contentment. The messengers of God themselves had to come to him to make him speak, so that he can pave a way for others to follow, and so that he can guide other lost and eager souls and make it easier for them too to experience this light.
So, silence gives limitless joy.
When Lord Buddha left his young wife, Yashodhara, with a 2 day old son, to seek enlightenment, She kept silent over all the fury that her father had for lord buddha, She kept silent over everything that the world had to say. She used her words only to calm herself and everyone around. She inspired and continues to inspire every one with her definitions of faith, true love and forgiveness.
So, in silence, we find wisdom, compassion and the art of forgiveness. Silence is a complete remedy in itself, and can heal all our wounds, scars and pain in the most comforting way.
And as a popular verse in the Holy Bible says,
“He was oppressed and He was affiliated, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.”
His silence told and continues to tell us that Yes, He was the Son of God.
So, silence is much more powerful than words, and what words can never explain, silence does it at its best.
In silence, there is life. There is a music in our soul that only a silent heart can hear, and that only a silent mind can comprehend and that only a silent soul can contain and preserve inside it forever.
Before he could add more to this conversation, the last boarding call for his flight came and all of a sudden, I felt like I woke up from a deep dream like situation, and then he had to leave.
I never saw him again, nor ever heard from him again, but His words still echo inside me. Some conversations with the right people are really priceless and can last forever.
And now somehow, I find silence as the most comforting expression and emotion ever. Now I know how does it really feel to hear the sound of the silence.