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Becoming Silence

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13th October, 2021 04:41 IST

The existence that one is able to see, hear, smell, taste and touch through the five senses is essentially a product of reverberations, a play of sound, or naad. The body and mind of a human being are also reverberations. But body and mind are just the outer peel of a possibility. Most people do not go beyond the peel; they sit on the threshold of the doorway their whole lives. But the purpose of a doorway is to enter. To experience that which is beyond this doorway, people do many things. One of them is mauna, the practice of silence.

In Sanskrit, there are many words for silence, such as maun and nishabd. 'Maun' means 'silence' - you do not speak; it is an attempt to create nishabd. 'Nishabd' means 'that which is not sound' - beyond body, mind and all creation, meaning, transcending sound.


Existence is a reverberation of energy. All vibrations in human experience translate into sound. Every form in the creation has a corresponding sound. This complex amalgamation of sounds is what we are experiencing as creation. Sound is of the surface, silence is of the core. The core is a total absence of sound; absence of creation in one's experience leads to an enormous presence of the source of creation. So, a space that is beyond creation, life and death, is referred to as nishabd, silence.

In consciously aspiring for silence, there is a possibility of becoming silence.


 

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