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#2278 - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - Editor: Gloria Lee
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the
life that is waiting for us.
- E. M. Forster
posted to Morning Zen
photo of horse by Alan Larus,
|Speech needs company,||Silence needs solitude.|
|Speech wants to conquer others,||Silence helps conquer oneself.|
|Speech makes friends or foes,||Silence befriends all.|
|Speech demands respect,||Silence commands it.|
|Speech is earth-bound,||Silence is heaven-bound.|
|Speech educates,||Silence exalts.|
|Speech is subjective,||Silence is objective.|
|Speech has regrets,||Silence has none.|
|Speech has limitations,||Silence is boundless.|
|Speech needs effort,||Silence a lot more.|
|Speech is human,||Silence is Divine.|
|While speaking you are heard by creatures,||In silence you hear the creator.|
|Silence leads to a stillness of the mind,|
|Then to introspection,|
|Then to self-cleansing,|
|Finally to liberation.|
The definite sign of a spiritually minded person is his silent, tolerant attitude. Bees, until they have found the flower and tasted the honey, make a loud, buzzing noise; but the moment they taste the honey, they become absorbed and cease to make a sound. So it is with us. Before we find the truth, we argue and dispute and challenge others who differ from us; but when we come in contact with something deeper, we grow silent and do not try to force it on other minds. We try to live it in our own life inevitably it reaches other lives.
Spiritual qualities are infectious just as evil qualities are. One bad person can drag down many others by his evil propensities; while those who have noble ideals and loving characters uplift others merely by their silent influence.
When we study external conditions, it is sometimes very discouraging to see how slowly this influence works; but it can never fail absolutely. And if we wish to produce a lasting effect on any character, it is better not to have it work too quickly. When we set fire to hay, it makes a tremendous blaze, then in a moment it is all over; while a log fire, which takes a long time to kindle, burns steadily and is dependable. Similarly in spiritual awakening, if the person is over- enthusiastic and emotionally excited, he exhausts his forces and the effect wears off. If, on the contrary, his deeper nature is touched, it may not show outwardly, but the result endures.
Limit yourself to observing. Take in everything that comes to your awareness whether big, small, trite or ordinary. Content of awareness is less important than the quality of awareness. As quality improves, so silence deepens, you will experience. You will discover, to your delight that revelation is not knowledge. It is power: a mysterious power
Are you aware of inner silence even now? You can spend this moment in the temple of silence, acquainting yourself with Devi and becoming peaceful. The power comes from intensifying concentration to visualize the form, hear the sound, feel the touch, taste, and smell of the divine perfume of the goddess manifesting that part of the ever-youthful goddess. She is in deep love with you.
Practice creative silence.
R Ravi Sankar
posted to "ThePowerOfSilence"
Here's your Daily Poem from the Poetry Chaikhana --
on its loom
of gold, its latticework
Thought for the Day:
Real spiritual growth begins with an act of
|Here's your Daily Music selection --
A beautiful poem by Elizabeth Reninger to start your week off properly...
of wisdom forming in
the craters left
steps. . .
Chaikhana Forum Topics
Barks - Notes on the State Department Speaker Program
Visit to Kabul, Mazar, Balkh, and Herat, Afghanistan
instance of the place that poetry occupies in the Afghan
soul: on my first night of public appearances I found
myself under a banner in the Afghan Ministry of Culture
in Kabul. Next to a huge picture of Hamid Karzai, the
banner read, DEAR COLEMAN BORKS, WELCOME TO KABUL. As I
was reading the first poem in English, I realized that
everyone in the room was silently saying the poem with me
in Persian. Afterward there was animated discussion. I
asked Ruhollah what was going on. He said it was a fierce
debate about the metaphor of drunkenness (ecstatic love)
in this poem of Rumi as compared with the references to
wine in the poetry of Hafez. Here were cabinet level men
and women arguing poetry, from their deep, and varying,
experiences of it. The minister of culture himself, Mr.
Raheem, carried the day with a vivid metaphor.
"Inside this Balkhi poem there are 16 little drunken
Hafezes running around!" His point being that Hafez
was engaged in a narrow argument with the imams about
Sharia rules of conduct, whereas Rumi's vision of love
was wider and more embracing.
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