Yoga, Physiotherapy, Health, Sankhya, Metaphysics, Sanatana Dharma, Perennialists & Hinduism

Silence is the Speech of the Spiritual Seeker

on April 6, 2012

“The first step in  Sadhana (spiritual practice) is the cleansing of the speech” & “God’s Presence is felt in Silence” – Sathya Sai Baba

Dear readers,

After the post on meditation, this seems like an appropriate place to BRIEFLY introduce the concept and practice of “silence” in yoga and spirituality. The final destination of “meditation”  is the state of  “Samadhi” or  Supreme Peace of Realisation. This Absolute, irrevocable peace is also called Mukti (liberation) or Mouna (supreme Silence) in Advaita Vedanta.

“Silence is golden”, but for the purposes of disambiguation, I thought to share the definition of  silence on 3 levels; with the final 3rd state of Silence, called “Mouna”, being preceded by 2 relative levels: Please read the the links for more information.

3 Levels of Speech

i) Vocal words => ii) Psychological mind/mental thoughts => iii) Spiritual heart

Physical silence => Mental silence => Spiritual Silence (Mouna of Supreme Silence)

The double function of the tongue – speech & food – You are what you eat and the company you keep!

Cycle of Silence, Sense Control  &  Satsanga – “Tell me your company & I will tell you who you are”

Food & words influences the mind, which in turn influences the sight/perception/objects seen, which in turn influences  the quality of vocal, mental & ultimately spiritual speech; as well as the level of  company with “Sat”, Reality or one’s Being.

“A pure heart is the inner purpose of all (sadhana) discipline” – Sathya Sai Baba

Primary Yogic Discipline

To control the tongue and transform the mind through Satwic food & Mantric (controlled) speech

(ie. discrimination of speech, clarification of mind, silence of the heart – not neccessarily, or simply vocal silence)

The above is just a introduction and preparation for the next post, which will hopefully be more interesting!

So, for now, below are some quotations, slogans and pictures on speech & silence


206silenceofthesoulcr-pcss-101228091321-phpapp02 (Neale Donald Walsch)

Desiderata (something desired as essential) by Max Ehrmann

“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in SILENCE.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.

Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But do not distress yourself with imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline be gentle to yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars and you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations,in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.”

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”


W – Watch your Words

A – Watch your Actions

T – Watch your Thoughts

C – Watch your Character

H – Watch your Heart

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