MUSIC: a rest.
"Silence is one - but sound springs from silence when its divided moving pair collide - so sound is three, and its vibrations in sequences of rest and action, are also three." [Atomic Suicide, page 109]
“Learn silence. With the quiet serenity of a meditative mind, listen, absorb, transcribe, and transform.” [Pythagoras]
"Bear in mind, at all times, that your SOURCE of BEING is in two states -
The ACTIVE state of your SOURCE of BEING is the dimension in which you have been conceived and given individualization.
The EQUILIBRIUM of UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS is the dimension of perfect silence and stillness, in which the underlying IMPULSES OF CREATIVITY are locked together in an embrace of mutual restraint." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 9, page 8]
"This silence, this moment, every moment, if it's genuinely inside you, brings what you need. There's nothing to believe. Only when I stopped believing in myself did I come into this beauty. Sit quietly, and listen for a voice that will say, 'Be more silent.' Die and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign that you've died. Your old life was a frantic running from silence. Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence." [Rumi]
"Fight the war from silence! This is the supreme technology of defence. It is an ultra-modern technology provided by my Vedic Science and Technology of Defence. We will make the nation so powerful that it will not have to resort to an action as gross as war. On a very subtle level of action, at the source of all action, the total potential of the organizing power of Natural Law is eternally lively. It is from this level of dynamic silence that we can stop the birth of an enemy. It is wise to act from this level where action will be supported by the invincible power of Natural Law." [Maharishi; MAHARISHI'S ABSOLUTE THEORY OF DEFENCE (1996)]
"The Mind is like a Pond.
On the surface you see all of the disturbances.
Yet the surface is only a fraction of the Pond.
It is in the depth below the surface,
Where there is stillness that you will come to know the true essence of the pond, as well As your own Mind." [Dr. Wayne W Dryer]
"When the foot slips, the wound can be healed; but when the tongue slips, the wound it causes in the heart of another will fester for life. The tongue is liable to four big errors: uttering falsehood, scandalizing, finding fault with others and excessive speech. All these have to be avoided if there is to be Santhi (peace) for the individual as well as for society. The bond of brotherhood will be tightened if people speak less and speak sweet. That is why mounam (silence) was prescribed as a vow for sadhakas (spiritual aspirants) by the sastras (scriptures). You are all sadhakas at various stages of the road and so this discipline is valuable for you also." - [SAI BABA]
(A) Silence, golden; the forces upon which the greater expression has been set of all the influences of might and power as may be seen in man's experience - SILENCE if ye would hear the Voice of thy Maker! Cayce (281-29)
Lakota Narrative on SILENCE
from Aŋpétu Wašté Wiŋ
"We Indians know about silence. We are not afraid of it. In fact, for us, silence is more powerful than words. Our elders were trained in the ways of silence, and they handed over this knowledge to us. Observe, listen, and then act, they would tell us. That was the manner of living.
With you, it is just the opposite. You learn by talking. You reward the children that talk the most at school. In your parties, you all try to talk at the same time. In your work, you are always having meetings in which everybody interrupts everybody and all talk five, ten or a hundred times. And you call that ‘solving a problem’. When you are in a room and there is silence, you get nervous. You must fill the space with sounds. So you talk compulsorily, even before you know what you are going to say.
White people love to discuss. They don’t even allow the other person to finish a sentence. They always interrupt. For us Indians, this looks like bad manners or even stupidity. If you start talking, I’m not going to interrupt you. I will listen. Maybe I’ll stop listening if I don’t like what you are saying, but I won’t interrupt you.
When you finish speaking, I’ll make up my mind about what you said, but I will not tell you I don’t agree unless it is important. Otherwise, I’ll just keep quiet and I’ll go away. You have told me all I need to know. There is no more to be said. But this is not enough for the majority of white people.
People should regard their words as seeds. They should sow them, and then allow them to grow in silence. Our elders taught us that the earth is always talking to us, but we should keep silent in order to hear her.
There are many voices besides ours. Many voices…”
Deer Women and Elk Men: Lakota Narratives of Ella Deloria (1889-1971), educator, anthropologist, ethnographer, linguist and novelist of Yankton Lakota heritage.