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== Silence ==
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=Silence=
 
 
 
 
In silence lies the greatest receptivity. And in an immobile silence the vastest action is done.
 
In silence lies the greatest receptivity. And in an immobile silence the vastest action is done.
  
= What =
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== What is Silence? ==
 
 
It is the silence of the mind and vital—silence implying here not only cessation of thoughts but a stillness of the mental and vital substance.
 
  
There are varying degrees of depth of this stillness.
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Silence is the absence of all motion of thought or other vibration of activity.  <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/29/quiet-and-calm#p13 </ref>
  
One can have a quiet mind without being in a complete state of silence; one can carry on an activity without being disturbed.
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Quietness of mind doesn't mean entire silence. It means a mind free from disturbance and trouble, steady, light and glad so as to be open to the Force that will change the nature. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/29/silence#p18</ref>
  
Certainly, peace, purity and silence can be felt in all material things—for the Divine Self is there in all.
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Silence of the mind, peace or calm in the mind are three things that are very close together and bring each other. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/29/quiet-and-calm#p19</ref>
  
= Why =
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== Why Silence? ==
  
When one has learned to silence the mind at will and to concentrate it in receptive silence, then there will be no problem that cannot be solved, no mental difficulty whose solution cannot be found.
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Silence is the ideal condition for progress. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwm/14/silence#p1</ref>
  
Silence: the ideal condition for progress.
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If the calm and silence are perfectly established in the physical, then if inertia comes it is itself something quiet and unaggressive, not bringing such disturbances. But to get rid of inertia altogether a strong dynamic calm is needed. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/31/difficulties-of-the-physical-nature#p28</ref>
  
It is in silence that the soul best expresses itself.
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When one has learned to silence the mind at will and to concentrate it in receptive silence, then there will be no problem that cannot be solved, no mental difficulty whose solution cannot be found. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwm/12/mental-education#p22</ref>
  
It is in quietness, peace and silence that the spiritual forces act.
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In order to allow at all to the higher Light an adequate entry and force of working, it is necessary to acquire a power for quietude of the nature, to compose, tranquillise, impress a controlled passivity or even an entire silence on mind and heart, life and body. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/22/the-ascent-towards-supermind#p26</ref>
  
In silence lies the source of the highest inspirations.
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== How to Practice Silence? ==
  
In peace and silence the Eternal manifests.
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There is an active method by which one looks to see where the thoughts come from and finds they come not from oneself, but from outside the head as it were; if one can detect them coming, then, before they enter, they have to be thrown away altogether. This is perhaps the most difficult way and not all can do it, but if it can be done it is the shortest and most powerful road to silence. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/29/concentration-and-meditation#p24</ref>
  
It is only in silence that anything great can be done.
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The peace and silence must settle deep in, so deep that whatever comes from outside can only pass over the surface without troubling the settled calm within—it is good also that the meditation comes of itself. It means that the Yoga-Force is beginning to take up the sadhana. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/29/peace#p7</ref>
  
In peace and inner silence you will more and more become conscious of the constant Presence.
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When one find yourself near someone who has controlled his thought and achieved mental silence. One suddenly feels this silence coming down into oneself and something which was impossible half an hour earlier suddenly becomes a reality. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwm/15/22-january-1951#p16</ref>
  
In silence, the consciousness grows. It aspires to know You more and more perfectly.
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== Silence in Yoga ==
  
In the silence of the heart, you will receive the command.
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Yoga is not a mental field, the consciousness which has to be established is not a mental, logical or debating consciousness—it is even laid down by Yoga that unless and until the mind is stilled, including the intellectual or logical mind, and opens itself in quietude or silence to a higher and deeper consciousness, vision and knowledge, sadhana cannot reach its goal. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/28/doubt-and-faith#p1</ref>
  
It is out of this Silence that the Word which creates the worlds for ever proceeds; for the Word expresses that which is self-hidden in the Silence.
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Descents of peace are good, but an increasingly stable quietude and silence of the mind is something more valuable. When that is there then other things can come—usually one at a time, light or strength and force or knowledge or ananda. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/30/the-inward-movement#p75</ref>
  
== Knowing in Silence ==
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What one feels first [in the silence] is the pure existence of the self, without any idea, characteristic or movement—existence pure and simple, Sat Brahman—or else one feels that and a vast peace and wideness. Afterwards other things are felt such as Ananda, but always with this as the basis. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/30/experiences-of-the-self-the-one-and-the-infinite#p7</ref>
  
The true way of knowing is above words and thoughts.
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In the perfect silence of the contemplation all widens to infinity, and in the perfect peace of that silence the Divine appears in the resplendent glory of His light. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwm/14/silence#p14</ref>
  
Truth is above mind; it is in silence that one can enter into communication with it.
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Every kind of realisation—infinite self, cosmic consciousness, the Mother's Presence, Light, Force, Ananda, Knowledge, Sachchidananda realisation, the different layers of consciousness up to the Supermind—all these can come in the silence which remains but ceases to be blank. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/30/emptiness-voidness-blankness-and-silence#p37</ref>
 
 
== Flow of Intuition in Silence ==
 
 
 
In order to allow at all to the higher Light an adequate entry and force of working, it is necessary to acquire a power for quietude of the nature, to compose, tranquillise, impress a controlled passivity or even an entire silence on mind and heart, life and body.
 
 
 
It is true also that the freedom of this silence gives a possibility of a larger play of the intuitive being and admits with less obstruction and turmoil of mental groping and seizing the great intuitions, inspirations, revelations which emerge from within or descend from above.
 
 
 
The cure is not in trying to wake up the mind but in turning it, immobile and silent, upward towards the region of intuitive light, in a steady and quiet aspiration, and to wait in silence, for the light to come down and flood your brain which will, little by little, wake up to this influence and become capable of receiving and expressing the intuition.
 
 
 
= How =
 
 
 
There is an active method by which one looks to see where the thoughts come from and finds they come not from oneself, but from outside the head as it were; if one can detect them coming, then, before they enter, they have to be thrown away altogether. This is perhaps the most difficult way and not all can do it, but if it can be done it is the shortest and most powerful road to silence.
 
 
 
Remain very quiet, open your mind and your heart to Sri Aurobindo's influence and mine, withdraw deep into an inner silence (which may be had in all circumstances), call me from the depths of this '''silence''' and you will see me standing there in the centre of your being.
 
 
 
The peace and silence must settle deep in, so deep that whatever comes from outside can only pass over the surface without troubling the settled calm within—it is good also that the meditation comes of itself. It means that the Yoga-Force is beginning to take up the sadhana.
 
 
 
They sit down for a few hours in the day and even at night and quiet their mind. This is for them the key to all realisation—a quiet mind that knows how to keep quiet for hours together without roving.
 
 
 
= In Yoga =
 
 
 
To take this step towards the new creation, one must learn to silence the mind and rise above into Consciousness.
 
 
 
The quietude and silence which you feel and the sense of happiness in it are indeed the very basis of successful sadhana.
 
There is a greater power in silence than in words, however forceful. The greatest transformations have been achieved in the silence of concentration.
 
 
 
If you wish to have a true, sincere experience upon which you can build, you must know how to be silent, otherwise you have nothing but what you fabricate yourself, which is equivalent to zero.
 
 
 
Besides, for inner growth, I do not believe that words are necessary. In silence all our help is there at its most powerful.
 
 
 
The solitude of the self in the Divine has no doubt to be active as well as static and passive; but none who has not arrived at the silence and motionless solitude of the eternal Self can have the free and integral activity of the higher divine Nature. For the action is based on the silence and by the silence it is free.
 
  
  
 
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Read more about Silence from the works of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo.

Silence

In silence lies the greatest receptivity. And in an immobile silence the vastest action is done.

What is Silence?

Silence is the absence of all motion of thought or other vibration of activity. [1]

Quietness of mind doesn't mean entire silence. It means a mind free from disturbance and trouble, steady, light and glad so as to be open to the Force that will change the nature. [2]

Silence of the mind, peace or calm in the mind are three things that are very close together and bring each other. [3]

Why Silence?

Silence is the ideal condition for progress. [4]

If the calm and silence are perfectly established in the physical, then if inertia comes it is itself something quiet and unaggressive, not bringing such disturbances. But to get rid of inertia altogether a strong dynamic calm is needed. [5]

When one has learned to silence the mind at will and to concentrate it in receptive silence, then there will be no problem that cannot be solved, no mental difficulty whose solution cannot be found. [6]

In order to allow at all to the higher Light an adequate entry and force of working, it is necessary to acquire a power for quietude of the nature, to compose, tranquillise, impress a controlled passivity or even an entire silence on mind and heart, life and body. [7]

How to Practice Silence?

There is an active method by which one looks to see where the thoughts come from and finds they come not from oneself, but from outside the head as it were; if one can detect them coming, then, before they enter, they have to be thrown away altogether. This is perhaps the most difficult way and not all can do it, but if it can be done it is the shortest and most powerful road to silence. [8]

The peace and silence must settle deep in, so deep that whatever comes from outside can only pass over the surface without troubling the settled calm within—it is good also that the meditation comes of itself. It means that the Yoga-Force is beginning to take up the sadhana. [9]

When one find yourself near someone who has controlled his thought and achieved mental silence. One suddenly feels this silence coming down into oneself and something which was impossible half an hour earlier suddenly becomes a reality. [10]

Silence in Yoga

Yoga is not a mental field, the consciousness which has to be established is not a mental, logical or debating consciousness—it is even laid down by Yoga that unless and until the mind is stilled, including the intellectual or logical mind, and opens itself in quietude or silence to a higher and deeper consciousness, vision and knowledge, sadhana cannot reach its goal. [11]

Descents of peace are good, but an increasingly stable quietude and silence of the mind is something more valuable. When that is there then other things can come—usually one at a time, light or strength and force or knowledge or ananda. [12]

What one feels first [in the silence] is the pure existence of the self, without any idea, characteristic or movement—existence pure and simple, Sat Brahman—or else one feels that and a vast peace and wideness. Afterwards other things are felt such as Ananda, but always with this as the basis. [13]

In the perfect silence of the contemplation all widens to infinity, and in the perfect peace of that silence the Divine appears in the resplendent glory of His light. [14]

Every kind of realisation—infinite self, cosmic consciousness, the Mother's Presence, Light, Force, Ananda, Knowledge, Sachchidananda realisation, the different layers of consciousness up to the Supermind—all these can come in the silence which remains but ceases to be blank. [15]


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