At the spoken level,
They are sounds.
At the subtle level,
They are thoughts.
At the silent level,
They are gone.
It is in this silence,
From this silence, that
~ Wu Hsin
Silence is ever-speaking. It is the perennial flow of language which is interrupted by speaking. These words which I am speaking obstruct that mute language.
For example, there is electricity flowing in a wire. With resistance to its passage, it glows as a lamp or revolves as a fan. In the wire it remains as electric energy. Similarly silence is the flow of language, obstructed by words.
~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.
~ Mother Teresa
The only way you will ever awaken is through silence, not through analysing of facts. Not by sorting out good and bad, but through simple silence, letting go. Letting go of all thoughts, all the hurts, all the dogmas and concepts. Letting go of these things daily.
Whichever method suits you use it. But by all means do something. Do not allow a day to go by where you do not give up your identification with the world. Either through surrender, or through Self-Inquiry, or through mindfulness, or through observation. Do whatever you have to do. But do not let a day go by when the world has a hold of you and you do nothing.
If you can take the time to sit down in a chair and practice these methods. If you have no time to sit down in a chair, do them while you are working or whatever you are doing. There is always something you can do. There is no such thing as I don’t have any time.
You have enough time to do all the foolish things you do. (laughter) So take the time to do this also.
~ Robert Adams
“Silence is the true upadesa (teaching). It is the perfect upadesa. It is suited only for the most advanced seeker. The others are unable to draw full inspiration from it. Therefore, they require words to explain the Truth. But Truth is beyond words; it does not warrant explanation. All that is possible is to indicate It. How is that to be done?”
~ Sri Ramana Maharshi (Talks, p. 433)
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Silence is of four kinds:
silence of speech,
silence of the eye,
silence of the ear, and
silence of the mind.
Only the last is pure silence and
is the most important.
~ Sri Ramana Maharshi