Do you remember sitting restlessly in your school classroom, silently fighting with your classmates yet keenly observing what the teacher is writing on the blackboard. If yes, you should also remember, in nearly 90 percent of the classrooms across India, these words, “Silence is Golden” would have also been written along with other everyday proverbs.
Though it has been subconsciously ingrained in our minds, we do not take this seriously for after all, we are still growing up. Immaturity is at an all-time high. As we grow older, maturity seeps in and we tend to understand the magic three words-silence is golden.
Many get mixed up when it comes to silence. Silence is not just sitting in a quiet place amidst nature and catching up on all the messages or talks that you would have missed while trying to dig into silence. Silence is much more than keeping quiet or remaining mute for a day or two. Silence is all about interacting with your higher self, with God, with the universe and searching for truth.
Premier saints in the past 100 years of recorded history who have maintained silence and yet spoke was Swami Ramakrishna, Ramana Maharishi and Shirdi Sai Baba to name just a few. They rarely spoke as they were always communicating to the higher self and took a long time to come back to earth to answer questions of their disciples.
For instance, Ramana Maharishi would remain silent and rarely talk when asked questions. He would just look around, utter a few words and lapse into prolonged silence that could stretch for days. Even those few words uttered were like nectar to the ears of his disciples. Same it was with Swami Ramakrishna. Their silence spoke volumes. Regards to Sai Baba, he would speak cryptically or ignore their questions by allowing time to answer their questions on their own.
In today’s world, with meditation being impressed upon many, we eventually get to speak less, listen more and though we may not attain the pedestal of sainthood, we definitely can help ourselves internally by remaining calm, peaceful, and healthy. Let us not forget for another proverb written in our school blackboard was Health is Wealth.