There is so much to be said about the wealth of silence; the perfect plane on which we can attain a state of communion and intimacy with God our Father.
Aren’t we all predisposed to the vagaries of our wagging
tongues? Countless souls have lost salvation due to the deceptions of their dubious
it is here that one must understand the importance of silence and make an
honest effort to implement it in our lives.
a Prophet and Poet of olden times and in contemporary ages have sung the
virtues and rectitude of silence. Silence enabled them to connect with the
Divine presence of God, and bring forth revelations aplenty from heavens above.
As a spiritual discipline,
why is silence of utmost importance?
we are able to remain silent and unperturbed when provoked, humiliated and
persecuted, you can shoulder an entire army to victory, all by yourself!
Sadly, we live in a world where silence is bewildering and daunting to our inner well being… Where it should relax our minds, it rattles and dispirits our soul.
The world today might
consider solitude and silence as unattainable merits, open only to a ‘privileged
few’ who live in the realm of spiritual grandeur. We believe that silence is accessible
only to those auspicious souls, constantly in touch with the eternal and
continual presence of God.
the elemental principle of Spirituality and greatness, one must assess, “Do we
consciously practice silence?”
We are constantly troubled by the varied
noises in our backdrop that transport our mind into a frenzy of turmoil and overwhelming
thoughts. Thoughts lead to reactions; reactions create frustration and discord;
discord drives you to misdeeds, and there you land! Deep into the lap of extreme
is the absolute reaction of atrocity and noise in our lives.
Silence has garnered great importance in recent
times, where every single word we utter leads us to the tantalizing path of sin,
and renounces us from the spiritual trail.
you know that when we are silent, we are also receptive towards the immortal voice
of the Holy Spirit? Silent prayers in solitude lead us to deep instinctive
answers in our quest for understanding life’s problems.
Solitude and Communion with God in the Old Testament
In the Old Testament, The Lord speaks to prophets and people
of important bearing, in moments of perfect solitude and worldly detachment.
Lord Almighty appears to Abraham , Isaac, Jacob, Moses and Elijah in solitude
and in desolate places. The ‘God –Experience’ of these holy men are evident in
their ability to go into deep layers of silence, and subsequently, into a ‘meditative
mode’ to receive divine intervention.
Psalm 46:10 tells us “Be still and know that I am God.”
Jesus’ Relentless Passion for Silence
Bible also reveals to us the truth that the Son of God himself used to retreat consistently
into deep solitude and abodes of silence, to pray and connect with his Heavenly
Luke 5:16 says, “He
often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
In Mark 6:31- Jesus
tells his disciples, “Come with me privately to a solitary place, and let us
rest for a while.” We see Jesus thronged
by multitudes at all times, preventing him to have a peaceful and fruitful communion
final prayer in the garden of Gethsemane too is a passionate prayer in silence
Mathew 26:36 says-Then
Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane. He told the disciples,
“Sit down here while I go over there and pray.”
How do we delve deep into
the realm of absolute Silence?
and solitude, though not interconnected, are definitely closely related. One
can be engulfed by a massive crowd and yet be in perfect solitude. The more
silent the environment, the deeper the depth of solitude.
on earth are we to attain this?
we succeed in attaining this perfect state, how are we to retain it?
attaining silence and solitude, one has to disconnect from the external world
and the commotion surrounding it, and dive deep into one’s inner conscience.
The turbulence, explosion and fracas surrounding one will slowly melt away as one
gains entry into the deeper layers of silence. One encounters perfect solitude
Simple and effective ways
to practice inner silence are:
Early morning meditation
and prayer. –When the world is quiet and in deep slumber, your mind awakens to
the depths of inner silence.
Read the word of God,
‘The Bible’ persistently and with conviction.
Meditate on the soothing
face of our Lord Jesus, and have long silent conversations with him.
silence and solitude are by no means easy. It needs perfect dedication and
patience. But once you attain this perfect and soothing state, silence and
solitude gains mastery over your soul. It is in this ecstatic space that you
encounter God’s divine presence and unite with the Holy Spirit.
must all strive to tune in to this meditative state of silence in order to
attain the gift of the Holy Spirit, and to be guided and directed in the right
path throughout our lives.
Job 13:5-“O that you
would be completely silent, and that it would become your wisdom!
Inspiration for the article
“Silence is a sword in the spiritual struggle; a talkative
soul will never attain sanctity. A silent soul is strong; no adversities will
harm it if it perseveres in silence. The silent soul is capable of attaining
the closest union with God. It lives almost always under the inspiration of the
Holy Spirit; God works in a silent soul without hindrance.”