The Portrayal Of Silence In Words


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Spoken words can be made to impart calm. Sound can be made to instil peace in your life. Peace that might have eluded you since you began knowing the world you live in. But to do that, you must try being aware of the unspoken sense of whatever you might listen to; try connecting with the silences within – and not the spoken part itself. You must be able to heed awaiting calm on your way to this journey towards peace forward. Which also means breaking away from one’s own mind barriers and walking down paths never heard of before. Osho Rajneesh was not only a marvelous orator, but also someone who knew what went sinde human minds more than anybody else in this world. And he could do it, since he had mastered the art of portraying silences through words. This is what I’ve been able to decipher from Osho’s discourses and meditation both. The following quote from might help you understand it more:

“I am using words just to create silent gaps. The words are not important so I can say anything contradictory, anything absurd, anything unrelated, because my purpose is just to create gaps. The words are secondary; the silences between those words are primary. This is simply a device to give you a glimpse of meditation. And once you know that it is possible for you, you have traveled far in the direction of your own being.

Most of the people in the world don’t think that it is possible for mind to be silent. Because they don’t think it is possible, they don’t try. How to give people a taste of meditation was my basic reason to speak, so I can go on speaking eternally; it does not matter what I am saying. All that matters is that I give you a few chances to be silent, which you find difficult on your own in the beginning.

I cannot force you to be silent, but I can create a device in which spontaneously you are bound to be silent. I am speaking, and in the middle of a sentence, when you were expecting another word to follow, nothing follows but a silent gap. Your mind was looking to listen, and waiting for something to follow, and does not want to miss it – naturally it becomes silent. What can the poor mind do? If it was well known at what points I will be silent, if it was declared to you that on such and such points I will be silent, then you could manage to think; you would not be silent. Then you know: ‘This is the point where he is going to be silent; now I can have a little chit-chat with myself.’ But because it comes absolutely suddenly…. I don´t know myself why at certain points I stop.”

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