So many people fear silence. They don’t want to be alone with their thoughts. That is not the silence I am talking about. I mean silence away from your thoughts. I don’t mean sitting there twiddling your thumbs while you worry from one subject to another and back again. I mean complete, utter silence beyond and above thought.
This takes training and intention, just like working out in the gym. If you let your mind run all over the place, it will be troublesome and flabby. But if you train it, it will, like an obedient pet, retire to the corner of the room and rest while you explore more important areas: Namely your soul, your spirit, and your unity with all that is, in perfect peace.
You can find silence in the midst of turmoil, such as in a prison setting where you don’t have control over your acoustic environment or in a crowd. But if you can find a place where it is truly quiet, it is a great blessing. I usually rise very early in the morning to experience this kind of true silence. The sadhus I encountered in India also followed this practice. It is very worthwhile when all the sounds and machinery of modern life are still. Just look up at the stars and feel the eternal silence and peace of what is eternal and real.