By Dinesh K. Nagpal

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“I drank the silence of God from a spring in the woods. ~ Georg Trakl

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.” ~Helen Keller

“I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.”  ~Khalil Gibran

“In silence you can’t hide anything … as you can in words.” ~August Strindberg  

“When you have nothing to say, say nothing.” ~Charles Caleb Colton  

“Silence is one great art of conversation.” ~William Hazlitt 

All noise is waste.  So cultivate quietness in your speech, in your thoughts, in your emotions. Speak habitually low.  Wait for attention and then you low words will be charged with dynamite.”  ~Elbert Hubbard

“Silence is as deep as eternity; speech, shallow as time.”  ~Thomas Carlyle

”What shall I say to you?  What can I say, better than silence is?”  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

”We must have reasons for speech but we need none for silence.”  ~Proverb

Nature has given several unique and wonderful gifts to mankind. Power of silence is one among them.

If you give a careful look at the natures various activities, you will observe almost every creative and constructive work is going on silently. Sunrise is silent and so is the Sunset. Moonlit night is silent. Plants are growing silently. Flowers blossom silently and so is the growth of fruits. Rivers are flowing silently. Snowfall is silent and so is the breeze. Rotation and revolution of the Earth is silent and also change of weather is silent. In forests all those animals are living silently.

Everything in this world is made of atoms. In every atom electrons are silently revolving around nucleus. In this universe, trillions of huge celestial bodies are silently moving at a great speed.


Every work of the nature in this universe is going on silently but with great precision and perfection.

You have grown from a small child to your current age and size silently. All these organs of body are working day and night, but in silence. There is quiet and stillness in all of us. Our body is functioning silently. All the systems including heart, brain and mind are working silently. Our soul searches for silence.

Silence is said to be God’s first language. It is only the human, who is making noise. Solomon once said, “The one who guards his mouth, preserves his life. The one who opens wide his lip comes to ruins.” (Prop 13:3).

Silence has been given importance in every religion of this world.

Buddhism:

There are several reasons why Buddhists tend to be fond of silence.

1. One refrains from lying and misleading others in silence.

2. One becomes more aware of inner state of mind.

3. It is easier to control one’s mind when not talking.

A famous Buddhists saying is “Do not speak unless it improves on silence.”

Christianity:

Bible recommends silence so often and in so many ways and praises for not using the tongue. Among the ancients Judith, Esther Job, Isaiah and Jeremiah tell of the beauties of silence and of how it pleases to Lord to receive from His faithful the sacrifice of words unspoken and of thoughts that for the love of Him are not expressed.

The use of silence or solitude as a door way to the divine has a long history in Christian tradition. Jesus often went away to pray alone.

On silence Saint Benedict says: “I said, I will take heed of my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I have set a guard to my mouth, I was dumb, and was humbled, and kept silence even from good things” (Psalm 38[39]:2-3)

Hinduism:

Hinduism has always advocated silence. It is considered to be a type of ‘fast’ by not using tongue for speaking. Hindu saints go to mountains and in silence they practice meditation for years. They gain knowledge and increase their inner strength silently.

Islam:

Islam says,

He, who speaks more, commits more errors.

He, who commits more errors, becomes shameless.

He, who is shameless, will have less fear of Allah.

And he whose fear of Allah is less, his heart dies.

He, whose heart dies, enters the fire.

Jainism:

For Jains, observing silence is one of the most important virtues. Mahavira (599-527 BC), 24th and the last Tirthankara (the highest order of monks of Jainism), observed silence for twelve and a half years.

Every year in December they celebrate a festival to keep silence for the whole day.

Judaism:

InIsrael, it is considered by holy men that penance of sin can more effectively be achieved by fasting from speaking i.e. silence rather than fasting from eating food. It is said that good word is worth one shekel (Israeli currency) but silence itself is worth two shekel.

The Talmud says, “There is no better medicine than silence.” Jewish sages valued silence as vital to living a meaningful life.

Sikhism:

Sikh religious books praise silence. It says, just as true emptiness holds all things, true silence bears all things. Whatever is brought into this silence, whatever it touches is gradually silenced, not by an act of domination but through a peaceful integration of a lesson.

Similarly other religions of this world have also admired maintaining silence as much as you can.

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Dr. Dinesh K. Nagpal has been studying and practicing The Art and Science of Positivism for over 35 years. His zest for gathering ancient knowledge based on Vedas, Upanishads and other Hindu scriptures, which are full of living life in totality, for the benefit of mankind, brought him laurels. The motto of his life is ‘Caring and Sharing is the essence of life.’

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