Why are you so afraid of silence,
silence is the root of everything.
If you spiral into its void,
a hundred voices will thunder messages you long to hear.
He was working with his disciples in the desert, in a small monastery. A few travelers passing by, just out of curiosity stopped and went in. They saw that in the courtyard the students were sitting, the disciples were sitting, and Mevlana — Mevlana means the beloved master — Mevlana Rumi was answering them.
They went to Mevlana and they said, “What happened?”
The one who has seen
The Beloved's Ocean
Can not and should not be roaming
Around a stream.
Since the Silent One
Will make everyone:
To taste, taste, taste, taste
And my tongue is tied
I'm the speaker without a speech
There are no words in it, and it is not relevant to any question in particular; it is only a state of silence.
In everyday life we are confronted with a thousand troubles that we are not always evolved enough to meet, and then only silence can help us. For if there is any religion, if there is any practice of religion, it is to have regard for the pleasure of God by regarding the pleasure of man.
The essence of religion is to understand.
And this religion we cannot live without having power over the word, without having realized the power of silence
.Silence is an ocean. Speech is a river.
When the ocean is searching for you, don't walk
and bring your talky business to an end.
The mystic Kahlil Gibran wrote:
Naturally it was creating much curiosity, “What kind of mysterious book is it?” People tried in every possible way. Sometimes a few disciples were found on the roof, removing tiles and looking underneath to see what Jalaluddin Rumi is reading, but they could not figure it out.
There was nothing to read.
But those who were very close and intimate devotees, they understood the meaning.
Words have to be dropped.
Only then can you have silence
My Heart is putting its hand
On its lips to say:
This is not the time to speak
This is not the place for crying.
What gives power over words?
What gives the power that can be attained by silence?
The answer is: it is will power which gives the control over words; it is silence which gives one the power of silence. It is restlessness when a person speaks too much. The more words are used to express an idea, the less powerful they become. It is a great pity that man so often thinks of saving pennies and never thinks of sparing words. It is like saving pebbles and throwing away pearls.
An Indian poet says, 'Pearl-shell, what gives you your precious contents? Silence; for years my lips were closed.'
For a moment it is a struggle with oneself; it is controlling an impulse; but afterwards the same thing becomes a power.
Silence actually brings one even closer to God.....