We have often heard that there is a divine power in silence. Many say silence is more powerful than speech. Spiritualists resort to silent meditation as a spiritual practice for achieving perfection. Some take stringent vows of silence during certain periods, if not for the rest of their lives.
If you ask me a question and I answer it by remaining silent, will the purpose be solved? Of course not, as we may be silent with our mouth, unlike our mind which is not very silent. When we try to sit in silent meditation, we realize what happens in our mind. There are so many voices and things which appear. Real silence is when the mind is quiet.
Scriptures describe silence in different ways. On the one hand is material silence, which is achieved by keeping our mouths shut. On the other hand, when we chant God’s names and speak about God, it also amounts to silence, because we’re not speaking things that bind us to this material existence. We’re not gossiping or fault finding. We’re not talking just about political matters or of the mundane things of this world. Silence means- no material vibration. Spiritual sound is material silence.
If a small child in school just keeps yelling and disrupting the class, the teacher orders the child to sit in the corner and keep quiet. It’s better to be silent in the corner of the room than to be disrupting the whole class. But is that perfection? Perfection is to participate in the class in a constructive way. It’s better to do nothing than to be destructive. But better than doing nothing is to be constructive.
So similarly the scriptures talk about silence. They advise us not to speak things that agitate our and others’ minds. The perfection of silence however is to be absorbed in loving remembrance of God, and the easiest most powerful way of being thus absorbed, is to chant His holy names:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
The chanting of God’s Holy names and purifying our consciousness through spiritual sound vibration is the perfection of silence!