SPEECH & SILENCE
Speech is like a dud bullet which seems good on surface view / exterior but when fired has little or no impact. Whereas silence is a fully blooded bullet which impacts straight on the intended target with full result.
Man is a social animal. He is constraint to interact with the people with whom he has to meet his daily needs. The way in which we present our case counts. If we show egocentric tendencies while interacting, it will have negative effect whereas the speech which is sprinkled with flowery expressions; effusing goodwill, counts much in the long run.
Silence, means absence of noise / din or words spoken with mellowed voice. In spirituality it means inner peace / stillness, absence of thoughts. Silence is important in spiritual awakening. A person who keeps inner silence adopts equanimity both in good and bad times. Stillness in mind brings about integrated spiritual growth. Both in Hinduism and Buddism stress is laid on stilling the mind for spiritual enlightenment. Stilling the mind, in other words control over the senses, we can delve into the deep recesses of inner self and exploit huge potentiality in our latent energies. Mauna or inner stillness can enhance our internal awareness / inner growth. Yoga teachers stress the importance of SILENCE spiritual awakening for Self Realization.
On the other hand, speech with pinching words and punching phrases may have seemingly transitorily but ultimately may become worrisome. The tone and tenor / accent in speech will also be of much importance. A loud mouthed speech will do more harm than good. If we want to get our problems resolved amicably, it is necessary that we exercise total control what we speak and how we speak.
For example, a verbal duel / onslaught in the household between the parents or in case of any interactions in the society will hardly solve any matter but may embroil us in still more intractable complexities.
While importance of speech cannot be wished away, it is important that whenever one is making clear his / her viewpoint following should never be forgotten:-
v Lucidness in language;
v spoken in the language known to the person we are addressing;
v Mellowness in style in speech;
v Words spoken ought to be inclusive and dealing with the subject matter and not dealing with periphery issues;
v Show off to be avoided while making speech;
v Care ought to be exercised that there is no deviation from the topic on which discussion / speech is being made.
v Unintentional deviation from intended topic / contentious issue should be set at right and made clear with a big ‘SORRY’ for the unintentional mistake.
Then there are some professions in which speech / arguments are part and parcel. But here too, efforts ought to be made that professional ethics and purpose for which the intended speech is being made should never be lost sight of.
With this intention in mind, I have penned down a poem on SILENCE. Kindly go though it and give your invaluable comments. I love your comments, really.
Words spoken bereft of any cautious thought,
Just passes over the head of the recipient,
Gives the speaker no time even for repentance,
Of folly of being foul-mouthed.
Better let the words remain,
In the limits / confines of mind,
Rather than break others heart,
And prick their emotions,
Words spoken more than desired,
Carry with them less force,
Than you carry in silence.
Without us knowing it all,
A silent revolution is going on,
Bringing with it hope on top.
Silent prayers in essence bring us inner peace,
Inner peace brings forth implicit serenity,
Serenity brings a state calmly,
Peacefulness engenders self awareness,
Thus expands heart of awareness limitless,
We become self observing,
And dynamic life crafting,
A safety fence for self realization,
Making us free like air around,
And distance to our Lord is shortened,
A Nothingness is engendered,
From this Nothingness, Everything is engineered.