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Liber 71 - The Voice of the Silence - The Two Paths - The Seven Portals
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The silence remains behind and there is the necessary action on

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   34 Sri Aurobindo
   5 The Mother
   2 Aleister Crowley
   1 Saint Teresa of Calcutta
   1 Ken Wilber
   1 Claude Debussy
   1 Chiyo-ni
   1 B D Schiers
   1 Anonymous


   17 Mehmet Murat ildan
   7 Martin Luther King Jr
   7 Haruki Murakami
   6 Anonymous
   5 Shannon L Alder
   5 Samuel Beckett
   5 Paulo Coelho
   4 Trevor Noah
   4 Sylvia Plath
   4 Rumi
   4 Mother Teresa
   4 Mark Lawrence
   4 Henry David Thoreau
   4 Elie Wiesel
   3 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
   3 Stephen King
   3 Ram Dass
   3 Patrick Rothfuss
   3 Orhan Pamuk
   3 Elizabeth Gilbert
   3 Cassandra Clare
   2 William Wordsworth
   2 W H Auden
   2 Wendelin Van Draanen
   2 Thomas Merton
   2 Thomas Harris
   2 The Mother
   2 Terry Pratchett
   2 Tennessee Williams
   2 Susanna Clarke
   2 Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
   2 Soren Kierkegaard
   2 Saki
   2 Russell Hoban
   2 R S Thomas
   2 R H Sin
   2 Ray Bradbury
   2 Pythagoras
   2 Peter Ackroyd
   2 Penny Reid
   2 Pablo Neruda
   2 Neil Gaiman
   2 Neale Donald Walsch
   2 Michael Pollan
   2 Matsuo Basho
   2 Markus Zusak
   2 Mahatma Gandhi
   2 Maggie Stiefvater
   2 Lorraine Heath
   2 Laini Taylor
   2 Khalil Gibran
   2 John Clare
   2 John Berger
   2 Jodi Picoult
   2 Jacqueline Woodson
   2 Jack Kerouac
   2 Graham Greene
   2 G K Chesterton
   2 Eckhart Tolle
   2 Douglas Coupland
   2 Deepak Chopra
   2 Colum McCann
   2 Claude Debussy
   2 Chuck Palahniuk
   2 Barack Obama
   2 Anthony de Mello
   2 Amy Goodman
   2 Alisa Hope Wagner
   2 Alejandra Pizarnik
   2 Adyashanti

1:Music is the silence between notes. ~ Claude Debussy,
2:At the crescent moonthe silenceenters my heart. ~ Chiyo-ni,
3:In the silence of the heart burns the steady fire of aspiration. ~ The Mother,
4:Remember, the silence in between the notes is just as important as the notes themselves. ~ B D Schiers,
5:The Word expresses that which is self-hidden in the Silence. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine 1.04 - Reality Omnipresent,
6:When mind is still, then Truth gets her chance to be heard in the purity of the silence. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays Divine And Human ,
7:The true individual is behind veiled by the activities of the outer nature. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II the Silence,
8:In the silence of the heart, you will receive the command. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II Peace and Silence,
9:Scattered on sealed depths, her luminous smileKindled to fire the silence of the worlds. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 01.01 - The Symbol Dawn,
10:It is on the Silence behind the cosmos that all the movement of the universe is supported. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II the Silence,
11:It is in the silence of the mind that the strongest and freest action can come. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - IV 4.22 - The supramental Thought and Knowledge,
12:In the silence and not in the thought we shall find the Self. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 2.08 - The Release from the Heart and the Mind,
13:In the silence of the self there is no time—it is akāla. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - III Experiences of the Self,
14:There can be an action in the Silence, undisturbed even as the universal action goes on in the cosmic Silence. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II the Silence,
15:It is from the Silence that the peace comes; when the peace deepens and deepens, it becomes more and more the Silence. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II the Silence,
16:Into the Silence, into the Silence,Arise, O Spirit immortal,Away from the turning Wheel, breaking the magical Circle. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry the Ascent,
17:A mass phenomenon of visible shapesSupported by the silence of the VoidAppeared in the eternal Consciousness ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.05 - The Godheads of the Little Life,
18:The impulse of the Path was feltMoving from the Silence that supports the starsTo touch the confines of the visible world. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 09.01 - Towards the Black Void,
19:When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don't ask questions. Wait for hope to appear. ~ Anonymous, The Bible (Lamentations 3:28-29 MSG),
20:The silence of the Ineffable is a truth of divine being, but the Word which proceeds from that silence is also a truth. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 4.11 - The Perfection of Equality,
21:The silence, the quietude of the nature is a touch from above and very necessary for purification and release. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - III The Psychic and Spiritual Transformations,
22:There in the silence few have ever reached,Thou shalt see the Fire burning on the bare stoneAnd the deep cavern of thy secret soul. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 07.03 - The Entry into the Inner Countries,
23:All is mute in the being, but in the bosom of the silence burns the lamp that can never be extinguished, the fire of an ardent aspiration to know and to love integrally the Divine. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II ,
24:A firm spiritual poise,A constant lodging in the Eternal’s realm,A safety in the Silence and the Ray,A settlement in the Immutable. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri The Yoga of the King,
25:In a complete silence only is the Silence heard; in a pure peace only is its Being revealed. Therefore to us the name of That is the Silence and the Peace. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 2.03 - The Purified Understanding,
26:In God’s supreme withdrawn and timeless hushA seeing Self and potent Energy met;The Silence knew itself and thought took form:Self-made from the dual power creation rose. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.13 - In the Self of Mind,
27:now I listen to a greater WordBorn from the mute unseen omniscient Ray:The Voice that only Silence’ ear has heardLeaps missioned from an eternal glory of Day. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems The Word of the Silence,
28:A bare impersonal hush is now my mind,A world of sight clear and inimitable,A volume of silence by a Godhead signed,A greatness pure of thought, virgin of will. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems The Word of the Silence,
29:What exactly should I do to accelerate the sadhana? Wait quietly for the exact indication; all mental intervention and decisions are arbitrary. The clear indication comes in the silence of the mind. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II ,
30:How shall they prosper who haste after auguries, oracles, whispers,Dreams that walk in the night and voices obscure of the silence?Touches are these from the gods that bewilder the brain to its ruin. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems 5.1.01 - Ilion,
31:Something they forge there sitting unknown in the silence eternal,Whether of evil or good it is they who shall choose who are mastersCalm, unopposed; they are gods and they work out their iron caprices. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry 5.1.01 - Ilion,
32:In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence. ~ Saint Teresa of Calcutta,
33:But in the Rajayogic Samadhi there are different grades of status, - that in which the mind, though lost to outward objects, still muses, thinks, perceives in the world of thought, that in which the mind is still capable of primary thought-formations and that in which, all out-darting of the mind even within itself having ceased, the soul rises beyond thought into the silence of the Incommunicable and Ineffable. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
34:Whenever we moderns pause for a moment, and enter the silence, and listen very carefully, the glimmer of our deepest nature begins to shine forth, and we are introduced to the mysteries of the deep, the call of the within, the infinite radiance of a splendor that time and space forgot - we are introduced to the all-pervading Spiritual domain that the growing tip of our honored ancestors were the first to discover. And they were good enough to leave us a general map to that infinite domain, a map called the Great Nest of Being, a map of our own interiors, an archeology of our own Spirit. ~ Ken Wilber, Integral Psychology p. 190,
35:It is in the silence of the mind that the strongest and freest action can come, e.g. the writing of a book, poetry, inspired speech etc. When the mind is active it interferes with the inspiration, puts in its own small ideas which get mixed up with the inspiration or starts something from a lower level or simply stops the inspiration altogether by bubbling up with all sorts of mere mental suggestions. So also intuitions or action etc. can come more easily when the ordinary inferior movement of the mind is not there. It is also in the silence of the mind that it is easiest for knowledge to come from within or above, from the psychic or from the higher consciousness. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - IV ,
36:A silence, an entry into a wide or even immense or infinite emptiness is part of the inner spiritual experience; of this silence and void the physical mind has a certain fear, the small superficially active thinking or vital mind a shrinking from it or dislike, - for it confuses the silence with mental and vital incapacity and the void with cessation or non-existence: but this silence is the silence of the spirit which is the condition of a greater knowledge, power and bliss, and this emptiness is the emptying of the cup of our natural being, a liberation of it from its turbid contents so that it may be filled with the wine of God; it is the passage not into non-existence but to a greater existence. Even when the being turns towards cessation, it is a cessation not in non-existence but into some vast ineffable of spiritual being or the plunge into the incommunicable superconscience of the Absolute. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine 2.28 - The Divine Life,
37:But what then of that silent Self, inactive, pure, self-existent, self-enjoying, which presented itself to us as the abiding justification of the ascetic? Here also harmony and not irreconcilable opposition must be the illuminative truth. The silent and the active Brahman are not different, opposite and irreconcilable entities, the one denying, the other affirming a cosmic illusion; they are one Brahman in two aspects, positive and negative, and each is necessary to the other. It is out of this Silence that the Word which creates the worlds for ever proceeds; for the Word expresses that which is self-hidden in the Silence. It is an eternal passivity which makes possible the perfect freedom and omnipotence of an eternal divine activity in innumerable cosmic systems. For the becomings of that activity derive their energies and their illimitable potency of variation and harmony from the impartial support of the immutable Being, its consent to this infinite fecundity of its own dynamic Nature. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine 1.04 - Reality Omnipresent,
38:But for the knowledge of the Self it is necessary to have the power of a complete intellectual passivity, the power of dismissing all thought, the power of the mind to think not at all which the Gita in one passage enjoins. This is a hard saying for the occidental mind to which thought is the highest thing and which will be apt to mistake the power of the mind not to think, its complete silence for the incapacity of thought. But this power of silence is a capacity and not an incapacity, a power and not a weakness. It is a profound and pregnant stillness. Only when the mind is thus entirely still, like clear, motionless and level water, in a perfect purity and peace of the whole being and the soul transcends thought, can the Self which exceeds and originates all activities and becomings, the Silence from which all words are born, the Absolute of which all relativities are partial reflections manifest itself in the pure essence of our being. In a complete silence only is the Silence heard; in a pure peace only is its Being revealed. Therefore to us the name of That is the Silence and the Peace. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 2.03 - The Purified Understanding,
39:When, then, by the withdrawal of the centre of consciousness from identification with the mind, life and body, one has discovered ones true self, discovered the oneness of that self with the pure, silent, immutable Brahman, discovered in the immutable, in the Akshara Brahman, that by which the individual being escapes from his own personality into the impersonal, the first movement of the Path of Knowledge has been completed. It is the sole that is absolutely necessary for the traditional aim of the Yoga of Knowledge, for immergence, for escape from cosmic existence, for release into the absolute and ineffable Parabrahman who is beyond all cosmic being. The seeker of this ultimate release may take other realisations on his way, may realise the Lord of the universe, the Purusha who manifests Himself in all creatures, may arrive at the cosmic consciousness, may know and feel his unity with all beings; but these are only stages or circumstances of his journey, results of the unfolding of his soul as it approaches nearer the ineffable goal. To pass beyond them all is his supreme object. When on the other hand, having attained to the freedom and the silence and the peace, we resume possession by the cosmic consciousness of the active as well as the silent Brahman and can securely live in the divine freedom as well as rest in it, we have completed the second movement of the Path by which the integrality of self-knowledge becomes the station of the liberated soul. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
40:The Quest A part, immutable, unseen, Being, before itself had been, Became. Like dew a triple queen Shone as the void uncovered: The silence of deep height was drawn A veil across the silver dawn On holy wings that hovered. The music of three thoughts became The beauty, that is one white flame, The justice that surpasses shame, The victory, the splendour, The sacred fountain that is whirled From depths beyond that older world A new world to engender. The kingdom is extended. Night Dwells, and I contemplate the sight That is not seeing, but the light That secretly is kindled, Though oft-time its most holy fire Lacks oil, whene'er my own Desire Before desire has dwindled. I see the thin web binding me With thirteen cords of unity Toward the calm centre of the sea. (O thou supernal mother!) The triple light my path divides To twain and fifty sudden sides Each perfect as each other. Now backwards, inwards still my mind Must track the intangible and blind, And seeking, shall securely find Hidden in secret places Fresh feasts for every soul that strives, New life for many mystic lives, And strange new forms and faces. My mind still searches, and attains By many days and many pains To That which Is and Was and reigns Shadowed in four and ten; And loses self in sacred lands, And cries and quickens, and understands Beyond the first Amen. ~ Aleister Crowley,
41:Musa Spiritus ::: O Word concealed in the upper fire, Thou who hast lingered through centuries, Descend from thy rapt white desire, Plunging through gold eternities. Into the gulfs of our nature leap, Voice of the spaces, call of the Light! Break the seals of Matter's sleep, Break the trance of the unseen height. In the uncertain glow of human mind, Its waste of unharmonied thronging thoughts, Carve thy epic mountain-lined Crowded with deep prophetic grots. Let thy hue-winged lyrics hover like birds Over the swirl of the heart's sea. Touch into sight with thy fire-words The blind indwelling deity. O Muse of the Silence, the wideness make In the unplumbed stillness that hears thy voice, In the vast mute heavens of the spirit awake Where thy eagles of Power flame and rejoice. Out, out with the mind and its candles flares, Light, light the suns that never die. For my ear the cry of the seraph stars And the forms of the Gods for my naked eye! Let the little troubled life-god within Cast his veils from the still soul, His tiger-stripes of virtue and sin, His clamour and glamour and thole and dole; All make tranquil, all make free. Let my heart-beats measure the footsteps of God As He comes from His timeless infinity To build in their rapture His burning abode. Weave from my life His poem of days, His calm pure dawns and His noons of force. My acts for the grooves of His chariot-race, My thoughts for the tramp of His great steeds' course! ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems ,
42:The Absolute is beyond personality and beyond impersonality, and yet it is both the Impersonal and the supreme Person and all persons. The Absolute is beyond the distinction of unity and multiplicity, and yet it is the One and the innumerable Many in all the universes. It is beyond all limitation by quality and yet it is not limited by a qualityless void but is too all infinite qualities. It is the individual soul and all souls and more of them; it is the formless Brahman and the universe. It is the cosmic and the supracosmic spirit, the supreme Lord, the supreme Self, the supreme Purusha and supreme shakti, the Ever Unborn who is endlessly born, the Infinite who is innumerably finite, the multitudinous One, the complex Simple, the many-sided Single, the Word of the Silence Ineffable, the impersonal omnipresent Person, the Mystery, translucent in highest consciousness to its own spirit, but to a lesser consciousness veiled in its own exceeding light and impenetrable for ever. These things are to the dimensional mind irreconcilable opposites, but to the constant vision and experience of the supramental Truth-Consciousness they are so simply and inevitably the intrinsic nature of each other that even to think of them as contraries is an unimaginable violence. The walls constructed by the measuring and separating Intellect have disappeared and the Truth in its simplicity and beauty appears and reduces all to terms of its harmony and unity and light. Dimensions and distinctions remain but as figures for use, not a separative prison for the self-forgetting Spirit.2:In the ordinary Yoga of knowledge it is only necessary to recognise two planes of our consciousness, the spiritual and the materialised mental; the pure reason standing between these two views them both, cuts through the illusions of the phenomenal world, exceeds the materialised mental plane, sees the reality of the spiritual; and then the will of the individual Purusha unifying itself with this poise of knowledge rejects the lower and draws back to the supreme plane, dwells there, loses mind and body, sheds life from it and merges itself in the supreme Purusha, is delivered from individual existence. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga 2.01 - The Object of Knowledge,
43:Concentration is a gathering together of the consciousness and either centralising at one point or turning on a single object, e.g., the Divine; there can be also be a gathered condition throughout the whole being, not at a point. In meditation it is not indispensable to gather like this, one can simply remain with a quiet mind thinking of one subject or observing what comes in the consciousness and dealing with it. ... Of this true consciousness other than the superficial there are two main centres, one in the heart (not the physical heart, but the cardiac centre in the middle of the chest), one in the head. The concentration in the heart opens within and by following this inward opening and going deep one becomes aware of the soul or psychic being, the divine element in the individual. This being unveiled begins to come forward, to govern the nature, to turn it and all its movements towards the Truth, towards the Divine, and to call down into it all that is above. It brings the consciousness of the Presence, the dedication of the being to the Highest and invites the descent into our nature of a greater Force and Consciousness which is waiting above us. To concentrate in the heart centre with the offering of oneself to the Divine and the aspiration for this inward opening and for the Presence in the heart is the first way and, if it can be done, the natural beginning; for its result once obtained makes the spiritual path far more easy and safe than if one begins the other ways. That other way is the concentration in the head, in the mental centre. This, if it brings about the silence of the surface mind, opens up an inner, larger, deeper mind within which is more capable of receiving spiritual experience and spiritual knowledge. But once concentrated here one must open the silent mental consciousness upward and in the end it rises beyond the lid which has so long kept it tied in the body and finds a centre above the head where it is liberated into the Infinite. There it begins to come into contact with the universal Self, the Divine Peace, Light, Power, Knowledge, Bliss, to enter into that and become that, to feel the descent of these things into the nature. To concentrate in the head with the aspiration for quietude in the mind and the realisation of the Self and Divine above is the second way of concentration. It is important, however, to remember that the concentration of the consciousness in the head in only a preparation for its rising to the centre above; otherwise, one may get shut up in one's own mind and its experiences or at best attain only to a reflection of the Truth above instead of rising into the spiritual transcendence to live there. For some the mental concentration is easier, for some the concentration in the heart centre; some are capable of doing both alternatively - but to begin with the heart centre, if one can do it, is the most desirable. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II ,
44:3. Conditions internal and external that are most essential for meditation. There are no essential external conditions, but solitude and seculsion at the time of meditation as well as stillness of the body are helpful, sometimes almost necessary to the beginning. But one should not be bound by external conditions. Once the habit of meditation is formed, it should be made possible to do it in all circumstances, lying, sitting, walking, alone, in company, in silence or in the midst of noise etc. The first internal condition necessary is concentration of the will against the obstacles to meditation, i.e. wandering of the mind, forgetfulness, sleep, physical and nervous impatience and restlessness etc. If the difficulty in meditation is that thoughts of all kinds come in, that is not due to hostile forces but to the ordinary nature of the human mind. All sadhaks have this difficulty and with many it lasts for a very long time. There are several was of getting rid of it. One of them is to look at the thoughts and observe what is the nature of the human mind as they show it but not to give any sanction and to let them run down till they come to a standstill - this is a way recommended by Vivekananda in his Rajayoga. Another is to look at the thoughts as not one's own, to stand back as the witness Purusha and refuse the sanction - the thoughts are regarded as things coming from outside, from Prakriti, and they must be felt as if they were passers-by crossing the mind-space with whom one has no connection and in whom one takes no interest. In this way it usually happens that after the time the mind divides into two, a part which is the mental witness watching and perfectly undisturbed and quiet and a part in which the thoughts cross or wander. Afterwards one can proceed to silence or quiet the Prakriti part also. There is a third, an active method by which one looks to see where the thoughts come from and finds they come not from oneself, but from outside the head as it were; if one can detect them coming, then, before enter, they have to be thrown away altogether. This is perhaps the most difficult way and not all can do it, but if it can be done it is the shortest and most powerful road to silence. It is not easy to get into the Silence. That is only possible by throwing out all mental-vital activities. It is easier to let the Silence descend into you, i.e., to open yourself and let it descend. The way to do this and the way to call down the higher powers is the same. It is to remain quiet at the time of efforts to pull down the Power or the Silence but keeping only a silent will and aspiration for them. If the mind is active one has to learn to look at it, drawn back and not giving sanction from within, until its habitual or mechanical activities begin to fall quiet for want of support from within. if it is too persistent, a steady rejection without strain or struggle is the one thing to be done. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Autobiographical Notes ,
45:summary of the entire process of psychic awakening ::: You have asked what is the discipline to be followed in order to convert the mental seeking into a living spiritual experience. The first necessity is the practice of concentration of your consciousness within yourself. The ordinary human mind has an activity on the surface which veils the real Self. But there is another, a hidden consciousness within behind the surface one in which we can become aware of the real Self and of a larger deeper truth of nature, can realise the Self and liberate and transform the nature. To quiet the surface mind and begin to live within is the object of this concentration. Of this true consciousness other then the superficial there are two main centres, one in the heart (not the physical heart, but the cardiac centre in the middle of the chest), one in the head. The concentration in the heart opens within and by following this inward opening and going deep one becomes aware of the soul or psychic being, the divine element in the individual. This being unveiled begins to come forward, to govern the nature, to turn it an d all its movements towards the Truth, towards the Divine, and to call down into it all that is above. It brings the consciousness of the Presence, the dedication of the being to the Highest and invites the descent into our nature of a greater Force and Consciousness which is waiting above us. To concentrate in the heart centre with the offering of oneself to the Divine and the aspiration for this inward opening and for the Presence in the heart is the first way and, if it can be done, the natural beginning; for its result once obtained makes the spiritual path far more easy and safe than if one begins the other way. That other way is the concentration in the head, in the mental centre. This, if it brings about the silence of the surface mind, opens up an inner, larger, deeper mind within which is more capable of receiving spiritual experience and spiritual knowledge. But once concentrated here one must open the silent mental consciousness upward to all that is above mind. After a time one feels the consciousness rising upward and it the end it rises beyond the lid which has so long kept it tied in the body and finds a centre above the head where it is liberated into the Infinite. There it behind to come into contact with the universal Self, the Divine Peace, Light, Power, Knowledge, Bliss, to enter into that and become that, to feel the descent of these things into the nature. To concentrate in the head with the aspiration for quietude in the mind and the realisation of the Self and Divine above is the second way of concentration. It is important, however, to remember that the concentration of the consciousness in the head is only a preparation for its rising to the centre above; otherwise, one may get shut up in one's own mind and its experiences or at best attain only to a reflection of the Truth above instead of rising into the spiritual transcendence to live there. For some the mental consciousness is easier, for some the concentration in the heart centre; some are capable of doing both alternatively - but to begin with the heart centre, if one can do it, is the more desirable. The other side of the discipline is with regard to the activities of the nature, of the mind, of the life-self or vital, of the physical being. Here the principle is to accord the nature with the inner realisation so that one may not be divided into two discordant parts. There are here several disciplines or processes possible. One is to offer all the activities to the Divine and call for the inner guidance and the taking up of one's nature by a Higher Power. If there is the inward soul-opening, if the psychic being comes forward, then there is no great difficulty - there comes with it a psychic discrimination, a constant intimation, finally a governance which discloses and quietly and patiently removes all imperfections, bring the right mental and vital movements and reshapes the physical consciousness also. Another method is to stand back detached from the movements of the mind, life, physical being, to regard their activities as only a habitual formation of general Nature in the individual imposed on us by past workings, not as any part of our real being; in proportion as one succeeds in this, becomes detached, sees mind and its activities as not oneself, life and its activities as not oneself, the body and its activities as not oneself, one becomes aware of an inner Being within us - inner mental, inner vital, inner physical - silent, calm, unbound, unattached which reflects the true Self above and can be its direct representative; from this inner silent Being proceeds a rejection of all that is to be rejected, an acceptance only of what can be kept and transformed, an inmost Will to perfection or a call to the Divine Power to do at each step what is necessary for the change of the Nature. It can also open mind, life and body to the inmost psychic entity and its guiding influence or its direct guidance. In most cases these two methods emerge and work together and finally fuse into one. But one can being with either, the one that one feels most natural and easy to follow. Finally, in all difficulties where personal effort is hampered, the help of the Teacher can intervene and bring above what is needed for the realisation or for the immediate step that is necessary. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II 6,
46:SECTION 1. Books for Serious Study Liber CCXX. (Liber AL vel Legis.) The Book of the Law. This book is the foundation of the New Æon, and thus of the whole of our work. The Equinox. The standard Work of Reference in all occult matters. The Encyclopaedia of Initiation. Liber ABA (Book 4). A general account in elementary terms of magical and mystical powers. In four parts: (1) Mysticism (2) Magical (Elementary Theory) (3) Magick in Theory and Practice (this book) (4) The Law. Liber II. The Message of the Master Therion. Explains the essence of the new Law in a very simple manner. Liber DCCCXXXVIII. The Law of Liberty. A further explanation of The Book of the Law in reference to certain ethical problems. Collected Works of A. Crowley. These works contain many mystical and magical secrets, both stated clearly in prose, and woven into the Robe of sublimest poesy. The Yi King. (S. B. E. Series [vol. XVI], Oxford University Press.) The "Classic of Changes"; give the initiated Chinese system of Magick. The Tao Teh King. (S. B. E. Series [vol. XXXIX].) Gives the initiated Chinese system of Mysticism. Tannhäuser, by A. Crowley. An allegorical drama concerning the Progress of the Soul; the Tannhäuser story slightly remodelled. The Upanishads. (S. B. E. Series [vols. I & XV.) The Classical Basis of Vedantism, the best-known form of Hindu Mysticism. The Bhagavad-gita. A dialogue in which Krishna, the Hindu "Christ", expounds a system of Attainment. The Voice of the Silence, by H.P. Blavatsky, with an elaborate commentary by Frater O.M. Frater O.M., 7°=48, is the most learned of all the Brethren of the Order; he has given eighteen years to the study of this masterpiece. Raja-Yoga, by Swami Vivekananda. An excellent elementary study of Hindu mysticism. His Bhakti-Yoga is also good. The Shiva Samhita. An account of various physical means of assisting the discipline of initiation. A famous Hindu treatise on certain physical practices. The Hathayoga Pradipika. Similar to the Shiva Samhita. The Aphorisms of Patanjali. A valuable collection of precepts pertaining to mystical attainment. The Sword of Song. A study of Christian theology and ethics, with a statement and solution of the deepest philosophical problems. Also contains the best account extant of Buddhism, compared with modern science. The Book of the Dead. A collection of Egyptian magical rituals. Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie, by Eliphas Levi. The best general textbook of magical theory and practice for beginners. Written in an easy popular style. The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage. The best exoteric account of the Great Work, with careful instructions in procedure. This Book influenced and helped the Master Therion more than any other. The Goetia. The most intelligible of all the mediæval rituals of Evocation. Contains also the favourite Invocation of the Master Therion. Erdmann's History of Philosophy. A compendious account of philosophy from the earliest times. Most valuable as a general education of the mind. The Spiritual Guide of [Miguel de] Molinos. A simple manual of Christian Mysticism. The Star in the West. (Captain Fuller). An introduction to the study of the Works of Aleister Crowley. The Dhammapada. (S. B. E. Series [vol. X], Oxford University Press). The best of the Buddhist classics. The Questions of King Milinda. (S. B. E. Series [vols. XXXV & XXXVI].) Technical points of Buddhist dogma, illustrated bydialogues. Liber 777 vel Prolegomena Symbolica Ad Systemam Sceptico-Mysticæ Viæ Explicandæ, Fundamentum Hieroglyphicam Sanctissimorum Scientiæ Summæ. A complete Dictionary of the Correspondences of all magical elements, reprinted with extensive additions, making it the only standard comprehensive book of reference ever published. It is to the language of Occultism what Webster or Murray is to the English language. Varieties of Religious Experience (William James). Valuable as showing the uniformity of mystical attainment. Kabbala Denudata, von Rosenroth: also The Kabbalah Unveiled, by S.L. Mathers. The text of the Qabalah, with commentary. A good elementary introduction to the subject. Konx Om Pax [by Aleister Crowley]. Four invaluable treatises and a preface on Mysticism and Magick. The Pistis Sophia [translated by G.R.S. Mead or Violet McDermot]. An admirable introduction to the study of Gnosticism. The Oracles of Zoroaster [Chaldæan Oracles]. An invaluable collection of precepts mystical and magical. The Dream of Scipio, by Cicero. Excellent for its Vision and its Philosophy. The Golden Verses of Pythagoras, by Fabre d'Olivet. An interesting study of the exoteric doctrines of this Master. The Divine Pymander, by Hermes Trismegistus. Invaluable as bearing on the Gnostic Philosophy. The Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians, reprint of Franz Hartmann. An invaluable compendium. Scrutinium Chymicum [Atalanta Fugiens]¸ by Michael Maier. One of the best treatises on alchemy. Science and the Infinite, by Sidney Klein. One of the best essays written in recent years. Two Essays on the Worship of Priapus [A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus &c. &c. &c.], by Richard Payne Knight [and Thomas Wright]. Invaluable to all students. The Golden Bough, by J.G. Frazer. The textbook of Folk Lore. Invaluable to all students. The Age of Reason, by Thomas Paine. Excellent, though elementary, as a corrective to superstition. Rivers of Life, by General Forlong. An invaluable textbook of old systems of initiation. Three Dialogues, by Bishop Berkeley. The Classic of Subjective Idealism. Essays of David Hume. The Classic of Academic Scepticism. First Principles by Herbert Spencer. The Classic of Agnosticism. Prolegomena [to any future Metaphysics], by Immanuel Kant. The best introduction to Metaphysics. The Canon [by William Stirling]. The best textbook of Applied Qabalah. The Fourth Dimension, by [Charles] H. Hinton. The best essay on the subject. The Essays of Thomas Henry Huxley. Masterpieces of philosophy, as of prose. ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA Appendix I: Literature Recommended to Aspirants,
47:The Supreme Discovery IF WE want to progress integrally, we must build within our conscious being a strong and pure mental synthesis which can serve us as a protection against temptations from outside, as a landmark to prevent us from going astray, as a beacon to light our way across the moving ocean of life. Each individual should build up this mental synthesis according to his own tendencies and affinities and aspirations. But if we want it to be truly living and luminous, it must be centred on the idea that is the intellectual representation symbolising That which is at the centre of our being, That which is our life and our light. This idea, expressed in sublime words, has been taught in various forms by all the great Instructors in all lands and all ages. The Self of each one and the great universal Self are one. Since all that is exists from all eternity in its essence and principle, why make a distinction between the being and its origin, between ourselves and what we place at the beginning? The ancient traditions rightly said: "Our origin and ourselves, our God and ourselves are one." And this oneness should not be understood merely as a more or less close and intimate relationship of union, but as a true identity. Thus, when a man who seeks the Divine attempts to reascend by degrees towards the inaccessible, he forgets that all his knowledge and all his intuition cannot take him one step forward in this infinite; neither does he know that what he wants to attain, what he believes to be so far from him, is within him. For how could he know anything of the origin until he becomes conscious of this origin in himself? It is by understanding himself, by learning to know himself, that he can make the supreme discovery and cry out in wonder like the patriarch in the Bible, "The house of God is here and I knew it not." That is why we must express that sublime thought, creatrix of the material worlds, and make known to all the word that fills the heavens and the earth, "I am in all things and all beings."When all shall know this, the promised day of great transfigurations will be at hand. When in each atom of Matter men shall recognise the indwelling thought of God, when in each living creature they shall perceive some hint of a gesture of God, when each man can see God in his brother, then dawn will break, dispelling the darkness, the falsehood, the ignorance, the error and suffering that weigh upon all Nature. For, "all Nature suffers and laments as she awaits the revelation of the Sons of God." This indeed is the central thought epitomising all others, the thought which should be ever present to our remembrance as the sun that illumines all life. That is why I remind you of it today. For if we follow our path bearing this thought in our hearts like the rarest jewel, the most precious treasure, if we allow it to do its work of illumination and transfiguration within us, we shall know that it lives in the centre of all beings and all things, and in it we shall feel the marvellous oneness of the universe. Then we shall understand the vanity and childishness of our meagre satisfactions, our foolish quarrels, our petty passions, our blind indignations. We shall see the dissolution of our little faults, the crumbling of the last entrenchments of our limited personality and our obtuse egoism. We shall feel ourselves being swept along by this sublime current of true spirituality which will deliver us from our narrow limits and bounds. The individual Self and the universal Self are one; in every world, in every being, in every thing, in every atom is the Divine Presence, and man's mission is to manifest it. In order to do that, he must become conscious of this Divine Presence within him. Some individuals must undergo a real apprenticeship in order to achieve this: their egoistic being is too all-absorbing, too rigid, too conservative, and their struggles against it are long and painful. Others, on the contrary, who are more impersonal, more plastic, more spiritualised, come easily into contact with the inexhaustible divine source of their being.But let us not forget that they too should devote themselves daily, constantly, to a methodical effort of adaptation and transformation, so that nothing within them may ever again obscure the radiance of that pure light. But how greatly the standpoint changes once we attain this deeper consciousness! How understanding widens, how compassion grows! On this a sage has said: "I would like each one of us to come to the point where he perceives the inner God who dwells even in the vilest of human beings; instead of condemning him we would say, 'Arise, O resplendent Being, thou who art ever pure, who knowest neither birth nor death; arise, Almighty One, and manifest thy nature.'" Let us live by this beautiful utterance and we shall see everything around us transformed as if by miracle. This is the attitude of true, conscious and discerning love, the love which knows how to see behind appearances, understand in spite of words, and which, amid all obstacles, is in constant communion with the depths. What value have our impulses and our desires, our anguish and our violence, our sufferings and our struggles, all these inner vicissitudes unduly dramatised by our unruly imagination - what value do they have before this great, this sublime and divine love bending over us from the innermost depths of our being, bearing with our weaknesses, rectifying our errors, healing our wounds, bathing our whole being with its regenerating streams? For the inner Godhead never imposes herself, she neither demands nor threatens; she offers and gives herself, conceals and forgets herself in the heart of all beings and things; she never accuses, she neither judges nor curses nor condemns, but works unceasingly to perfect without constraint, to mend without reproach, to encourage without impatience, to enrich each one with all the wealth he can receive; she is the mother whose love bears fruit and nourishes, guards and protects, counsels and consoles; because she understands everything, she can endure everything, excuse and pardon everything, hope and prepare for everything; bearing everything within herself, she owns nothing that does not belong to all, and because she reigns over all, she is the servant of all; that is why all, great and small, who want to be kings with her and gods in her, become, like her, not despots but servitors among their brethren. How beautiful is this humble role of servant, the role of all who have been revealers and heralds of the God who is within all, of the Divine Love that animates all things.... And until we can follow their example and become true servants even as they, let us allow ourselves to be penetrated and transformed by this Divine Love; let us offer Him, without reserve, this marvellous instrument, our physical organism. He shall make it yield its utmost on every plane of activity. To achieve this total self-consecration, all means are good, all methods have their value. The one thing needful is to persevere in our will to attain this goal. For then everything we study, every action we perform, every human being we meet, all come to bring us an indication, a help, a light to guide us on the path. Before I close, I shall add a few pages for those who have already made apparently fruitless efforts, for those who have encountered the pitfalls on the way and seen the measure of their weakness, for those who are in danger of losing their self-confidence and courage. These pages, intended to rekindle hope in the hearts of those who suffer, were written by a spiritual worker at a time when ordeals of every kind were sweeping down on him like purifying flames. You who are weary, downcast and bruised, you who fall, who think perhaps that you are defeated, hear the voice of a friend. He knows your sorrows, he has shared them, he has suffered like you from the ills of the earth; like you he has crossed many deserts under the burden of the day, he has known thirst and hunger, solitude and abandonment, and the cruellest of all wants, the destitution of the heart. Alas! he has known too the hours of doubt, the errors, the faults, the failings, every weakness. But he tells you: Courage! Hearken to the lesson that the rising sun brings to the earth with its first rays each morning. It is a lesson of hope, a message of solace. You who weep, who suffer and tremble, who dare not expect an end to your ills, an issue to your pangs, behold: there is no night without dawn and the day is about to break when darkness is thickest; there is no mist that the sun does not dispel, no cloud that it does not gild, no tear that it will not dry one day, no storm that is not followed by its shining triumphant bow; there is no snow that it does not melt, nor winter that it does not change into radiant spring. And for you too, there is no affliction which does not bring its measure of glory, no distress which cannot be transformed into joy, nor defeat into victory, nor downfall into higher ascension, nor solitude into radiating centre of life, nor discord into harmony - sometimes it is a misunderstanding between two minds that compels two hearts to open to mutual communion; lastly, there is no infinite weakness that cannot be changed into strength. And it is even in supreme weakness that almightiness chooses to reveal itself! Listen, my little child, you who today feel so broken, so fallen perhaps, who have nothing left, nothing to cover your misery and foster your pride: never before have you been so great! How close to the summits is he who awakens in the depths, for the deeper the abyss, the more the heights reveal themselves! Do you not know this, that the most sublime forces of the vasts seek to array themselves in the most opaque veils of Matter? Oh, the sublime nuptials of sovereign love with the obscurest plasticities, of the shadow's yearning with the most royal light! If ordeal or fault has cast you down, if you have sunk into the nether depths of suffering, do not grieve - for there indeed the divine love and the supreme blessing can reach you! Because you have passed through the crucible of purifying sorrows, the glorious ascents are yours. You are in the wilderness: then listen to the voices of the silence. The clamour of flattering words and outer applause has gladdened your ears, but the voices of the silence will gladden your soul and awaken within you the echo of the depths, the chant of divine harmonies! You are walking in the depths of night: then gather the priceless treasures of the night. In bright sunshine, the ways of intelligence are lit, but in the white luminosities of the night lie the hidden paths of perfection, the secret of spiritual riches. You are being stripped of everything: that is the way towards plenitude. When you have nothing left, everything will be given to you. Because for those who are sincere and true, from the worst always comes the best. Every grain that is sown in the earth produces a thousand. Every wing-beat of sorrow can be a soaring towards glory. And when the adversary pursues man relentlessly, everything he does to destroy him only makes him greater. Hear the story of the worlds, look: the great enemy seems to triumph. He casts the beings of light into the night, and the night is filled with stars. He rages against the cosmic working, he assails the integrity of the empire of the sphere, shatters its harmony, divides and subdivides it, scatters its dust to the four winds of infinity, and lo! the dust is changed into a golden seed, fertilising the infinite and peopling it with worlds which now gravitate around their eternal centre in the larger orbit of space - so that even division creates a richer and deeper unity, and by multiplying the surfaces of the material universe, enlarges the empire that it set out to destroy. Beautiful indeed was the song of the primordial sphere cradled in the bosom of immensity, but how much more beautiful and triumphant is the symphony of the constellations, the music of the spheres, the immense choir that fills the heavens with an eternal hymn of victory! Hear again: no state was ever more precarious than that of man when he was separated on earth from his divine origin. Above him stretched the hostile borders of the usurper, and at his horizon's gates watched jailers armed with flaming swords. Then, since he could climb no more to the source of life, the source arose within him; since he could no more receive the light from above, the light shone forth at the very centre of his being; since he could commune no more with the transcendent love, that love offered itself in a holocaust and chose each terrestrial being, each human self as its dwelling-place and sanctuary. That is how, in this despised and desolate but fruitful and blessed Matter, each atom contains a divine thought, each being carries within him the Divine Inhabitant. And if no being in all the universe is as frail as man, neither is any as divine as he! In truth, in truth, in humiliation lies the cradle of glory! 28 April 1912 ~ The Mother, Words Of Long Ago The Supreme Discovery,

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1:Breaking the silence ~ Matsuo Basho,
2:The silence is death. ~ Anne Sexton,
3:the silence remained. ~ Patrick Rothfuss,
4:The silence leans forward. ~ Sa a Stani i,
5:Inside the silence is a melody. ~ Joe Walsh,
6:The silence killed your faith. ~ Barack Obama,
7:The silence was an intense roar. ~ Jack Kerouac,
8:But the silence spoke volumes. ~ Haruki Murakami,
9:Freedom is the silence of the law. ~ George Will,
10:You could choke on the silence. ~ Chuck Palahniuk,
11:In the silence, hear what can't be heard. ~ Ben Lee,
12:Oft in the silence of the night, ~ Louisa May Alcott,
13:Don't fear conflict, fear the silence. ~ Ross Parsley,
14:The silence is screaming out for noise. ~ Tim Sanders,
15:The silence sucked his speech away. ~ Terry Pratchett,
16:Relationships are build in the silences. ~ Trevor Noah,
17:Relationships are built in the silences. ~ Trevor Noah,
18:Sometimes the silence can be like thunder. ~ Bob Dylan,
19:The silence could have swallowed a star. ~ Yoon Ha Lee,
20:A man is known by the silence he keeps ~ Oliver Herford,
21:appearence deceives and the silence betrays ~ Anonymous,
22:God speaks in the silence of the heart. ~ Mother Teresa,
23:It's like I'm married to the silencer, ~ Pharoahe Monch,
24:her ability to hear music in the silence. ~ Gayle Forman,
25:Music is the framework around the silence. ~ Miles Davis,
26:Music is the silence between the notes. ~ Claude Debussy,
27:Relationships are built into the silences. ~ Trevor Noah,
28:There's no match for the silence of GOD. ~ Nicole Krauss,
29:The silence of the envious is too noisy. ~ Khalil Gibran,
30:Only in the silence of our mind are we One. ~ Vivian Amis,
31:Relationships are built in the silences. You ~ Trevor Noah,
32:The silence is so deep it hurts our ears ~ Haruki Murakami,
33:Be the silence that listens.” –Tara Brach ~ Timothy Ferriss,
34:Don’t speak unless you can improve the silence. ~ Anonymous,
35:Go to where the silence is and say something. ~ Amy Goodman,
36:I like the way you make the silence bearable. ~ T M Frazier,
37:Speak only if it improves upon the silence ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
38:The silence is so deep it hurts our ears. ~ Haruki Murakami,
39:Listen to the silence... it has much to say. ~ Susan Jeffers,
40:My love, I fear the silence of your hands. ~ Mahmoud Darwish,
41:Speak only if it improves upon the silence. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
42:Come to me in the silence of the night, ~ Christina Rossetti,
43:In my interior I find the silence I seek. ~ Clarice Lispector,
44:In the silence, our stage whisper might carry. ~ Ray Bradbury,
45:The silence of a wise man is always meaningful. ~ Leo Strauss,
46:The silence was always the greates temptation. ~ Markus Zusak,
47:You & I, Love, together we ratify the silence, ~ Pablo Neruda,
48:In the silence of LOVE you will find the Spark of LIFE. ~ Rumi,
49:Do not speak unless you can improve the silence. ~ Edmund Muskie,
50:In the silence of love
you will find the spark of life ~ Rumi,
51:My words demand the silence of a wasteland. ~ Alejandra Pizarnik,
52:Who are you in the silence between your thoughts? ~ Gil Fronsdal,
53:The silence was not oppressive; it was open. ~ Karl Ove Knausg rd,
54:The worst aspect of loneliness was the silence. ~ Chuck Palahniuk,
55:Don't talk unless you can improve the silence. ~ Jorge Luis Borges,
56:I enjoy playing characters where the silence is loud. ~ Gary Oldman,
57:The silence was part of the story I wanted to tell. ~ Joyce Maynard,
58:Go into seclusion and rest your mind on the silence. ~ Dharma Mittra,
59:I drank the silence of God from a spring in the woods. ~ Georg Trakl,
60:I'm sounding out the silence, avoiding all the words. ~ Ani DiFranco,
61:Sometimes the silences, the gaps, tell us more than ~ Peter Ackroyd,
62:The hush of the night sky is the silence of a graveyard. ~ Ted Chiang,
63:Through the silence, Carol glanced back at the door ~ Jonathan Sturak,
64:Do not speak unless you can improve on the silence. ~ Anthony de Mello,
65:Everything was so quiet, as if the silence was listening. ~ Anna Kavan,
66:I like to think that I'm giving a voice to the silenced. ~ Selima Hill,
67:She loved to talk. All I need do was provide the silence. ~ Robin Hobb,
68:There are always a million words behind the silence. ~ Shannon L Alder,
69:In the silence of the heart, you will receive the command. ~ The Mother,
70:It is the silence between the words that makes it a story. ~ Ken Farmer,
71:The very first part in healing is shattering the silence. ~ Erin Merryn,
72:In angry protest the red telephone splintered the silence. ~ Ian Fleming,
73:Painting is the silence of thought and the music of sight. ~ Orhan Pamuk,
74:Seek the silence frequently. Power comes from repose. ~ Charles F Haanel,
75:The desperation meeting the silence with its unmasked wish. ~ Libba Bray,
76:I have known the silence of the stars and of the sea. ~ Edgar Lee Masters,
77:I think that all the silence is worse than all the violence ~ Lupe Fiasco,
78:It is not so easy to keep silent when the silence is a lie. ~ Victor Hugo,
79:My solemn exasperation was to her the silence of love. ~ Vladimir Nabokov,
80:Don't break the silence unless you can improve on it. ~ William Ralph Inge,
81:I should have known the silence would burn me. .::. ~ Elora Nicole Ramirez,
82:The silence of two people is deeper than the silence of one. ~ Elie Wiesel,
83:To hear the faint sound of oars in the silence as a rowboat ~ Jack Gilbert,
84:We need to listen more, to hear the silence and live in it. ~ Kim Basinger,
85:I saw him freeing me from the silences of the interior life. ~ Olivia Laing,
86:Mrs Dalloway is always giving parties to cover the silence ~ Virginia Woolf,
87:Some things are only known in the silence. Be still. Listen ~ Barbara Boyer,
88:Don’t say anything unless you can improve on the silence. ~ Michael Robotham,
89:the silence of the void, as if the world stopped breathing and ~ Rick Yancey,
90:Don't look for meaning in the words. Listen to the silences. ~ Samuel Beckett,
91:What is the silence of six and what are you going to do about it? ~ E C Myers,
92:When truth is replaced by silence,the silence is a lie. ~ Yevgeny Yevtushenko,
93:[She does not answer. In the silence the rain is heard falling.] ~ James Joyce,
94:Silence! I am learning to know the silence of a Tahitian night. ~ Paul Gauguin,
95:The silence holds with its gloved hand the wild hawk of the mind. ~ R S Thomas,
96:You don't know how loud the silence is or how deeply it cuts. ~ Lorraine Heath,
97:You don’t know how loud the silence is or how deeply it cuts. ~ Lorraine Heath,
98:but the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token ~ Edgar Allan Poe,
99:In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody. ~ Henri Cartier Bresson,
100:We cannot rely upon the silenced to tell us they are suffering. ~ Hanan Ashrawi,
101:Also, the silence is always there. The silence doesn't go away. ~ Melissa Broder,
102:But the silence in her husband's ear was never more to be broken. ~ George Eliot,
103:I have only one confidant, and that is the silence of night. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
104:Listen into the silences where the best words begin. ~ Marilyn Chandler McEntyre,
105:Truth and God are found in the same place: in the silence. ~ Neale Donald Walsch,
106:Freediving is about silence...the silence that comes from within. ~ Jacques Mayol,
107:Music is not simply playing notes. You have to play the silence too. ~ Ann E Burg,
108:Guns have their own silence. It is the silence of the dead to come. ~ John le Carr,
109:Words engage our minds, but in the silence we hear the Presence of God. ~ Ram Dass,
110:Even the silence has a story to tell you. Just listen. Listen. ~ Jacqueline Woodson,
111:Isabel had gone silent in a way that shouted the silence to me. ~ Maggie Stiefvater,
112:It wasn't the aloneness that Liz minded. It was the silence. It echoed. ~ Amy Zhang,
113:Meditation is to leave the noise and to meet with the silence. ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
114:Oh, Mrs. Dalloway. Always giving parties to cover the silence. ~ Michael Cunningham,
115:We notice the silence of men. We depend upon the silence of women. ~ Seanan McGuire,
116:You brought the silence,
The most beautiful sound I’d ever heard. ~ Mia Sheridan,
117:The more I write, the more the silence seems to be eating away at me. ~ C K Williams,
118:The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between. ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
119:Because the silence is exhausting and isolating in a way it needn't be. ~ Ruby Elliot,
120:No voice; but oh - the silence sank Like music on my heart. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
121:I wanted to close my eyes and let the silence swallow me whole. ~ Benjamin Alire S enz,
122:Sometimes the silences, the gaps, tell us more than
anything else. ~ Peter Ackroyd,
123:The silence of snow, thought the man sitting just behind the bus driver. ~ Orhan Pamuk,
124:Because in the silence, doubts creep in, memories come, and need swelters. ~ K Bromberg,
125:if you learn to listen to the silence, you’ll hear more of everything else. ~ Jon Young,
126:The music is not in the notes,
but in the silence between. ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
127:If you can't improve the silence, you shouldn't be speaking.
-Hauk ~ Sherrilyn Kenyon,
128:In the silence, the bear died. It was a cute death, with funny music. ~ Orson Scott Card,
129:It is in stillness, in the silence, that the word of God is to be heard. ~ Peter Rollins,
130:Just imagine the silence in the world, if people talked only what they knew ~ Karel apek,
131:screaming into the silence, not quite breaking it but making it tremble. ~ Mark Lawrence,
132:The moment you become aware of the silence, you also have become silent. ~ Eckhart Tolle,
133:... the silence
Holds with its gloved hand
The wild hawk of the mind. ~ R S Thomas,
134:The silence often of pure innocence persuades when speaking fails. ~ William Shakespeare,
135:The silence of two people is deeper than the silence of one. Involuntarily ~ Elie Wiesel,
136:Black is like the silence of the body after death, the close of life. ~ Wassily Kandinsky,
137:Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? Does it improve upon the silence? ~ Mona Simpson,
138:Out of sheer perversity, I followed beauty where it lead, into the silence. ~ Dave Hickey,
139:Sometimes the silence of your friends is worse than your enemy's words. ~ Shannon L Alder,
140:That's how life goes on - protected by the silence that anesthetizes shame. ~ M L Stedman,
141:There are haunters of the silence, ghosts that hold the heart and brain. ~ Madison Cawein,
142:Every time you walk lonely, you get a very special gift: The silence! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
143:If only we could be enlightened enough to be able to listen in the silence. ~ Paulo Coelho,
144:The silence in the room had width, height, depth, mass and substance. ~ Maud Hart Lovelace,
145:We're fascinated by the words--but where we meet is in the silence behind them. ~ Ram Dass,
146:A note of music gains significance from the silence on either side. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh,
147:Even the silence
has a story to tell you.
Just listen. Listen. ~ Jacqueline Woodson,
148:In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence. ~ Robert Wilson Lynd,
149:I have heard the languages of apocalypse, and now I shall embrace the silence. ~ Neil Gaiman,
150:So it always is: when you escape to a desert the silence shouts in your ear. ~ Graham Greene,
151:That was the ballad of suburbia: give me loud to drown out the silence. ~ Stephanie Kuehnert,
152:The silence between us was so profound I thought part of it must be my fault. ~ Sylvia Plath,
153:Does not everything depend on our interpretation of the silence around us? ~ Lawrence Durrell,
154:God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer. ~ Mother Teresa,
155:It's in the silence that your problems just dissolve. Try it. It really works. ~ Robert Adams,
156:The silence of a man who loves to praise is a censure sufficiently severe. ~ Charlotte Lennox,
157:The silence of an entire race was evidence of your superiority. Fast-forward ~ Jonathan Odell,
158:Words will not speak and the silence freezes into the images of the apartheid ~ Homi K Bhabha,
159:Our self-expression is meant to be a manifestation of the silence of our hearts. ~ Matthew Fox,
160:To be intimate is to feel the silence, the space that everything is happening in. ~ Adyashanti,
161:Only the wind shatters the silence. I have been here before choking in solitude. ~ Nikki Grimes,
162:She tried to decide whether the silence was an empty one or a waiting one. ~ Jodi Lynn Anderson,
163:Sing to me in the silence of your heart and I will rise up to hear your triumphant song. ~ Rumi,
164:The liar often suffers from amnesia. Amnesia is the silence of the unconscious. ~ Adrienne Rich,
165:The man I meet with is not often so instructive as the silence he breaks. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
166:The silence of the mountain is even more beautiful once the birds are quiet. ~ Taisen Deshimaru,
167:Time crawls in the silence. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Tock. Tock. Tock. ~ Emily McKay,
168:A rain shower was rehearsing. A few experimental droplets filled the silence. ~ Frances Hardinge,
169:Most people don’t know how to appreciate the silence. They can’t help talking. ~ Nicholas Sparks,
170:Somehow the silence seemed to connect us in a way like words never could. ~ Wendelin Van Draanen,
171:The longer you went without speaking, the harder it gets to break the silence. ~ Richard Bachman,
172:The strength of the song can be marked by the silence that surroundsit -- Zarost ~ Greg Hamerton,
173:though he should gather the silence into his arms and apologize to it. She ~ Catherine Ryan Hyde,
174:The Higher Self is whispering to you softly in the silence between your thoughts. ~ Deepak Chopra,
175:The silence depressed me. It wasn't the silence of silence. It was my own silence. ~ Sylvia Plath,
176:We didn't talk much, and the silence hung like a silk curtain, light and lovely. ~ Katherine Reay,
177:woods in the predawn darkness, the silence only broken by the sloshing of his flask. ~ Pam Jenoff,
178:And when the echoes had ceased, like a sense of pain was the silence. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
179:I sometimes like to sit in the silence and darkness and listen to my heart shine. ~ Frank D Gilroy,
180:Kerosene,” he said, because the silence had lengthened, “is nothing but perfume to me. ~ Anonymous,
181:Learn to be silent. Let your quiet mind listen and absorb the silence. ~ Pythagoras#quote #silence,
182:She'll never understand the shyness of Sophie's words or the silence of her beauty. ~ Markus Zusak,
183:The stars are God's dreams, thoughts remembered in the silence of his night. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
184:When I speak, you must not listen to the words, my dear. Listen to the Silence. ~ Anthony de Mello,
185:You know," Kirk said finally, breaking the silence. "I see it. He is pretty hot. ~ Cassandra Clare,
186:Music falls on the silence like a sense / A passion that we feel, not understand. ~ Wallace Stevens,
187:Show of hands," Devon said, breaking the silence. "Who thinks we're screwed? ~ Jennifer Lynn Barnes,
188:Films are no longer concerned with the silence of God, but with the chattering of men. ~ Roger Ebert,
189:The only place the mind will ever find peace is inside the silence of the heart. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert,
190:Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly. ~ Pablo Neruda,
191:It is the silence-breaking cry that begins the process that turns pain into joy. ~ Walter Brueggemann,
192:It's not the violence of the few that scares me, it's the silence of the many ~ Martin Luther King Jr,
193:Kerosene," he said, because the silence had lengthened, "is nothing but perfume to me. ~ Ray Bradbury,
194:overhead with an eye on the horrid banquet.” In the silence, with the full brunt of ~ Candice Millard,
195:There is a world of difference between the silence of apathy and the silence of passion! ~ John Piper,
196:The silence accentuates the beauty of him. The beauty of this first boy of theirs. ~ Melina Marchetta,
197:Lots of noise but behind the hiss of purple rain the silence is cruising like a shark. ~ Russell Hoban,
198:Sometimes the most hurtful thing is the silence of friends, not the words of enemies ~ Lisa Vanderpump,
199:The silence sat down with them like an invisible creature with its finger to its lips. ~ Russell Hoban,
200:a craving for the cloud of unknowing beyond knowledge and for the silence beyond speech, ~ Susan Sontag,
201:I had a thought," Bradshaw said into the silence.
"Amazing," Tristan returned dryly. ~ Suzanne Enoch,
202:It’s the silence that scares me. It’s the blank page on which I can write my own fears. ~ Mark Lawrence,
203:I was not afraid of the words of the violent, but of the silence of the honest. ~ Martin Luther King Jr,
204:Peace has its own sound. If you listen closely, you can hear a rhythm in the silence. ~ Wendy Lindstrom,
205:The silence after a felled tree has fallen is like the silence immediately after a death. ~ John Berger,
206:The silence that is in the starry sky, / The sleep that is among the lonely hills. ~ William Wordsworth,
207:Our youth has gone to the ends of the earth to die in the silence of the truth. ~ Louis Ferdinand C line,
208:Quick question.” Puck’s voice broke the silence. “Did anyone think to bring a can of Off? ~ Julie Kagawa,
209:The music aids the message, it's there to punctuate and abbreviate and shape the silence ~ Saul Williams,
210:These days it seemed like the words between them were there only to outline the silences. ~ Jodi Picoult,
211:When mind is still, then truth gets her chance to be heard in the purity of the silence. ~ Sri Aurobindo,
212:A radio was playing quietly. Nobody was listening. It was there to drown out the silence. ~ Rachel Abbott,
213:If you're asked: What is the silence? Respond: It is the first stone of the Wisdom's temple. ~ Pythagoras,
214:The secret in any interview was the ability to not fill the silence. A few seconds passed. ~ Harlan Coben,
215:The silence drew off, baring the pebbles and shells and all the tatty wreckage of my life. ~ Sylvia Plath,
216:The silence of two people is deeper than the silence of one. Involuntarily I began to talk. ~ Elie Wiesel,
217:It's easy to be a Jesus freak in the noise, but can we be Jesus freaks in the silence? ~ Alisa Hope Wagner,
218:like a poem that’s aware
of the silence of things
you speak so as not to see me ~ Alejandra Pizarnik,
219:There are a lot of questions that come out of the silence. It is so close to the infinite. ~ Elia Suleiman,
220:To listen to the silence, wherever you are, is an easy and direct way of becoming present. ~ Eckhart Tolle,
221:What emerges from the silence is the deafening sound of an old world disintegrating. ~ Marianne Williamson,
222:And it is silence that she hears, the silence of lost years that have no voice left in them. ~ Rose Tremain,
223:Crowded places, I shunned them as noises too rude / And flew to the silence of sweet solitude. ~ John Clare,
224:People who adore the noises of action can die of boredom with the silence of inaction! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
225:The silence of a shut park does not sound like country silence: it is tense and confined. ~ Elizabeth Bowen,
226:Crowded places, I shunned them as noises too rude
And fled to the silence of sweet solitude. ~ John Clare,
227:Lord, Give us the silence of your contemplation, the silence, rich with your effective Presence ~ The Mother,
228:...make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came."
Wendell Berry ~ Wendell Berry,
229:The silence of the room was disturbed by a book that flew open with fluttering leaves, ~ Dorothy Scarborough,
230:The silence felt like an empty speech bubble: It took up space but there were no words. Karou… ~ Laini Taylor,
231:The SILENCE of the good people is more DANGEROUS than the BRUTALITY of the bad people ~ Martin Luther King Jr,
232:When you listen, listen to something more. Not just to the sound, but to the silence, too. ~ Sri Ravi Shankar,
233:Adventure today means finding one's way back to the silence and stillness of a thousand years ago. ~ Pico Iyer,
234:And the peace which I always found in the silence and emptiness of the moors filled me utterly ~ James Herriot,
235:But the child's sob curses deeper in the silence than the strong man in his wrath! ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
236:If I could have broken his neck I would have, just for the pleasure of the silence after the snap. ~ Kathe Koja,
237:If you rest in the silence inside, all those you meet will have their spiritual hearts resuscitated. ~ Ram Dass,
238:The power of the harasser, the abuser, the rapist depends above all on the silence of women. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
239:The silence of death, of the cemetery, was no punishment, but a reward for a life well lived. ~ Caitlin Doughty,
240:to hear the voice of the silence is to understand that from within comes the only true guidance ~ Mabel Collins,
241:What hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystander. ~ Elie Wiesel,
242:Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart. ~ Mother Teresa,
243:Holy Saturday. The best reminder that the silence of God doesn't equal the absence of God. ~ Tullian Tchividjian,
244:If we really want to pray we must first learn to listen, for in the silence of the heart God speaks. ~ T S Eliot,
245:Sometimes you can define a composition or a couple of notes by the silence that goes around it. ~ Steve Tibbetts,
246:The hardest part of faith is the silence. It’s difficult to face that quiet and remain patient. ~ Victor LaValle,
247:The music comes out of the silence. I don't mind if it goes back in. We come out of the silence... ~ Geoff Ryman,
248:In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends. ~ Martin Luther King Jr,
249:Then he realised (in some odd way) that the silence was rather a living silence than a dead one. ~ G K Chesterton,
250:All the rest is silence On the other side of the wall, And the silence ripeness, And the ripeness all. ~ W H Auden,
251:Don’t take the silence of the yams as a sign they have nothing valuable to say about your health. ~ Michael Pollan,
252:In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. ~ Martin Luther King Jr,
253:In the silence of our hearts, God speaks of His love; with our silence, we allow Jesus to love us. ~ Mother Teresa,
254:In the silences between his words, listen to what you have to say back. Therein lies his message. ~ Paul Kalanithi,
255:In the silence, there was peace. A peace that came too soon, but I sought refuge in its release. ~ Rebecca Donovan,
256:listen to the silence inside the illusion of the world, and you will remember the lesson you forgot ~ Jack Kerouac,
257:The silence in the house was painful, but I had begun to realize that half of it belonged to me. ~ Ruth Emmie Lang,
258:We are adrift on a sea of moonlight sand, the silence as infinite as the space between the stars. ~ Jessica Khoury,
259:Where the dance of Meera and the silence of Buddha meet, blossoms the true philosophy of Rajneesh. ~ Amrita Pritam,
260:A warrior of light knows that in the silence of his heart he will hear an order that will guide him. ~ Paulo Coelho,
261:If you are walking in silence without disturbing the silence then you really love the silence! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
262:In the silence of the night, streetlights talk each other by touching their lights each other! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
263:And yet, it was a strangely satisfying experience for an invisible man to hear the silence of sound. ~ Ralph Ellison,
264:He doesn't speak for a moment, as if the silence is the elastic that will bring his next words forward. ~ Junot D az,
265:"If we really want to pray we must first learn to listen, for in the silence of the heart God speaks." ~ T. S. Eliot,
266:Nothing matters but the writing. There has been nothing else worthwhile... a stain upon the silence ~ Samuel Beckett,
267:The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world is the highest applause. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
268:Tonight the silence sounds like a scream. If you were here, we could chase it away with our whispers. - ~ Penny Reid,
269:unhappy families are conspiracies of silence. The one who breaks the silence is never forgiven. ~ Jeanette Winterson,
270:We need to be alone.” Bones waited in the silence until he wondered if she’d need to buy a vowel. “Oh, ~ Lucian Bane,
271:When the silence bores you, let the music play; when the music bores you, let the silence play! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
272:you soon find out how loud the silence really is. everything unsaid leads eventually to what is said. ~ Colum McCann,
273:I breathe in...the silence
of my own heart
aching with tenderness
with memories..
Of home. ~ Sanober Khan,
274:In the beginning, there was silence. And out of the silence came the sound. The sound is not here. ~ Daniel Barenboim,
275:I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in the silence, and the truth comes to me. ~ Albert Einstein,
276:Nothing matters but the writing. There has been nothing else worthwhile... a stain upon the silence. ~ Samuel Beckett,
277:the silence broken only by the tap of rook and pawn as they battled for victory in the hands of men. ~ Natalie Fergie,
278:But don’t take the silence of the yams as a sign that they have nothing valuable to say about health. ~ Michael Pollan,
279:I feel the need to fill the silence, like it's my fault it's even awkward in the first place. ~ Laurie Elizabeth Flynn,
280:If you believe the noises of the world, rather than the silences of your soul, you will be lost. ~ Neale Donald Walsch,
281:The proximity between the four of us could be measured with a shoe lace but the silence suggests a meadow. ~ Anonymous,
282:The silence before the words were spoken, is it different from the silence that came after? ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj,
283:The silence following my speech was profound. He withdrew his hand. I felt its absence like a pressure. ~ Molly Tanzer,
284:We shared a passion for words, but I preferred the silence of writing while she loved to talk. She ~ Viet Thanh Nguyen,
285:A Warrior of the Light knows that in the silence of his heart he will hear an order that will guide him. ~ Paulo Coelho,
286:Before you speak, ask yourself, is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve the silence? ~ Sathya Sai Baba,
287:The silence lent a faint weight to the air. As though I were sitting alone, at the bottom of the sea. ~ Haruki Murakami,
288:The silence of the world could not rein back it's greed. Not any longer. Not when it had virtually won. ~ Philip K Dick,
289:It’s so quiet. More than anything, the silence makes me feel what I’ve lost. The Earth is no longer ours. ~ Brian Yansky,
290:Not one sound fears the silence that extinguishes it. And no silence exists that is not pregnant with sound. ~ John Cage,
291:The intimacy of the detail - why The Silence of the Lambs is quite possibly the Thriller Writer's bible. ~ Thomas Harris,
292:The silence sings. It is musical. I remember a night when it was audible. I heard the unspeakable. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
293:Especially when those days turn into nights, and I have to lie in ny bed alone, listening to the silence ~ Colleen Hoover,
294:It was the sort of noise that makes the silence that comes after it roll forward like a warm avalanche. ~ Terry Pratchett,
295:She stared at me and nodded into the silence between us, as if I were still talking and making perfect sense. ~ Lily King,
296:True forgiveness and love arise naturally, effortlessly, from the silence of the heart broken all the way open. ~ Gangaji,
297:Walking in the night is a great blessing for the wise souls who are deeply in love with the silence! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
298:A man's eye serves as a photography to the invisible, as well as his ear serves as echo to the silence. ~ Machado de Assis,
299:A voice so thrilling ne'er was heard... Breaking the silence of the seas Among the farthest Hebrides. ~ William Wordsworth,
300:Make of the Silence your to-do tasks, of the compassion your wealth and of the meditation your beggar's bowl. ~ Guru Nanak,
301:All the rest is silence
On the other side of the wall;
And the silence ripeness,
And the ripeness all. ~ W H Auden,
302:The truth is, when it gets really quiet, when the silence gets too loud, i really start to miss everyone. ~ Stephen Chbosky,
303:A composer once told me that the silence from which each note emerges is more important than the note itself. ~ Wayne W Dyer,
304:He thought of asking her, but for no reason he could name, the silence between them seemed too hard to break. ~ Leah Stewart,
305:I could not have gone through the awful wretched mess of life without having left a stain upon the silence. ~ Samuel Beckett,
306:Like hatred, guilt can’t be locked in the silence of forgetting, without taking part of your soul with it. ~ Shannon L Alder,
307:Silence is very important. The silence between the notes are as important as the notes themselves. ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
308:The most dangerous silence is the one where the impending danger is more silent than the silence there! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
309:There is nothing like the silence and loneliness of night to bring dark shadows over the brightest mind. ~ Washington Irving,
310:The silence became unreal and seemed suddenly filled with a noise of its own, the noise of a too long silence. ~ Chaim Potok,
311:And I felt, in the silence that followed, everything that had happened on the trip to bring me to this place. ~ Morgan Matson,
312:Come into the silence of solitude, and the vibration there will talk to you through the voice of God. ~ Paramahansa Yogananda,
"Could you give me the 'dumb forest creature' version, maybe? ~ Nicole Chartrand,
314:Solitude can be very rewarding and full of blessing because in the silence of the inner being, one finds God ~ Fulton J Sheen,
315:There's something about the silence of people listening to someone or watching someone - I just... I love that. ~ Sam Heughan,
316:Before music there was silence and the duet format allows you to build from the silence in a very special way. ~ Charlie Haden,
317:I could not bear the silences when the drum stopped. I sank down into the depths of the sound of the rain. ~ Yasunari Kawabata,
318:Imperious and yet forlorn,. Came through the silence of the trees,. The echoes of a golden horn,. Calling to distances. ~ Saki,
319:Men who cannot be silent will not say anything when they talk. It is only out of the silence that the Word speaks. ~ A W Tozer,
320:The silence fell again, and Syme, though he understood nothing, listened instinctively for something serious. ~ G K Chesterton,
321:Poetry is the silence and speech between a wet struggling root of a flower and a sunlit blossom of that flower. ~ Carl Sandburg,
322:What a lovely evening,” Abigail said to break the silence.
She felt his gaze on her profile. “Lovely indeed. ~ Julie Klassen,
323:Every prospect hopes you will heed the old New England proverb: “Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence. ~ Harry Beckwith,
324:[He] would have cried out in horror if the silence had not pressed like a weight that held him paralyzed. ~ Roger Lancelyn Green,
325:Listen to the silence. Listen to your life. Be present, not just think about what's going on next week, next month. ~ Mike Dirnt,
326:Snow reminds Ka of God! But I’m not sure it would be accurate. What brings me close to God is the silence of snow. ~ Orhan Pamuk,
327:Somewhere she had learned that if an interviewer remains silent, the interviewee will rush to fill the silence. ~ William Landay,
328:The only place the mind will ever find peace is inside the silence of the heart. That's where you need to go ~ Elizabeth Gilbert,
329:As if the night has been created for the writers and as if the silence of it is the very inspiration itself! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
330:I work late at night. I'm awake and nobody bothers me. It's quiet and things come and talk to me in the silence. ~ Diana Gabaldon,
331:Some days you exist like the last speaker of an extinct language. These are the silences that litter the heart. ~ Richard Jackson,
332:The only catalogue of this world's goods that really counts is that which we keep in the silence of the mind. ~ Walter de La Mare,
333:… just to break the silence. He always imagined that silence was somehow directed against him. Or that it was his fault. ~ Amos Oz,
334:Love needs expression, Captain Geary, or doubts grow amid the silence. Doubts of the other and doubts of yourself. ~ Jack Campbell,
335:No. Not a word. But sometimes you have to listen to the silences. When things aren’t said. That’s where the truth is. ~ N R Walker,
336:Sleep makes the silence and the terrible fear go by more quickly, helps pass the time, since it's impossible to kill. ~ Anne Frank,
337:sometimes you just need
to be alone with yourself
and the silence of solitude
in order to figure everything out ~ R H Sin,
338:sometimes you just need
to be along with yourself
and the silence of solitude
in order to figure everything out ~ R H Sin,
339:To all who want to accomplish something I say, Go into the silence regularly for power and wisdom to accomplish. ~ Elizabeth Towne,
340:A sad soul needs an infinite horizon which can throw all his sorrow into the silence of the eternal emptiness! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
341:Music is pleasant not only because of the sound of many voices,
but because of the silence that is in it.
~ Karen Russell,
342:Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. ~ Elisabeth K bler Ross,
343:We just sat there on the sofa and looked at each other, a kind of unspoken mutual understanding filling the silence. ~ Cally Taylor,
344:Clarity emerges from silence, not meetings. You need the silence so you have something worth saying in the meetings. ~ Matthew Kelly,
345:Imperious and yet forlorn,
Came through the silence of the trees,
The echoes of a golden horn,
Calling to distances. ~ Saki,
346:In the beginning was the word. It was only afterwards that the Silence came.
The end itself has disappeared... ~ Jean Baudrillard,
347:In the silence of listening, you can know yourself in everyone, the unseen singing softly to itself and to you. ~ Rachel Naomi Remen,
348:Sometimes the silence of God is simply Him waiting for us to accept what we already know to know right and true. ~ Jamie Arpin Ricci,
349:The silence inside of you is the sound of your knowledge collapsing. Remember, it is you who said, 'I want to be free.' ~ Adyashanti,
350:The world soffers a lot. Not because the violence of bad people. But because of the silence of the good people. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte,
351:The world suffers a lot. Not because the violence of bad people. But because of the silence of the good people. ~ Napol on Bonaparte,
352:To break the silence the old man said the first thing that came to his mind: "Loneliness is a type of violence. ~ Jonathan Messinger,
353:When you walk, cherish the silence. Let your mind wander. The child within picks up crayons & begins to write. ~ Mark Rubinstein,
354:If anyone wants to pray, he should do it in the silence of the church and not carry on like people at a county fair. ~ Oliver P tzsch,
355:The silence was deafening, pressing more heavily on Hollyleaf’s ears than the stones that pinned her to the cold floor. ~ Erin Hunter,
356:A few times in my life I've had moments of clarity where the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel rather than think. ~ Tom Ford,
357:And so the argument was begun, progressing more in the silences than in the speeches, like a chess game played by mail. ~ Stephen King,
358:It wasn't a dance, but the complete absence of noise and movement, the silence, that brought me in contact with myself. ~ Paulo Coelho,
359:Stars open among the lilies. Are you not blinded by such expressionless sirens? This is the silence of astounded souls. ~ Sylvia Plath,
360:The silence after a felled tree has fallen is like the silence immediately after a death. The same sense of culmination. ~ John Berger,
361:The silence of the three of them had made a little kernel of sense in a world of boasting, self-excuse and rhetoric. ~ Thornton Wilder,
362:When you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you. ~ Stephen Richards,
363:You can't fool a child. She would sense the lack of warmth between us, feel the resentment, and hear the silences . . . ~ Lynne Graham,
364:And this manifest atheist, for whom God is “the silence of the universe and man the cry that gives meaning to that silence, ~ Anonymous,
365:Is not the beautiful moon, that inspires poets, the same moon which angers the silence of the sea with a terrible roar? ~ Khalil Gibran,
366:Of all silences I had encountered this was the gravest and most inevitable: not the silence of secrets, but of knowing. ~ Emmi It ranta,
367:The ultimate tragedy of Birmingham was not the brutality of the bad people, but the silence of the good people. ~ Martin Luther King Jr,
368:You’re thankful for the kind things people say, you forgive the dumb things, but you’re crushed by the silence. ~ Nora McInerny Purmort,
369:Essay on tragedy.
(1) The silence of Prometheus.
(2) The Elizabethans.
(3) Moliere.
(4) The spirit of revolt. ~ Albert Camus,
370:Maud had seen a drunk hit a woman; the hissing violence of it, the suddenness of the action, the silence of the blow. ~ Imogen Robertson,
371:the silence of half a hundred cats is a peculiar thing, like fifty individual silences all piled one on top of another. ~ Susanna Clarke,
372:The silence rings—it is musical & thrills me. A night in which the silence was audible—I hear the unspeakable. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
373:It is not until you find yourself lost in the silence that you will learn to let go because everyone has let go of you. ~ Shannon L Alder,
374:No hables al menos que puedas mejorar el silencio. (Don’t speak unless you can improve on the silence.) —Jorge Luis Borges ~ Guy Kawasaki,
375:The silence of a flower: a kind of silence which we continually evade, of which we find only the shadow in dreams. ~ Vicki Lewis Thompson,
376:He found his voice in the silences, where he could sing as loud and as long as he wanted with no one to complain of it. ~ Geraldine Brooks,
377:It is quiet, and when the belling tower strikes the late hour, it doesn’t break the silence so much as it underpins it. ~ Patrick Rothfuss,
378:The only other style of music that attempts to go to the deeper place of the silence that is music is New Age music. ~ John Michael Talbot,
379:The silence was gone now, and the night was filled with voices—a chirp, a growl, a twitter—a burst of high-pitched laughter. ~ Lois Duncan,
380:Dead, blank, empty air surrounded me, like the moment after the fridge stops humming and you think the silence is a new sound. ~ Mike Carey,
381:Independent media can go to where the silence is and break the sound barrier, doing what the corporate networks refuse to do. ~ Amy Goodman,
382:My voice cut into the silence. The words hung there, searing themselves on the little room long after the sound had died away. ~ Jojo Moyes,
383:Peter Townsend Music is the silence between the notes.. So could it be said that dance is the stillness between the steps? ~ Claude Debussy,
384:They waited. Reiko let the silence and the sounds fill her. Having thought, I have acted, she thought. Let the arrow fly. In ~ S M Stirling,
385:And while his fingers explored, his eyes stayed on mine, filling the silence, and in them I saw the piece of me that he took. ~ Kate Stewart,
386:Each time a dancer moves devoutly or a composer faithfully searches the silence for the veiled melodies, eternity is engaged. ~ Maya Angelou,
387:Silence is a giver; it gives some things to you! Noise is a taker; it takes some things from you! Seek for the silence! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
388:The crickets, too, respect the silence. Their calls are like careful stitches in its fabric, almost too small to be seen. ~ Patrick Rothfuss,
389:the silence behind her was closing and thickening, and becoming coloured, like water into which a brilliant dye is being poured ~ Joan Aiken,
390:Time does not heal all wounds; if a man is not careful, time erases wounds. Then what is he left with? The cold and the silence. ~ Doug Rice,
391:Embrace the shadows. . . .Breathe the silence. . . . Be ordinary, be invisible. . . . Mark the man. . . . Know every out. . . . ~ Brent Weeks,
392:must leave the busy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart. The ~ Elizabeth Gilbert,
393:Shine   She makes music In the silence Feels it shine In the still Wakes the muse In the night Wanders free The pseudonym. ~ Vickie Johnstone,
394:I waited. I had discovered that, sometimes, if you held on to the silence, people couldn’t stop themselves from filling it up. ~ Joanna Cannon,
395:Perhaps the Wilderness we fear is the pause between our own heartbeats, the silence that reminds us we live by grace. ~ Terry Tempest Williams,
396:The flickering candlelight conspired with the silence, and we only interrupted each other’s reading to share a casual delight. ~ Keith Donohue,
397:There is no sound more annoying than the chatter of a child, and none more sad than the silence they leave when they are gone. ~ Mark Lawrence,
398:The silence is the worst part of any fight, because it's made up of all the things we wish we could say, if only we had the guts. ~ Pete Wentz,
399:The silence of a friend commonly amounts to treachery. His not daring to say anything in our behalf implies a tacit censure. ~ William Hazlitt,
400:The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. ~ Martin Luther King Jr,
401:After a few months without writing, months I've lived turned outward... I fear going deaf, not being able to hear the silence. ~ Isabel Allende,
402:It was nice, though, riding with my father. It was like the silence connected us in a way that explanations never could. ~ Wendelin Van Draanen,
403:May we all grow in grace and peace and not neglect the silence that is printed in the center of our being. It will not fail us. ~ Thomas Merton,
404:The silence stretches between us. Words aren’t so easy to come by, after his admission. It takes him a while to dig some up. ~ Courtney Summers,
405:Though there was only a heartbeat’s pause, I was aware that Isabel had gone silent in a way that shouted the silence to me. ~ Maggie Stiefvater,
406:what I remember is the silence in spite of the noise. In my head it might just as well have been a snowy day in the country. ~ Douglas Coupland,
407:What Lily craved was the darkness made by enfolding arms, the silence which is not solitude, but compassion holding its breath. ~ Edith Wharton,
408:One moment of unwelcomed silence is more disheartening than a lifetime of incessant screams.

And the silence deafens me. ~ Scott Hildreth,
409:We stumble on, thinks Jaslyn, bring a little noise into the silence, find in others the ongoing of ourselves. It is almost enough. ~ Colum McCann,
410:You do not command me. The silence went on and on, painful and breathless, like a singer overreaching to finish a phrase. Then, ~ Madeline Miller,
411:You know,” said Jehangir, breaking the silence, “it's only Muslims who use the term 'innovation' to mean something bad. ~ Michael Muhammad Knight,
412:Growing up, his father had used silence rather than speech to educate him, and words were merely the punctuation between the silences. ~ Liu Cixin,
413:History is written by the victors, the strongest, the most determined. Truth is found most often in the silence, in the quiet places. ~ Kate Mosse,
414:One might say I have decided to marry the silence of the forest. The sweet dark warmth of the whole world will have to be my wife. ~ Thomas Merton,
415:Thats when you know youve found somebody special. When you can just shut the f**k up for a minute and comfortably enjoy the silence. ~ Uma Thurman,
416:Walking along in the silence, he had no regrets. If he died tomorrow, it would be because God was not willing to change the future. ~ Paulo Coelho,
417:what I remember is the silence in spite of the noise. In my head it
might just as well have been a snowy day in the country. ~ Douglas Coupland,
418:As in music, when we hear the crescendo building, suddenly if the music stops, we begin to hear the silence as part of the music. ~ Ch gyam Trungpa,
419:As in music, when we hear the crescendo building, suddenly if the music stops, we begin to hear the silence as part of the music. ~ Chogyam Trungpa,
420:Did he touch you? Hurt you?" Jeb whispers in the silence.
"No. He was a gentleman."
Jeb frowns. "You mean a gentleroach . ~ A G Howard,
421:Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly. —Pablo Neruda “Jedediah Craig. It’s a pleasure ~ Ellery Adams,
422:Religion seems to have always offered us that false duality ... the silences of infinite space or the cozy comfort of inner certainty. ~ Dan Simmons,
423:She listens closely to the silence as though the sounds just beneath the surface are awaiting to release the significance of a moment. ~ Truth Devour,
424:The silence became palpable and merciless in its depths. The only sound came from my car’s radio. The Temptations towed me to tears. ~ Billy O Connor,
425:They were all watching me with open concern and curiosity; the only sound breaking the silence was Sandra munching on potato chips. “I’m ~ Penny Reid,
426:Where am I, I don't know, I'll never know, in the silence, in the silence you don't know, you must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on. ~ Samuel Beckett,
427:In the silence of night I have often wished for just a few words of love from one man, rather than the applause of thousands of people. ~ Judy Garland,
428:I thought of Phuong just because of her complete absence. So it always is: when you escape to a desert the silence shouts in your ear. ~ Graham Greene,
429:There is nothing, she would think, more delicious that the icing of bought chocolate cake, eaten in the silence and privacy of the night. ~ Fay Weldon,
430:The silence was unbearable to him. If the pictures could have reflected the feelings inside him, they would have been screaming in pain. ~ J K Rowling,
431:But with exquisite breathing you smile, with satisfaction of love, And I touch you again as you tick in the silence and settle in sleep. ~ Karl Shapiro,
432:He was too busy listening to her hum, her singing blocking out the silence of winter, distracting him from the tearing of his own flesh. ~ Ania Ahlborn,
433:I’ll tell you now. That silence almost beat me. It’s the silence that scares me. It’s the blank page on which I can write my own fears. ~ Mark Lawrence,
434:In the silence, Leni wondered if one person could ever really save another, or if it was the kind of thing you had to do for yourself. ~ Kristin Hannah,
435:In the silence of the Cross, the uproar of weapons ceases and the language of reconciliation, forgiveness, dialogue and peace is spoken. ~ Pope Francis,
436:The monotonous mechanical drone is swallowed up in the silence of the room, like a vivid dream ripped out by the hand of nothingness. ~ Haruki Murakami,
437:We know the many noises and the many uglinesses of the universe and that’s why we take refuge to the silences and to the beauties! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
438:Eddie who breaks the silence. “How much do you think It knows about what we’re doing now? ” he asks. “It was here, wasn’t It? ” Ben says. ~ Stephen King,
439:I'm going to get a pair of wire-snips, and I've also started a new campaign to have blank CDs on jukeboxes so you can play the silence. ~ Billy Childish,
440:The silence of earth seemed to melt into the silence of the heavens. The mystery of earth was one with the mystery of the stars ... ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky,
441:Truth wanders everywhere, but especially and frequently, it wanders in the silence. To meet with it, you wander in the silence too. ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
442:But my mind was still on that front porch, welcoming the silence, the contentment, the exquisite pleasure of a quiet, love-filled life. ~ Lauren K Denton,
443:Mr Hawkins said nothing; the Hawkins' domestic affairs were arranged upon the principle that Fanny supplied the talk and he the silence. ~ Susanna Clarke,
444:Observe the silence between your thoughts, actions, reactions, and you will feel the presence of spirit in the stillness of those spaces. ~ Deepak Chopra,
445:Our love for the Lord can be the same in the silence and the storm, in the winning and the losing, and in the abundance and the lack. ~ Alisa Hope Wagner,
446:The silence grew deeper, so deep that if you listened carefully you might very well catch the sound of the earth revolving on its axis. ~ Haruki Murakami,
447:The silence of the chatterer and the chatter of the silent man scare us because we expect everything behave according to its nature! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
448:I found I had less and less to say, until finally, I became silent, and began to listen. I discovered in the silence, the voice of God ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
449:There is no shame in confusion or fear. "There was only shame in the silence fear had produced. . . . It was the silence that betrayed us." ~ Barack Obama,
450:There was no darkness so profound as the simple daylight they left me in, nor any noise so soul-cracking as the silence left when they departed. ~ Various,
451:In an artistic sense, he wasn’t inspiration for a song; he was the silence in between the words. A gorgeous note followed by a poignant pause. ~ Lane Hayes,
452:Midori responded with a long, long silence—the silence of all the misty rain in the world falling on all the new-mown lawns of the world. ~ Haruki Murakami,
453:Sometimes there aren't words. The silence between us is flung wide as an ocean. But I manage to reach across it, to wrap my arms around him. ~ Jodi Picoult,
454:The silence was more profound than that of midnight; and to me the silence of a summer morning is more touching than all other silence. ~ Thomas de Quincey,
455:Beyond fugitive Time reigns in the silence the kingdom of the Permanent. O happy he who conquers here and penetrates into the country of peace! ~ Udanavarga,
456:Falling in love is like submerging beneath the ocean with a submarine; you leave the outside world and wander in the silence of dimness. ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
457:He whispered, breaking the silence because he could no longer bear it, daring to make a noise because a whisper was better than a scream ~ Christopher Golden,
458:The desire to break the silence with constant human noise is, I believe, precisely an avoidance of the sacred terror of that divine encounter. ~ Matsuo Basho,
459:the echoes were uncanny, and the silence seemed to dislike being broken—except by the noise of water and the wail of wind and the crack of stone. ~ Anonymous,
460:The desire to break the silence with constant human noise is, I believe, precisely an avoidance of the sacred terror of that divine encounter. ~ Sara Maitland,
461:The silence was terrible then, as tense as a bridge about to break, a tower to fall; unedurable in its emotion, its truth bursting to be spoken. ~ John Fowles,
462:I don’t pretend to know much about love, but that’s how great love comes to an end, not in the flames of passion, but in the silence of regret. ~ Joanne Harris,
463:i've been wonderimg why the lonely ones make the most beautiful music and i thimk its because theyre the ones most invested in filling the silence. ~ Jomny Sun,
464:Bird leaves the land to enjoy the freedom; man leaves his thoughts to enjoy the silence. Meditation is man’s flying to the land of silence. ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
465:Do you want to change the world? Then change yourself first. Do you want to change yourself? Then remain completely silent inside the silence-sea. ~ Sri Chinmoy,
466:I’ll leave the way of words to walk the wood I’ll be the forest’s man, and greet the sun, And feel the silence blossom on my tongue like language. ~ Neil Gaiman,
467:Inside it he inscribed a few lines of poetry, portraying us as the gypsy and the fool, one creating silence; one listening closely to the silence. ~ Patti Smith,
468:My thoughts are quiet, but not calm. There is a terror on the edge of the silence, a terror fed by my burning flesh and the stench of death. ~ Christine Fonseca,
469:There is something about the wind... even though it can't be seen it brushes against our soul and we know it is there even during the silence. ~ Shannon L Alder,
470:Find a secret place and be unreachable! And then, in the silence of solitude, the things you cannot reach in the crowds will meet you there! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
471:I don’t pretend to know much about love, but that’s how great loves come to an end, not in the flames of passion, but in the silence of regret. ~ Joanne M Harris,
472:If you cannot bear the silence and the darkness, do not go there; if you dislike black night and yawning chasms, never make them your profession. ~ Loren Eiseley,
473:In the silence between your heartbeat bides a summons. Do you hear it? Name it if you must, or leave it forever nameless, but why pretend it is not there? ~ Rumi,
474:The night seemed suddenly defiled by the absence of music, as if the silence itself was injecting a sickness that only another song could cure. ~ Jake Vander Ark,
475:The silence of the victims of the past imposes a duty on the present to recover their voices, and we are most free when we willingly take up that duty. ~ Ken Liu,
476:What cannot be accomplished by threats can often be achieved by composure. Sit and stare and let your opponent fill the silence with his own demons. ~ Rich Cohen,
477:He has become a worm. That is what I am telling you." "I don't suppose it would be possible," said Henry into the silence, "to, er, step on him? ~ Cassandra Clare,
478:One knows, when all one’s life one has walked in dangerous places, when the silence is that of ambush and when the silence is that of emptiness. ~ Dorothy Dunnett,
479:The silence wasn't uncomfortable or hostile but exhausted--the quiet of people who have a great deal to think about but not a hell of a lot to say. ~ Stephen King,
480:Even for a moment do not think that you are the body. Give yourself no name, no shape. In the darkness and the silence reality is found. ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj,
481:I believe that the silence of God, the absolute speechlessness of Him is a long, long and awful thing that the whole world is lost because of. ~ Tennessee Williams,
482:I felt I was standing on a stage many hours after the dance had ended, when the silence lay as heavily upon the empty theater as a blanket of snow. ~ Arthur Golden,
483:I’m not like her. I don’t steal people.”

Mr. Tibbalt watched her, saying nothing.

The silence made Victoria bristle. “Well, I don’t. ~ Claire Legrand,
484:The silences between us would've been better if they were colored with sadness or regret, but it was worse - I could hear how happy he was to be gone. ~ Emma Cline,
485:I believe that the silence of God, the absolute speechlessness of Him is a long, long, and awful thing that the whole world is lost because of. ~ Tennessee Williams,
486:It would be a humanity that demonstrated understanding or compassion or forgiveness or anything save the silence that now stretched between them. ~ Elizabeth George,
487:She looked like someone who was used to having other people wait on her. I wonder what that's like, to never have to worry about filling the silence. ~ Melissa Bank,
488:Silence was a thing entrusted to the animals, the girl thought. Many things that human words have harmed are restored again by the silence of animals ~ Joy Williams,
489:»All that evil needs to triumph is the silence of good men« (»Alles, was das Böse braucht, um zu triumphieren, ist das Schweigen der guten Menschen«). ~ Jean Ziegler,
490:As the music played over the speakers and the waterfall in the pool filled the silence around us, I knew that, without a doubt, I had just been ruined. ~ Abbi Glines,
491:He has become a worm. That is what I am telling you."
"I don't suppose it would be possible," said Henry into the silence, "to, er, step on him? ~ Cassandra Clare,
492:But the face on the pillow, rosy in the firelight, is certainly that of Clarice Starling, and she sleeps deeply, sweetly, in the silence of the lambs. ~ Thomas Harris,
493:In the silence of consciousness I asked myself:
why did I reject my life? And I answer
Die Erde überwältigt mich:
the earth defeats me. ~ Louise Gl ck,
494:The sadness, the silence, the darkness, the loneliness... all of it held in a simple little moment. It was just so...
I don't know.
Just so much. ~ Kevin Brooks,
495:Listen to the silence of the earth while the lark sings! Have you ever observed the receptive attitude in which Nature seems to wait for sounds divine! ~ Marie Corelli,
496:Sometimes I wish that applause would come just a bit later, when it is so beautifully hushed that I feel like holding my breath in the silence of the end. ~ Emanuel Ax,
497:The silence had a depth to it, like the stillness after a bell has been struck and the echoes have died away, and one waits for what has been summoned. ~ Sofia Samatar,
498:At last, his voice ringing out over the silence, he said, “You are no son of mine.” Then he turned and walked away, his shoulders rounded with defeat. ~ Joanna Chambers,
499:"I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something gleams." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery,
500:The silence, she thought, was remarkable: a perfect, shimmering thing, and fragile. Like glass, if it shattered, it would never come back together again. ~ Laini Taylor,

--- IN CHAPTERS (in Dictionaries, in Quotes, in Chapters)


   10 Integral Yoga
   5 Occultism
   1 Philosophy

   35 Sri Aurobindo
   8 The Mother
   8 Satprem
   4 Aleister Crowley
   2 Sri Ramana Maharshi
   2 Nolini Kanta Gupta

   24 Savitri
   16 The Synthesis Of Yoga
   10 Collected Poems
   9 Letters On Yoga III
   8 The Life Divine
   8 Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness
   7 The Mothers Agenda
   7 Letters On Yoga II
   5 Liber ABA
   5 Essays On The Gita
   4 Words Of The Mother II
   3 Letters On Yoga I
   3 Essays Divine And Human
   2 The Mother With Letters On The Mother
   2 Talks With Sri Aurobindo
   2 Talks
   2 Knowledge of the Higher Worlds

01.01_-_The_Symbol_Dawn, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  And, scattered on sealed depths, her luminous smile
  Kindled to fire the Silence of the worlds.
  All grew a consecration and a rite.

01.02_-_The_Issue, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
    An ocean of untrembling virgin fire;
    The strength, the Silence of the gods were hers.
    In her he found a vastness like his own,

01.03_-_The_Yoga_of_the_King_The_Yoga_of_the_Souls_Release, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  A constant lodging in the Eternal's realm,
  A safety in the Silence and the Ray,
  A settlement in the Immutable.
  Bore earthward fragments of revealing thought
  Hewn from the Silence of the Ineffable.
  A Voice in the heart uttered the unspoken Name,

01.04_-_The_Secret_Knowledge, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  And, impassive to earth's din and startled cry,
  Return to the Silence of the hills of God;
  As lightning leaps, as thunder sweeps, they pass
  They hold no traffic with error and its reign;
  They are guardians of the Silence of the Truth,
  They are keepers of the immutable decree.
  Her force that moves, her powers that save and slay,
  Her Word that in the Silence speaks to our hearts,
  Her silence that transcends the summit Word,
  \t:The Absolute, the Perfect, the Alone
  Has called out of the Silence his mute Force
  Where she lay in the featureless and formless hush

01.05_-_The_Yoga_of_the_King_The_Yoga_of_the_Spirits_Freedom_and_Greatness, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
    In distance sank the crowded tramp of life.
    the Silence was his sole companion left.
    Impassive he lived immune from earthly hopes,
    His spirit mingles with eternity's heart
    And bears the Silence of the Infinite.
    \tIn a divine retreat from mortal thought,

02.05_-_The_Godheads_of_the_Little_Life, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  A mass phenomenon of visible shapes
  Supported by the Silence of the Void
  Appeared in the eternal Consciousness

02.06_-_The_Kingdoms_and_Godheads_of_the_Greater_Life, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  It calls to some highest Light beyond its reach,
  It can feel the Silence that absolves the soul;
  It feels a saviour touch, a ray divine:

02.12_-_The_Heavens_of_the_Ideal, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Above the parting of the roads of Time,
  Above the Silence and its thousandfold Word,
  In the immutable and inviolate Truth

02.13_-_In_the_Self_of_Mind, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  A seeing Self and potent Energy met;
  the Silence knew itself and thought took form:
  Self-made from the dual power creation rose.
  Nothing was asked nor wanted any more.
  There he could stay, the Self, the Silence won:
  His soul had peace, it knew the cosmic Whole.

02.14_-_The_World-Soul, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The spirit wandering from state to state
  Finds here the Silence of its starting-point
  In the formless force and the still fixity

03.02_-_The_Adoration_of_the_Divine_Mother, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The Presence he yearned for suddenly drew close.
  Across the Silence of the ultimate Calm,
  Out of a marvellous Transcendence' core,

03.04_-_The_Vision_and_the_Boon, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  But Aswapati's heart replied to her,
  A cry amid the Silence of the Vasts:
  "How shall I rest content with mortal days

04.01_-_The_Birth_and_Childhood_of_the_Flame, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Accomplishing the moon-orb of her grace,
  Self-guarded in the Silence of her strength
  Her solitary greatness was not less.

04.02_-_The_Growth_of_the_Flame, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  And though she drew their souls into her vast
  And surrounded with the Silence of her deeps
  And held as the great Mother holds her own,

04.04_-_The_Quest, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The rhythm of the intenser wordless Thought
  That gathers in the Silence behind life,
  And the low sweet inarticulate voice of earth

05.03_-_Satyavan_and_Savitri, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Against the vesper sky became a song
  Of evening to the Silence of my soul.
  In the Silence and murmur of that emerald world
  And the mutter of the priest-wind's sacred verse,

06.02_-_The_Way_of_Fate_and_the_Problem_of_Pain, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Or so it seemed: yet from the Silence rose
  One voice that questioned changeless destiny,
  All things come to its ear but nothing abides;
  All rose from the Silence, all goes back to its hush.
  Its too vast theme of a lonely mortal will
  Pacing the Silence of eternity.

07.03_-_The_Entry_into_the_Inner_Countries, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  There in the Silence few have ever reached,
  Thou shalt see the Fire burning on the bare stone

07.06_-_Nirvana_and_the_Discovery_of_the_All-Negating_Absolute, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  That it might sleep in some deep shadow of self
  Or fall silent in the Silence of the Unseen.
  Feelings and thoughts cried out for word and act
  But found no response in the Silenced brain:
  All was suppressed but nothing yet expunged;
  Even now her splendid being might flame back
  Out of the Silence and the nullity,
  A gleaming portion of the All-Wonderful,

08.03_-_Death_in_the_Forest, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Under the blue rifts of the forest sky,
  I have not gone into the Silences
  Of this great woodland that enringed my thoughts

09.01_-_Towards_the_Black_Void, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  But now the impulse of the Path was felt
  Moving from the Silence that supports the stars
  To touch the confines of the visible world.
  Still like a statue on its pedestal,
  Lone in the Silence and to vastness bared,
  Against midnight's dumb abysses piled in front

10.04_-_The_Dream_Twilight_of_the_Earthly_Real, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  He is the one infinite Person seeing his world;
  the Silence bears the Eternal's great dumb seal,
  His light inspires the eternal Word;
  Above the stretch and blaze of cosmic Sight,
  Above the Silence of the wordless Thought,
  Formless creator of immortal forms,
  Or the low calm utterance of infinity
  When it speaks to the Silence in the heart of sleep.

1.00_-_Gospel, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  Born in an orthodox brhmin family, Sri Ramakrishna knew the formalities of worship, its rites and rituals. The innumerable gods and goddesses of the Hindu religion are the human aspects of the indescribable and incomprehensible Spirit, as conceived by the finite human mind. They understand and appreciate human love and emotion, help men to realize their secular and spiritual ideals, and ultimately enable men to attain liberation from the miseries of phenomenal life. The Source of light, intelligence, wisdom, and strength is the One alone from whom comes the fulfilment of desire. Yet, as long as a man is bound by his human limitations, he cannot but worship God through human forms. He must use human symbols. Therefore Hinduism asks the devotees to look on God as the ideal father, the ideal mother, the ideal husband, the ideal son, or the ideal friend. But the name ultimately leads to the Nameless, the form to the Formless, the word to the Silence, the emotion to the serene realization of Peace in Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute. The gods gradually merge in the one God. But until that realization is achieved, the devotee cannot dissociate human factors from his worship.

1.01_-_How_is_Knowledge_Of_The_Higher_Worlds_Attained?, #Knowledge of the Higher Worlds, #Rudolf Steiner, #Theosophy
   p. 30
   less real than the every-day things which surround him. He begins to deal with his thoughts as with things in space, and the moment approaches when he begins to feel that which reveals itself in the silent inward thought-work to be much higher, much more real, than the things in space. He discovers that something living expresses itself in this thought-world. He sees that his thoughts do not merely harbor shadow-pictures, but that through them hidden beings speak to him. Out of the Silence, speech becomes audible to him. Formerly sound only reached him through his ear; now it resounds through his soul. An inner language, an inner word is revealed to him. This moment, when first experienced, is one of greatest rapture for the student. An inner light is shed over the whole external world, and a second life begins for him. Through his being there pours a divine stream from a world of divine rapture., #Isha Upanishad, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  from the confusions and sufferings of the world.
  But the highest goal of man is neither fulfilment in the movement as a separate individual nor in the Silence separated from
  the movement, but in the Uttama Purusha, the Lord, He who

1.02_-_The_Eternal_Law, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  personally recall (if you will excuse the digression) traveling to the Himalayas and enjoying a few wonderful days there in the company of a holy man, lost among the pines and the red laurels, with snow sparkling all around us between sky and valley. It was very beautiful,
  and I remember saying to myself how easy it is to have divine thoughts, or perhaps even visions, at that altitude, but what about in the valley below? I was not entirely wrong, although I later learned that one can act and work for the world in the Silence and stillness of one's own body. (A clinging illusion makes us confuse agitation with action.) Still, what remains of our divine moments once we are removed from our solitude and brought down to the plains? This is a mirage that Western enthusiasts of Hinduism should consider, for if we merely want to escape the world, a retreat in the Alps or the Yosemite Valley, or even a small whitewashed cell, would do just as well; the Pilgrimage to the Source12 has little, if nothing, to do with the Ganges or the Brahmaputra. What was India going to bring to Sri Aurobindo, then? Did she hold some secret relevant to action in life?
  Reading books on Hinduism, it would appear that it is a kind of spiritual paleontology interspersed with polysyllabic Sanskrit words,
  gods is also, at the same time, the country of a monolithic faith in Oneness: "One, He presides over all wombs and natures; Himself the womb of all." (Swetaswatara Upanishad V.5) But not everyone can at once merge with the Absolute; there are many degrees in the Ascent,
  and one who is ready to understand a little Lalita's childlike face and to bring her his incense and flowers may not be able to address the Eternal Mother in the Silence of his heart; still another may prefer to deny all forms and plunge into the contemplation of That which is formless. "Even as men come to Me, so I accept them. It is my path that men follow from all sides," says the Bhagavad Gita (IV,11). 14 As we see, there are so many ways of conceiving of God, in three or three million persons, that we should not dogmatize, lest we eliminate everything, finally leaving nothing but a Cartesian God, one and universal by virtue only of his narrowness. Perhaps we still confuse unity with uniformity. It was in the spirit of that tradition that Sri Aurobindo was soon to write: The perfection of the integral Yoga will come when each man is able to follow his own path of Yoga, pursuing the development of his own nature in its upsurging towards that which transcends the nature. For freedom is the final law and the last consummation.15
  Nor does an Indian ever ask: "Do you believe in God?" The question would seem to him as childish as: "Do you believe in CO2?"
  ourselves before Sekmeth in the Silence of Abydos on the Nile, or face to face with Kali behind the peristyle of Dakshineshwar, we do feel something; we suddenly gape before an unknown dimension, a "something" that leaves us a little stunned and speechless, which is not at all there in our Western art. There are no secrets in our cathedrals!
  Everything is there for every outer eye to see, all neat and tidy, open to the four winds; yet, there are many secrets. The intent here is not to weigh one form of art against the other that would be rather absurd

1.02_-_The_Stages_of_Initiation, #Knowledge of the Higher Worlds, #Rudolf Steiner, #Theosophy
   p. 94
   he has learned. These expressions, however, "oath" and "betray", are inappropriate and actually misleading. There is no question of an oath in the ordinary sense of the word, but rather of an experience that comes at this stage of development. The candidate learns how to apply the higher knowledge, how to place it at the service of humanity. He then begins really and truly to understand the world. It is not so much a question of withholding the higher truths, but far more of serving them in the right way and with the necessary tact. the Silence he is to keep refers to something quite different. He acquires this fine quality with regard to things he had previously spoken, and especially with regard to the manner in which they were spoken. He would be a poor initiate who did not place all the higher knowledge he had acquired at the service of humanity, as well and as far as this is possible. The only obstacle to giving information in these matters is the lack of understanding on the part of the recipients. It is true, of course, that the higher knowledge does not lend itself to promiscuous talk; but no one having reached the stage of development described above is actually forbidden
   p. 95

1.03_-_A_Sapphire_Tale, #Words Of Long Ago, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  Liane is an orphan, alone in life, but her great beauty and rare intelligence have attracted much passionate desire and sincere love. But in a dream she has seen a man, a man who seems, from his garments, to come from a distant land; and the sweet and serious gaze of the stranger has won the heart of the girl - now she can love no other. Since then she has been waiting and hoping; it is to be free to dream of the handsome face seen in the night that she is walking amid the solitude of the lofty woods.
  The dazzling sunlight cannot pierce the thick foliage; the Silence is hardly broken by the light rustle of the moss beneath the footsteps of the walking girl; all sleeps in the heavy drowse of the noonday heat; and yet she feels a vague unease, as if invisible beings were hiding in the thickets, watchful eyes peeping from behind trees.
  Suddenly a bird's song rings out clear and joyful; all uneasiness vanishes. Liane knows that the forest is friendly - if there are beings in the trees, they cannot wish her harm. She is seized by an emotion of great sweetness, all appears beautiful and good to her, and tears come to her eyes. Never has her hope been so ardent at the thought of the beloved stranger; it seems to her that the trees quivering in the breeze, the moss rustling beneath her feet, the bird renewing its melody - all speak to her of the One whom she awaits. At the idea that perhaps she is going to meet him she stops short, trembling, pressing her hands against her beating heart, her eyes closed to savour to the full the exquisite emotion; and now the sensation grows more and more intense until it is so precise that Liane opens her eyes, sure of a presence. Oh, wonder of wonders! He is there, he, he in truth as she has seen him in her dream ... more handsome than men usually are. - It was Meotha.

1.03_-_The_Two_Negations_2_-_The_Refusal_of_the_Ascetic, #The Life Divine, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  15:But this conscious Being which is the truth of the infinite supermind, is more than the universe and lives independently in Its own inexpressible infinity as well as in the cosmic harmonies. World lives by That; That does not live by the world. And as we can enter into the cosmic consciousness and be one with all cosmic existence, so we can enter into the world-transcending consciousness and become superior to all cosmic existence. And then arises the question which first occurred to us, whether this transcendence is necessarily also a rejection. What relation has this universe to the Beyond?
  16:For at the gates of the Transcendent stands that mere and perfect Spirit described in the Upanishads, luminous, pure, sustaining the world but inactive in it, without sinews of energy, without flaw of duality, without scar of division, unique, identical, free from all appearance of relation and of multiplicity, - the pure Self of the Adwaitins,3 the inactive Brahman, the transcendent Silence. And the mind when it passes those gates suddenly, without intermediate transitions, receives a sense of the unreality of the world and the sole reality of the Silence which is one of the most powerful and convincing experiences of which the human mind is capable. Here, in the perception of this pure Self or of the Non-Being behind it, we have the startingpoint for a second negation, - parallel at the other pole to the materialistic, but more complete, more final, more perilous in its effects on the individuals or collectivities that hear its potent call to the wilderness, - the refusal of the ascetic.
  17:It is this revolt of Spirit against Matter that for two thousand years, since Buddhism disturbed the balance of the old Aryan world, has dominated increasingly the Indian mind. Not that the sense of the cosmic illusion is the whole of Indian thought; there are other philosophical statements, other religious aspirations. Nor has some attempt at an adjustment between the two terms been wanting even from the most extreme philosophies. But all have lived in the shadow of the great Refusal and the final end of life for all is the garb of the ascetic. The general conception of existence has been permeated with the Buddhistic theory of the chain of Karma and with the consequent antinomy of bondage and liberation, bondage by birth, liberation by cessation from birth. Therefore all voices are joined in one great consensus that not in this world of the dualities can there be our kingdom of heaven, but beyond, whether in the joys of the eternal Vrindavan4 or the high beatitude of Brahmaloka,5 beyond all manifestations in some ineffable Nirvana6 or where all separate experience is lost in the featureless unity of the indefinable Existence. And through many centuries a great army of shining witnesses, saints and teachers, names sacred to Indian memory and dominant in Indian imagination, have borne always the same witness and swelled always the same lofty and distant appeal, - renunciation the sole path of knowledge, acceptation of physical life the act of the ignorant, cessation from birth the right use of human birth, the call of the Spirit, the recoil from Matter.

1.04_-_Reality_Omnipresent, #The Life Divine, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  3:In the light of this conception we can perceive the possibility of a divine life for man in the world which will at once justify Science by disclosing a living sense and intelligible aim for the cosmic and the terrestrial evolution and realise by the transfiguration of the human soul into the divine the great ideal dream of all high religions.
  4:But what then of that silent Self, inactive, pure, self-existent, self-enjoying, which presented itself to us as the abiding justification of the ascetic? Here also harmony and not irreconcilable opposition must be the illuminative truth. The silent and the active Brahman are not different, opposite and irreconcilable entities, the one denying, the other affirming a cosmic illusion; they are one Brahman in two aspects, positive and negative, and each is necessary to the other. It is out of this Silence that the Word which creates the worlds for ever proceeds; for the Word expresses that which is self-hidden in the Silence. It is an eternal passivity which makes possible the perfect freedom and omnipotence of an eternal divine activity in innumerable cosmic systems. For the becomings of that activity derive their energies and their illimitable potency of variation and harmony from the impartial support of the immutable Being, its consent to this infinite fecundity of its own dynamic Nature.
  5:Man, too, becomes perfect only when he has found within himself that absolute calm and passivity of the Brahman and supports by it with the same divine tolerance and the same divine bliss a free and inexhaustible activity. Those who have thus possessed the Calm within can perceive always welling out from its silence the perennial supply of the energies that work in the universe. It is not, therefore, the truth of the Silence to say that it is in its nature a rejection of the cosmic activity. The apparent incompatibility of the two states is an error of the limited Mind which, accustomed to trenchant oppositions of affirmation and denial and passing suddenly from one pole to the other, is unable to conceive of a comprehensive consciousness vast and strong enough to include both in a simultaneous embrace. the Silence does not reject the world; it sustains it. Or rather it supports with an equal impartiality the activity and the withdrawal from the activity and approves also the reconciliation by which the soul remains free and still even while it lends itself to all action.
  6:But, still, there is the absolute withdrawal, there is the NonBeing. Out of the Non-Being, says the ancient Scripture, Being appeared.2 Then into the Non-Being it must surely sink again. If the infinite indiscriminate Existence permits all possibilities of discrimination and multiple realisation, does not the NonBeing at least, as primal state and sole constant reality, negate and reject all possibility of a real universe? The Nihil of certain Buddhist schools would then be the true ascetic solution; the Self, like the ego, would be only an ideative formation by an illusory phenomenal consciousness.
  8:And when we say that out of Non-Being Being appeared, we perceive that we are speaking in terms of Time about that which is beyond Time. For what was that portentous date in the history of eternal Nothing on which Being was born out of it or when will come that other date equally formidable on which an unreal all will relapse into the perpetual void? Sat and Asat, if they have both to be affirmed, must be conceived as if they obtained simultaneously. They permit each other even though they refuse to mingle. Both, since we must speak in terms of Time, are eternal. And who shall persuade eternal Being that it does not really exist and only eternal Non-Being is? In such a negation of all experience how shall we find the solution that explains all experience?
  9:Pure Being is the affirmation by the Unknowable of Itself as the free base of all cosmic existence. We give the name of Non-Being to a contrary affirmation of Its freedom from all cosmic existence, - freedom, that is to say, from all positive terms of actual existence which consciousness in the universe can formulate to itself, even from the most abstract, even from the most transcendent. It does not deny them as a real expression of Itself, but It denies Its limitation by all expression or any expression whatsoever. The Non-Being permits the Being, even as the Silence permits the Activity. By this simultaneous negation and affirmation, not mutually destructive, but complementary to each other like all contraries, the simultaneous awareness of conscious Self-being as a reality and the Unknowable beyond as the same Reality becomes realisable to the awakened human soul. Thus was it possible for the Buddha to attain the state of Nirvana and yet act puissantly in the world, impersonal in his inner consciousness, in his action the most powerful personality that we know of as having lived and produced results upon earth.
  10:When we ponder on these things, we begin to perceive how feeble in their self-assertive violence and how confusing in their misleading distinctness are the words that we use. We begin also to perceive that the limitations we impose on the Brahman arise from a narrowness of experience in the individual mind which concentrates itself on one aspect of the Unknowable and proceeds forthwith to deny or disparage all the rest. We tend always to translate too rigidly what we can conceive or know of the Absolute into the terms of our own particular relativity. We affirm the One and Identical by passionately discriminating and asserting the egoism of our own opinions and partial experiences against the opinions and partial experiences of others. It is wiser to wait, to learn, to grow, and, since we are obliged for the sake of our self-perfection to speak of these things which no human speech can express, to search for the widest, the most flexible, the most catholic affirmation possible and found on it the largest and most comprehensive harmony.
  11:We recognise, then, that it is possible for the consciousness in the individual to enter into a state in which relative existence appears to be dissolved and even Self seems to be an inadequate conception. It is possible to pass into a Silence beyond the Silence. But this is not the whole of our ultimate experience, nor the single and all-excluding truth. For we find that this Nirvana, this self-extinction, while it gives an absolute peace and freedom to the soul within is yet consistent in practice with a desireless but effective action without. This possibility of an entire motionless impersonality and void Calm within doing outwardly the works of the eternal verities, Love, Truth and Righteousness, was perhaps the real gist of the Buddha's teaching, - this superiority to ego and to the chain of personal workings and to the identification with mutable form and idea, not the petty ideal of an escape from the trouble and suffering of the physical birth. In any case, as the perfect man would combine in himself the Silence and the activity, so also would the completely conscious soul reach back to the absolute freedom of the Non-Being without therefore losing its hold on Existence and the universe. It would thus reproduce in itself perpetually the eternal miracle of the divine Existence, in the universe, yet always beyond it and even, as it were, beyond itself. The opposite experience could only be a concentration of mentality in the individual upon Non-existence with the result of an oblivion and personal withdrawal from a cosmic activity still and always proceeding in the consciousness of the Eternal Being.
  12:Thus, after reconciling Spirit and Matter in the cosmic consciousness, we perceive the reconciliation, in the transcendental consciousness, of the final assertion of all and its negation. We discover that all affirmations are assertions of status or activity in the Unknowable; all the corresponding negations are assertions of Its freedom both from and in that status or activity. The Unknowable is Something to us supreme, wonderful and ineffable which continually formulates Itself to our consciousness and continually escapes from the formulation It has made. This it does not as some malicious spirit or freakish magician leading us from falsehood to greater falsehood and so to a final negation of all things, but as even here the Wise beyond our wisdom guiding us from reality to ever profounder and vaster reality until we find the profoundest and vastest of which we are capable. An omnipresent reality is the Brahman, not an omnipresent cause of persistent illusions.

1.04_-_Relationship_with_the_Divine, #Words Of The Mother II, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  None can say to the Divine, I have known Thee, and yet all carry Him in themselves, and in the Silence of their soul can hear the echo of the Divines voice.

1.04_-_The_Sacrifice_the_Triune_Path_and_the_Lord_of_the_Sacrifice, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  There is another basic realisation, the most extreme of all, that yet comes sometimes as the first decisive opening or an early turn of the Yoga. It is the awakening to an ineffable high transcendent Unknowable above myself and above this world in which I seem to move, a timeless and spaceless condition or entity which is at once, in some way compelling and convincing to an essential consciousness in me, the one thing that is to it overwhelmingly real. This experience is usually accompanied by an equally compelling sense either of the dreamlike or shadowy illusoriness of all things here or else of their temporary, derivative and only half-real character. For a time at least all around me may seem to be a moving of cinematographic shadow forms or surface figures and my own action may appear as a fluid formulation from some Source ungrasped as yet and perhaps unseizable above or outside me. To remain in this consciousness, to carry out this initiation or follow out this first suggestion of the character of things would be to proceed towards the goal of dissolution of self and world in the Unknowable, - Moksha,
  Nirvana. But this is not the only line of issue; it is possible, on the contrary, for me to wait till through the Silence of this timeless unfilled liberation I begin to enter into relations with that yet ungrasped Source of myself and my actions; then the void begins to fill, there emerges out of it or there rushes into it all the manifold Truth of the Divine, all the aspects and manifestations and many levels of a dynamic Infinite. At first this experience imposes on the mind and then on all our being an
  Overpowered and subjugated, stilled, liberated from itself, the mind accepts the Silence itself as the Supreme. But afterwards the seeker discovers that all is there for him contained or new-made in that silence or through it descends upon him from a greater concealed transcendent Existence. For this Transcendent, this
  Absolute is not a mere peace of signless emptiness; it has its own infinite contents and riches of which ours are debased and diminished values. If there were not that Source of all things, there could be no universe; all powers, all works and activities would be an illusion, all creation and manifestation would be impossible.

1.04_-_The_Silent_Mind, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  Emergence of a New Mode of Knowledge With the Silence of the mind comes another change, one that is very significant but more difficult to recognize because it sometimes extends over several years, and its signs are at first imperceptible. It could be called the emergence of a new mode of knowledge, and thus of a new mode of action.
  It is conceivable to maintain a silent mind when walking in a crowd, eating, dressing or resting, but how is it possible at work, at the office, for example, or while having a discussion with friends? We need to think, to call upon our memory, to look for ideas, to bring in a whole mental process. Experience shows, however, that this is not inevitable, that it is only the product of a long habit in which we have grown accustomed to depending on the mind for knowledge and action; but it is only a habit, and it can be changed. In essence, yoga is not so much a way of learning as a way of unlearning a mass of supposedly imperative habits we have inherited from our animal evolution.
  the seeker will gradually find he is open to all outside impacts; he receives everything; distances are unreal barriers no one is far away,
  a person's anger, or a brother's suffering. The seeker will need only to tune in to that place or person, in the Silence, to have a more or less exact perception of the situation, depending upon his own capacity for silence; for in this case, too, the mind jams everything, because it has desires, fears, prejudices, and anything it perceives is instantly distorted by this desire, that fear, or that prejudice (there are other causes of jamming, which we will discuss later). Therefore, it would seem that silencing the mind brings an expansion of consciousness,
  which becomes capable of projecting itself at will onto any point of the universal reality and learning there what it needs to know.

1.07_-_The_Psychic_Center, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  marvelously fresh and crystalline purity, as it exists irresistibly outside all the traps we set for it, outside all our ideas, feelings, and pronouncements, we must create a transparency within ourselves.
  Beethoven, the sea, or our churches were only instruments for achieving that transparency. Because it is always the same: the moment we are clear. Truth, vision, joy emerge spontaneously; it is all there without the least effort, because Truth is the most natural thing in the world; it's the rest that clouds everything the mind and vital with their unruly vibrations and erudite complications. All spiritual disciplines worthy of the name, all tapasya, must ultimately tend toward that completely natural point where no effort is necessary; for effort is yet another clouding, another layer of complication. So the seeker will not attempt to enter the muddle of the moral mind, or try the impossible task of sorting out good from evil in order to bring the psychic to light, for, actually, the purpose of good and evil is intimately linked to their mutual harmfulness. (My lover took away my robe of sin and I let it fall, rejoicing; then he plucked at my robe of virtue, but I was ashamed and alarmed and prevented him. It was not till he wrested it from me by force that I saw how my soul had been hidden from me79 .) He will simply try to let everything settle in the Silence, for silence is clean in itself; it is lustral water. "Do not try to wash off one by one the stains on the robe," a very ancient Chaldean tradition exhorts, "change it altogether." This is what Sri Aurobindo calls a change of consciousness. In that transparency, the old habits of the being will indeed quietly lose their hold, and we will feel a new poise of consciousness within ourselves not an intellectual poise, but a new center of gravity. At heart level, but deeper than the vital center of the heart (which covers and imitates the psychic), we will feel a region of concentration more intense than the others, as if they had all converged there; this is the psychic center. We had already felt the onset of a current of consciousness-force within us, taking on a life of its own, moving in the body, and becoming increasingly intense as it gradually freed itself from its mental and vital activities. Now,
  simultaneously something akin to a fire breaks out at the center

1.07_-_TRUTH, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  the Silence under windless trees is what Mallarm would call a creux nant musicien. But whereas the music for which the poet listened was merely aesthetic and imaginative, it was to pure Suchness that the self-naughted contemplative was laying herself open. Be still and know that I am God.

1.08_-_Independence_from_the_Physical, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  Consciousness is the only organ.92 It is what feels, sees, and hears.
  Sleep and hypnosis are simply very elementary means of removing the veil of the surface mind. And this makes sense: if we are full of the noise of our desires or fears, what else can we really see or hear except the innumerably reflected images of those same desires and fears? Just as the Silenced mind and quieted vital become universalized, the clarified physical universalizes itself spontaneously.
  We are only prisoners of ourselves; the whole world is waiting at our door, if only we would consent to pull aside the screen of our small constructions. To this capacity for expansion of the consciousness must naturally be added a capacity for concentration, so that the expanded consciousness may silently and quietly focus on the desired object, and become that object. But concentration and expansion are spontaneous consequences of inner silence. In inner silence, the consciousness sees.

1.08_-_The_Ladder, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  The Buach, the principle whose thought modifications are to be controlled, permitting Neschamah to pierce through the tranquillity thus caused, is not, as we have already pointed out, the highest power in man. It is only one particular function, one instrument of the Yechidah, by which it thinks, works, and experiences. As Blavatsky wrote in The Voice of the Silence : " The Mind is the great
  Slayer of the Real. Let the disciple slay the Slayer." The theory here is that the mind is but a mechanism for dealing symbolically with impressions, though its construction tempts one to take these impressions for Reality. Conscious thought, hence, is fundamentally false, preventing one from perceiving reality.
  Great Work. Three other weapons surround the oil, the
  Scourge which tortures him, the Dagger wounding him, and the Chain binding him to his one end. It is this self-dis- cipline which keeps his aspiration pure. Upon his head he wears a golden Crown, showing his lordship and divinity ; and a robe to symbolize glory and the Silence wherein the celestial marriage is consummated. On his breast, over his heart, he wears a Lamen which sums up his conception of the Great Work, and declares the nature of the particular work on hand.
   wrote in The Voice of the Silence : " Joy unto ye, O men of
  Myalba. A Pilgrim hath returned back from ' the other shore '. A New Arhan is born."

1.1.01_-_Seeking_the_Divine, #Letters On Yoga II, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  That other way is the concentration in the head, in the mental centre. This, if it brings about the Silence of the surface mind, opens up an inner, larger, deeper mind within which is more capable of receiving spiritual experience and spiritual knowledge. But once concentrated here one must open the silent mental consciousness upward to all that is above mind. After a time one feels the consciousness rising upward and in the end it rises beyond the lid which has so long kept it tied in the body and finds a centre above the head where it is liberated into the
  Infinite. There it begins to come into contact with the universal

1.1.01_-_The_Divine_and_Its_Aspects, #Letters On Yoga I, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
      When one follows after the impersonal Self, one is moving between two opposite principles - the Silence and purity of the impersonal inactive Atman and the activity of the ignorant Prakriti. One can pass into the Self, leaving the ignorant Nature or reducing it to silence. Or else, one can live in the peace and freedom of the Self and watch the action of Nature as a witness.
      Even one may put some sattwic control, by tapasya, over the action of the Prakriti; but the impersonal Self has no power to change or divinise the Nature. For that one has to go beyond the impersonal Self and seek after the Divine who is both personal and impersonal and beyond these two aspects. If, however, you practise living in the impersonal Self and can achieve a certain spiritual impersonality, then you grow in equality, purity, peace, detachment, you get the power of living in an inner freedom not touched by the surface movement or struggle of the mental, vital and physical nature, and this becomes a great help when you have to go beyond the impersonal and to change the troubled nature also into something divine.

11.01_-_The_Eternal_Day_The_Souls_Choice_and_the_Supreme_Consummation, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Things hidden by the Silence of the hours,
  The ideas that find no voice on living lips,
  Few are the Silences in which Truth is heard,
  Unveiling the timeless utterance in her deeps;
  Out of whose beat the throb of hearts was born."
  Breaking the Silence with appeal and cry
  A hymn of adoration tireless climbed,
  But where the Silence of the gods had passed,
  A greater harmony from the stillness born

1.1.03_-_Brahman, #Letters On Yoga I, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  There is no thought in the pure Impersonal, it is silent - but it is true that divine Truth can manifest in the background of the Silence. This is of course the truth of things up to the Overmind.

1.10_-_The_Three_Modes_of_Nature, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
   working of an impersonal cosmic or a transcendent Force. A cosmic Mind, Life, Substance must act, or a pure transcendent
  Self-Power and Bliss other than our own personal being or its building of Nature. This is a state of freedom which can come in the Yoga of works through renunciation of ego and desire and personal initiation and the surrender of the being to the cosmic Self or to the universal Shakti; it can come in the Yoga of knowledge by the cessation of thought, the Silence of the mind, the opening of the whole being to the cosmic Consciousness, to the cosmic Self, the cosmic Dynamis or to the supreme Reality; it can come in the Yoga of devotion by the surrender of the heart and the whole nature into the hands of the All-Blissful as the adored Master of our existence. But the culminating change intervenes by a more positive and dynamic transcendence: there is a transference or transmutation into a superior spiritual status, trigun.atta, in which we participate in a greater spiritual dynamisation; for the three lower unequal modes pass into an equal triune mode of eternal calm, light and force, the repose, kinesis, illumination of the divine Nature.

1.11_-_Oneness, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  Cosmic Consciousness Sri Aurobindo had lived for months in a sort of phantasmagoric and empty dream set against the sole background of the Transcendent's static Reality. Strangely enough, however, it is in the midst of this Void, and as if issuing from it, that the world burst forth again with a new face, as if each time everything had to be lost in order to be found again at a higher level: Overpowered and subjugated, stilled, liberated from itself, the mind accepts the Silence itself as the Supreme. But afterwards the seeker discovers that all is there for him contained or new-made . . . then the void begins to fill, there emerges out of it or there rushes into it all the manifold Truth of the Divine, all the aspects and manifestations and many levels of a dynamic Infinite. 129 When we have seen only a static Infinite, we have seen only one face of God,
  Whom we have excluded from this world (though a world we claim to be empty of God may be better than a world filled with a solemn and judgmental God), but once the Silence has washed away our solemnities, great and small, leaving us for a time filled with pure whiteness, we find the world and God together again at every level and in every point, as if they had never been separated except through an excess of materialism or spiritualism. It was in the Alipore courtyard, during the exercise period, that this new change of consciousness took place: I looked at the jail that secluded me from men and it was no longer by its high walls that I was imprisoned; no,
  it was Vasudeva130 who surrounded me. I walked under the branches of the tree in front of my cell, but it was not the tree, I knew it was Vasudeva, it was Sri Krishna131 whom I saw standing there and holding over me his shade. I looked at the bars of my cell, the very 128

1.11_-_The_Master_of_the_Work, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
     There is another greater step to be taken after the surrender of our instrumental ego to the Divine shakti. It is not enough to know her as the one Cosmic Force that moves us and all creatures on the planes of mind, life and Matter; for this is the lower Nature and, although the Divine Knowledge, Light, Power are there concealed and at work in the Ignorance and can break partly its veil and manifest something of their true character or descend from above and uplift these inferior workings, yet, even if we realise the One ill a spiritualised mind, a spiritualised life-movement, a spiritualised body-consciousness, an imperfection remains in the dynamic parts. There is a stumbling response to the Supreme Power, a veil over the face of the Divine, a constant mixture of the Ignorance. It is only when we open to the Divine shakti in the truth of her force which transcends this lower prakriti that we can be perfect instruments of her power and knowledge.
     Not only liberation but perfection must be the aim of the Karmayoga. The Divine works through our nature and according to our nature; if our nature is imperfect, the work also will be imperfect, mixed, inadequate. Even it may be marred by gross errors, falsehoods, moral weaknesses, diverting influences. The work of the Divine will be done in us even then, but according to our weakness, not according to the strength and purity of its source. If ours were not an integral Yoga, if we sought only the liberation of the self within us or the motionless existence of Purusha separated from prakriti, this dynamic imperfection might not matter. Calm, untroubled, not depressed, not elated, refusing to accept the perfection or imperfection, fault or merit, sin or virtue as ours, perceiving that it is the modes of Nature working in the field of her modes that make this mixture, we could withdraw into the Silence of the spirit and, pure, untouched, witness only the workings of prakriti. But in an integral realisation this can only be a step on the way, not our last resting-place. For we aim at the divine realisation not only in the immobility of the Spirit, but also in the movement of Nature. And this cannot be altogether until we can feel the presence and power of the Divine in every step, motion, figure of our activities, in every turn of our will, in every thought, feeling and impulse. No doubt, we can feel that in a sense even in the nature of the Ignorance, but it is the divine Power and Presence in a disguise, a diminution, an inferior figure. Ours is a greater demand, that our nature shall be a power of the Divine in the Truth of the Divine, in the Light, in the force of the eternal self-conscient Will, in the wideness of the sempiternal Knowledge.
     After the removal of the veil of ego, the removal of the veil of Nature and her inferior modes that govern our mind, life and body. As soon as the limits of the ego begin to fade, we see how that veil is constituted and detect the action of cosmic Nature in us, and in or behind cosmic Nature we sense the presence of the cosmic Self and the dynamisms of the world-pervading Ishwara. The Master of the instrument stands behind all this working, and even within the working there is his touch and the drive of a great guiding or disposing Influence. It is no longer ego or ego-force that we serve; we obey the World-Master and his evolutionary impulse. At each step we say in the language of the Sanskrit verse, "Even as I am appointed by Thee seated in my heart, so, 0 Lord, I act." But still this action may be of two very different kinds, one only illumined, the other transformed and uplifted into a greater supernature. For we may keep on in the way of action upheld and followed by our nature when by her and her illusion of egoism we were "turned as if mounted on a machine," but now with a perfect understanding of the mechanism and its utilisation for his world purposes by the Master of works whom we feel behind it. This is indeed as far as even many great Yogis have reached on the levels of spiritualised mind; but it need not be so always, for there is a greater supramental possibility. It is possible to rise beyond spiritualised mind and to act spontaneously in the living presence of the original divine Truth-Force of the Supreme Mother Our motion one with her motion and merged in it, our will one with her will, our energy absolved

1.1.2_-_Commentary, #Kena and Other Upanishads, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  will learn to respond and not to the touches of outward things.
  the Silence which has fallen on them and which is now their
  foundation and status will become their knowledge of the eternal

1.12_-_The_Divine_Work, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  the whole by its mere presence, even the inertia of the clod, even
  the Silence of the immobile Buddha on the verge of Nirvana.
  There is the question only of the manner of the action, the

1.12_-_The_Superconscient, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  The intuitive mind differs from the illumined mind by its clear transparency. It is quicksilver, skipping barefoot from rock to rock.
  Unlike the higher mind, it is not hampered by the mental orthopedic braces that shackle us to the ground, as if knowledge forever depended upon the ponderous volume of our reflections. Knowledge is a flash bursting forth from the Silence. It is right there, not really higher or deeper, but just before our eyes, waiting for us to become a little clear.

1.14_-_The_Principle_of_Divine_Works, #Essays On The Gita, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Therefore the quietistic tendency in man must be got to recognise its own incompleteness and admit on an equality with itself the truth which lies behind the kinetic tendency, - the fulfilment of God in man and the presence of the Divine in all the action of the human race. God is there not only in the Silence, but in the action; the quietism of the impassive soul unaffected by Nature and the kinetism of the soul giving itself to Nature so that the great world-sacrifice, the Purusha-Yajna, may be

1.15_-_The_Possibility_and_Purpose_of_Avatarhood, #Essays On The Gita, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
   the divine consciousness the creator of the fourfold Law and the doer of the works of the world and at the same time in the Silence of the divine consciousness the impartial witness of the works of his own Nature, - for he is always, beyond both the Silence and the action, the supreme Purushottama. And the Gita is able to meet all these oppositions and to reconcile all these contraries because it starts from the Vedantic view of existence, of God and the universe.

1.15_-_The_Supramental_Consciousness, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  as it were, a mere second before things come into existence; they are not there, and yet they are all there, like a song as yet unsung. One feels extraordinarily safe and at home in this Silence (or outside it?). It is a first reflection of the Transcendent. One more step, and one would simply slide into Nirvana. Nothing exists except this Silence. But in the Supermind there is no more "threshold" to cross, no more going from one state to another, from Silence to turmoil, inside to outside,
  Divine to undivine; both states are fused together in a single experience: the Silence that is outside everything and the Becoming that flows everywhere. One does not cancel out the other; one cannot even be without the other. For if the supreme Silence could not contain the opposite of Silence, it would not be infinite. If the Silence could not be totally free and outside that which seems its opposite,
  then it would be the prisoner of its opposite. God's kingdom is of this world, and it is not of this world. The whole secret is to join the two experiences into one, the infinite into the finite, the timeless into the temporal and the transcendent into the immanent. Then one knows Peace in action and Joy in every way.
  Spontaneity is the particular mark of the Supermind: spontaneity of life, spontaneity of knowledge, spontaneity of power. In ordinary life,
  we try to know what is good or right, and once we think we have found it, we somehow try to implement our thought. The supramental consciousness, on the contrary, does not try to know or to decipher what it must do or not do; it is perfectly silent and still, living each second of time spontaneously, unconcerned by the future; then at each second, the exact required knowledge falls like a droplet of light in the Silence of the consciousness: "This has to be done, that has to be said,
  or seen, or understood." Supramental Thought is an arrow from the Light, not a bridge to reach it.287 "In the level of wideness they meet together and know perfectly," says the Rig Veda (VII.76.5). And every time a thought or a vision flashes by the consciousness, it is no speculation about the future, but an instant action:

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