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The Eloquent Sound of Silence

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The Eloquent Sound of Silence by Herminne Tonita -

Everyone of us knows the sensation of going up, on retreat, to a high place and feeling ourselves so lifted up by that we can hardly imagine he circumstances of our usual lives, or all he things that make us fret. In such a place, in such a state, we start to recite the standard words: that silence is sunshine, where company is clouds, that silence is rapture, where company is doubt; that silence is golden, where company is brass.

But silence is not so easily won. "All profound things and emotions of things are preceded and attended by silence", wrote Herman Melville. And in Billy Budd he showed that silence is only as worthy as what we can bring back from it.

We have to earn silence, then to work for it: to make it not an absence but a presence; not emptiness but repletion. Silence is more than just a pause: it is that enchanted place where space is cleared and time stopped. In silence, we might better say, we can hear someone else think. For silence is responsiveness and in silence we can listen to something behind the world. It is not coincidence that places of worship are places of silence: if idleness is the devil's playground, silence may be the angels'.

Silence is the tribute we pay to holiness. A moment of silence is the highest honor we pay to someone. It is the point at which the mind stops and something else takes over. A wow of silence is for holly men the highest devotional act. It often seems that the world is going noisier these days: in Japan cars and buses have voices, doors and elevators speak.

There is also a place for noise, as there is for daily lives. There is a place for roaring, for the shouting exultation, of a football match, for hymns and spoken prayers, for orchestras and cries of pleasure. Silence, like all the best things is best appreciated in its absence. If noise is the signature tune of the world, silence is the music of the other world, the closest thing we know to the harmony of the spheres. But the greatest charm of noise is when it ceases. In silence, suddenly, it seems as if all the windows of the world are thrown open and everything is as clear as the on a morning after rain. Silence, ideally, hums. It charges the air.

Silence could be said to be the ultimate providence of trust. It is the place where we trust ourselves to be alone: where we trust others to understand the things we do not say. In love ewe are speechless; in awe, we say, words fail us.
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Date Added: 04 May '07


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