“Silence is power”. ˜African Proverb
“Silence is the language of the real”. ˜ Nagarjuna, Buddhist philosopher
“There is an unspoken language. It comes from the silence
and can’t be heard by the ears, only by the heart”. ˜Baba Hari Dass
We all talk too much. And yet, in silence we continue to communicate volumes to each other. I would argue that what we speak in silence is truth, the rest is just moonshine! (I think I found this quote somewhere). Sometimes I think we are all just searching for opportunities to be in silence together. To not have to speak. To untie the tangles. To offer the presence of silence and a relatively uncluttered mind is a great gift to give another. Yoga class is a good start. To spend a couple of hours remembering to “inhale, exhale, inhale” is as potent a cure for a tangled mind as any I know.
This makes me think of the Chackai Vaidya. “Vaidya” is a doctor of Ayurveda in the “Chackai” district of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. My first trip to see the Chackai Vaidya was in early 2007 (there have been many trips since). He speaks only Malayalam, so a translator is required (or, perhaps not!). I had Surendran (the South Indian Clint Eastwood) to translate. The Chackai Vaidya is as old as the hills; white hair, luminous eyes, wearing a simple undershirt. He doesn’t actually look at you; it seems he’s gazing just above your head, or just to the right of your head. I’m not sure that he is actually listening to what Clint Eastwood has to say either. He doesn’t touch you, or take your pulse, or ask any questions. He’s reading you however, from a completely different place. He said, “You are fine. You know that. I will give you some medicine, but to you it is not medicine, it is like food.” Then later he added that it is important not to eat food cooked in aluminum pots, since “this is the main cause of ovarian cancer”. In subsequent visits I have decided that I just like to be in his presence, with his eyes not looking at me, but to feel understood, and I have dispensed with the translator, for the most part.
The Chinese have a proverb, “Talk does not cook rice”. Indeed.