27 of 31 Questions for Reflection. Today’s question is inspired by reading Dṛg Dṛsya Viveka: An Inquiry Into the Seer and the Seen alongside reading Georg Feurstein’s The Deeper Dimension of Yoga.
What questions arise when I focus on “silence” as an object of Vedanta meditation?
When silence is a sacred expression and a sacred experience, our minds dissolve, and our beings meet. I like this wonderful exercise that my teacher, Krishna Kaur encouraged in me. Now and then, make a one-day vow of silence. For one entire period of twenty-four hours, press the tongue gently to the roof of the mouth, and let it sit there all day. Smile at your family members. The assumption is that you have prepared them for your Day of Silence by letting them know ahead of time. Practice this one day at a time, then maybe increase it to two days. A three-day Silence Retreat is so invigorating, and it is free of charge! You’ll notice the world as you hadn’t notice it before.
The word mauna in Sanskrit is sacred silence. There are sages called munis who vow not to speak. This allows them to refine their presence so that when they are next to you, you may feel directly connected to Brahman. Pure being, consciousness and bliss has a silent presence. As Georg Feurstein writes, “sacred silence leads us to and beyond the lustrous ‘golden orb’ in the nucleus of our own being.”
Meditating on sacred silence, a Jnana yogi might ask: “Wow, realizing Being Consciousness Bliss is so ‘easy-breezy-lemon-squeezy!’ When mothering teen daughters presents its challenges, can I enlist the help of Muni Mama? Surely her message will be received? Why worry?”