Himalayan Silence-2

Stilling the mind is one of the greatest skills for only a quiet mind can hear the song of silence. Restless minds become ruminators or brooders. A calm one, however, dances to the divine tune of silence. It is not necessary that we have to constantly be doing something important in life. Simply being aware in the present moment, being happy is just as significant.

A young monk asked his mentor, “Master, is it a sin to sleep with a woman in the same bed?”

“Not at all, dear,” he replied. “To stay awake with her might be. To sleep is okay.”

Life is playful and it is demanding. Don’t let it keep you up; learn to sleep with it if you want peace. Many a time, when you let yourself be and when you let life be, things just work out on their own. To drop your worries may not be easy, but it’s doable. You simplify your life and your burden eases itself, or, you learn to experience silence and life looks simplified. Either way, you win.

There is no burden in sleeping, when you are awake your desires rise to the brim like bubbles do in water. At that time, if you know the art of silence, just watch those beads of air and you will discover a beauty and rhythm that will melt your talkative mind. Even tidal oceans look peaceful then.

Let me close with the famous and beautiful, one of my all-time favorites, The Daffodils by William Wordsworth:

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine

and twinkle on the Milky Way,

They stretched in never-ending line

along the margin of a bay:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,

tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:

A poet could not but be gay,

in such a jocund company:

I gazed—and gazed—but little thought

what wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils.

If there’s one thing everyone must gift themselves in their lives, in my humble opinion, is a stint of Himalayan solitude. It is transformational. And until you can do that, just sit in any quiet corner, close your eyes and allow yourself to flow. No thoughts, no thinking, no reflection, just flow like a mountain stream, a gentle breeze, like the murmuring ganges. It’s only in that flow that you will discover the source of eternal happiness: silence of the mind.

Om Namah Shivay

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