a celebration of silence
Published: 10-12-2016 - Last Edited: 05-10-2022
be merry in the purity of silence
Life is nothing but one big celebration. Every day there is something we can be grateful for. Be it for the light, the sunshine, the air, for the birds chirping, or the house we live in. For the food, we eat or the work that sustains us.
Gratitude is a celebration and what is life if we are not grateful? Even when there is no gratitude, there is still a celebration- a celebration for at least we are still breathing. Isn’t that what gives us our essence as humans?
Living a spiritual life incorporates the mind, body, and soul. There is no spiritual or materialistic life- there is simple “oneness” – absence of duality. The soul has a purity of non-judgement and non-distinction. There is just pure existence.
For a moment just “try” to empathize with the one who is almost counting his last breath. If you can enter his state of mind/body existence and feel him taking his last breath knowing that soon this breath will no longer be present. After a minute or two, you might realize how lucky you are to be “alive”.
We are not talking about being grateful for one thing such as a deity, to a God, to some “guru”, or even a “master”. We are simply talking of the noun “gratitude”. Now we are left with at least one reason to celebrate life.
Maya (illusion) is everywhere. You look around and there is Maya. The whole life is Maya. In the end, there is simply nothing to be worried about; nothing to be stressed about. The forces that look after the sun, the stars, the birds will also look after you. The goals in life, the aspirations, the competition, the fight for power, for status- these are all just a play of Maya. Take a moment in silence, in complete silence and bring your awareness to your breath- JUST SIMPLY BE MINDFUL OF YOUR BREATHING. Do this for a minute or two and you will start enjoying the silence.
Silence is profound- it’s a sound of “nothingness” and in this silent state your rushing mind loses its control and your “pure beingness” starts to rejoice; to celebrate.
The celebration is our true state. To rejoice is our true state, to be merry is our true state. If it isn’t celebration, it isn’t our true state.
Remember yourself as a little child. A child knows nothing about the worldly stresses, the worldly means. He does not even know the concept of the “means to an end” because for him there is no end. There is no “means”. There is just pure joy, a celebration. A toddler is simply ecstatic sucking his thumb, smiling at the world and enjoying his beingness. This silence has a celebration for him.
We all have the same silence within us. The silence can give us a reason to celebrate every moment. There is no “means to an end” and it is because there is no end; all there is to life is eternity.
Take a moment and enjoy the sound of silence. Listen to this “nothingness” and rejoice in the fact that your pure “beingness” is a storehouse of love and a reason to celebrate.
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