Sunday, May 20, 2012

Noise of the World

 (vs. silence of the mind)

It is said that ‘silence is the mother of truth’.  No wonder the contemplative religious orders prefer the ambience of silence for the sake of indulging into deep meditation and communion with God.  And such indeed is an environment yielding deep ideas that may be creative in the realm of science as well as theology (the knowledge of the divine).

So you see how progressive are those areas and places which tend to cultivate silence.  Isn’t it a widely known proverb – silent waters run deep?  Just observe nature around.  The deepest oceans are called the Pacific Ocean or peaceful seas.  Contrariwise observe peoples fond of loud messy music, can you expect some productive minds there?  It is not conducive to depth of thought.  We heard it sometime before:  ‘a thinking mind is always striking out something new’.

Even the Lord wants to commune with man in silence.  This word in the prophet Hosea talks about that precisely: “That is why I am going to lure her and lead her out into the wilderness and speak to her heart” (Ho.2:16).  You want to delve deeper in the realm of prayer and ideas, you must learn to cultivate silence.  “He who meditates on the Law of the Lord day and night will bear fruit in due time like a tree that is planted by water streams” (Ps. 1:2-3).

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