This is Mohanji. We are together here to celebrate a very important and basic aspect of our existence: Silence.
Silence is our very nature. Silence is what integrates us, unites us with ourselves. As we all know, we are experiencing this earth and for that we are using our faculties such as body, mind, intellect, ego and all the senses associated with it. We experience this world through our senses. The senses are sensors – they search and find various aspects of the world. To process them and to experience them, we have the mind which processes emotions, the intellect which processes information, and the ego which processes materials connected to personality i.e. our positions and possessions and all such things.
So all the time when we are awake, we are in the pursuit of experiencing various aspects of life and all these aspects have their roots in Silence. Absolute Silence is like a huge unfathomable powerful ocean. It is huge and all the noises are like waves. They come, but they don’t exist – they go back to the ocean. Every noise has come out of Silence and all those noises go back into Silence.
Once we know that Silence is the base of our very existence, we start connecting to the very core of our being, which is Silence. Then there is no pressure for thinking – thoughts are very noisy. There is no pressure for expressions – for Silence is far more powerful than any expression. All expressions create various feelings and emotions in the world around us. Likewise we get affected by so many things of life. Each aspect of us is influencing so many things around us. If we are rooted in deep Silence, our expressions will be only on essential basis.
Here, we are trying to bring together the whole world with the remembrance that our very existence is always linked to Eternal Silence. The whole system, all the galaxies, everything operates in beautiful Silence and Silence makes us One. It integrates us, it unites us. And all the expressions that we experience, or have in our course of life, all have some kind of impermanence. They are all temporary and they have a limited existence. With the incidents that happen, their experience stays; sometimes they become memory and sometimes we don’t remember them. But when we get back to Silence out of which all this has come, we feel a deep permanence there – because the ocean is permanent, and the waves are temporary.
Now we are trying to bring everybody together, all of us are together for this one beautiful cause – the cause of being silent.
What is the advantage of being silent? You can see that the world is now divided by minds. Minds only connect to material things and boundaries or frames. We look at every individual through frames: we classify, we assess, we judge, we criticize. We are in a hurry to compartmentalize people, to put people in boundaries. And that creates a lot of differences and divisions. We have seen that happening in the name of religions, in the name of language, culture or orientations. We have divided the world. With all these divisions, all that we have experienced across time is the pressure of having no complete experience. Because we are all pressured as stories in this beautiful land, we have to be restricted to certain boundaries. But in fact, our whole system, or constitution is not made to be restricted by boundaries – we are born free.
We are free – but our freedom should not disturb the world outside. Our religion or our belief systems should not disturb anybody else. We believe in being one. All beings are one, not just human beings. All living beings on earth have their expressions. Most of the living beings on earth live as per the laws of Nature. As human beings, we have used intelligence and imagination to create our own laws, our own patterns, our own existence and structures. We do not really depend on Nature but instead we depend on our intelligence. It’s our responsibility as well, as we use our intelligence and our imagination to experience this earth. More than having rights, we have responsibility. It is time we recognize our responsibility and that responsibility should be rooted in extreme stillness – that means consistency, silence. That means awareness, wisdom.
The highest wisdom is the wisdom of the unification, unity – that’s what we are. Such a variety of beings, yet the one Soul operating through various beings. One spark, one vibration, with the same energy expressing itself through numerous beings. And that’s the variety and beauty of our existence. For that to be fully experienced, we should not only use our senses, we should also use our silence – that means, the inner eyes that see through these physical eyes, the ears that listen through the physical ears.
Everything that we collect from this earth is processed through the mind. Emotions are the food of the mind. Tons of information are processed in this internet age. And not all information is real information – most of it is opinions. Our opinions are related to what we are at that time, not exactly what we eternally are. Opinions that we experience are usually not permanent opinions – they all transform, they change. Whatever changes, is not fully real – it is not real reality, not the Eternal Reality.
Of the tons of information, what we process becomes knowledge. All information does not become knowledge, like all the food that we consume does not get put into the stream of body. So all the information that we collect, we don’t process. Most is discarded – some we don’t even get. Some is handled in an absentminded state, so it doesn’t belong to us. What is processed becomes our knowledge and that knowledge which we actually experience, becomes our wisdom. Wisdom is connected to experience – and only that experience when your faculties are fully present. That means if the mind is not present with your eyes, you don’t see. If the mind is not present with your ears, you don’t hear. This is exactly how we operate and this much limited is how we are. If we really understand how limited we are, we will sit back and witness this whole show. As you wake up in the morning, you get a world out there. When you sleep, the world is still there but the world doesn’t belong to you, or you do not have that world for experience. In the waking state, we experience the world within our capacity, within our constitution, within our moods, with so many factors. When we are very very well and healthy, we see the whole world as beautiful. When we are not so healthy, when we are a bit sick, then we feel that the world is not good enough. So everything has this relative existence. All our experiences are relative, not permanent.
So, what is the cause of Silence or the relevance of silence in us? That is where it all has started from. In the deep sleep state, when you do not have your mind at your disposal, when you have no intellect, no ego, you are not aware of the body – you are totally in a death-like state, when you are totally dissolved. That’s a time when only Silence exists. Our faculties are all immersed in silence and absolute stillness. In that silence and stillness, all the aspects which we considered as this incarnation (which is of course, having a duration and also changing as we evolve in time through childhood, youth and adulthood), everything dissolves. In the deep sleep state, we could be a small child or we could be an old person – it doesn’t matter since everything is dissolved. All these things are again reintegrated when we are awake. When we wake up, we bring everything forth and start looking at the world, and experience various aspects of earth like food, energies of various types, places, possessions, positions. Everything has relevance only when we are awake. Nothing has relevance when we are dead or in deep sleep – both are same. Actually in death state, nothing matters because we go empty-handed. We came empty-handed, we will leave empty-handed. But in deep sleep state also, at that point in time we have nothing – everything is left here. When we wake up, we come back or we repossess, reclaim all these things.
So in order to reconnect with ourselves, we definitely need that state of silence everyday in 24 hours, unconsciously mostly. But now, we are trying to consciously connect ourselves into deep silence.That silence unites us not only internally, it also unites us externally between all the hearts. When all the hearts in this world are united on one platform of silence, there are no divisions, there are no separations. There is only Love, because we see ourselves in everything. That is the beauty of it. We are everything. We do not feel it because we are too occupied or preoccupied with this incarnation of ours and its attributes.
But once you demolish all that and you look around, you see that every being is expressing or experiencing in its own capacity, within its boundaries, within its time and duration, space and aspirations. Human beings are operating based on the desires, pending desires which brought us here which seek fulfillment. There can be numerous requirements – a very large appetite of a million or billion desires or reasons for fulfillment. Then we all have our inclinations. We are inclination-driven, we are driven by inclinations. We are expressing our set of inclinations, this we see absolutely open in small children. As we grow older, we tend to hide them but then we do have inclinations. And likes and dislikes are connected to inclinations.
So on one one side, the set of desires, an ocean of desires, to navigate through which we have our inclinations which also is our boundary, our capacity. Then we also have time and space to fulfill that. This is life. This is all about life – and all that we are doing. So every being here whether it is human being or beings of any species – they all have the same need, same relevance, same requirement. Most of the other species live on instincts. The basic instinct is survival instinct, but human beings have chosen or we have got this grace, or gift of awareness. We can use our intelligence and we can use our imagination with which we have created this whole world.
So it’s time we go back to basics and integrate into ourselves based on silence. And that silence will unite us and through this silence, we bring peace. Silence and peace are synonymous. We bring peace and this peace will wipe away all differences, all the things which minds have created. When I say things, I mean the divisions – the divisions that the mind has created, the boundaries that we have created of class, culture, country, color, community. All these things will dissolve and we only see unity, only see Love, when we really, really see the aspect of Love. Love is just like a substratum; Love is the ocean. Every other emotion comes and goes. No anger stays forever, no hatred stays forever, no jealousy stays forever, they all come and go. Love stays.
So when all the noises are taken away, there is Silence. Likewise, all the emotions are taken away – there is Love. We will start seeing the truth all the time. Imagine, we live in that truth. It will be a beautiful life. We will only be loving the whole world, all the beings, every being. Our expressions will be Love, we will not be selfish. We will wake up in the morning, and feel only grateful that we are alive, and will only think one thing: “What else can I do for this world? What else can I give? What else can I share?” That makes you rich.
I invite you to this richness, and I congratulate the team who has put this together, this effort together. I am endorsing this and supporting this, with full gratitude to Existence for giving me this opportunity, and to all the people who invited me to talk to all of you.
I’m submitting this in the hands of eternity, this whole mission in the hands of eternity and I wish all of you immense peace, happiness, contentment and bliss.
I love you.
Transcribed by Nada Rakovic
Proofread by Geeta Iyer