Celebrating Silence has simple words inspire and touch the heart. The book is a series of talks given by Sri Sri – Hindu spiritual leader and world humanitarian – over five years (1995-2000) and in various countries. I keep coming back to it because of its simplicity and purity and the casual tone that Sri Sri takes to explain some of the deeper nuances of wisdom rooted in his knowledge of the Vedas.
It’s designed around various topics or questions that one might have on this path of yoga from depression and anger to bliss and love. An example excerpt or “knowledge sheet” on the changing world:
“When the mind is happy, it expands; then time feels too short. When the mind is unhappy, it contracts; then time feels too long. When the mind is in equanimity, it transcends time.
To escape from the two extremes, many resort to alcohol or sleep but when the mind is dull or unconscious, is unable to experience itself. Samadhi– no-mindedness for timelessness is peace, the real peace. That is the greatest healer.
Just as the mind experiences time, this moment has a mind of its own, a Big Mind with enormous and infinite organizing power. Thought is nothing but a ripple in this moment, and a few moments of samadhi infuse the mind with energy. Before you fall into slumber or as soon as you wake up from sleep, in the moments of twilight of consciousness, experience the timelessness.
- Bangalore Ashram, India – December 10, 1997”
A great handbook for someone looking to apply this kind of wisdom on their life without the typical yoga jargon of poses, techniques, or philosophies.
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