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The Eloquence Of Silence

Mr. Justice Prasanta Bihari Mukharji

From a speech given on 8th Dec, on the occasion of Maha Moun Divas, Platinum Jubilee of Avataric Silence, year 2000, Calcutta.

The metaphysics of Sound begins with the postulate that vibration is not the cause of the Sound but the Sound is the cause of vibration. The cause in physics is the effect in metaphysics. In that sense and more, physics reversed is metaphysics. The Sound that exists without vibration is the silent sound capable of creating, destroying and recreating universes and is more powerful than the vibrated sounds, taken separately or collectively. It is this Anahat-Nad, unvibrated sound which acquires luminosities and produces unobstructed vision, not of the eye, but of awareness and perception.

We are now approaching the indescribable and unutterable nature of "The Word", the Shabda-Brahman.... Here we shall understand this nature better from the words of Meher Baba Himself....

"The emergence of this Sound through what is called the "OM-POINT" or Its Creative Utterance produced the worlds of Mind, Energy and Matter. This Primal Oceanic Sound is the Root of all forms and creatures and men and they are continuously connected with IT and derive their life from IT.

When one closes one's lips and expresses sound, a "m-m-m" is produced. This "m-m-m" is the foundation or ground of all spoken words and contains all feelings as when it expresses pain and anguish or joy and happiness, or all thought when expressed during thought and is capable of containing the whole of a question and its answer. This "m-m-m" is a "drop" of faint sound of the Oceanic Sound, the "M-M-M" or "WORD" or God, separated from the ocean by seven shadows of separation....

This Original Oceanic "M-M-M" is called BRAHMNAD (Sound or "WORD" of GOD) or UNHAD-NAD (Limitless Sound or "WORD")....

It experiences All-Power, All-Knowledge and All_Bliss; but the drop "m-m-m", although of the same "substance" and not in any way different from the Oceanic "M-M-M", and although continuously connected with IT, feels because of its separation through seven shadows of separation, most weak, most ignorant and most unhappy — even though at times it asserts strength, knowledge and happiness.

In this present Age when words, through accumulation and accretion, have become meaningless and all My previous words in the form of Precepts are neglected and distorted, I maintain SILENCE.

When I break My silence and speak, it will be this Primal Oceanic "M-M-M" which I will utter through My human mouth."

This is the "Word".... The Word stands between God and His creation. At the frontier and junction-point between Reality and Illusion, the "Word" keeps sleepless vigil.... It is at this critical point, the mind ends and Silence begins. The "Word" is the echo of "Silence" in the metaphysics of Sound....

In spiritual semantics there is no anti-thesis between silence and sound, between darkness and light, between existence and non-existence.

Silence in spiritual discipline therefore is the royal technique in the operation of Sound. This Silence is the most efficient and perfect Teacher. Therefore God and Nature always teach by Silence. Silence is the Perfect Power transfigured when all dissipation is eliminated and all noise has been stilled....

This is how Meher Baba explains: "MY WORD can only echo the old spiritual truths, but it is My Mystic Power that will bring a new element into the world's life."...

It is the time to gather in and tune up to hear the Silence. When Silence can be heard, nothing remains unheard.


THE WAVES OF SILENCE, pp. approx. 23-30
2000 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust


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