THE SOUND BRAKE OF SILENCE
Dr. G. S. N. Moorty
As a student of the Gita and Vedanta, I believe in Meher
Baba's Avataric Silence, which is the Secret of Secrets. In
Vedanta, it is described as "Brahma Naad" or "Unhad Naad"
as Kabir calls it. The same is not only infinite, but also endless
and continuous. And the Silence which is personified by
Krishna or Baba is a spiritual wonder. In fact, it is an
un-breakable continuity of pure consciousness. This has been
further clarified in the Upanishads as "Akhanda-Vishwa
Chetana" or Indivisible Universal Consciousness.
However, in this particular context, I recall the "words" of
Baba communicated to me by Eruch Bhai in his letter dated
21.8.63 (reproduced exactly in part below):
"Baba wants you to note and relay to people wherever
you go that the breaking of His Silence would be after nine
months after His return to Meherazad from Poona and
Baba returned to Meherazad about 1st of July, 1963."
Accordingly, I visited various places relaying the said message
of Baba about the Breaking of His Silence which people took
as an exciting piece of fresh information from me. They eagerly
awaited to see when and how Baba would break His Silence.
No sooner was the stipulated period over, when everyone
including myself, was expecting the divine delivery of the
Word as a result of breaking His Silence. And lo; just as I
looked at the calendar hanging on the wall in front of me, I
noticed the date 1st April (in big black print), the day when
the nine months were exactly over. At once it struck me that
I was played an April Fool. The same night I had a dream
wherein Baba was profusely laughing at me while showing the
calendar and putting His finger on the 1st of April again and
again. I enjoyed Baba's joke.
A few weeks later, I visited Meherazad and sat before my
Beloved God in a puzzled and perplexed state of mind. I
asked Baba to kindly let me know why He did not break His
Silence after nine months upon His return from Poona to
Meherazad as promised. The only reply I got was that He is
not bound by any promises.
Subsequently, on my return to Calcutta in one of the meetings
of the Meher Spiritual Center, I was questioned by a critic
about the promised breaking of Baba's Silence. I was bluntly
asked by him to refrain from carrying on such a bluff any more.
I had no answer and kept quiet. Further, he went on ridiculing
me and said, "Your Baba's promise of His breaking silence is
nothing but a bluff as usual. What else have you got to say in
The whole night I could not sleep. I was very restless. In the
dawn hours, I wrote a long letter to Eruch Bhai in a most
tormented mood and a few extracts from there are quoted
"... Perhaps God is fond of playing the game of Hide &
Seek. At times, God-Baba likes Himself to be missing
from the midst of mankind for a certain period of time.
This gives His lovers a chance to seek Him again and
again as a part of His Godly Game ...
"The three essential pre-conditions of such a Game are
Pro-Loving, Pro-Embracing, and Pro-Missing, which is
entirely different from Promising derived from the
ordinary dictionary word Promise. It may be described
as an Avataric Sport (Leela) in which lovers who are
Pro-Spiritual and Anti-Material are allowed to participate.
There are also some strict rules governing the Game:
Firstly, one must be totally anti-hypocritical before he
enters the field and secondly, he must be fit for
self-suffering for the sake of others' happiness.
"The fundamental principle of this strange Game is to be
Pro-Silence and anti-noise, whereas, most of us are
Pro-noise and anti-Silence. Hence, it is no wonder that
we really miss hearing the Mystic Word even if it was
uttered in the vast whirlpool of self-created noise about
Silence. Let it not be taken amiss when I say that never do
I miss the Silence of His Presence, despite His seclusion,
during which period He prefers to play this Game of
Pro-Missing that must not be understood as Promising.
"Now, regarding the breaking of Baba's Silence, it is
undoubtedly an Esoteric Fact for which, I have my own
interpretation to offer:
"If, instead of breaking His Silence, Baba is breaking His
promise of breaking silence, that then, for me, shall mean
The Brake is still necessary, in order to save the
uncontrollable speed of destruction. Phonetically, I should
like to spell the word as Brake of Silence. Hence, Baba's
Silence is a kind of Working Brake in Sound Condition
which when applied shall definitely check the speed of
destruction. Whether it is an engine, a car, a tram, a cycle
or any vehicle that we drive, we first see that the brake is
alright; otherwise, we know we are liable to meet with
accidents. Similarly, in a mad-world of noise, there must
be a sound brake of silence to avert accidents in the Path
of Progress which is constant motion.
"Therefore, I understand it in a different way. I say with
emphasis that if Baba's Silence is a Sound Brake, the use
of which is still unknown to us or any one else. Baba alone
knows the modus-operandi of such a Sound Brake of
Silence. Why should I presume that Baba is going to
break The Brake. For, if the Brake is broken, and His
Silence does not function, the world is faced with definite
danger as it is in great motion and unless The Brake is
applied in time, the whole machinery will break.
"May Baba not break His Silence, but keep The Brake
of Silence in tact. Of course, in Seclusion, Baba just
undertakes the periodical overhaul of The Brake of
Silence. The question of breaking promises does not arise
at all. The world, which is produced in His Maya, is in
itself a big 'bluff' of reality and therefore, if we have to
exist on this planet, Baba must carry on His bluff eternally..."
THE WONDERS OF SILENCE, pp. 132-135
1992 © G. S. N. Moorty