Reflections: The prophets of all times in silence

Man cannot discover new oceans until he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. Albert Einstein

If we take the stories of wise sages as signposts to our inner journey, we will realize that all of them had to be in the presence of silence to hear the voice of God in them. They were either sent by circumstances or went looking for it on their own. They came upon a place of “Desert” a spacious space of silence. In the ancient Hebrew language the word “desert” “MIDBAR” is translated to mean “The One Who Speaks”. In the “MIDBAR” there is a “sound” and the sound is ” KOL DMAMA DAKA” the fine voice of silence.

Moses, Muhammad, Jesus and other prophets of the past heard “The Voice” spoken in the silence of Deserts. Monks and hermits in all spiritual traditions left the market place of everyday life to go into solitude, into silence. We in the mundane world of householders in modern life cannot go off and leave life behind for years to create an emptiness that will be filled with a voice of “The One Who Speaks”. Yet we can go inwardly into our own silence within anytime we choose and be quiet and listen. As we hear the voice of silence we hear our inner voice of wisdom.

Time for silence

What does being spiritual mean in our time of chaotic busy-ness? It is first and foremost to be in silence. It is to clear the mind’s screen from the noise, to delete the static disturbances and to be in the emptiness of the white screen, to wait in that space. It is to give rise in our consciousness to the subtler spiritual energies of our being, the inner voice that speaks in silence.
How we create the space to hear the silence is up to us to choose. The open space is in us and silence is the bedrock center in it.

Exercise: Look at you hand, open the fingers and see, what do you see? Most of us will see the fingers and start to notice the details of them, few will see the space between the fingers, the space that forms and informs us about the fingers. Now imagine the fingers without the space. Does it look different? That space is within each cell, within each particle. What is the sound of that space?

Dina Kushnir