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Martin Laird, Rumi, Lao-Tzu, Swami Vivekananda, Wayne Teasdale


Dear Readers,

It feels paradoxical to expound about silence, but since much has
already been written and said about it, I guess I'll join in the chorus.
Silence seems to me to be both verb and noun; journey and destination.
To arrive at silence we must physically quiet our voices and surround-
ings. Silence then becomes a path our soul travels as it stumbles and
stops to rest, for silence requires effort. Eventually, I believe, though
I've yet to truly arrive there, silence becomes a place in which
to dwell. It's where we meet the Other and discover that we
are not so separate after all.

- Lisa

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Once we know that in silence is our self, we know that the
dimensionless depth within it does not cling to or push away
anything. What we once saw as an obstacle or something that
isolated us from God, ourselves, others, is now a place of com-
munion. This subtle transformation is beautifully expressed by
Simone Weil. "Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate
with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing
which separated them but is also their means of communication.
It is the same with us and God. Every separation is a link."

The key to opening the doorway of this discovery--
that "every separation is a link"--is silence...

Excerpted from "Into the Silent Land,"
by Martin Laird
Oxford University Press, 2006


Love said to me,
there is nothing that is not me.
Be silent.

Rumi (13th century)
Persian poet and mystic


Silence is a source of great strength.

Ancient Chinese philosopher


When our thoughts are stilled...and our desires are at rest,
we become aware of our immortal nature. We are
manifestations of the Godhead's infinite creativity.

Wayne Teasdale (1945-2004)
Lay monk, scholar, activist

The Last Word:

As soon as the waves have stopped and the lake
has become quiet, we see its bottom. So with the
mind when it is calm, we see what our nature is.

Swami Vivekananda
19th-century Indian sage
































































Not-so-random Bonus Quote:

Silence is not only golden, it is seldom misquoted.

Bob Monkhouse
English comedian


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