“He who knows does not speak. He who speaks does not know. One must close one’s mouth and close one’s gates, blunt one’s sharp wit, dissolve one’s confused thoughts…”
–Tao-te Ching, trans. Richard Wilhelm
“It cannot be won by speech or mind or eye. How can it be grasped in any other way than by saying, ‘It is!’ When it has been grasped so: ‘It is!’—its real nature becomes clear.”
–Katha Upanishad, The Upanishads, trans. Valerie J. Roebuck
“His peace surrounds you silently. God is very quiet.”
–A Course in Miracles, T-11.III.1:5-6.
“Our deepest feelings are precisely those we are least able to express, and even in the act of adoration, silence is our highest praise.”
–Neville Goddard, The Power of Awareness
The ultimate reality and truth, and the experience of it cannot be described in words.
To reach silence, surrender the intellect’s and logic’s need for language in order to understand. Words can never truly be used to portray a spiritual experience. One must experience it for themselves, and to experience it, one must let go of thoughts that are language-based and of the intellect. Really, it is about moving into the heart. When you walk into a church, a temple, a holy place, a sacred space, you are quiet. Let it be so with the heart. It is the true residing place of our Creator. Be still, become silent, and listen.