Page 10 of 10Guidance for a Practice of Silence
Your silence observance should actually begin the day before when you begin to turn your mind inward and begin to let go of pressing concerns. That evening go to bed in a meditative state. Wake in the morning and immediately go into the practice of yoga-nidra, Then rise. Cleanse. A brisk walk, run, or brisk exercise will be good, depending on the weather. then do a relaxation ending with the 61 point exercise. Prepare for your meditation with nadi-shodhana. (Up to this point do not eat; you may have water, hot lemon drink or juice as needed.) Following your meditation prepare and eat your breakfast in that meditative mood and with the spice of japa.
After breakfast, as silence continues, rest and do japa. No reading or writing, then before lunch do another session of nadi-shodhana and meditation, whatever length you desire. Prepare and eat lunch in a meditative mood chewing each mouthful thoroughly.
After lunch take a conscious rest with digestive breathing, then a short walk. Do more japa, rest and contemplate your personal philosophy of life arriving at some new conclusions or confirm old ones. Then in the light of this contemplation decide how to reorganize yourself to take five percent more time for your spiritual pursuits. Such an exercise in contemplation may be continued during a special walk. This is done by observing the entire process of walking within yourself, i.e., from the mind's command, to the movement of the foot. Also, keep breath awareness; no other extraneous pursuits of the rational mind. Then return to rest and do more japa. Liquids may be taken in the afternoon as needed.
Then before supper do another long relaxation, nadi-shodhana and meditation. Then prepare to eat a light supper in a meditative mood. Follow this with a brief walk. Then sit for japa and meditation. If you get drowsy, fall asleep. If you are awake, take a glass of hot milk before going to bed. Go to bed in a meditative mood.
If you continue to observe silence for another day or more, follow more or less the same routine. You may want to contemplate a mahavakya such as tat twam asi--I Am That, or a theme such as ahimsa--non-violence. Then practice non¬violence and love toward all those who breathe, from plants to animals, to your competitors, then to all, in all situations.
1 Ask for Swami Veda Bharati's audio cassettes on `How to Do Long Mantras Faster.'
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3 In Dostoevski's The Brothers Karamozov, the irascible Fyodor was fond of saying, "It is dignified to take offense."
4 Shakespeare's King Henry V, Act IV, Sc. 4, Line 72: "The saying is true, `The empty vessel makes the greatest sound."
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the silence of your soul
on the last space?
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