When speech is controlled

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When speech is controlled, the eyes speak; the glance says what words can
never say.

Bowl of Saki, November 13, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

All that the prophet comes to give is not given to the world in words, but
all that cannot be given in words is given without words. It is given
through the atmosphere; it is given by the presence; it is given by the
great affection that gushes forth from his heart; it is given in his kind
glance; and it is given in his benediction. Yet most is given in silence
that no earthly sense can perceive.

~~~ “Religious Gatheka #12, How the Wise Live in the World “, by Hazrat
Inayat Khan (unpublished)

Not very long ago in Hyderabad there was a mureed, rather an intellectual
pupil, and he liked to talk. His teacher was interested in his intelligent
inquiries, and so he encouraged him to talk, whereas it is the custom in
the East for the pupil to remain silent before his teacher. One day the
teacher was in a condition of exaltation and his pupil as usual wanted to
discuss and argue, which was not agreeable to the teacher at that time. He
said in Persian, ‘Khamosh,’ which means silence. And the pupil became
silent; he went home and remained silent. And no one heard him speak after
that, no one in the house nor outside; he never spoke anywhere. Years
passed by and the man still kept silent. But there came a time when his
silence began to speak aloud. His silent thought would manifest and his
silent wish would become granted; his silent glance would heal, his silent
look would inspire. His silence became living. It was the spoken words,
which had kept him dead all this time. The moment the lips were closed the
silence in him began to live. His presence was living.


What is silence? Silence is something which we consciously or unconsciously
are seeking every moment of our life. We are seeking for silence and
running away from it, both at the same time. Where is the word of God
heard? In silence. The seers, the saints, the sages, the prophets and
masters, they have heard that voice which comes from within by making
themselves silent. I do not mean by this that because one will have a
silence that he will be spoken to. I mean that he will hear the word which
is constantly coming to him once he is silent.

Once the mind has been made still, a person gets in communication with
every person one meets. He does not need too many words, when the glance
meets he understands. Two persons may talk and discuss their whole life and
they will not understand one another; and two persons with still minds look
at one another in one moment there is a communication. Where comes the
difference between persons? It is by their activity. And when comes
agreement? It comes by the stillness of mind.

~~~ “Social Gatheka #38, The Power of Silence”, by Hazrat Inayat Khan


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