When there is nothing
and no one else,
there is Silence…
The one companion
who is but a thought away.
In the midst of every strife,
in all of one’s traumas
or the most peaceful or joyful times,
the moment I cherish most;
when I am able to step away from it all,
with just silence
besides and inside of me
and feel the intensity right down to my soul.
If I were to assign imagery to silence,
to give it a form,
I would think of it as a cloud –
A warm, billowing, soothing, downy cloud
that envelops and gathers one in its midst.
It cushions the heart
and it moistens the calcification in one’s soul,
built by the vagaries
of human temperaments and transactions.
In the evergrowing aural tempo of the world,
it is increasingly difficult
to commune with Silence.
The ethereal silence of each breaking dawn
which is like a remnant of divinity
is fragmented by the ringing of bells in temples,
the chanting of mantras,
the singing of prayers etc.
all supposed means of salvation
or the source of finding the fount of eternal peace!
If silence is to be a by-product of solitude,
I would willingly choose to isolate myself
from the trappings of a world
so enchanted by oral acoustics
and retreat to a place where
there is a minimised need for empty words.
However, there are acts to perform,
duties to fulfil and roles to confirm to..
So I have built an alternate world inside of me,
a kind of parallel reality
and while the functional part of me
dwells in the so called ‘real’ world,
the real ‘ME’ lives in that world of my creation.
And it is here that I retreat to,
at any time, any place, from any situation.
I can view, from the vantage point
of the everlasting Silence that exists there,
all that happens with me in the real world.
I have learnt to step outside of myself
and be an observer
to my own life
from my alternate reality,
accompanied by faithful Silence
to calm and engulf me
with its reassuring presence.
All of the cosmic manifestations then
seem to be in unison
with a greater whole
and Silence is the door
that shall lead me through,
to the other side…