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The Journey into Inner Silence


 

The Journey into Inner Silence


The Wisdom of many spiritual traditions resonates around us. The journey from speaking, to thinking, to silence is often seen as a path towards understanding the true nature of reality. Here, we'll delve deeper into this sentiment.

In Youth

In our early years, we are often eager to express ourselves, to contribute our thoughts and ideas to the world. We believe that our words have value and that we have something important to say. This is a natural part of human development, as we explore our individuality and learn to communicate our experiences.

In Maturity

As we mature, we may find ourselves listening less to the world around us and more to our internal dialogues. This could lead to a sense of disconnection from the external world and a retreat into our minds. However, this is also a period of introspection, where we begin to question the nature of our thoughts and the validity of our perceptions.

In Eldership

In our later years, we might find ourselves expressing less and observing more. This period can be filled with a sense of emptiness, as we may feel that our words no longer have the same impact or relevance. But this is also a time of profound silence and stillness, where we have the opportunity to experience the world without the need to comment on it.

The Ultimate Reality

The ultimate reality, as we've described it, is Absolute Silence. In many spiritual traditions, silence isn't simply the absence of sound. It is seen as the underlying fabric of existence, the space in which all phenomena arise and fall. It is infinite, boundless, and permeates everything.

This kind of silence is not about suppressing thoughts or withholding words. It's about transcending them. It's about realizing that our thoughts and words are just a tiny fragment of our true nature, which is infinite and silent. This kind of silence is often associated with a sense of peace, clarity, and profound understanding.

Perception Beyond Perception

In the silence, we can experience perception beyond ordinary perception. This is a state of pure awareness, free from the limitations of the senses and the mind. In this state, there is no 'I' to perceive and no 'other' to be perceived. There is just pure, undivided awareness.

This is a lofty ideal, but it's not unreachable. Many people have reported glimpses of this state in deep meditation, in moments of extreme clarity, or even in everyday life. It is a state of being that is available to all of us, if we are willing to quiet our minds and open our hearts.

So, the journey from speech, to thought, to silence is not just a journey of aging, but a spiritual journey towards understanding the true nature of reality. Each stage has its own challenges and rewards, and each contributes to our overall growth and development. The ultimate goal is not to become silent, but to realize that we are, and have always been, the silence itself.

Το Ταξίδι στην Εσωτερική Σιωπή

 

Η Σοφία πολλών πνευματικών παραδόσεων αντηχεί γύρω μας. Το ταξίδι από την ομιλία, στη σκέψη, στη σιωπή θεωρείται συχνά ως μια πορεία προς την κατανόηση της αληθινής φύσης της πραγματικότητας. Εδώ, θα εμβαθύνουμε σε αυτό το συναίσθημα.

Στη Νεότητα

Στα πρώτα μας χρόνια, είμαστε συχνά πρόθυμοι να εκφραστούμε, να συνεισφέρουμε τις σκέψεις και τις ιδέες μας στον κόσμο. Πιστεύουμε ότι τα λόγια μας έχουν αξία και ότι έχουμε κάτι σημαντικό να πούμε. Αυτό είναι ένα φυσικό μέρος της ανθρώπινης ανάπτυξης, καθώς εξερευνούμε την ατομικότητά μας και μαθαίνουμε να επικοινωνούμε τις εμπειρίες μας.

Στην Ωριμότητα

Καθώς ωριμάζουμε, μπορεί να βρεθούμε να ακούμε λιγότερο τον κόσμο γύρω μας και περισσότερο τους εσωτερικούς μας διαλόγους. Αυτό θα μπορούσε να οδηγήσει σε μια αίσθηση αποσύνδεσης από τον εξωτερικό κόσμο και μια υποχώρηση στο μυαλό μας. Ωστόσο, αυτή είναι επίσης μια περίοδος ενδοσκόπησης, όπου αρχίζουμε να αμφισβητούμε τη φύση των σκέψεών μας και την εγκυρότητα των αντιλήψεών μας.

Στην Μεγάλη Ηλικία

Στα τελευταία μας χρόνια, μπορεί να βρεθούμε να εκφραζόμαστε λιγότερο και να παρατηρούμε περισσότερα. Αυτή η περίοδος μπορεί να γεμίσει με μια αίσθηση κενού, καθώς μπορεί να νιώθουμε ότι τα λόγια μας δεν έχουν πλέον την ίδια επίδραση ή συνάφεια. Αλλά αυτή είναι επίσης μια εποχή βαθιάς σιωπής και ακινησίας, όπου έχουμε την ευκαιρία να γνωρίσουμε τον κόσμο χωρίς να χρειάζεται να τον σχολιάσουμε.

Η Απόλυτη Πραγματικότητα

Η απόλυτη πραγματικότητα, όπως την έχουμε περιγράψει, είναι η απόλυτη σιωπή. Σε πολλές πνευματικές παραδόσεις, η σιωπή δεν είναι απλώς η απουσία ήχου. Θεωρείται ως ο υποκείμενος ιστός της ύπαρξης, ο χώρος στον οποίο προκύπτουν και πέφτουν όλα τα φαινόμενα. Είναι άπειρο, απεριόριστο και διαπερνά τα πάντα.

Αυτό το είδος σιωπής δεν αφορά την καταστολή των σκέψεων ή την απόκρυψη λέξεων. Πρόκειται για την υπέρβασή τους. Είναι να συνειδητοποιήσουμε ότι οι σκέψεις και τα λόγια μας είναι απλώς ένα μικροσκοπικό κομμάτι της αληθινής μας φύσης, η οποία είναι άπειρη και σιωπηλή. Αυτό το είδος σιωπής συνδέεται συχνά με μια αίσθηση ειρήνης, διαύγειας και βαθιάς κατανόησης.

Αντίληψη πέρα από την αντίληψη

Στη σιωπή, μπορούμε να βιώσουμε αντίληψη πέρα από τη συνηθισμένη αντίληψη. Αυτή είναι μια κατάσταση καθαρής επίγνωσης, απαλλαγμένη από τους περιορισμούς των αισθήσεων και του νου. Σε αυτή την κατάσταση, δεν υπάρχει «εγώ» για να αντιληφθώ και κανένα «άλλο» για να γίνει αντιληπτό. Υπάρχει απλώς καθαρή, αδιαίρετη επίγνωση.

Αυτό είναι ένα υψηλό ιδανικό, αλλά δεν είναι απρόσιτο. Πολλοί άνθρωποι έχουν αναφέρει αναλαμπές αυτής της κατάστασης σε βαθύ διαλογισμό, σε στιγμές εξαιρετικής διαύγειας ή ακόμα και στην καθημερινή ζωή. Είναι μια κατάσταση ύπαρξης που είναι διαθέσιμη σε όλους μας, αν είμαστε πρόθυμοι να ηρεμήσουμε το μυαλό μας και να ανοίξουμε την καρδιά μας.

Έτσι, το ταξίδι από τον λόγο, στη σκέψη, στη σιωπή δεν είναι απλώς ένα ταξίδι γήρανσης, αλλά ένα πνευματικό ταξίδι προς την κατανόηση της αληθινής φύσης της πραγματικότητας. Κάθε στάδιο έχει τις δικές του προκλήσεις και ανταμοιβές και το καθένα συμβάλλει στη συνολική μας ανάπτυξη και ανάπτυξή. Ο απώτερος στόχος δεν είναι να σιωπήσουμε, αλλά να συνειδητοποιήσουμε ότι είμαστε, και ήμασταν πάντα, η ίδια η σιωπή.


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Our Prayer

The Path Within

 

O Cosmos, we stand at the precipice of the Absolute, gazing into the void of the Unknown. We search for a way to transcend the bounds of thought and ego, to experience the essence of our deepest being.

The Buddha, the Masters of the East Upanishads, Orpheus, Jesus – all these wise beings have pointed us towards the Path. But it is not a path that is external, not a journey that can be traversed by the feet. It is a path that lies within, a journey that must be undertaken by the heart and the mind.

We must let go of the external orientations that nurture and educate us, that direct us towards other goals. We must look inward, to the stillness and silence that resides within. We must listen to the whispers of our soul, to the voice that speaks of the Absolute.

Krishnamurti and other modern Sages have shown us that it is possible to experience the Absolute, to transcend the limitations of thought and ego. They have shown us that it is not a mystery, not a miracle, but a possibility that lies within our human nature.

So let us embark on this journey, this Path that few follow. Let us let go of the burdens that weigh us down, the attachments that bind us. Let us embrace the unknown, the uncertainty, the chaos that lies within.

For in the depths of the Absolute, we will find the stillness and peace that we seek. We will find the answers to the questions that have plagued us for centuries. We will find the Truth that lies within.

Let us be brave, let us be bold, let us be fearless. Let us take the step into the void, into the unknown. For it is there that we will find the Absolute, the essence of our being. It is there that we will find our true nature, our true self.

May we be guided on this journey by the wise words of the Sages, by the light of the Absolute that shines within us. May we find the strength and courage to let go of the old, to embrace the new. May we find the peace and stillness that we seek, the Truth that lies within.

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Glimpses of the Absolute

 

Within each of us lies the potential to transcend the limitations of ordinary mind and experience a deeper reality - what some traditions call the Absolute, the Ground of Being, or God. While this state of unity or peak experience has often been considered the domain solely of mystics and saints, the truth is that the capacity dwells dormant in every human soul. It is our essential nature, awaiting discovery through disciplined inner work.

All genuine spiritual paths point to the same destination, though using different languages and methods. At their core, they offer a process of liberation from identification with separate ego and gradual awakening to our intrinsic divine essence. This involves cultivating noble virtues, practicing presence of mind through meditation, and cultivating wisdom through inquiry into the nature of reality and self.

Over time, such disciplines help peel away layers of superficial conditioning to reveal our true blissful and peaceful self - one with the fundamental pure consciousness that underlies all forms. In that state of inward stillness and clarity, the usual boundaries between subject and object fall away. One perceives directly that all is contained within the one infinite life and knows directly one's identity with the eternal. Though ineffable, this realization brings transcendent peace, love, creativity and compassion.

While glimpses of the Absolute may come through grace to anyone at any time, consistent experience depends on committed effort. The seeker must firmly resolve to strip away all that obscures their true nature like the proverbial onion, layer by layer. With patient practice of presence and purification, the trappings of small self dissolve, and one may abide as peaceful, blissful awareness itself - fully awake in every moment to life's deepest meaning. Then daily living becomes worship, and ordinary reality is transfigured by love, joy, wisdom and service. This is the fruit of following the perennial path with heart and will - a taste of our shared spiritual potential.

 

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Quotes

Constantinos’s quotes


"A "Soul" that out of ignorance keeps making mistakes is like a wounded bird with helpless wings that cannot fly high in the sky."— Constantinos Prokopiou

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CHAPTER III

 

QUIETING PEOPLE

Neglecting to praise the worthy deters people from emulating them; just as not prizing rare treasures deters a man from becoming a thief; or ignoring the things which awaken desire keeps the heart at rest.

Therefore, the wise ruler does not suggest unnecessary things, but seeks to satisfy the minds of his people. He seeks to allay appetites but strengthen bones. He ever tries by keeping people in ignorance to keep them satisfied and those who have knowledge he restrains from evil. If he, himself, practices restraint then everything is in quietness.

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Quieting People

Neglecting to praise the worthy:

Neglecting to acknowledge and praise individuals who deserve recognition can discourage others from emulating their positive qualities.

Just as not appreciating rare treasures deters a person from engaging in theft, the absence of recognition can hinder the development of desirable traits in others.

By recognizing and praising the worthy, we can inspire others to strive for excellence.

Ignoring the things that awaken desire:

When we disregard or ignore the things that evoke desire, we can maintain a sense of contentment and inner peace.

By not constantly seeking external stimuli, we can cultivate a state of tranquility within ourselves.

This approach allows us to find satisfaction in what we already have, rather than constantly chasing after new desires.

The wise ruler's approach:

A wise ruler understands the importance of satisfying the minds of the people they govern.

They do not unnecessarily burden their subjects with irrelevant information or demands.

Instead, they focus on allaying appetites and reinforcing the overall well-being of their people.

The wise ruler restrains those with knowledge from engaging in harmful actions and promotes a culture of restraint and tranquility.

The benefits of quietness:

When individuals practice restraint and embrace a state of quietness, harmony and peace prevail.

By prioritizing calmness and self-control, both on an individual and societal level, conflicts can be minimized.

The pursuit of quietness allows for personal growth, contentment, and a more harmonious coexistence.

Embracing quietness

Quieting people involves recognizing the worthy, ignoring unnecessary desires, and fostering a state of tranquility. The wise ruler seeks to satisfy the minds of their people by allaying appetites and promoting restraint. By embracing quietness, individuals can experience personal growth and contribute to a more peaceful society. Remember to appreciate the positive qualities in others, find contentment in the present, and practice self-restraint for a harmonious existence.

 

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