Silence is the Way!

24 Jun

Sadhguru_Kailash11 living Master – a Yogi, Mystic and Visionary humanitarian all rolled into a form that’s pure energy, which is beyond the perception of those like this self, limited to only the five senses. The only one who has created the Creator himself in the form of Dhyanalinga – the only one existent on this planet at this point – over a period of 3 lifetimes, using the ancient mystic process called Prana Prathishta!

1202 participants – men and women of all ages, clad in all-white attire, with no identity other than a number! Swamy became 926 (that they add up to 8, his birth number, at the age of 44, which too adds up to 8, isn’t just a coincidence, but most certainly providence)!

Samyama88 days of intense and deep meditative process – in absolute silence, inexplicably interspersed with a variety of sounds, involuntary action and uncontrollable downpour (from the eyes of meditators inside and sky outside). No communication, gestures or interaction of any kind were allowed among the participants, with the processes interrupted only for consuming (raw) food, taking bio breaks and sleeping on designated time (no watch or clock to be found anywhere)!

60 days of preparation – at least 3-4 hours of practices every day with severe food restrictions, in order to get the physical body, i.e., manifest, with its rigid boundaries and constraints, ready to receive the Master’s energy with the possibility to transcend to or at least get a glimpse of the non-physical, i.e., unmanifest, in order to try and comprehend, with whatever limited comprehension we have, Life the way it is!

4 qualifying programs – over a period of time (4 years for Swamy) and a pre-program meet + interview where participants were gently offered many a chance to drop off, as this isn’t just another Yoga program for any aspirant, but usually offered to only the closest and trusted handful of disciples of a Guru!

250 volunteers who too have to adhere to similar conditions as the participants and have to ensure the participants’ wellbeing, timeliness and active participation – over and above their own daily practices!

Shiva_AdiGuruA Life altering experience that’s so different for each participant, despite all of them being part of the same process and being close to each other in the same energy space, that’s especially consecrated to enable intense yogic processes! Offered free – including food, water and stay for all 8 days!

Words are utterly inadequate to capture the experience this self went through in Samyama, along with 1201 fellow Isha meditators from June 12-19, in the presence of my Master Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev at the Adi Yogi Aalayam in Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore!

Sadhguru-Prana-Pratishta-1-500x375This blog post – poem rather, which is more apt, considering my Master also happens to be an accomplished poet – about the program is probably as simple and abstract as the process yet could be as profound as the experience itself. It may not convey anything at all or it might touch your core and shake it at the very root and raise the longing within to seek the eternal truth, just as it has done for Swamy. Shambho!

Silence is the call of the divine!

Noise is how we try to understand any communication, which is no different from the bovine?

Silence is the medium for transformation of the soul!

Noise is the way of transaction of ideas and thoughts through words, eerily similar to an animal’s howl?

Silence is singular and omnipresent, yet not listened to by many!

Noise is varied in form, tone and pitch, yet conveys little to a limited number of listeners, if any?

Silence, when deep, will open the floodgates of tears!

Noise, when loud, will force one to close both ears?

Silence is easy to practice, even in large groups!

Noise isn’t that easy to avoid, even in small troops?

Silence pervades deep within and can result in instinctive action!

Noise prevails at surface level and mostly results in impulsive reaction?

Silence establishes a strong connection between the transmitter, aka, Guru and the receiver, i.e., the seeker!

Noise the weakest connection between two that conveys very little to a listener from the speaker?

Silence is practiced by most beings other than human, living or not!

Noise is prevalent among humans, who don’t care to comprehend this gift that all other beings got?

Silence is the white light that illuminates the soul and guides one on the journey to self-realization!

Noise is the black hole that sucks away all energy and misguides one on the tour of self-preservation?

Silence is the symphony where the body, mind and soul synchronize in perfect harmony!

Noise is the cacophony that tears apart any semblance of vibration, resulting in utter disharmony?

Silence is the gentle breeze that lets one sway to the tune of nature!

Noise is the typhoon that blasts away one’s ability to listen, reducing all and sundry to a mere caricature?

Silence is the only manure ever needed for the self to blossom!

Noise over a long tenure will drown one inside a painful, worry filled chasm?

Silence is the source of creation, emanating from the sacred AUM!

Noise is the cause of destruction, encircling us in a meaningless word filled storm?

Silence is the eternal state of bliss, for all realized beings!

Noise is the infernal state that has gone amiss, for most human beings?

For all those who chose to merely exist in this lifetime, noise holds sway?

For the few who chose to live Life the way it is, Silence is the Way!


18 Responses to “Silence is the Way!”

  1. Shanmugam March 4, 2017 at 6:46 am #

    I was searching for ‘samyama’ and came to your blog.. I have done the basic program and Bhava spandana. I would love to do samyama and also more interested to know how your spiritual life is after samyama. Do you know anybody who attended samyama and actually became enlightened? I was wondering because as far as I know, samyama is the highest program offered in Isha and it should have obviously led many people to realize themselves..

    • prakashswamy March 4, 2017 at 10:31 am #

      Namaskaram. Indeed, Samyama (referred by meditators also as ‘Silence’ program) is the highest programs for GrihasthAs (meditators / seekers pursuing a family life in the society), till date, by Sadhguru. 😌
      It’s said (& experientially true – certainly for this being) that only the desire / willingness (consciously avoiding the word ‘interest’) to do Samyama is ours but who does it (if &) when is definitely the Master’s. 🙌
      While being part of such advanced programs is a blessing & a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be in the presence of the Master to progress further & deeper within, the mere act of participating shouldn’t be presumed as an assurance for the lofty purpose of existence (as humans, supposedly a highly evolved piece of creation 🤔), i.e. Self-Realisation, leading to ultimate liberation. 🙏
      Enlightenment is an event, that can happen in any moment of time, even for those who haven’t done any formal practices for accomplishing that, simply because that’s the natural state of being.😇 We’re just unaware / unconscious of that ‘normal’ state, thereby elevating it to an exalted state to be aspired for, in our mind. 💭 So, at best, Samyama can help us become a bit more ‘extra’ ordinary, as Sadhguru merrily says, so that we may realise the ‘normal’ state!😂
      Shambho 🙏

  2. Ekanthalingam Amirthalingam June 27, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    Silence in nobody’s presence can give the energy to do a million things effortlessly.
    Silence in the Master’s presence will make things happen on it’s own (what people tend to call a ‘miracle’)

    Glad that you had the 888 experience (Your number in Samyama – 8, your age during Samyama – 8 and the days with guru in Samyama – 8 )

    This 888 must have given enough energy for you to live through the routine 888 bridge that we log on everyday a hundred times where silence is much more than luxury! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the most valuable experience of your lifetime (so far) Prakash!

  3. Baski June 26, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this info….

  4. Ganga B June 26, 2013 at 2:16 am #

    In Adishankara’s words ‘ Nischala Thatvam Jeevan Mukthi’.. And it very slowly comes to one’s reality.. Me being the silent victim….no words……

  5. Srividya Mridul June 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    TFS…very well articulated.Could actually vizualise the serenity & calmness that you would have experience in these 8 days ..Certainly it would have been a life altering experience…The power of silence is phenomenal…liked the quotes that you have listed down

  6. Srividya Mridul June 25, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    TFS your experience Sir! Very well Articulated…could vizualize the serenity & the calmness that you could have experienced in these 8 days…it is definitely a life altering experience!

  7. Saransh (@saranshag) June 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    even thinking about “samyama” gives me shiver…great choice of not trying to explain what you went through as some things are better left “unsaid”

  8. Bindu June 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    WOW… I am sure it can only be experienced to understand … Thanks for sharing!

  9. Sridhar June 24, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    Excellent Prakash. One question that comes up is are we going against the nature by being silent. Are we (Humans) not the only beings who can communicate verbally. Are we contradicting here?

  10. Soumya June 24, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    Wonderful words, especially the ones on Silence, It is beyond the power of human comprehension to even imagine the breath taking experience that you must have gone through as part of Samyama. We are blessed to be mentored by you.

  11. chandra bhatal June 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    It is a ‘great austerity’ Prakash!! Being silent is highly difficult and it is a great source of strength. It should have been a fantastic experience to be silent for so long!!

  12. Meera June 24, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    I have often noticed how difficult it is to hold our tounge – we are forever bursting to share a thought , ask a question , make a point .. 8 days of silence – Prakash , Must require extreme will power and complete commitment . What can I say except – WOW !

  13. Dani June 24, 2013 at 4:16 am #

    Nice Poem Prakash.. Was a lucid read..

    silence in its so many forms.. brilliantly portrayed 🙂

    • Deepak Govindarajan June 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

      Very good Narration Prakash!!…Yes, it is indeed very difficult to hold one’s tongue (food and speech) for 8 days and be without distractions :)..Hats off to you and all others who were part of it!!


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