BE SILENT OR RAISE VOICE?

SILENCE or Being Silent is the most difficult task to accomplish. At least for me it is near to impossible. Rajnandini said, “Silence is the language of the soul.” But how can the soul speak when the mind and body speaks differently silencing the soul!!!

Yes, I mean it is really very difficult sometimes to held our tongue back.

But there are some states of being silent which are definitely needed attention and care. Let’s discuss about it.

Silence or being silent can mean so many things. Like when the Government doesn’t take any steps towards certain issue then we say, “Why the Govt. is silent about this matter!!!” So overlooking the matter or not responding to an issue can be one type of silence.

So many times we keep ourselves aloof of the matter happening around us. Sometimes we see injustice happening in front of us and we still stay silent as just an observer. That silence is kind of very dangerous to the family, to the community and to the country at large.

When we ignore or delay certain things that is impending at home or in the family or for our loved ones… then that kind of silence is fatal and should be avoided.

When a person is hurt and withdraws herself or himself from life and drowns into the silence of depression then that silence needs to be addressed. That is fatal as well.

A student who is scared to answer his teacher and stays silent, then that silence needs attention and care. The girl or boy should be nurtured with love and compassion to learn and learn for his or her future.

The parents, a mother or a girl who stay silent for the sake of their loved ones… sacrificing their lives for them. Then that silence needs to be taken care of.

When there are fights between a husband and a wife. They stop talking eventually. Closing all the doors of communication and remain silent. But that silent is dangerous as well. As it builds the wall between them. That wall of silence needs to be broken right away or as early as possible.

“Silence is Golden.” No doubt about it. But the silence in the above mentioned scenarios are not golden but deadly pestilence.

Silence is not golden when there’s people who are being trafficked, sold and bought everyday in the country.

Silence is not golden when there are women who are being mistreated at home, in the society and everywhere in the country.

Silence is not golden when the female foeticides are in increasing numbers everyday.

Silence is not golden when the beggary and poverty are on the rise.

Silence is not golden when politicians use foul means to get to the power and exploit the public.

Silence is not golden when bribing is not considered as sin. 

Silence is not golden when the relationships are getting strained day after day.

We need to understand the right time for being silent and when to raise our voice. If we can not judge it at the right time then it will be fatal for us in our life. 

Silence is Golden when we stop preaching and start implementing.

Friends! Choose the right time to be silent or raise your voice…

Stay Blessed!!! 

WORKING YOUR WAY THROUGH SILENCE

From times immemorial Man has been working blood and sweat to accomplish goals and objectives. These goals and objectives are specific in nature for each individual and general in other cases. We all try to put in our efforts each day regardless of the overpowering changes in our surroundings to achieve the desired purpose of action. In a nutshell, I have observed none of us contribute any less to our society. You may agree with me when I say that the course to the finish line is a rugged one. Hurdles and obstacles stand in our way day by day to make our journey difficult. These inflict pain and cause stress which decelerates our undertakings. We get de-motivated.

One such notable hurdle is the constant clamour of pessimistic people who try to hinder our activities in every way possible. We find these beings everywhere. In our social life, our professional sphere, personal space and anywhere else where we step into. These people are characterised by an air of acute cynicism constantly disparaging or distrusting motives of others. But today I’m not going to discuss pessimistic people as we all are aware of their existence in our lives. What I want to offer as a piece of proposition is how to put to rest the words darting out of The Cynics.

‘Actions speak louder than words’. The best possible way is to work your way in Silence to Silence the clamour. We have been made aware of this proverb innumerable times in life. When you want to take up a new venture you get discouraging words from people to not try out a new thing. When you suggest a solution to your Boss regarding a problem you are encountered with shortcomings of your solutions by your colleagues. Sometimes your goodness and diligence is overlooked as people are busy trying to pinpoint your glitches in work. Sometimes people care for unnecessary details and you are derailed from your path because of it. There can be many such instances. But how are we treating these entrapments is the real deal.

When I had got my first opportunity of performing on-stage, there were people who thought I was incompetent at this particular form of dance. I was conceived of a conventional person and less flexible. I was laughed at in class and also overheard that I was not meant for this. But that did not stop me. I listened and used the words for my benefit. Gradually I learnt and lived the art form, gave performances and am still continuing with it. Similarly, in the B.Ed. course I was told I was not fit to be a teacher regarding some unnecessary glitches yet I worked my way in silence and bagged wonderful comments during classroom teaching practice. I was also complimented to be a diligent worker. However, some people will continue to find faults even if you give your 100% as that is in their being. The words may wear away but action never fades. Actions shout out loud establishing your worth as a person in this world that thrusts its slanderous attack on you at the drop of a hat.

So, work persistently, being oblivious to unnecessary blabbering, bitching, and hurly-burly and put a silence to the doubts that hinder your success.

 

THE POWER OF SILENCE

Silence is the language of the soul. When spoken words fall short, the silence of the soul takes over. Man has been uniquely blessed with the gift of speech and, language is the vehicle of speech through which thoughts are shared and feelings are expressed. However, silence has more power than words. That’s why the famous English proverb says, “Speech is silver, Silence is golden.”

The wise King Solomon in his words of wisdom said that there is “a time to keep silence and a time to speak.” Not all occasions demand silence. Had it been so, we would have found it easier to practice this art. To know when to be silent and when to speak up is an invaluable skill.

SILENCE IS A POWERFUL WEAPON

Questions elicit answers. Silence elicits action!

  1. Silence creates an ability to listen – Most arguments gather heat because none of the parties involved are willing to listen. Listening enhances the ability to understand. But, when no one is willing to be silent for a while there is no listening and no understanding.
  2. Silence passes on the message more effectively – It is natural to give back to people who hurt us. Remaining silent when there are storms raging within is difficult. Not all people possess the ability to interpret silence. Hence, exercising this skill before people who have the sensitivity to interpret it leads to the desirous results.
  3. Silence is a mark of wisdom – We have all heard it often said, “Empty vessels sound much.” People who resort to mindless chatter and unopinionated commentaries are people with hollow minds. Wise people listen more and speak less. And when they speak, there flow pearls of wisdom from their mouths.
  4. Silence helps keep the peace – Peace is the most elusive luxury in the world today. There is widespread unrest in almost all quarters, be it in families or workplaces. In such a scenario, practicing the art of silence helps reap rich personal dividends. It is a rare virtue to be at peace when all hell seems to be breaking loose.
  5. Silence is an indication of self-control – Self-control is a gift from the Almighty. It cannot be easily acquired or practiced without strength from above. Practising restraint with God’s strength is an indication of the work of divinity within.

The silence that amazes me the most is the silence of Jesus Christ in the process of His crucifixion. The Bible reckons that though He was without sin, He became sin for mankind, took upon Himself the abusive words, lies, cheatings, murders, rapes, adulteries, hatreds and all possible wrongdoings that you and I come across today. He had to switch places with the sinful humanity to redeem them from facing the gory consequences of their sins. Being God Himself, He humbled Himself to brace the torturous death on the Cross of Calvary. But, did He earn sympathy, appreciation and applause from the people around? Not in the least!

Adding on to His pain were remarks like, If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”, “Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him.”

How did He respond?

He did not open His mouth. He did not shout back at His critics and accusers. He did not try to justify Himself. He was as silent as a lamb which is taken for slaughter. The silence of God! And when He did open His mouth, it was to offer forgiveness to His offenders. What a picture!

Friends, when you face injustice, ridicule, criticisms, unfair treatments and your heart is raging against your offenders remember the picture of Jesus on the Cross. He silently offered Himself up for sacrifice and that is why His silence speaks volumes to all humanity today.

In the world of protests and contests for rights, not all can have the assurance of justice. But, remaining true to God and to oneself can ensure peace within. This does not mean that we should remain mute spectators to all the ills happening around us. However, remaining silent when one expects to be least heard adds weight to our demands.

A meaningful silence is always better than meaningless, empty and vain words!