Silence welling up from the core of our being may be understood, through experience, as the embrace of God.
Silence is not an auditory silence or even a quietness of the mind, it is a state of profound and inexpressible stillness in which God is known and experienced to be one’s true and abiding state.
Except through Silence there is no other means to know faultlessly the whole and primal entity that is the Supreme.
The state of Silence thrives as the experience of the grace firmament, that expanse of supreme bliss which is the perfect primal entity. Consequently, all other states came to merge in it like many different rivers entering the ocean of Silence.
The Silence that shines in the heart, destroying utterly the objective awareness of the fragmented mind, is totally and perfectly ripe wisdom. For the individual, freedom is coalescing with its unsurpassed ground of being.
The beloved shines as the embodiment of Silence, the infinite expanse of grace. Causing us to see Him as the true self, He demonstrates clearly in our heart the natural state that exists as the treasure trove of grace.
Enabling us to subside in bliss, He has now become one with us as our own true Self, that which alone is entitled to our love, which confers only goodness.
The utterly perfect supreme reality whose nature is Silence can only be kissed with Silence. It is completely impossible to reach it through the efforts of the fragmented ego-consciousness that rises as “I”.
How wonderful it is that the very mind which was accustomed to moving in the way of the befuddled has now been made to shine with freedom as its own nature!
Do not suffer by wandering along with the mind. What business do you have with it? Through the attention that holds steadfastly to your truth, the beingness that transcends the mind, attain that truth and conduct yourself as a mere witness to that mind.
Know that Self-knowledge is only for those who have attained purity of mind by softening and melting within. Without this softening and melting away of the mind, the attachment that adheres to the body as “I” will not cease to be.
The unique ray that shines within the individual as “I” exists as the clue. If the individual unflaggingly traces the source of that ray to the heart, it will discover the Supreme and its bondage will cease.
Only the divine state of Silence is the state of wisdom. All other states are the imagination of a mind in which the supreme has fragmented.
When Silence occurs, he is the Lord who abides embracing me in a union with Him. But if, when I experience the rising of the ego, I begin to think of Him He will abandon me, appearing as an alien “I” who exists apart from me.
If one prospers as the true Self, one’s life blossoms into the expanse of grace, supreme bliss. The bright beauty of Silence, the experience of wisdom, will itself manifest and shine in one’s countenance, becoming grace-bestowing instruction.
To destroy the false first person arising as “I”, the babbling ego delusion, our Lord incarnated as The Way upon this earth.
He is the ancient one; He is the immediate one; He exists as the supreme serenity; He is the tranquillity immanent; the pure expanse whose essence is He himself, who is my ‘I’.
- Sri Muruganar.
These extracts were taken from a collection of Sri Muruganar’s verse published by David Godman under the title The Shining of my Lord.