Love, silence, contemplation

In love all the contradictions of existence merge themselves and are lost. Only in love are unity and duality not at variance. Love must be one and two at the same time. Only love is motion and rest in one. Our heart ever changes its place …till it finds love, and then it has its rest. But this rest itself is an intense form of activity where utter quiescence and unceasing energy meet at the same point in love. ~ Rabindranath Tagore


There is something beyond our mind which abides in silence. It is the supreme mystery beyond thought. Let one’s mind and one’s subtle body rest upon that, and not rest upon anything else. God is sound and silence. Attain therefore contemplation, contemplation in silence on Him.   ~ Upanishads ~


About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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5 Responses to Love, silence, contemplation

  1. SEzzat says:

    God is sound and silence….Being and beyond-being.
    Profound 🙂

    • Yes, God is everything. Are His 99 Names not the sound? Similarly, in advaita – not-two – all phenomena (appearances), including mind: feeling and thinking, are nothing but God (Atma-Brahman) in essence.

  2. SEzzat says:

    Well, yes, the 99 names are sound. Yet God named Himself with those names; so the names are also created by God and are signposts to Him. The name is not the Named, even though in the divine names, something of the Named One is also present.
    So it is true that God is everything (or that all things manifest God) but one should immediately add that God is nothing, in the sense that the reality of God cannot be limited in or exhausted by any particular form,name,definition,sound,colour, etc.
    God is everywhere and nowhere. God is in all colours and yet Beyond-Colour; in all forms, and yet Formless.
    The Sufi doctrine accentuates the need for a balance between Tanzih (God’s otherness, absoluteness) and Tashbih (God’s omnipresence)

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