It’s only when the mind is silent and you are absolutely calm that you can hear the sound of Aum. Editorial by Pratiksha Apurv in Speaking Tree, India, published on January 15, 2017.
Being totally thoughtless may be the toughest thing to do but it is the only state in which you can listen to the sound of silence — Aum. This is the only sound which appears when all your thoughts are gone and your innermost core is drenched in serenity, calmness. Aum is a symbol of silent music in the inner being full of bliss. If one reaches that state, transcending the mind, dropping all thoughts and instead becoming a watcher of the mind, the silent music will surface within.
In the painting titled ‘Serenity’, the fragrance of pure silent sound has been depicted through the symbol of Aum along with a shloka from the Mandukya Upanishad: Esa Sarvesvara Esa Sarvajna, Esontaryamy. Esa Yonih Sarvasya Prabhavapyayau Hi Bhutanam — “This is the lord of all, this is the knower of all, this is the inner controller, this is the source of all, and this is the beginning and the end of beings.” In the Bhagwad Gita, chapter 10, Krishna tells Arjuna that of all creations, he is the beginning and the end.
Of all sciences, “I’m the spiritual science of the Self and the ultimate Truth for logicians.” Osho says the delightful sound of Aum vibrating within you is the ultimate truth and it plays only when everything else disappears from your being and you have become calm. But you cannot reach that state by simply chanting Aum as a mantra, because the mind is still functioning when you are repeating it.
“There is no need to repeat it but simply be silent and listen to it. As your mind becomes calm and quiet, suddenly you will become aware: like a whisper, Aum is arising within your being. When it arises on its own, it has a totally different quality. And the moment you are able to hear it, you have entered into the very secrets of existence. You have become so subtle that now you deserve that all the mysteries be exposed to you,” he says.
And, this moment of serenity is the fragrance of meditation. It is born out of absolute emptiness with no desire of anything. Serenity has to grow in meditation as Zen Master Hung Chin says, “Silently and serenely one forgets all words, clearly and vividly that appear before him. When one realises it, it is vast and without edges, in its essence, one is clearly aware.”
As Kabir says, Sumiran kiya tab janiya, tan man raha samaay, Aadi ant madhya ek ras, bhula kabhhu na jay — “In the meditation, I found the moment where my body and mind were dissolved. The beginning, the end and middle, all were the same, an ecstasy I will never forget.”
There is a meditation sutra in Vigyan Bhairav Tantra in which Shiva tells Bhairavi that by simply looking into the sky, which is vast and totally empty, serenity arises. The blue sky beyond the clouds is not an object; it is infinite and pure emptiness. And, just looking into the emptiness, you will simply be a mirror, without reflecting anything. There will be no desire and since mind cannot function in the emptiness, just looking into the empty sky, all thoughts will disappear and serenity will start flowering, you will become just like the sky.
In another sutra, Shiva says, “Listen to the primal soundless music of Aum that is vibrating within the body.” This has a deep meaning. The serenity arises, the soundless music plays only when you are empty, thoughtless and totally devoid of desires. The serenity is the Buddha and the Buddha is the serenity. In the vast emptiness of the Buddha, God appears, flows through your being, playing the sound of silence.
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The ‘Serenity’ painting is now in the Collection of Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum in New Delhi. Pratiskha presented the painting to the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.