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Miracle of silence

india Updated: Mar 09, 2010 01:15 IST

Nothing else lends more meaning and charm to our conversation than silence. Silence is a blessing. Words uttered after a spell of silence are given more importance on the presumption that they must be the result of some serious contemplation.

A quiet rumination, of even tough situations, like of which keeps coming up quite often, yields favourable results. Seemingly baffling problems turn into simple ones and their solutions appear within reach.

It is only by remaining silent that one can become a good and cautious listener. And a good listener always stands a better chance of expanding hisher knowledge than his garrulous counterpart. By becoming a discreet user of words, one also saves a lot of energy.

Many unpleasant situations can be avoided by resorting to silence. Quick wit is required to keep quiet when words might play a spoilsport. Thoughtless use of words becomes a cause of repentance later. Silence is a requisite if one is to concentrate on some job.

Silence has its own voice. An apparently quiet person can have a lot of chattering going on, within! No wonder, some of the world’s greatest creations can be attributed to silence.

Silence is also a significant way of expressing both

positive and negative feelings. It can be effectively used to agree-disagree, praise-condemn, approve-disapprove and much more. It often proves to be more competent than words. Of course sometimes when it is imperative to use words, to set the house in order, it would be unwise to remain silent.

Quietness is also a matchless way of keeping one’s composure and placidity. Sometimes a person, physically present in a crowd but by staying silent, could be enjoying the bliss of one’s own thoughts. A silent prayer is also one of the most eloquent ways of conversing with God.

As a matter of fact, silence is an asset to one’s personality. It compliments one’s speech. The famous English essayist, Thomas Carlyle, had remarked, “We should never speak at all unless we have something to say.”