Silence Of Speech Essay

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(Kashtha-Mauna) Deep-sleep silence (Sushupti
Mauna) Great silence (Maha-
Not uttering a single word means silence of speech (Vak-Mauna) and not even hearing one’s own speech is silence of hearing (Karna Mauna) Remaining still akin to wood without any expression, gestures etc. (In reality, more energy is wasted in responding by nodding, gesturing or saying ‘hum, hum’ than in speaking) The silence in deep sleep One who has gone beyond speech and thought. The Organs of Speech The Physical
Body The Mental and Causal Body The Supra- causal Body
Madhyama Pashyanti Pashyanti Pashyanti

Levels of Sound
The Vedas recognize four stages of th e manifestation of sound.

1., Vaikhari is an audible sound, like speech. It is the grossest form
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This is pre-manifest sound in its subtlest state as light or pure silence. This is the root or potential of all sounds, sometimes referred to as the “unstruck sound.” It is the nada that is heard in the state of super consciousness. It is far beyond our normal levels of perception. The vibrational frequency is so great that it goes beyond vibration and has infinite wavelength. The Upanishads call it as AUM and AUM is silence. It is the inner silence. Para is the last stage before Samadhi.

Aranya in his commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra II.32 has mentioned two types of Mauna viz. Kastha Mauna as not to indicate anything by words, gestures or signs, and Akara Mauna wherein there can be indicate by gesture or sign but refraining from speech. He also says by observance of silence one acquires the power to refrain from useless talk and use of rue words; it also helps practice of truth, develops power to withstand abuses and restrains the begging propensity.
MAUNA- According to the Cause
Mauna can also be viewed based upon the situations which necessitate it. Accordingly, the following types of Mauna can be spoken
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But this picture is not the total picture. Mauna is not the only province of the rishis or munis. Brilliant orators, hard-core intellectuals and plain householders - all - have also chosen voluntarily to curb their speech. Mahatma Gandhi was perhaps the most prominent public figure to observe Mauna. As mentioned earlier he restrained his tongue every Monday, communicating on that day only through

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