I remember it was the year 1964, when I was Principal of a school. I was posted there in the month of July.Within a few days I observed that there was great indiscipline in the school. I held a meeting of the staff and expressed my feeling of disappointment at the state of affairs of the school. I advised the teachers to take up a project ,with the help of the pupils .The objective of this project should be to instil in the mind of the children the value of Silence.
From day one I noticed that the advice was well taken by the teachers as well as the students. I took special care not to scold or punish any one on this issue. I got a famous quotation of Mahatma Gandhi"I blame softly: I praise loudly." written at strategic points of the school. Apart from this I also got the words"Silence is Golden"framed and placed them at many places of the school. Within a few days there was a perceptible change in the atmosphere of the school . Some of my teachers wanted me to address the pupils on the importance of the word Silence. I accepted their request and spoke at length about the values of Silence and discipline. I am giving below some important aspects of silence and its importance on which I laid emphasis in my speech. Silence is a great healer. There are no two different opinions about the qualities and benefits of Silence. I remember that I separated each alphabet of the word and gave a gist of what each alphabet implies.
l made them understand that in each alphabet of the word Silence are hidden so many treasures of wisdom.There is so much thought hidden in the folds of this word that if we practise all the qualities we can become exemplary human beings.
In today's complicated world, all sorts of sounds mingled together are sufficient to affect an individual's health. What will be the consequences if these sounds are reverberating all the twenty four hours a day. Those people who live near aerodromes, crowded market places or near the highways will vouch for it that they are more prone to high blood pressure and related ailments. Living in such hub-bub makes you realise that Silence is a healer.
It is also true that if we are too talkative or speak at the pitch of our voice in any gathering, no body will listen to us. I have seen some assemblies or even social functions where every body is speaking with great enthusiasm, but no one listening. The result is that when you reach home, you are exhausted and suffer from migraine. You are lost in thoughts. You went for the party to refresh your self but came back suffering .Loud and way ward talks have affected your nerves. Silence is a great healer.
Have you attended any gathering where people are meditating. There apparently you find pin drop silence. How peaceful is the crowd! Meditation is the best method of cultivating a peaceful mind. A peaceful mind will generate divine vibrations within us resulting in a sense of well being. You must consciously develop a regular schedule where you can give in to total mental, emotional, physical and psychological silence.This will act as a spring board to cure many a disease. Then and then only you will realise the worth of Silence as a healer.
There are some people who observe Maun Vrat or Silence. My Aunt used to have weekly Maun Vrat. She would confine herself to the puja room and eat only one meal. She would not talk from morning to night. I found her to be very strong minded and rational. There was a charm in her personality because there was no over crowding of noises disturbing her. She was a person of few and measured words, and was respected in the society.She was at peace with herself 'Silence has also got therapeutic values. 'Silence is a great healer' is a well tested axiom.
The atmosphere of the school drastically changed. Many a time it happened that when a visitor came ,he would enquire whether it was a holiday since there was pindrop silence in the school. Recently a teacher of that school came to meet me.Her voice was choked with emotion .She is now the Principal of the same school. She told me that my project on silence had such a great impact that it was declared the best school in the District She touched my feet and said,'Maam, it is only because of the project which you had taken up that changed the whole fabric of the school".
Ben Franklin, a famous
writer, wrote a very popular saying, 'Silence is a great virtue'.
This popular saying has a great significance. When we talk too much or
too less , we are bound to under play or exaggerate a fact. Both
can trigger an unpleasant result. We must talk only when we must
and remember that Silence is a great Healer.
If we sincerely make efforts to speak in measured words we are bound to be more SERENE in our behaviour. EQUANIMITY will then reign supreme . The LIGHT in our personality will become an IDEAL for others. Soft words , spoken in a measured NON VIOLENT way, will not only impress others but make us more COMPOSED and ECSTATIC.
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