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In the extreme desire of becoming a writer and helping others to live their best self, I took reading seriously. Spending hours in the libraries, reading books, I began to live in solitude.
Truly, I read a few books till the end; most of the books in my collection are half read. It would be false to say, I don’t have the patience to read them. I always have an avid interest to learn more. The difficulty with me is that in the middle of every book a query arises in my mind.
To solve my doubt, I purchase a new book. I always hope I would find the answer. It seldom happens because, from the new book, a new question emerges. In solving one question, hundred more questions appear. In this way, I stuffed my brain with piles of questions.
When I failed to get the answer from the books, I resign myself to solitude. Solitude has the solution of a man’s every question. Haven’t you seen how Kafka, Newton, Archimedes and Buddha have solved the great mysteries of the universe by signing themselves into the solitude?
It is a misconception that silence has no voice. Silence speaks more than any other creature on the earth. The best part about silence is while speaking all the time silence has never wounded my heart. I’ve a strong belief, to understand ourselves in a new and a better way, spending time in solitude is necessary.
Everyone has both good and bad qualities. It is strange to find only good qualities in a man. Yogis say they are pure. I never believed them. Good and bad, happiness and sadness, love and anger all are the obverse and reverse of the same coin. Solitude gives us the opportunity to know about our own attitude. If we are introduced with our good and evil, it will become easier for us to live a better life.
Once I asked my father, why people say Bhagavad Gita, Quran, Bible and Vedas holy? He replied, ‘Because their writers have written only the good qualities. They had hidden the bad characteristics. If they had written the bad qualities also, the earth would have become hell. To live a good life, it is necessary we should always see the positive side of everything. Always speak positively. Release all your negative thoughts and unhappiness in solitude.’
The words of my father have absorbed in my mind so firmly that now when I feel disturbed, I ask people to leave me alone. Then I just wait for the waves of sadness, anger, and negative thoughts settle down.
However, it is difficult to stop the powerful tides of sadness and anger. I’ve learned that if these tides are unable to control, the worst result a man can face is broken relationships. To save these relationships, Rumi, a philosopher, and poet, once told about the three gates of speech:
Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates.
At the first gate, ask yourself, ‘Is it true?’
At the second gate ask, ‘Is it necessary?’
At the third gate ask, ‘Is it kind?’
The Voice of Silence – I read this book when I was studying the spirituality. The books of Osho’s were derived from his speeches. So while reading the book I felt Osho was directly talking to me.
His words enlightened me of the silence a man have forgotten. Although sitting quietly, our mind is not calm and jumps from one thought from another. The book is interesting as Osho’s philosophies strike directly to the heart.
Acharya Rajneesh also had a great sense of humor. There were some moments when I laughed whole heartdly. Check the book on seller’s site, here.