Isle of Innisfree 2Silence is a gift. The blast of traffic, muzak, emails, the insistent ringing of the phone – we are forever bombarded by noise. Silence is a blessed relief, that silence where rest and calm make their home in us. It is a gift, for our effort to produce it is just one more form of noise. Silence descends from above, whence every good gift comes, and we gladly surrender to its serenity.

So it is, in the early morning or at the fall of night we sit still, leaving all the fuss and bother, the anxiety and stress. Like Mary in her house at Nazareth, we are quiet, expectant.

Then, wonder of wonders, the Word before all words, starts to reverberate in us. In that silence we hear the Word spoken once and forever from the beginning. We are able to hear, truly hear. And we draw close to the One who speaks to us in the silence of his Word, and we draw close to each other as well, without the barrier of talk.

The Word comes to birth in us, as he did in Mary. And we sing a new song, a song never heard before, our song, as Mary did in her Magnificat.

So, the beginning of all prayer is silence. Let us enter into it.

About interfaithashram

Rev. Dr. John Dupuche is a Roman Catholic Priest, a senior lecturer at MCD University of Divinity, and Honorary Fellow at Australian Catholic University. His doctorate is in Sanskrit in the field of Kashmir Shaivism. He is chair of the Catholic Interfaith Committee of the Archdiocese of Melbourne and has established a pastoral relationship with the parishes of Lilydale and Healesville. He is the author of 'Abhinavagupta: the Kula Ritual as elaborated in chapter 29 of the Tantraloka', 2003; 'Jesus, the Mantra of God', 2005; 'Vers un tantra chrétien' in 2009; translated as 'Towards a Christian Tantra' in 2009. He has written many articles. He travels to India each year. He lives in an interfaith ashram.
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2 Responses to Silence

  1. The supreme moment comes when there is no opposition between silence and sound. At the start, we may have to seek silence – the absence of bird song and traffic noise – in order to be able to rest and focus. But the aim is eventually to meditate ‘with ears open’, (like meditating ‘with eyes open’, a superior form of meditation) because the silence of the Inexpressible is found in every sound and all noise is the song of the Transcendent One. This is true peace.


  2. Anonymous says:

    Silence – is there true silence? Even in the vacuum of space, our breath, heart rate and digestion produces noise. The outside environment also contains sound, if not traffic and the sound of voices, there are birds and wind rustling through trees etc. However I pose the question, are all sounds around us necessarily a negative thing? If there are positive sounds and positive interactions through sounds why then do we seek the silence in our meditations? Perhaps silence is merely the pause between words, between breaths, between living moments. I suggest that the word silence is representative of peace – within our heart and soul. if we seek and attain peace then perhaps this is a route to meeting the Divine and experiencing a closer relationship with the Divine – in our simple human form. Richard Rohr says in his book “Silent Compassion Finding God in Contemplation” – “In silence, everything becomes real…Silence discloses the fullness of the now, instead of always waiting and wanting more…”


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