Ernest Robin Dover
Does It Improve Upon The Silence
On the 1st of June, we considered the value of Silence. I offered you Silence. I asked if you had ever experienced moments - gripping moments that you knew you had to face - simply because you made a promise to fulfill a commitment to yourself? Moments when you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that there was something to be said - must be said - and yet - somehow - you also knew in a single profound moment of silence, more meaning could be conveyed than there are words... more meaning could be given through an embraced moment of profound sacred Silence.
It is now the 15th of June. Thanks you, so much, for joining me again. To consider the possibilities of improving upon the Silence.
Sathya Sai Baba was an Indian guru and philanthropist. At the age of fourteen he claimed that he was the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba and left his home in order to serve the society and be an example to his followers. Let us consider an apparent quote of Sai Baba for which he became extremely well known...
“Before you speak, ask yourself: Is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve the silence?”
We spoke of Silence. Sometimes, we know it is better not to speak. Sometimes it is simply because the quiet which surrounds us is so profound that it touches a place deep in our souls. That this may be a place to experience an inspiration, or witness an intuitive moment of enlightenment or even hear the voice of God - guiding us, answering prayers, expressing love, or hearing the subtle quiet of nature permeating the space surrounding us. Please be gentle with these moments. Respect them. Embrace them. Feel them. Know them.
It is possible to improve upon the Silence. It is by following the Sacred Spirit of Silence. Our voices have the potential to improve upon the Silence. By being slow to speak and knowing you are offering the break in Silence through kindness - by truth delivered in kindness. Kindness always improves upon the Silence. Kindness is always true. Kindness is always necessary. When kindness is present, Silence becomes a beautiful song of praise - a kind praise of Life. Emerging from the Silence and returning to the Silence. Listen.
A beautiful song emerges from the Silence and returns to the Silence.
There are also times the Silence cannot be improved upon.