7/09/2006

Silence (maun)

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Silence (maun), quietude, stillness
shizukesa 静けさ, Stille

***** Location: India, worldwide
***** Season: Non-seasonal topic
***** Category: Humanity


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Explanation


The Infinite Cosmoses Of Infinite Silences

We have seen that Aum The Primal Resonant Mantram Of ParaBrahman Sadaashiva Created All The cosmoses. Pranava with its accompanying inter-woven silences pervades all the universes. You may call it Brahman or Tao or Rtam as you please.

Read
Some thoughts on SILENCE
by Narayanan Raghunathan



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stonebuddhavoid

.. .. .. silence
the stone Buddha
in the universe

© Gabi Greve


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Silence is not exclusive to India . . .
experienced by everyone at some time or the other . . .
but all the same that experienced moment spells sacredness and Indian philosophy has gone deeply into understanding this pure moment.

Upanishads to our present Gurus, all talk of silences . . . and meditation is the art of learning about these silences . . .
Swami Ramana Maharishi was known for his silences and so was Mahatma Gandhi – a man of silence.

looking at a sun set. . .
sometimes there are moments of silence which we all experience - during meditation or just when looking - say at a sunset?

when that ‘I’ is not present – that ever chattering mind is quiet, maybe just for a moment?
And as philosopher J. Krishnamurthy had aptly said -
where beauty is – I am not
I here means one's ego.

Kala Ramesh

Read also : Creation and Silences
By Kala Ramesh



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God is the mirror of silence
in which all creation is reflected.


Paramahansa Yogananda

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Robert Hass on Haiku

... the silence of haiku,
its wordlessness, also has its roots in Buddhist culture, especially in Zen . . .
http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/g_l/haas/haiku.htm

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July 10
Silence Day of Meher Baba
The followers of Meher Baba do their practice of commemorating July 10th of each year by maintaining verbal silence for twenty-four hours.


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Worldwide use

Bali Island, Indonesia

. Silence Day, Silent Day, Nyepi   


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Japan

shizukesa ya iwa ni shimiiru semi no koe
静けさや岩に染み入る蝉の声

deep silence -
the shrill of cicadas
seeps into rocks

(Tr. Gabi Greve)

Matsuo Basho
The Japanese concept of SHIZUKESA
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shizukesa ya chiru ni sureau hana no oto

静かさや散るにすれあふ花の音

quietude -
the sound of falling petals
touching each other
(Tr. Gabi Greve)

Chora 樗良
http://www.takase.com/Haiku/HaikuSource01.htm

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On snow, snow falling,
In this silence -
I am.

Taneda Santooka  種田山頭火
http://terebess.hu/english/haiku/taneda.html

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shizukasa ya kosui no soko no kumo no mine

しづかさや湖水の底の雲のみね

stillness--
in the depths of the lake
billowing clouds
(Tr. David Lanoue)

Issa 一茶
http://cat.xula.edu/issa/


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Kenya

Haiku about Silence (for the school exam enviroment)

in the exam room
a pen falls down
breaking the silence


~ Hussein Hadji, Peacock, Nairobi

Read more of the Peacock's Haiku !


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Things found on the way



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HAIKU


There have been many contributions to the SILENCE topic.
Best start here with special galleries about

Silence and Stones

Silence Haiga

Then come back and read on.

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deep silences
mind silent
in silence . . .

night lake . . .
drifting in silence
yellow leaf

dhamma hall
silence of feet
. . . entering


Kala Ramesh

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Some Silence Haiku by Gabi Greve

wisdom -
whispering in silence
silence, silence


Wisdom

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静けさや 虫の声の 最大化
shizukesa ya mushi no koe no saidaika

deep silence -
the song of insects
magnified


Silence 2005

With a following ku by Carol Raisfeld:

deep night
the silence of a spider
spinning

. Praying Mantis .

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spring visitors -
among many words
a moment of silence



Fruehlingsgaeste <>
zwischen vielen Worten
ein Augenblick der Stille

Silence 静けさ

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quietude -
an ant is sneezing
in a far galaxy


Quietude and the Galactic Ant ... Read Some Musings  
静けさと蟻のクシャミ

by Gabi Greve

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mownam vyaakhyaanam
Parabrahma rahasyam-adbutham
shishtam mahaa vachanam
[ Sanskrit ]

elucidations in silences
parabrahman's wonder secret
the residual great word

Narayanan Raghunathan

Read many more Haiku about SILENCE by Narayanan

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silence
the final chord awaits
the first bravo

reading room
the silence
of turned pages


Bill Kenney, USA

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It just had this happen to me tonight. I was at my computer thinking.. in silence.. and suddenly a spider slipper down a single thread to bob right in front of my face. I blew on him and he scuttled back up to the ceiling.
A quick haiku to remember the moment.

in evening silence
a spider slips quickly
down a silk thread

Carole MacRury

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Inspired by Carole, Sakuo Nakamura wrote the follwoing:

冬静かわが胸寿命を数えけり

fuyu shizuka waga mune jumyoo o kazoekeri

silence in winter
my heart counting
my life ...


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what is it that makes
the night time fountain so still?
city life goes on...


. . Read a beautiful haibun about the fountain in Brussels
by Isabelle Prondzynski


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sitting in silence
Daruma meditating
in Japanese


More about HAIKU and Daruma san by Gabi Greve

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raindrops
fall on a microphone
cenotaph silence

andrea gradidge, Canada

An appropriate day for silence as we pay our respects.

http://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/customs/silence.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/remembrance/history/cenotaph.shtml

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grasshopper buddha
converses in hibiscus ~
light floods green silence ~


Amanda Cazalet ( Jun. 13, 2004)

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earth glitters
watery silence ~ trees
hush after-rain scents


Shyam Santhanam ( Dec. 31, 2003)

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in the silence
of the zendo
my stomach growls

Angelee Deodhar
http://www.worldhaiku.net/poetry/eng/india/a.deodhar/a.deodhar.htm

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deeper
into the forest...
silence

hortensia anderson

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a musician’s silences -

going deep within
sudden applause
startles the singer


Kala Ramesh

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We sat together  the forest and I
Merging into silence
Until only the forest remained


Li Po (Chinese, 701-762)

http://www.poetrylives.com/SimplyHaiku/SHv3n3/haiga_Modern/Ashe-Riutta/

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forest silence . . .
the cool green glow of lichen
wet with sunlit steam

John J. Polozzolo "ZOLO"
http://www.ahapoetry.com/PP101..htm

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winter’s silence
the slap-
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of wet duck wings

Copyright © 2004-2005 CarrieAnn Thunell

Published in Haiku Canada Winter 2005
http://www.shadowpoetry.com/members/collections/publishedhaiku.html#40

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the final silence -
who cares wheather god is
dead or alive



© Gabi Greve, 2005

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Winter dusk -
silently a snow owl
changes trees.

Zhanna P. Rader
(First-place winner in the 2005 Annual Shiki Double Kukai, in the category "Kigo Haiku".)

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writing haiku
in the subway---
about silence

Fred Masarani
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cherrypoetryclub/message/25543

http://mmasarani.homestead.com/

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old tree--
into its stillness
a grass lizard

Angelus--
the silence of
cash registers


NOTE on the second haiku:
Most Filipinos are Catholics. Especially in the rural areas, the recitation of the ANGELUS is seriously being observed not only at homes but also in public places. In one supermarket I visited, everyone -- including, of course, the cashiers -- had to stop at the start of the Angelus. You don't hear any sound, especially the sound of cash registers. The Angelus moment therefore serves as a break from our daily struggle in the material world, and a reminder of the spirituality of our existence.

Join me in The Walk of Ten Thousand Steps

roh mih, Philippines

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a sound of a walnut
rolling over the roof
falls into silence

Tomislav Maretic (HR)

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garden of silence
wisdom flowers
fragrance of joyous ease

silence
a wordless wonder
the voice of god


Read more of the SILENCE haiku by

Radhey Shiam, India Saijiki

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night traffic
the silent lake
seems much bigger


Johannes Manjrekar, India, 2006



midnight –
the windy silence
of the sickle moon


- Shared by Johannes Manjrekar -
Joys of Japan, 2012



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Related words

..... Silence and Stones
..... Silence and Haiga


***** Mandala

***** Meditation (dhyana)

***** . Autumn Melancholy , Autumn Solitude, Europe


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18 comments:

. Gabi Greve said...

SILENCE
a lot to talk about
wahahaha


Gabi Greve
November 2005

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. Gabi Greve said...

A Philosophical Commentary on Shusaku Endo's Novel
"Silence"


http://justice.loyola.edu/~mcoffey/lit/essays/medphil.html

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Narayanan Raghunathan said...

so many silences
divine, organic, satanic, comic, unclassified et al.

Judy Kamilhor said...

My mother
opens the silent window --
dreams of the dead.


Kami

. Gabi Greve said...

SILENCE STINKS LOUDER

Freedom to act
means freedom to harm as
silence stinks louder


Read the whole sequence by R.K.Singh, India, here:

. SILENCE STINKS LOUDER .

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Anonymous said...

silence is in a
space no one can hear you

"iolaire"

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cherrypoetryclub/message/25517

Anonymous said...

Gabi,
thanks for sharing your silence haiku. I especially loved 'quietude' - the one about the ant sneezing *g*
Silence is a good topic!

C.

Anonymous said...

Hi gabi,
your haiku and photo of the stone Buddha is superb ! Love the background of it.

B.

Anonymous said...

Silence and speech;
The sea has both.
Wonderful mystery!


Hari patel

Anonymous said...

> akai tubaki shiroi tsubaki to ochinikeri
kawahigasi hekigotou

> todomareba atari ni fuyuru tonnbo kana
nakamura teijo

> mada mono no katachi ni yuki no tsumoriori
katayama yumiko

> ichigatu no kawa ichigatu no taninonaka
iida ryuuta

> meigetsu ya tatami no ue ni matsu no kage
kikaku

These are Japanese haiku that convey the feeling of Silence and Quietude.

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. Gabi Greve said...

falling one by one . . .
silently-
golden leaves


Yajushi

Read more of these beautiful silence haiku here:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/happyhaiku/message/2264

. Marella Vinodh .
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. Gabi Greve said...

日のしづかなり萌え草も石ころも

silence of sunlight
light grases
and stones


by Akegarasu

赤松忌

. Look at the Grave of Akegarasu sensei..

Thank you, Etsuko san!

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Anonymous said...

Heinrich Boell, the great German post-war novelist, wrote a beautiful short story called "Dr Murkes gesammeltes Schweigen", in which a radio studio worker assembles a tape full of silence, by extracting the moments of silence within a long speech... and then enjoying the uninterrupted silence.

http://www.dieterwunderlich.de/Boll_Murke.htm#cont

. Gabi Greve said...

holy running water
knee deep he stands
worship silence


Read more :

. Silence, a sequence by Radhey Shiam .

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/worldkigoparkinglot/message/479

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Narayanan Raghunathan said...

Om Namo Maitreya Buddhaya!

infinite silent tongues
learnt,the Maitreya Buddha
still listens to
unborn silences ~

. Gabi Greve said...

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stillness -
a haiku arises
from the depth of the universe


Quote about Stillness
Happy Haiku Forum  


Gabi Greve, September 2006

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A.Thiagarajan said...

Shshsh-
a kid tells another
in hide-n-seek.

- A.Thiagarajan

Anonymous said...

semi naku ya waga ya mo ishi ni naru yoo ni

cicadas chirr--
my hut, too, becoming
stone


Issa, trans. David Lanoue