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We Learn
• 10% of what we read
• 20% of what we hear
• 30% of what we see
• 50% of what we see and hear
• 70% of what we discuss with others
• 80% of what we experience personally
• 95% of what we teach to someone else
– William Glasser
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CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE
Dorothy Law Nolte
If a child lives with criticism,
he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility,
he learns to fight.
If a child lives with fear,
he learns to be apprehensive.
If a child lives with pity,
he learns to feel sorry for himself.
If a child lives with ridicule,
he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with jealousy,
he learns what envy is.
If a child lives with shame,
he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with encouragement,
he learns to be confident.
If a child lives with tolerance,
he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with praise,
he learns to be appreciative.
If a child lives with acceptance,
he learns to love.
If a child lives with approval,
he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with recognition,
he learns that it is good to have a goal.
If a child lives with sharing,
he learns about generosity.
If a child lives with honesty and fairness,
he learns what truth and justice are.
If a child lives with security,
he learns to have faith in himself and in those about him.
If a child lives with friendliness,
he learns that the world is a nice place in which to live.
If you live with serenity,
your child will live with peace of mind.
With what is your child living?

1. Desire is a force in itself. When it wants sensory pleasure, it loses its capacity to discriminate. Controlling desire is such a difficult task. But if you can move your desire to the depth of silence, you can touch the heaven of bliss and happiness.
2. Devotion and dedication to Guru and God makes you deeper, enabling you to reach supreme silence.
3. Silence is a power like electricity: it generates the forces of love, affection, bliss and happiness.


4. Desire for worldly things kills your happines. Desire for silence recharges you and makes you lead a happy life.


5. Silence means ‘nothing’. The cause of bondage is our sankalpa, which is the only hindrance to attaining liberation. But the moment you become silent, you will reach the goal.

6. Silence is a beautiful mountain stream. Two graceful swans are playing in that stream. Blooming lotuses are floating on its water. A beautiful snake is moving upstream, trying to reach the top of the mountain. The whole atmosphere is vibrating with the non-beating sound.
Are you watching it? The moment you go and watch the whole scenery will absorb you and will make you silent.


7. In the world of Brahman there exists only silence. Silence is the power of Brahman.

8. If Krishna is Brahman, then Radha is Silence. Radha's silence makes the whole world be filled with Krishna. Wherever she looks, she sees only Krishnas.


9. When you talk, you talk with others. When you stop talking and become silent, all nature talks with you. Then you can understand the language of mountains, rivers, flowers and so on.


10. In the state of silence you are Buddha, because you are an ‘ insider’ or meditator; you are Krishna, because you are most joyful; you are Jesus, because you are full of love and compassion.


11. Once Lord Shiva was meditating in silence. At that time Kamadeva, the god of desire, came and tried to disturb him. When Shiva looked at him, Kamadeva turned into ashes. When you practice silence, you feel the awakening of many forms of energy. You have to canalise them and move them upwards.

12. Silence makes the mind quiet and peaceful. A peaceful mind is a beautiful mind.


13. Silence closes the door of the senses, where mind goes out; it helps the mind to go inside.


14. Silence relaxes and rests the mind. The relaxed mind is always happy. And they who are happy can overcome all the problems of life easily.

15. Silence is the journey towards universal love.

16 Silence silences desire. Desire is the only cause of pain and suffering.

17. Silence is the source of all knowledge.

18. In silence one opens the gateway of one's own energy field, through which the Divine energy flows without interruption.

19. Silence makes one a poet. One can write the poetry of life.

20. Silence helps us to be one with nature. Feeling the oneness is an advanced state of spiritual achievement.

21. Silence makes you a singer. You sing not only the words but also the song of tranquility and peace.

22. Silence develops the power of creativity. It is our creativity that makes us human. Creativity is the key to any kind of achievement.

23. Silence makes you a philosopher. You can be totally aware of the different aspects and truths of your life.

24. Silence makes you a perfect thinker. No doubts will bother you. You will find your own way to do, to walk, to achieve.


25. Silence makes you brilliant. Your mind will shine and you may achieve the state of sharpness.


26. In silence, your mind becomes like an arrow. It is one-pointed and flies so fast. It travels freely, piercing so many walls of your life.

27. Silence is light. It shows the real way of life in which one can achieve the four Purusarthas.

28. Silence teaches the art of living. All miseries are the result of not knowing that art

29. Silence teaches the art of dying. The time of your death will decide how you will be in your next life. Silence gives you an opportunity to decide.

30. Silence teaches the art of thinking. People often think whatever comes from the conscious mind. But the conscious mind does not allow one to go into depth.

31. Silence teaches the art of walking. It will make your walk a meditative walk. Have you ever counted how many steps you take daily?



32. Silence teaches the art of hearing. When you are in silence, you do not only hear the sounds but you can hear the emotions, feelings, and the vibration that are coming from those sounds.

33. In silence you can feel the unending initiation of Divinity. That Divine initiation will lead you to that oneness with the Divinity.

34. Silence teaches us the art of seeing. We not only see the object, but also the reality behind it. In the end, the reality of everything is silence.

35. Silence teaches us the art of smelling. When smelling, you not only smell the fragrance of the flowers but you also become one with the universal pranic field and you lose your individuality.

36. In silence you are a seer, a rishi. For at that time you only see, observe, but do not act.


37. Silence gives life to your awareness. You have made your awareness a handicap by allowing it to become noisy.


38. In silence you become aware of the abundant grace of God, Who is showering you with His love incessantly.


39. In silence your inner Guru governs you.


40. In silence, you drop your self-created personalities and you feel nothing but empty space.(or: …nothing but a void.)




41. Silence helps you to realize the reality of this world, which is ever changing. Nothing is permanent except consciousness.



42. In silence, you move faster towards consciousness. And consciousness also moves towards you, to embrace you.



43. Silence is the highest modeof communication. Only little effort is needed; you do not have to use your senses.



44. In silence, you listen the inner voice, the voice of your own soul. This voice is your inner guide, which leads you to perfection.



45. In silence, you are more aware of your inner world. The outer world is a reflection of the inner world. So without knowing the inner world, how can you understand the outer world?



46. Silence has a cooling effect, like mother Ganga. It cools down your mind and emotions, smoothing their ups and downs.

47. Silence is the light that prevails the darkness of ignorance.

48. Silence is the key to the storehouse of wisdom and knowledge.

49. Silence is like a mother who loves and cares for her child, the naughty mind. In the absence of mother, what happens to her child? It becomes an orphan.
(Or: Without the mother, the child is orphaned.)


50. Silence is the Guru, who guides his disciple, the mind. The mind is restless and undisciplined.


51. In silence, when the knowledge, knower and object of the knowledge become one, then one experiences the beauty of silence.
52. All poetry, dance and music originate from deep silence.
53. Silence is the mother of all Vedas, Quran, Bible and other scriptures. This is because the seers received from the depths of silence all the mantras and teachings they recorded.

54. In silence you enjoy your own world, while knowing that you are disturbed by the outer world. Your own world is really peaceful and quiet.

55. Silence is like space: it has no boundaries. If you want to be there in that space, then discard your individuality. You will observe only space around you and inside you.

56. Observing the space is not easy; your mind does not allow you to experience it. Then make your mind run with the breath for a while. Establish a nice, long, deep, subtle and pauseless breathing. This will lead you to that state.


57. Be relaxed; do not care for any thing for a while. Just have a smile first for yourself. Silence requires only relaxation.

58. In beginning one needs to make an effort to reach that state of effortlessness called silence. But remember your efforts should be the proper ones, they should be systematic, and they should be comfortable for you.

59. Silence is a journey from the individual conscious mind to universal mind. The conscious mind is a disturbed mind, and the universal mind is ever tranquil.

60. Silence calms not only you but also your surroundings. Your surroundings are noisy because your mind is noisy.

61. Silence helps you become aware of your own weaknesses. You will know the degree of your purification. In everyday life you only observe the weaknesses of others, which does not allow you to know your own weaknesses.

62. When you are silent, the whole world will follow you. Up to now you have been following the world, which has made you stressful.

63. In silence you will be so sweet and charming that all of humanity will follow after you, to take advantage of your sweetness, like ants being attracted by sugar.

64. Taking a dip into the Ganga is comparable to taking a dip into silence: you emerge refreshed and renewed.

65. Just keeping the mouth shut is not silence. Silence is very much related to sankalpa (resolution). Sometimes you have no friends around, so that you remain silent. But then you are not in silence.


66. Make a resolution to practice one or two hours of silence every day. It will change your whole life. Fix a time when you are free, like in the morning and evening.

67. In silence you are not simply a human being but you are a Divine being, because the Divinity can only be experienced through silence.

68. Silence activates the para-sympathetic nervous system, which makes you relaxed and harmonious. It also enhances secretion.

69. Silence balances the "shakti pravaha", the flow of energy in ida and pingala nadis. The cooling energy flows in ida and the active energy flows in


70. Silence helps the susumna nadi to awaken, because through silence all the distracted energies become centred and all the 72000 nadis become purified.

71. In silence, when the channel of susumna opens, the kundalini, which resides in Muladhara, is awakened and can rise up with ease.

72. In silence, you become still in every way. If you are not still, you are not silent; you have only closed your mouth.


73. In silence, your walk becomes a meditation for you. There’s awareness in every step. If you are not aware, then you are not silent. You have only closed your mouth.


74. In silence, your hands move with your permission. All your body organs follow you; you do not follow them. You are the master. If you are not the master, you are not silent. You have only closed your mouth.

75. In silence, you enjoy your food. You chew properly and enjoy the taste. If you are not enjoying your food, you are not silent.


76. In silence, you are non-violent and truthful, because there are no words coming from you that can bother others.

77. In silence, you are in the company of the great yogis, because they stay in the silent world. Their silence showers you with their grace and blessings.


78. In silence you block all the paths of outgoing energy, so that you become more powerful inside. You become the king of your own kingdom.


79. Silence is the beauty of all sadhana that you do. Without silence, how could you taste the sweet juice of sadhana?

80. Be silent when you are emotional or angry. Then you will feel peace and you can overcome your emotions.

81. Silence is like a fire, which burns all the samskara present in the mind-field. Your samskara only makes you experience the ups and downs of life.

82. Silence is like a camel in the desert. Like a camel, silence saves you from the storms of your problems.

83. Silence is the worship to Atman.

84. Silence is the source of all joy, because the joy we experience in the world is a reflection of the joy that resides inside us.

85. Silence is the food of the soul. Your soul becomes prosperous and happy when you are in silence.

86. Silence is the "rakshaa kavacha". By observing silence, one is safe from all the disturbances of the world.

87. Silence makes you more loving, because the inner world is the world of love. Go inside and be loving in nature.

88. Silence has no colour, no space, no direction. But it makes your life colourful. It gives new shape and direction, so that you grow every moment of your life.

89. Silence makes you strong and polite. Worldly people show themselves as strong but inside they are like rabbits having no politeness.


90. Silence puts you in the present moment and makes you feel all sensations. Experiencing this gives life to your awareness.

91. Silence is a meditation on eternal emptiness. There is no particular object of concentration. You finally lose your one-pointed mind and your mind becomes infinite.


92. Silence breaks all the boundries of your karmas (actions)and samskaras (impressions). It purifies you.


93. Silence gives you an understanding of the reality and depth of your relationship with this world.


94. Silence closes all the windows of this beautiful house (your body) and opens the jewellery box inside your heart.


95. Samadhi is nothing but a deep state of silence. Experiencing both states is inexpressible.


96. Nadi sodhanam pranayama is a very effective practice for beginners to get a glimps of silence.


97. In silence your guru chakra is opened and you feel that an unknown energy is following you always and guiding you.
98 Silence loosens the bondage of your karma and leads to total freedom.
99 Silence is a (whetting stone???), which can be used to sharpen the mind. A sharp mind can cut through thick samskaras like a knife cuts through a thick loaf.
100 Silence is like a thermometer used to gauge the ‘temperature’ of the mind. In silence you can guage your awareness of the nature of your mind.