Treasure Island

Hardik Vaidya

(26 Dec 1969, I won't be dead till you know I am alive. / Mahuva, Gujarat, India.)

To be silent for a while


I choose to remain silent for a while.
Allow my ears to relive the wild.
Be a part of the cosmos around,
And listen to the incoming strange sounds.
To hear and then listen,
Without interruption,
What my continuum outside,
Has to murmur in unison.

Submitted: Sunday, March 10, 2013
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Poet's Notes about The Poem

While at my window in the morning this poem came to me. I was reminded of Gandhi Ji who was notorious for his Mouna Vrata. Or his choosing a day of the week where he would not utter a word. I have never understood this whim of the great man. Perhaps I have some insight to it today. If you remain silent for a while, you may listen better to your own self and to your own self outside you in others which is life.

The other connection which hit me, Hindu philosophy talks about withdrawing the mind from the senses, detaching the mind from the senses, to meditate to a higher level. I as a man of science have never really understood this. But I find one rational connect, if you for example for a day, decide not to speak, you are allowing your other senses to sharpen and compensate for the one you have switched off. Perhaps this could have been a method of finding the 6th sense, if it at all exists.

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