Thursday, March 17, 2016

Is there too much “Noise” in your Life

IS THERE TOO MUCH “NOISE” IN YOUR LIFE...?

DO YOU WANT INNER PEACE...?

WORDS ON A BENCH IN MUSSOORIE
Meditative Musings of a Veteran
By
VIKRAM KARVE

I am feeling hassled. 

I close my eyes. 

I sit in silence.

I relax. 

And  I remember those insightful and profound words engraved on a bench in Mussoorie.

I read those words long back  but those meaningful words have remained etched in my mind forever.

Agar Aap Shanti Chahte Ho To Pehele Shaant Rehena Seekho 

अगर आप शांति चाहते हो तो पहेले शांत रहेना सीखो 

Long back  more than 21 years ago  in the 1990 I visited Mussoorie.

During one of my long walks  probably on Camel’s Back Road  or maybe near Lal Tibba in Landour  I saw some words inscribed on a bench.

Those words were a truism that has had a profound impact on me ever since.

I will never forget those interesting words written in Hindi on a bench in Mussoorie: 

अगर आप शांति चाहते हो तो पहेले शांत रहेना सीखो 

(Agar Aap Shanti Chahte Ho To Pehle Shaant Rehna Seekho

Roughly translated into English this means:

IF YOU DESIRE PEACE THEN FIRST LEARN TO REMAIN SILENT 

Of course the word  शांत  (shaant)  also means PEACEFUL 

Yes  SILENCE is the sine qua non for PEACEFULNESS.

Once your mind is calm and peaceful  you will experience a sense of inner peace.

If your inner peace is disturbed  you will be stressed out.

The root cause of stress is lack of inner peace.

The first step to stress management is to restore your inner peace  and you must not allow your inner peace to be disturbed.

But  why does your inner peace get disturbed...?

Your inner peace gets disturbed because there is too much “noise” in your life.

There is Physical Noise  Mental Noise  Information Overload Noise  Emotional Noise  Relationship Noise – all sorts of Noise.

There is “external noise  and there is “internal noise.

There is noise around you  and there is noise within you.

There is all sorts of noise and cacophony – noise bombards all your senses

Noise hassles you – noise disturbs your tranquility  and noise is the biggest impediment to attaining peacefulness. 


OUTER SILENCE  THE FIRST STEP TO INNER PEACE

The first step to inner peace is to get rid of all that noise around you and within you. 

The first step is to achieve outer silence by reducing outer noise from your life.

Yes  if you want peace you have to shut out the noise from your life.

Go to a quiet place where there is minimal external noise  switch off your noise-making gadgets like mobile cellphones etc  shut out the cacophony on TV  shut out all the emotional noise which hassles your peace of mind. 

Once you have reduced outer noise – you can now take care of your inner noise.

Sit silently in solitude  close your eyes  and see how your inner silence dissolves the noise within you  and you will experience inner peace  and you will be in harmony with yourself.

That is what I do every morning. 

I sit in silence in the spacious airy balcony of my ninth floor flat in Wakad.

I absorb the tranquil scenic view of the placid waters of the Mula River quietly flowing below, the peaceful verdant hills in the distance, the still atmosphere, the pure fresh air  and I feel a halo of soothing serenity permeate within me. 

Then  I close my eyes  and I let my silence dissolve the internal noise in my mind and body.

It is only then that I experience inner peace  and I realize that I am in harmony with myself.

Yes  if you want to be in harmony with yourself  you must have inner peace.

And  outer silence is the first step to inner peace. 

अगर आप शांति चाहते हो तो पहेले शांत रहेना सीखो 

If you want peace then first learn to remain silent 

Remember this simple piece of wisdom.

Try it. 

Experience the power of silence in calming your mind.

It works. 

You can take my word for it.

Remember the Mantra: 

Outer Silence is the first step to Inner Peace

Once you reduce outer noise and achieve outer silence – you can look inwards to reduce your inner noise and achieve inner silence – and you will realize inner peace.

VIKRAM KARVE
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1. This is based on my personal experience. It may or may not work for you. So please do due diligence before trying out this technique.
2. All stories in this blog are a work of fiction. Events, Places, Settings and Incidents narrated in the stories are a figment of my imagination. The characters do not exist and are purely imaginary. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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