Nearly five years ago, Swami Veda Bharati undertook a 5-year vow of silence. Even though he left his body in July 2015, his vow has continued, and it concluded this week. At Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, the ashram he founded and built in Rishikesh, India, from Sunday, March 4, to Saturday, March 10, 2017, special pujas (worships) and fire offering rituals were carried out by knowledgeable and devoted Brahman Pundits (Priests). The ashram was filled with ancient powerful sounds of the Vedic hymns, the smiles, meditation, and laughter of celebrants, and the fragrant smoke of the fire offerings.
Many people, from all over the world, came to be part of this special observance. Several, including myself, were observing various lengths of silence practices themselves. There were special group meditations for those practicing silence.
A silence practice is a powerful way to experience yourself more deeply. Energies that normally are expressed outwardly in talking and thinking instead become directed inward, which can result in a quieting of the mind and an increase in love, insight and a deepening of inner peace.
Accompanying this post is a video from this very special event.
If you would like to experience a silence retreat, there are three available in California from the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition yearly. Please contact me for further details.