I’m not much of a poet, but occasionally verses show up. Over a decade ago, I posted this short poem that arose in 1977.
Silence is the basis of all existence
Complete, Perfect, Absolute.
To let yourself go,
To be silent throughout
your whole self,
Is to be Perfection,
I’d been witnessing for a while then and the silence was often very loud. This is a very Shiva orientation, common to transcendence and awakening. The completion mentioned is a completion unto itself. This is a profound experience, but it’s not actually complete. That can be a trap of Self Realization – feeling complete when it’s not wholeness.
What’s missing? Everything. All expression. Shakti. Some Self-Realized folk (and philosophers) will dismiss the world as an illusion. But as I’ve mentioned before, this is an effect of rajas (the guna or quality of transformation) being dominant.
This is not the highest perspective. Without Shakti, Shiva is asleep. Consciousness is inert, tamas. There is nothing, including self-awareness.
Alertness requires liveliness to become conscious and self-aware. Without liveliness, silence is an unknown void. An absence.
Calm, peaceful silence can be very refreshing after many lives of seeking. But this treasure of silence is just the key to the door. First we discover silence, then we can discover its nature as both silence and aliveness. Then we can discover just how inclusive everything is.
Wholeness, Unity, nonduality, totality; these are all-inclusive. Silence alone is not.