The word ‘quiet’ means for there to be very little noise or for someone to not talk very much, but the word ‘silent’ means for there to be no sound at all or for someone to not speak at all. The word ‘quiet’ is more commonly used than ‘silent’ because it’s rare that we hear no sound at all. When we use the word ‘silent’, we usually refer to describe a specific situation, but we use ‘quiet’ to describe a person’s mood which can be practiced.
Sitting quietly is a powerful technique for self-improvement. It has great importance in learning process, especially in imbibing higher values of life. Silence gives rise to deeper thoughts and knowledge. Sages and saints, seers and seekers, in all ages and places, have sat in deep silence in order to search profound truth of life. In the depth of that silence the light of knowledge dawned on them. Sitting silently is a challenge for all; especially it is a daunting task for the students or young people. By nature they are full of physical and mental energy & activity. When they are forced to remain silent, it is the silence of closed lips while their minds go on chattering and jumping from one thought to another. Most students do not know how silence can be a source of greater concentration and happiness. Many young people are not aware of the wonderful effect of silence. However for elder people to maintain quietness is comparatively easier due to maturity of their mind and capability to control their emotions.
Practice of quietness may be in form of spiritual prayer or a light form of yogic meditation. Needless to say, practice of quietness has many benefits. It increases concentration, sharpens intelligence, improves mental alertness, self-confidence, inner equilibrium and makes one peaceful. Let us be quiet to know the joy of quietness!
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda