Yesterday I was writing about the importance of silence in my life. Silence is really like a treasure for me and I always like to be in silence, no matter where I am, abroad or in the Ashram. The meaning of silence is for me not anymore that hard and strict discipline of silence which I have done before, in which you strictly don’t talk at all.
When I was doing that, I never liked the use of sign language very much. Many people use sign language during their silent time which actually costs more energy than talking. Then the silence doesn’t give you anything back. The purpose is to save energy but only in trying to make somebody understand, you will spend four times more time than saying a simple sentence. So you actually spend even more energy than while talking. I preferred to be fully in silence.
Now I overall don’t make this kind of hard rule but generally like to talk less. I really love and prefer if I can say what I want to say in a minimum of words. In this way I can be in silence in a normal, natural way.