deponti (deponti) wrote,
deponti
deponti

  • Mood:
  • Music:

Silence

On a mailing list to which I belong, the subject of silence came up....the list is of people who have studied at IIM, Ahmedabad and the architect of the campus, Louis Kahn, was a man who understood silence:

As Vasu mentioned it in his email:

"I was reading about a book about silence and the author mentioned Kahn as an architect who understood silence.

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2010/06/escaping-the-noise-machine/58106/

He went on to talk about how he has moved to a remote location in Ohio, where one would expect a rural silence...and yet, the sound of the lawn-mowers every weekend makes a huge racket!

Silence is something worth reflecting on. Especially in India (whether rural or urban), silence is something one very rarely finds. Civilization seems to be accompanied by noise, chatter and sounds....perhaps one of the reasons why I like going into the forests of my country is the prevailing silence,which is still relative, because the jungle has its own sounds!

Our places of worship and meditation usually are places of silence. It is, perhaps, in silence, that one can look into one's soul, introspect, and conduct a spiritual journey. One may not miss the lack of silence, but surely, it will tell on one's mind and thoughts...quite apart from damaging one's hearing, noise can be deeply disturbing to the pysche.

One of the most haunting songs I know is "Sound of Silence" from the movie "The Graduate"....and in singing that song, the silence is broken, what an irony!

Silence is the still pool of reflection in which we can see into our souls. As I begin a process of introspection to try and solve my problems, I muse on silence...as the firecrackers burst in quick crescendo, and I wonder how much further each succeeding generation of humanity must go in search of the simple, calming aid that silence is.

We may complain about noise, but for many of us, a total lack of sounds could actually be traumatic; lack of noise equals lack of activity, and as D's dad said, we are human doings, not human beings. We find it difficult to handle silence...perhaps because, to us, silence reminds us of that eternal silence that awaits us beyond life.

But this is, surely, not true....silence is the music of the soul, and every one of us, at some point or another, seeks a silent place in which to realize, confront, comfort,and resolve ourselves.
Tags: architecture, costiima, noise, silence, thoughts
Subscribe

  • Loss and grief during the pandemic

    Keep calm and carry on" only works for some people, but this unwritten rule seems to become mandatory. We're expected to get over our grief by hiding…

  • More K2...cake batter

    Me: After I finish mixing the cake batter, you can choose between the whisk and the spatula. I will give the other one to K1. K2: I will wait and…

  • A puzzle and the different ways each of us solved it

    On QuizFamilies, the quiz group which I have moderated (off and on, mostly on!) since 1991, my friend Sutanu posted this puzzle: (Do try your…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 2 comments