Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, that among secrets “I am Silence”
dando damayataamasmi neetirasmi jigeeshataam |
maunam chaivaasmi guhyaanaam jnyaanam jnyaanavataamaham || 38 || Chapter 10
Among means of subjugation, I am punishment and among seekers of victory, I am strategy. Also, among the secrets I am silence and among the wise, I am knowledge.
Silence is one of the Attributes of Brahman, The Reality.
The Modifications of the Mind, Chitta Vrutti’ -when it falls still, the Mind Becomes still and this is real Silence.
This is what is required for a practitioner of Yoga and this is the goal of Yoga.
An indication how this is taken seriously can be seen in Ghoshala, a village near Manali.
“Thousands of villagers of Goshal, Burua, Shanag, Kulang, Majhach, Palchan, Kothi, Ruar and Solang are observing this annual custom for many decades. Villagers, on the day of Lohri, seal the doors of temple of Rishi Gautam, Rishi Vyas and Kanchan Nag after keeping a pitcher full of soil close to the idol, chanting mantras. The doors will be opened on the 42nd day when the pitcher would be brought out of the temple and a small fair would be organized in Goshal village. Priests, oracles and local residents will then pour the soil of the pitcher on ground and will make a forecast about the fate of the world for the next one year, based on the special signs in soil.
Villagers believe that noise can disturb the deities during these special 42 days. So, they will not even see television during this period. Agricultural works will be stopped and mobile phones would be put into silent mode. In Goshal village, where Rishi Gautam is believed to have meditated by the banks of river Bipasha (now Beas) for years, people do not even rear roosters, sources said. This followed the episode involving Lord Indra, who had guised himself as a rooster and outraged the modesty of Ahilya, wife of Rishi Gautam.