Right Speech, Silence and Initiation
The ladder by which the candidate ascends is formed
of rungs of
suffering and pain; these can be silenced only by the voice of virtue.1
Today, we witness on every hand groups forming throughout the world to improve and uplift all areas of life on our planet. Economic, religious, social, cultural, scientific and spiritual groups are addressing the individual, local and global problems of our age. As they seek solutions, so they search out and seek to implement the evolving Aquarian principles and techniques. Whether consciously or not, these groups are serving the Plan of Love and Light which would have us beautify the inner and outer personal and global environments in preparation for the reappearance of the World Spiritual Teacher-the Teacher of Love and Unity for our time period.
If members of these emerging Aquarian age groups would learn to develop full trust, sympathy, and united effort, these groups could become the recipients and distributors of spiritual energies, which could then lead to the "loving salvage" of the world. What stands in the way of this anticipated salutary experience?
One of the most frequent deterrents to a unified group experience is the misuse of speech, which "brings about a clogging of the channel" and arrests the inflow of spiritual energies. Just as right speech can create a form of beneficence, so can wrong, hurtful speech poison the atmosphere and produce malignant forms that imprison and ensnare. Words set in vibration the matter of which all forms are made. For example, a harsh word uttered in past lives is not destroyed, but ever returns to the one who sent it forth until it is redeemed.
In the second volume of Esoteric Psychology, the Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul, indicates that "A great deal of present right activity is hindered by the speech interplay between disciples." If these aspiring ones would release themselves from "wordy criticisms, feverish discussions and constant preoccupation with the dharma, the motives and the methods of their fellow disciples,"2 they could more effectively cooperate and succeed in restoring the Plan of Love and Light.
Addressing the need for concise, correct and non-superfluous words, the Agni Yoga wisdom enjoins, "Do not choke yourselves with verbosity. In verbosity resourcefulness and flexibility become lost."3 And, "The Teaching of the Christ can be inscribed upon the palm of the hand."4
Right Speech is one of the steps of the Noble Eight-fold Path-a Path which when conscientiously and thoroughly practiced, can end human suffering. Right speech is governed by self-control and is a function of harmlessness-the attainment of which leads to the Portal of Initiation. Harmlessness brings about reticence in speech and the demonstration of a non-critical spirit. Harmlessness is expressed by the individual whose nature is love, whose method is inclusiveness and to whom all forms are but externalizations of the one Infinite Being. By contrast, harmfulness is based on selfishness and on an egocentric attitude. It is the demonstration of forces concentrated for self-enforcement, self-aggrandizement and self-gratification.
The disciple who seeks to expand his/her consciousness and enter within the Portals of Initiation cannot do so until he/she has learnt the power of speech and the power of silence. For only when the many voices of the lower nature are silenced, will the "Voice that speaketh in the stillness" make its presence felt.
From deep antiquity the value of silence has been known. Many are familiar with that most occult order of Pythagoras at Crotona as well as other esoteric schools in Europe and Asia which had a rule that all neophytes and probationers were not permitted to speak for two years after entering the school. Only as they learned to keep silence for that period, were they given the right to speak, for they had learned a needed and useful reticence.
Silence is the method by which spiritual force is both generated and stored for use. Sitting in silence strengthens the connecting bonds because the priceless gift of silence is but the seed of samadhi-that highest bliss. Let us therefore be vigilant in practicing right speech, seeking to eliminate all unkind, unnecessary and wasteful words, balancing right speech with the cultivation of that silence which carries healing in its wings.
1 The Voice of the Silence,
H.P. Blavatsky, p. 32.
2 Esoteric Psychology, Vol II, Alice A. Bailey, p. 44.
3 New Era Community (132), Agni Yoga Society.
4 Leaves Of Morya's Garden, Vol. II (7), Agni Yoga Society, p. 97.
When in perplexity, sit together in silence and think one thought. Soon you will understand to what an extent such silent counsel is practical. ….The law is that two concordant thoughts increase the power seven times. This is not magic but a practical consideration.
Leaves of Morya's Garden, Book Two (7), p. 78