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F or God is silence, and in silence is he sung by means of that psalmody which is worthy of Him. I am not speaking of the silence of the tongue, for if someone merely keeps his tongue silent, without knowing how to sing in mind and spirit, then he is simply unoccupied and becomes filled with evil thoughts: … There is a silence of the tongue, there is a silence of the whole body, there is a silence of the soul, there is the silence of the mind, and there is the silence of the spirit.




Christianity Quote n°3359 | 
John the Solitary in The Syrian Fathers on Prayer and the Spiritual Life" (Cistercian Studies 101; Kalama-zoo 1987). [Malayalam adaptation by G.Chediath, 1990; Persian tr.Tehran 1997(-); French translation of Introduction and selections by M.Moubarakah and J. Obeid, in Parole de l'Orient 26 (2001), 201-266; complete French translation forthcoming]. 





T hat One is called Prana,
The Supreme force that controls and regulates everything.
He gives the power of breath to every creature.
Master of all living beings,
Container of all creation,
He can be known through silence, meditation, and the practice of yoga.





Hinduism Quote n°3017 | 
Jonathan Star, the Inner Treasure, Tarcher Putnam 





S ubhuti delights himself in the practice of silence and tranquility.




Buddhism / Mahayana Quote n°3005 | 
Diamond Sutra, 9, in Dwight Goddard, A Buddhist bible 





F rom each, Love demands a mystic silence.
What do all seek so earnestly? Tis Love.
Love is the subject of their inmost thoughts,
In Love no longer "Thou" and "I" exist,
For self has passed away in the Beloved.
Now will I draw aside the veil from Love,
And in the temple of mine inmost soul
Behold the Friend, Incomparable Love.
He who would know the secret of both worlds
Will find that the secret of them both is Love.





Islam / Sufism Quote n°2961 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.118 





T he first stage of worship is silence.




Islam Quote n°2918 | 
Hadith, Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.89 





T rinity!! Higher than any being, any divinity, any goodness!
Guide of Christians in the wisdom of heaven!
Lead us up beyond unknowing and light, up to the farthest, highest peak of mystic scripture,
where the mysteries of God's Word lie simple, absolute and unchangeable in the brilliant darkness of a hidden silence.
Amid the deepest shadow they pour overwhelming light on what is most manifest.
Amid the wholly unsensed and unseen they completely fill our sightless minds
With treasures beyond all beauty.





Christianity Quote n°2803 | 
Dionysius the Areopagite, adapted from the translation of the Mystical Theology by Colm Luibheid in Pseudo-Dionysius: The Complete Works (Mahwah, New Jersey: Paulist Press). 





T o commune with your Maker in solitude and silence, to recite psalms and pray to him-this it is good to do with your whole heart, until you are overwhelmed with weeping and weep to God as a child weeps to its father. But to weep according to plan in the midst of prayer-that is unworthy! He who does so can no longer say what he says with a whole heart, and the truly great weeping will not overwhelm him. Even thoughts about prayer are like "alien thoughts" which hinder the soul from fixing itself wholly upon God.
There are people who can utter words of prayer with true fervor, so that the words shine like a precious stone whose radiance shines of itself. Then again there are people whose words are nothing but a window that has no light of its own, but only lets the light in and shines for that reason.





Judaism / Hassidism Quote n°2751 | 
Martin Buber’s ten rungs, collected Hassidic saying, p.30 





I t is written: "An altar of earth thou shalt make unto Me . . . And if thou make Me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stones, for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast profaned it."
The altar of earth is the altar of silence, which pleases God beyond all else. But if you do make an altar of words, do not hew and chisel them, for such artifice would profane it.





Judaism / Hassidism Quote n°2750 | 
Martin Buber’s ten rungs, collected Hassidic saying, p.30 





F aith is a very strong thing, and if a man has faith and a simplicity that does not rationalize, he will be found worthy of reaching the rung of grace which is even higher than that of holy wisdom. He will be vouchsafed great and overwhelming grace in God in very blissful silence, until he will be able to bear the greatness of this silence no longer, and will cry aloud out of the fullness of his soul.




Judaism / Hassidism Quote n°2746 | 
Martin Buber’s ten rungs, collected Hassidic saying, p.24 





W hat need is there to take any action? Only profound silence, that is all.




Daoism / Neo Daoism Quote n°2288 | 
Kuo Hsiang, COMMENTARY ON THE CHUANG TZU, ch. 4, NHCc, 2:25a, in Wing-Tsit Chan, Chinese Philosophy, Chapter 19. 



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