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Chapter 1: Sound is Our Mind - Silence is Our Being

The Eastern meditators found as they entered into their inner being, they are first surrounded with a tremendously beautiful and musical sound. It is not the sound of any music being played, it is simply the heartbeat of the universe. And once they come in tune with the heartbeat of the universe, silence descends. They would like to dance and declare to the world about silence, but they can only say three times, “silence, silence, silence” - and they are melting and merging.

Rather than their declaration of silence becoming louder, it is becoming more and more like a whisper and finally, they are not - but they have witnessed the end. Now, it is a logical conclusion that the end and the beginning cannot be different.

The seed grows into a tree, blossoms, brings fruits and again seeds. In existence everything moves in a circle, the earth, the moon, the sun, the faraway millions of stars.all move in a circle that meets at a point.

The end and the beginning are the same.

That’s why the Eastern scriptures begin with the declaration, Om - the sound of the soundless, the very music of the heart of the universe. And as they go deeper, silence becomes the only reality. They want to declare silence to the world, but nobody has been able to go beyond the third because each time they say silence, it becomes more of a whisper.

I am reminded.

I had one doctor friend who was perhaps the most famous doctor in those parts. I told him, “I would like to experience something for which there is no reason. You can help me. I want to go slowly and deeply into the unconscious.”

He said, “This is against medical practice. You don’t have any reason, and I cannot use something without reason and make you unconscious.”

But I persuaded him. I said, “Find any reason, and I am not going to tell anybody. Although, I have told it to the whole world.”

He put me on his table, sent all the servants and nurses away because he was doing something against the medical code. While he was covering my head so that I could not breathe anything else, he said to me, “Do one thing. While you are going into the unconscious, go on saying one, two, three, four, five.as long as you can.”

Strangely, I could not go beyond three. I tried hard. I was aware of the fact that I had only come up to three, and the four would not come. Later on I told him, “This was my reason to be put into the unconscious state. I wanted to see why every scripture stops at three.”

I asked him to tell me how I was saying one, two, three. He said, “One was clear, two was not so clear, three was almost a whisper, and beyond that you never uttered anything.”

This was my way through a scientific experiment to see why all the scriptures stop with three. They begin with the same and they end with the same.

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