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For now, please find below a class (murli) from the founder of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University. Avyakt Bapdada, especially on the topic of THE POWER OF SILENCE.
If you have explored this website well, especially the ‘WHO AM I?’ video or read the 5 chapters of my memoirs on the ‘HELP ME HELP YOU’ page, you will understand the context of these teachings which aren’t generally published in the mainstream.
Otherwise, let the class speak for itself, and see what you make of it.
Avyakt BapDada 18/11/87
Today, the Almighty Authority, BapDada, is looking at His Shakti Army. This spiritual Shakti Army is a unique army. It is called the spiritual army, but its special power is the power of silence and it is a non-violent army that brings peace. So, today, BapDada was looking at every child who is a bestower of peace and seeing to what extent each one has accumulated the power of silence. This power of silence is the special weapon of the spiritual army. All of you are those who are holding this weapon, but you are numberwise. The power of silence will make the whole world peaceful from peaceless. It will transform not only human souls, but it will also transform the elements of nature.
The power of silence now has to be known and experienced in an even deeper way. The more powerful you become with this power, the more you will continue to experience the importance and greatness of the power of silence. At present, you experience achieving success through the power of words and the power of the facilities of service, but the power of silence is very much greater than the power of words and the physical facilities of service. The ‘facilities’ of the power of silence are also elevated. Just as you use pictures, projectors and videos as facilities for doing service through words, in the same way, the facilities of the power of silence are pure thoughts, good wishes and the language of the eyes. Just as you give the introduction of the Father and the creation through the language of words, in the same way, on the basis of the power of silence and with the language of the eyes, you can give an experience of the Father. Just as you show images through the projector, in the same way, you can clearly show the sparkling image of yourself and of the Father in the centre of your forehead. Just as,
at present, you give people an experience of the pilgrimage of remembrance through words, in the same way, with the power of silence, your face will automatically give the experience of the different stages of remembrance. Those who experience this will easily feel that, at that time, they are experiencing the seed stage or that they are experiencing the angelic stage or they will automatically experience a variety of virtues from your powerful face.
Just as through words you enable souls to have feelings of co-operation and love, in the same way, when you yourself have good wishes and are stable in the stage of love, whatever your feelings are, you will enable those same feelings to arise in them. Your good wishes will ignite their feelings. Just as a lamp ignites a lamp, in the same way, your powerful good wishes will easily make the most elevated feelings arise in others. Just as you now have all the physical tasks carried out with words, in the same way, you can just as easily carry out and enable others to carry out any physical task with the elevated method of the power of silence, that is, with the power of pure thoughts.
Just as the power of science has the facilities of the telephone and wireless, in the same way, these pure thoughts will give you the experience of getting a task done by speaking directly, face to face, or as if speaking on the telephone or the wireless. These are the specialities of the power of silence. The power of silence is no less. However, because you use the power of words and physical facilities a lot more, you find that easy. You haven't yet experimented with the facilities of the power of silence and this is why you do not have that experience. You find the other way easy and this one difficult. However, according to the transformation of time, you will definitely have to use the facilities of the power of silence.
Therefore, o elevated souls, bestowers of peace, experience the power of silence. Just as by practising with words, you have become powerful in words, in the same way, continue to have more practice with the power of silence. As you progress further, you won't have time to serve with words or physical facilities. At such a time the facilities of the power of silence will be necessary, because whatever is very powerful will also be extremely subtle. So, pure thoughts are more subtle than words and this is why the impact of the subtle will be powerful. Even now, you experience this. Where the power of words cannot carry out a task, you say: This one will not understand with words, he will only be transformed with pure feelings. Where words cannot make a task successful, the experience of mercy and love with the facilities of the power of silence - pure thoughts, good wishes and the language of the eyes - can accomplish a task.
Even now, when someone who argues a lot comes, he would argue even more through words. Therefore, you make that one sit in remembrance and give him the experience of the power of silence, do you not? If he then experiences peace for even a second by having remembrance, he will surrender his argumentative intellect through the experience of silence. So, continue to increase the experience of the power of silence. As yet, there is very little experience of this power of silence. The majority of you have only experienced a slight taste of the sweetness of the power of silence.
BapDada was seeing how many souls have the experience of the power of silence, how many of you souls speak about it and how many souls experiment with it. For this, there is a need for you to be introverted and to stay in solitude. It is easy to be extroverted. However, according to the time, there now needs to be a lot of practice of being introverted. Some children say that they don't have time to be in solitude, that they don't have time to experience the stage of introversion, because the activities of service and of the power of words have increased a lot. However, there is no need to find half an hour or an hour at a time for this. While in the midst of the activities of service, you can find that much time in between in which you can experience being in solitude.
To be in solitude means to stabilise yourself in any one powerful stage. Stabilise yourself in the seed stage, stabilise yourself in the stage of a lighthouse and a might-house, that is, stabilise yourself in the experience of being one who gives light and might to the world. Through the angelic stage, give others the experience of the avyakt stage. If you concentrate on this stage for even a second or a minute, then this stage for even one minute can give you and others a lot of benefit. You just need to practise this. Now, who is there who would not have time for even a minute? When the system of traffic control started, some used to think: How is this possible? The amount of service activity is huge and you are always busy. However, since you kept the aim, it has become possible. That programme is continuing, is it not? Do you have this programme of traffic control at the centres, or do you sometimes miss traffic control and sometimes have it? This too is a discipline. Just as you consider other disciplines to be essential, in the same way, this too is necessary for self-progress, for success in service and for the atmosphere of the centres. So, by keeping the aim of having the practice of being introverted and in solitude, with that deep love in your heart, find time to do this from time to time. Those who know the importance of this will automatically find time. If you don’t give it that importance, you won't find the time.
To stabilise your mind and intellect in a powerful stage is to be in solitude. You saw Brahma Baba: the sign of his coming close to perfection was that, while doing service, while listening to news, he used to go into solitude. You experienced this, did you not? He would understand the news of one hour in its essence in five minutes and would make the children happy and also give them the experience of his stage of introversion and solitude. The sign of perfection was that he experienced the stage of introversion and solitude while walking and moving around and while listening and doing things. So, are you not able to follow the father? Does anyone have greater responsibility than Father Brahma had? Father Brahma never said that he was too busy; he became an example in front of the children. Now, according to the time, there is a need for this practice. Although you have all facilities for service, there is still a need for you to serve with the power of silence because the power of silence is a power that gives an experience.
Mostly, with the power of words, the arrow only reaches the head, whereas the arrow of experience reaches the heart. So, according to the time, there will be the cry: Give us an experience for just a second! Those who are tired of listening and speaking will come. With the methods of the power of silence, you will be able to take them beyond with a glance. With your pure thoughts, you will be able to end the waste thoughts of souls. With your pure feelings, you will enable their feelings of love for the Father to emerge.
Today, a group from Punjab has come.
In Punjab, it is important to do service with the power of silence. With the power of silence, you can make those with a violent attitude non-violent. You saw at the time of the beginning of establishment how those who had a violent attitude were transformed in front of the spiritual power of silence. So, it is the power of silence that will quieten those with a violent attitude. They are just not ready to listen to words. When a wave of heat or cold is able to spread everywhere with the power of nature, then can the waves of silence not be spread everywhere by the lords of nature? Instruments of science can transform a very hot atmosphere into a cool atmosphere. So, can spiritual power not transform souls? So, what did those from Punjab hear? Let everyone feel the vibrations from someone with a treasure-store of peace who is giving them rays of peace. It is Punjab that has been given time to do such service. You hold functions and exhibitions anyway, but experience this power and also give others this experience. Your minds need to have a concentrated and powerful attitude. The more powerful a lighthouse is, the further it can send its light. So, this is the time for those from Punjab to experiment with this power. Do you understand? Achcha.
A group from Andhra Pradesh has also come.
What will you do? You will quieten the storms. Many storms come in Andhra. In order for you to quieten the storms, you need the power of silence. Human souls are left wandering around in storms. So, to show the wandering souls the destination of peace is the special service of those from Andhra. When they end up wandering physically, it is first their minds that wander, and then the bodies wander. When their minds are fixed (stable), their intellects will work for the support of the body. If the mind is not stable, then the intellect doesn't work even for the physical facilities required for the body. Therefore, in order to put everyone's mind at rest, use this power. Both (Punjab and Andhra) have to be saved from storms. There, they have storms of violence and the other place has storms from the ocean. There, it is from the people and here it is from nature. However, there are storms in both places. Give the gift of silence to those who have storms. This gift will transform the storms. Achcha.
To all the elevated souls everywhere who are bestowers of peace, to all the great introverted souls everywhere, to the elevated karma yogi souls who always come into action in solitude, to the elevated yogi souls who constantly experiment with the power of silence, BapDada's love, remembrance and namaste.