Tuesday, February 05, 2013

' Speak for Pleasure but Speak with A Measure ' !


Movement of matter  is invariably followed by an emerging sound. For example when we clap both the hands, a sound is produced. What happens to the sound. It does not disappear but goes up into the atmosphere and stays there -  that is the reason, we are always surrounded by noise levels of varying decibels. The sound levels would be audible clearly only when silence exists in the ambiance. When we speak, unless there exists a silent zone or the listener keeps silent, not only the speech goes unheard but also it would add to the already existing noise levels.

Silence and noise oppose each other. But there exists a catch in that unless silence exists, noise can not be heard. In a similar manner, the mind which always experience a state of commotion, looks for peace. Silence is the weapon against noise where as the mind which is encircled with some noise level looks for peace. The subject becomes more intricate to cope up with.

The word 'manidan' in Tamil means those who possess a mind filled with noise. The word 'manidan' needs to be replaced as 'manadan' to give emphasis on 'mana' or 'mind' which indicates its true meaning as explained in the beginning of this para. Mind is made up of thoughts which find a gateway by sound expressions or to put it simply by 'speech'. Communication  is the means to exchange one's thoughts with others. Should you speak low or amidst noise, you may go unheard. Though man prefers silence to sound, the irony is we have to speak loud to overcome the noise barrier. This is unavoidable dichotomy we have to face.

Two negatives can make it positive. This serves as an exception than  a rule So to counter the noise within us or in the mind,  we may have to resort to or make noise. We can sing  ' Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare ...' ! we can feel the effect conspicuously when we join a sat-sang and recite the same loudly in chorus.  As the 'sat-sang' gains place, the wicked thoughts deep inside get burnt and the resulting vacuum will be filled with peace. A sense of relief from  the rough knots would be most welcome.  A similar result can be achieved when one undertakes meditation alone. Ofcourse, one need to practice meditation for a while before counting upon the result.

Speaking or expressing one's thoughts would also serve as a means to overcome the burden felt in the mind.  But suitable precaution is needed before we begin to speak. Some people are unable to stop, some repeat the same story, some can't help talking selfish or about themselves. When learned people speak, they use encouraging words. They can reform the wicked or bad thinking in others. Soothing phrases coming from them would relieve the worries. melody of the music would also relieve the tension.

The blind are led by sounds only. They can comprehend the colors only when the speaker explains the difference by the sixth sense.

It is therefore very important to choose the right words so that it would not render a different meaning. A single wrong word can upset a scene. Thiruvalluvar says "protect your tongue lest it should lead to disaster" !
Kumbakarnan's story should stand as a classic case. He sought a boon from Brahma when the latter appeared before him as a result of the penance. Kumbakarnan wanted 'Nithyatvam' meaning ' a long life and no one can destroy him' but when he uttered, he did not say it properly . He asked 'Nidraithvam' meaning 'sleep for ever'. Everyone knows the aftermath.

I wish to conclude by quoting  a popular maxim which is relevant to the topic:-

Speak for Pleasure but Speak with a Measure
Speak with grammars' richest Treasure
Not too much but with descretion
For the Deeds would follow the Word's Direction.

Music is well said to be the speech of an Angel - Thomas Carlyle

A kiss is a lovely trick to stop speech when words become superfluous - Ingrid Bergman.  ( Kumbakarnan probably missed this while asking for a boon )

Be still when you have nothing to say. When genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say and say it hot  -  D.H.Lawrence

Speech is power, speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel. It is to bring another out of his bad sense into your good sense - Emerson, the US Poet.

Speech is the mirror of the soul, as a man speaks,so he is -  Publitius Syrus



Blogger Shantha said...

A Good one. enjoyable.


February 27, 2013 at 4:54 AM  
Blogger Shantha said...

A Good one. enjoyable.


February 27, 2013 at 4:55 AM  

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