When you are conscious of silence, it is noise

Acharya Prashant
2 min readNov 26, 2020

The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Acharya Prashant (AP): What do we talk about?

Listeners (L): Silence

AP: We can talk a lot in Silence. Talking about Silence will always be a little round-about; beating around the bush. But in Silence, which is our nature, we can talk a lot.

We can even be silently noisy.

We can have a lot of words in Silence.

We can have wordlessness in Silence.

Silence is the pure Self — that is Silence.

L: Sir, when we say we are silent, then there is no God.

AP: That is God.

L: Why it is written in this phrase that you are the substratum behind the manifested universe?

You are the substratum beneath the manifested universe.

AP: You are the substratum beneath the manifested universe. You not being there, will the universe be there? You not being there, would that be there which you take as yourself? Here, you refer to the pure Self — which is the source from where the body and the mind originate. And then, from them, the whole universe comes into being. So, you are the foundation of the whole universe.