The incredible lightness of being

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KRISHNA SAI shares his experience of the beauty of inner silence and how it has helped him produce his best work.


I was in Chennai, India, for a wedding, and took the opportunity to spend a few hours visiting a place that has been close to my heart for several years. I first visited that place as a shy, unsure, very confused young man nearly 25 years ago, not really knowing what I wanted in life, or even knowing how to go about finding it. Today, being a Sunday evening, the place was quiet, and the air was silent.

I walked in, removed my footwear, and entered the space specially created for going deep inside in meditation. I was the only one there, in a space that can typically have more than a thousand people. I took a deep breath, allowing a few seconds to take in the atmosphere, gently closed my eyes, brought my mind’s attention to my heart and let is stay there gently. I sat there in that state for the next hour, my consciousness occasionally coming back to the surface attending to some noise, or an awareness of my physical self, but for the most part there was an overpowering silence and a sense of being merged in an incredible lightness. It was as if I went in just under the surface of a body of water, with the noise at the surface and total silence just a few feet underneath. During those moments of total silence in between the awareness of the self, time stood still in an eternal continuum.

During those first visits many years ago, I experienced two things that changed my perspective on life. The first was when I experienced that stillness inside and experienced that inner state. “Weapons cannot cut It, nor can fire burn It; water cannot wet It, nor can wind dry It,” says the Bhagavad Gita. This gave birth to a great sense of inner confidence, not just in my abilities or who I am in this world, but a subconscious feeling that what I am inside is immutable and eternal, beyond destruction or construction, never born, never perishing, infinitesimal and infinite, the indeterminate absolute! This transcendental feeling of connectedness has stayed with me since the first time I experienced it.

The second and more important was that these visits introduced me to a person whose association and guidance has served me as a beacon throughout my life. …


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Article by KRISHNA SAI


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