Man evolves through time as well as everything that is involved in his life, as the same universe frame, and this evolution manifests itself through the ability to be able to listen to the silence, that arises in the observation of one’s self and the universe. “As above, so below; as below so above.”- The Kybalion.
Multiple and very valuable are the lessons of silence as well as its beauty and mystery. From the silence we have come and to the silence we should return, when the time comes. When we are silent we can delve into the significance of the mysteries of life. In the solitary silence of our hearts is where we discovered the great experiences of life and love. (Powell: 1984, 141)
Silence is the total absence of sound. And, however, that there is no any sound does not always mean there is no communication. Silence helps in reflective pauses which serve to have more clarity of the acts. The silence is just as important as the sound because without the silence not there would be guidelines, differences or understanding in the universe, in music, for example, without silence songs would be very quick and there would be time to make it breathe who is interpreting it. Generally, silence serves reflective pause after a communication, to help assess the message. Beyond the simple score, silence can be used with dramatic intent, since silence revalues the sounds before and after
The word silence covers a series of definitions as well as synonyms due to the use given to the word from the basic concept of “abstention from speaking”, until those inferred by association or similarity. In the application of that word you will find a wide range of meanings but precisely relating to the original sense of “shut up” or not speaking. Even in this primary assertion is no inference to be silent is not only refrain from speaking that is also given to not make any type of Seine, Grin or body language that can infer a direct communication either express or implied.
The legend teaches that the Prince BAHZAM, any day left to hunt near his palace; until nightfall, when precisely the Prince was looking for a good dam. Tired already, the Prince sat under a leafy tree in order to take break; at that moment he felt leaving the branches the voice of a bird; then Bahzam stood up and I shot the bird with his Blowgun, killing him immediately. When the bird died at his feet, the principe BAHZAM note the bird and he meditate about what had happened, with a sigh said: “¡ Oh, how beautiful is knowing when to be silent and caring what we say ! if this bird had not spoken , this bird would be still alive.”
Silence expressed in the arts is paradoxically possible by the absence of any theme or element as opposed to a presence of greater impact. The interrelation of a sense hearing as shrill, jarring, rumbling, precipitous, loud and strident, is commonly applied to the visual in the chromatic scheme and tonal contrasts. A low-tone scheme especially if it’s clear values has an effect of silence. In the well-known paintings by Kazimir Malevich (Was a Russian painter and art theoretician.He was a pioneer of geometric abstract art and the originator of the avant-garde, Suprematist movement.) White on White and Black on black , you can see a visual silence for the absence of contrast , while on the contrary in his works as Black on white and due to this higher contrast , you can interpreted as a loud sound . In virtually all artistic disciplines silence is a key component. The absence of phonemes , colors or sounds are included on purpose by the author to give life to his work.
Now, approaching the Freemasonry, we can say that silence is a virtue through which many defects are corrected and learns to be prudent and indulgent with the failures that we see in ourselves and the world that surrounds us.
But, where silence as a fundamental axiom for growth of mason comes from and what is its real meaning and importance? Etymologically silence comes from the Sanskrit mu and its derivations (mute) Muka and musterion; (mystery) the root is complement in Greece through verb musin (meaning close) and its branching museria (silence) and in Rome with the root (mutus) where comes the term mutate or change, by referring to the silence that birds observed during the renovation of their plumage.
Silence appears to have only one meaning, but when we reflect on the concept in terms of Freemasonry we find that he acquires multiple projections. We try to apply it to any area, space or ceremony, situations and even conceptual approach, although on occasions it alternates with the secret. Arturo E. Powell (1984:136) proposes to divide the study on “two aspects, i.e. the secrecy and silence. “The first is external and exoteric aspects, and the last is the inner or esoteric”. He says that “silence is essentially spiritual…”.
They were five years of silence demanded by Pythagoras to his disciples so that they were strengthened with meditation and experience, and so could teach better and become more worthy of those who listened to them
Since the apprentice enters the Masonic space, starting with the Hall of the temple, he will experience the silence. Even when not being told that he must keep silent the psychological impact of being blindfolded and stepped on an unknown location, where you will find mostly strangers, he will be forced to be cautious and remain silent, so the apprentice, who at all times must be kept absolute silence, the apprentice Mason is confronted with a space full of objects and images that is immediately recognized as very important and whose meanings will be revealed gradually through precisely the observation, such as the Association to what is known, followed by the study. In general terms, the Masonic Temple in its material aspect shows no silence (based on own observation and experience), since the space is dense and with objects that are mostly contrasting. This is explainable in terms of the symbolism as well as the process of perception, leading to and as essential Masonic learning tool
This process of education involves a period of one year of receptivity and intense, possible internalization due mainly to silence. This practice or resource, is not only in Freemasonry, but is typical of cults and religions, in terms of achieving a mystical message communicated through images and spaces. Concrete example would be Gothic medieval churches made in stone (13th century), which became the symbol of the ideal Temple since express spirituality induced by vertical space and exquisite beauty heightened by the polychrome stained-glass windows of great size. The qualities that shows the space encourage silence conducive to meditation.
“The discipline of silence is one of the fundamental teachings of Freemasonry. Who speaks a lot, thought little, light and superficially. Usually, your vision of things will be tight and inflexible and therefore will not have elements to assess new ideas or horizons. For this reason, Freemasonry seeks to make its adepts better thinkers than speakers.” –Aldo Lavagnini
Knowing someone is not good understanding of each of its words, but know interpret their silence…….
This article was written by Psalm Triginta