The Voice of the Silence 2 (Verses 6-32)
- Published: Friday, 02 December 2011 19:55
John Algeo – USA
Verses 6 to 12 of The Voice of the Silence concern the experience we have when we begin to control our minds: “ For: When to himself his form appears unreal, as do on waking all the forms he sees in dreams;  When he has ceased to hear the many, he may discern the ONE―the inner sound which kills the outer.  Then only, not till then, shall he forsake the region of asat, the false, to come unto the realm of Sat, the true.  Before the soul can see, the harmony within must be attained, and fleshly eyes be rendered blind to all illusion.  Before the soul can hear, the image (man) has to become as deaf to roarings as to whispers, to cries of bellowing elephants as to the silvery buzzing of the golden firefly.  Before the soul can comprehend and may remember, she must unto the Silent Speaker be united, just as the form to which the clay is modeled is first united with the potter’s mind.  For then the soul will hear, and will remember.”
One of the first experiences we have is distinguishing between the real and the unreal (in Sanskrit sat and asat). This is what At the Feet of the Master calls the first qualification: discrimination—distinguishing between, as that book says, the real and the unreal, the right and the wrong, the important and the unimportant, the useful and the useless, the true and the false, and the selfish and the unselfish. Sat, usually translated as “real” or “true,” is actually the present participle of the Sanskrit verb for “to be.” It thus means literally “being.” The real is what is, what has actual being. Asat, the “unreal,” is that same word with the negative or privative prefix a- meaning “not” or “without.” (We have that prefix in its Greek form in words like atypical “not typical” or asexual “without sexual characteristics.”) So the real is what has being; and the unreal is what has no being.