To meditate is to listen to God speaking God's native language. God's native language is silence. Therefor, meditation is listen to silence.
Meditation is the deepest conversation, the deepest prayer. It is like the movement of waters in the ground before the stream gushes up into the light. But meditation is not a mute or empty silence. It is a silence filled with the juice of mutuality, the ebb and flow of yearning and love. There are tides in silence, voices in silence, giving and receiving. Yet there are no words. This love-play in stillness is the Mystery of our union with God.
When the prophet Elijah was fleeing from the priests of Baal, he hid in a cave on Mount Horeb. Deeply depressed and lonely, he opened his heart to the Presence of the Lord. There was a earthquake, then a desert whirlwind, then a bolt of lightning. But the Lord was not in earth, wind or fire.
He listened inside, and there found God in the still small voice of silence. Now the Hebrew here is very subtle and powerful ((1 Kings 19:12). What Elijah heard was a קוֹל דְּמָמָה דַקָּה (qol dmamah daqah). Literally this means:
- "qol - voice"
- "dmamah - silent or hardly audible, murmuring"
- "daqah - faint, small, fine"
Our entire universe arises from fluctuations of the vacuum, where "virtual photons" of light and "virtual electrons" of energy vibrate in the void: a finely atomized silence. The vacuum of space is not actually empty, but teeming with possibility, churning with seeds of new creation.
When Elijah practiced deep meditation in that cave, his felt renewed. He emerged refreshed and charged with a new vision for his people, because had, just for a few moments, attuned his heart to the source of creation.
We too can listen to God speak when we practice transcendental deep meditation. What we receive will not be words, but tidal waves of energy and light.
Jai Guru Dev