On Silence and Noise, and Other Dualities of Existence

A few peaceful days without the noisy less quiet housemate around last week got me thinking about the inter-being of silence and noise.

The concept of silence cannot exist without noise, and the concept of noise cannot exist without silence. They depend on each other for existence. Their respective characteristics and qualities are dependent on the existence of the opposite’s characteristics and qualities. In their very being and essence, they contain each other. Like suffering and joy, they inter-are. As with many other seeming dualities we observe in life (life and death, light and darkness, discomfort and well being…).

What causes suffering, then, is not the states of being in themselves, but our perception towards them. If we can see the silence in noise (which I’m really trying to), the light in darkness, the death in life… And vice versa, we would understand that that it is simply their nature to Be. To inter-be. Like a coin cannot be without 2 sides (we can never “remove” one side of the coin), they cannot be without the other. With this realization of insight and understanding, we will achieve release from suffering.

Till then, I strive on..

One thought on “On Silence and Noise, and Other Dualities of Existence”

  1. I realized this one day when I was irritated by the noise of construction next door. I was on edge and it did not feel good; I was bothered. But then I realized I was resisting it, trying to obliterate it from my experience, and when I welcomed it, embraced it into my awareness, it ceased to irritate, bother or cause tension in my being. It is truly amazing the depths, heights, length and breadth of pure Awareness of Presence that contains all, dissolves all, uplifts all into ease and grace and makes all things new! Blessings to you!

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