Quantum physicists report that 96 percent of the known universe cannot be experienced by our five senses. Yet for most of us, what we hear, see, smell, taste and touch seems to make up our reality.
In his book, In the Sphere of Silence, Vijay Eswaran suggests a practice that will help you tap into the massive 96 percent to actualize your life’s potential, rather than focusing all your efforts on the tiny 4-percent sliver.
“In doing this practice,” says Vijay, “we address the assault on our senses and the insanity that prevails around us. If we want to harness the power of the mind, we need to understand the value of silence: to touch it, dwell in it and draw upon it.”
Born in Malaysia, Vijay belongs to a family of Indian origin. He learned the value of mouna or silence at a young age from his grandfather, for whom it was a way of life. A successful businessman at the helm of a global conglomerate, Vijay has been practicing the Sphere of Silence for the past eighteen years, and attributes much of his personal and professional success to it.
The practice is rooted in ancient Vedic concepts but is not oriented towards any one religion, as silence is universally practiced in one form or another by almost all faiths. The goal of being “in the Sphere of Silence” is to enable you to slow down and take stock of where you are and where you are headed.
Our modern lifestyles do not give us much time to analyze ourselves and examine our aspirations. Most of us have vague notions of what we want to do, but very few of us set targets that are realistic and do what it takes to meet them. The Sphere of Silence is a tool that enables us to address our goals and do much more, by showing us a way to study the fundamentals of our inner self.
“If you don’t know who you are, you don’t know where you are going,” says Vijay. “Hence, the quest must begin with discovering who we are first and then knowing where to go and how.
Inspired by wisdom traditions from East and West, In the Sphere of Silence starts with statements from luminaries such as Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Goethe and Aristotle, gradually directing us to the place where we can connect with the un-sensed universe and leading us down the path to tap into this energetic force. The final chapter reveals the medium for facilitating this powerful connection: spend sixty uninterrupted minutes each day in silence and exercise the mind in goal-setting, memory building and conversing with the divine.
If this approach resonates with you, In the Sphere of Silence is not only a must-read but also the ultimate tool, as it has become for me, for transforming your life from where you are today to where you want to be.
Hardcover, 221 pages, $19.95;
RYTHM House, 2005
(available here: www.NetworkingTimes.com)
Audiobook read by Vijay Eswaran,
$1.99; iTunes.com, 2009