The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi – Silence and Solitude

Devotee: Is a vow of silence useful?

Maharshi: The inner silence is self-surrender. And that is living without the sense of ego.
Devotee: Is solitude necessary for a sannyasin ?
Maharshi: Solitude is in the mind of a man. One might be in the thick of the world and yet maintain perfect serenity of mind; such a person is always in solitude. Another may stay in the forest, but still be
unable to control his mind. He cannot be said to be in solitude. Solitude is an attitude of the mind; a man attached to the things of life cannot get solitude, wherever he may be. A detached man is always in

Devotee: What is mauna?
Sri Ramana Maharishi

Maharshi: That state which transcends speech and thought is mauna; it is meditation without mental activity. Subjugation of the mind is meditation; deep meditation is eternal speech. Silence is ever
speaking; it is the perennial flow of ‘language’. It is interrupted by speaking; for words obstruct this mute ‘language’. Lectures may entertain individuals for hours without improving them. Silence, on the other hand, is permanent and benefits the whole of humanity. By silence, eloquence is meant. Oral lectures are not so eloquent as silence. Silence is unceasing eloquence … It is the best language.
There is a state when words cease and silence prevails.

~ Courtesy: Sri Ramanasrama, Tiruvannamalai