As I’m an engineer and a finance geek, my mind is analytical by nature. I tried to make rational sense of what I had just experienced—but it seemed it couldn’t be explained with logic.
The next evening, I sat on those same steps contemplating what the baba had said. I thought about how I had met countless individuals who had many more possessions than this man ever would. Yet somehow, his sense of contentedness was unbelievably greater than anything I’d ever felt. I never found the baba again, but his words still echo in my ears today. Needless to say, the encounter changed my life forever.
Almost a couple of months later, back in my office, I was still thinking about that evening and came to a conclusion that I have been listening a lot but I haven’t really listened. So I decided that I would invite the profound presence of silence into my personal life. Since then, I have been regularly immersing myself in this deep ocean.
Today, I am much more conscious and grateful than I’ve ever been. I’m in a place where my thoughts and priorities are aligned with my inner peace and happiness. Through my own practice of silence and, more importantly, by recognizing its positive impact on the quality of my personal, spiritual, work, and social life, it became clear to me that there was a need for an international community—a community that believed in, supported, and promoted the power and practice of silence. A community inspired to create a more peaceful, conscious, and beautiful world.