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 Hymn to Silence and Surrender 
The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled Echoes of Silence by . View all columns in series
There are not many truths, there is one truth, and that truth is Silence. All truths come from Silence. All truths exist as Silence. All truths return to Silence. So there is only one truth, and it is Silence. Silence is behind every holy thought, behind every holy word, behind every holy act. All holiness is Silent.

Enter Silence, and you will see the world that God created. Enter Silence, and you will see that you are that God, the creator. Enter Silence, and you will see that you are that world, the created. God, the world, and you are one and the same in Silence.

This is what all sages know and say: enter Silence, and leave yourself behind in the rubble of thoughts, and time, and death. Enter Silence, and become the creator and the created. Enter Silence, and life is suddenly real—beautiful and perfect in each curve and angle.

This is called awakening, awakening into truth.

How does one awaken into truth and Silence? Surrender. And how does one surrender? By giving everything away. Everything.

Giving everything away, we enter the world of Silence, the temple of truth, and know that the creator and the created are one, and we are that one. But we must give everything away, everything must be given away. We have to give away our huge inventory of unreleased thoughts and beliefs, our undigested experiences, our past and our future—even our present must be given away. We give away our disappointments and sorrows. We give away our joys. Yes, even our joys. Nothing can remain. Everything must be given away. We must empty our storehouses and warehouses of past, present, and future, of self and no-self, of cherished beliefs, of fears and anxieties—and then burn them down so nothing can ever accumulate again.

By giving everything away, by letting everything go as soon as it occurs, we return to clarity, to freedom, to eternal openness. This is called living in Silence. We give everything away that can be given away, and then we give more. We can’t understand this rationally, can we? Nonetheless, it can be done. It does happen. It is a miracle.

Give away meaning and purpose, give away happiness. Give away morality, ethics, commandments…dogma, rhetoric, churches and temples, give everything back to Silence. Give all to Silence. For it is in Silence that God is working, in Silence God is playing, in Silence God is loving. In Silence, it is we who become that God, working, playing, loving. This is called awakening to truth. This is called living in form as the formless one, the Silent one.

And the hands, the ones that have been giving everything away? Give them away. With what? It doesn’t matter. Don’t think, just give the hands away. And then the giving...give that away...let it all go. This body? Let it go. Give it away. This mind? Away. These eyes...away…become blind. These deaf. Without eyes, there is only Silence. Without ears, there is only Silence. This is what we see and hear when all is given away.

What about our very life, the one we so believe in, the one we so love, the one we so try to improve and perfect? Give it away. And our will, the one we use to make things happen, to have our way, to get what we want? Give it away. But then how will things happen, without us? In Silence, things happen. How do they happen? I don’t know. Who initiates the action? I don’t know. What are the reasons for the action? I don’t know. What are the outcomes of the action? I don’t know. In Silence, there is no one to know. Only Silence knows. But this Silent knowing is perfect, this Silent action is perfect. Everything happens perfectly, coming from beyond time into time, from beyond space into space, from beyond words into words.

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Robert Rabbin is a contemporary mystic; a speaker and writer who presents Radical Sages programs throughout the world. He is a leading exponent of Silence and self-inquiry as a way of revealing our authentic being and......moreRobert Rabbin
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