A Mystic Meditation by Anthony de Mello, SJ

Sometimes there would be
a rush of noisy visitors
and the Silence of the monastery
would be shattered.

This would upset the disciples;
not the Master, who seemed
just as content with the noise
as with the Silence.

To his protesting disciples
he said one day, "Silence
is not the absence of sound,
but the absence of self."

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