Q: You sometimes say the Self is silence. Why is this? A: For those who live in Self as the beauty devoid of thought, there is nothing which should be thought of. That which should be adhered to is only the experience of silence, because in that supreme state nothing exists to be attained other than oneself. Ramana
He includes in this statement many who are living in Self. All are living in Self, but in various ways. You can live in Self as the confusion fueled by thought and disturbed by noise. These live in Self unaware and without the realization that they are living in Self in that way due to the trance state they find themselves in.
You can live in Self consciously aware of Self and in the continual realization of the Self as the essence of all life. You can then remain in the realization of the illusory nature of all sense of separation from Self.
For those who live in Self as the beauty devoid of thought, there is only one experience to adhere to, and that is the experience of silence devoid of thought. That is the supreme state and in that state there is only one thing to be attained and that is oneself. Other things to be attained such as common understanding with an “other” of this deepest truth and its repercussions on your life, is obviously delusional.
To abide in Self as the beauty devoid of thought shows that all thought is impurity and only to be tolerated but always kept at a minimum in order to satisfy the functional exigencies, but is to be dropped as soon as possible in order to adhere once again to the experience of silence – and thus again abiding in Self as the beauty devoid of thought. Thus the Sanskrit Sages deleted syllable after syllable to reduce thought to its minimum required to transmit the energetic codes of truth with the least impurities or superfluous matter. They attained in this way an adamantine quality in their written, verbal transmissions that were able to withstand the onslaught of conditioned consciousness through the ages unblemished.
Speak like a sutra whenever possible, if speech is at all required. Otherwise, live in Self as the beauty devoid of thought and adhere to the experience of silence in which nothing exists to be attained other than oneself.
Each thought is an interruption of the perennial flow of original communication, which is silence. Each word and each impregnation of past experience is a blemish on the beauty of Self devoid of thought.
To die completely to every experience as it occurs is to remain in the purity of SHIN KU (true emptiness) and to be MYO U (wondrous being) that arises spontaneously and fresh out of True Emptiness, devoid of all residue from the past.
Enjoy being the beauty in the state that is devoid of thoughts.