commenting in response to this essay… Yes, I must confess, I’m using an old alias after getting banned (see last month’s posts for that story). Anyway, here’s what I had to say about silence:
Obviously the desire to speak has returned, which is expected as silence is an unnatural imposition. Speech has to be purified, not eliminated. Silence is a good alternative to all the foolishness that is spoken today, but it is not our ultimate goal. We want to control the tongue, and sometimes silence is good, but it is better to resolve to only speak authorized knowledge about the absolute truth.
People think of silence as a way of communing with God, and indeed Krishna says in Bhagavad-gita that, “Of secret things I am silence.” But silence is only a partial representation of God; moreover, He is very expressive. One can advance quickly by keeping silent, but only to an intermediate stage. Complete knowledge includes the ability to express it either in summary or elaborately.
After speaking on so many useless things throughout many, many births, one may eventually consider that silence is better. But better than silence is truthfully speaking real, transcendental knowledge. As Krishna says in Bhagavad-gita 13.26 (http://bhagavadgitaasitis.com/13/26/en), “Again there are those who, although not conversant in spiritual knowledge, begin to worship the Supreme Person upon hearing about Him from others. Because of their tendency to hear from authorities, they also transcend the path of birth and death.” This hearing, which means someone is speaking, is how one receives authoritative knowledge about spiritual life. One who knows it is obligated to speak.