Question: Guru, I can be outwardly silent, but in my mind and vital there are many disturbing sounds. How can I be really silent?Sri Chinmoy: There are some people who have disturbing sounds within them, but outwardly they pretend to be very silent. If they have real divine silence in the depth of their heart, then outwardly they will also have silence. But if the inside is false, then the outside will also be false. Outside we see the reflection of what we have within. So if we want to be really silent, then first we have to be silent within, inside our heart. Then automatically there will come a time when the mind and vital will also be silent and freed from the disturbing sounds.
Sri Chinmoy, The height of silence and the might of sound, Agni Press, 1974