"Voice of the Silence," "Shabd", or "Naam" according to Mohammedanism

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Among the Muslim Sufis, it is known as Sultan-ul-Azkar, (the king of prayers). Another order of Sufis calls it Saut-i-Sarmadi, (the Divine Song). They also call it Nida-i-Asmani, (the sound coming down from the (Heavens), Kalam-i-Qadim (the ancient sound) and the Kalma or Word. The fourteen regions were made by the Kalma--the Word.
Khawaja Hafiz, a great divine, says:
From the turret of the Heaven a call bids thee Home.
But fallen into the snares thou listeneth not.
No one knows where the Mansion of the Beloved lies,
But sure enough the chiming of the bells proceeds therefrom. Again:
Take the stop-cock from thy ears, and hear thou the voice of emancipation,
coming to thee.
Attach not to the material world.
The Elixir of life is showering from above.
The beat of love while sounding in the Heavens,
Sounds blessings to the souls of the devotees."
Maulana Rumi, in his Masnavi says:
Grow not skeptical, but attune thyself to the Sound coming down
from the Heavens.
Thy soul shall have revelations from afar.
What are these but glimpses of the Unrevealed:
Were I to speak of these sweet melodies
Even the dead shall rise from their graves.
Rise above the horizon, O brave soul, and hear the melodious song
coming from the highest heaven.
Prophet Mohammed says:
The Voice of God comes unto my ears as any other sounds.
Shah Niaz, another Muslim devotee, says:
Soul is the Will and the Secret of God. Its meditation is carried without the help of tongue and palate. Alas! thou art stuck fast in the physical bondage and do not hear the Holy Sound of God. My Beloved is speaking to thee all the while, but woe to thee for thou heareth not the Voice.
The whole universe is resounding with the Sound, and thou hast only to open the door of thine ear.
For opening the ear, it is sufficient to stop hearing the outer sounds. If you do this, you will hear the perpetual and unending Sound. It is infinite and has no beginning nor end, and on account of that, it it called Anhad (without any limits). Without this Word--the Eternal Sound- an infinite expression of the Infinite, the world could not have come into existence. Hold communion with the Melodious Sound and lose yourself in it, O wise man.

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"Voice of Sielence","Shabd","Naam" according to Christianity.

Saint John has stated in his Gospel:
In the beginning was the Word; and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. --St. John
By the Word of the Lord were the heavens made.
He spoke and it was done. --Psalm
Upholding all things by the Word of His Power.--Hebrews
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth but the Word of God shall stand forever.--Isaiah
Forever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven.--Psalm
St. Paul said: For the Word of God is quick (living) and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of thoughts and interests of heart.

jasdir singh jaura | Thu, 08/26/2010 - 13:34
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"Voice of Sielence","Shabd","Naam" according to Hinduism

According to the Hindu theological books, the whole creation was made through Nad. They also refer to It as Akash Bani (voice coming down from the Heavens). We have references to It even in the Vedas, the ancient scriptures of the world. We read of It in the Upanishads, as for instance, the Nad Bind Upanishads, which deal with the matter in a very lucid manner. The Hatha Toga Pradipaka also speaks of this Sound Principle.
He has taken the support of the Word, the melodious Tune. -- Chandogya Upanishad
Let Yogi sit on Sidh Asan and while practising the Vaisnavi mudra,
he should hear the Sound through his right ear.
--Nad Bind Upanishad

By communion with the Word he will become deaf to the external sounds,
and will attain the Turiya Pad or a state of equipoise within a fortnight.
--Nad Bind Upanishad
First the murmuring sounds resembling those of the waves of oceans,
the fall of rain and the running rivulets and then Bheri will be heard
intermingled with the sounds of bell and conch, etc.

jasdir singh jaura | Thu, 08/26/2010 - 13:37
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"Voice of Sielence","Shabd","Naam" according to Sikhism

Mind hankereth after evils; through the Word, the Master restraineth it. --Guru Teg Bahadur
Through the medium of Word, soul doth cross the endless ocean of matter. Lowly Nanak, therefore, glorifies His Naam (the Word). --Guru Nanak
The Word is both earth and ether. TheSe had their being through the Word. This Word expressed itself in other aspects as well. The whole creation sprang up after the Word. O Nanak, that endless Word is reverberating in each heart.
The all-pervading Word has attracted all my mind. What else have I to think of? Communion of the soul with the Word creates everlasting Bliss. At-one-ment with the Lord procures the Essence of Joy and Peace. --Guru Nanak
I am emancipated. The God-Man has un-fettered me. Through the communion of soul with the Word, I have gained the resplendent seat of honour: O Nanak, the all-pervading Naam or the Word dwelleth in the hearts of all. The company of the Gurmukhs procures communion with It. --Guru Nanak
Far off, on the other shore, is my Beloved. The God-man's Word, alone, carries the soul across. In the company of saints, man is in clover and never repents. How can the ignorant get to the principle of union of soul with the Word ? Without communion with the Word, soul comes and goes. O Nanak, the Gurmukh who is himself emancipated, meets by the merciful Writ of the Lord.
The creation and the ultimate dissolution of the universe is caused through the Word. Again, through Word, it takes its existence anew.
By good luck, the Lord consort has become ours. The Endless Song (the Word), resounding everywhere, gives a clue to His Court. --Guru Teg Bahadur
The Word made all the earthly systems. --Guru Teg Bahadur

jasdir singh jaura | Thu, 08/26/2010 - 13:45