The real silence happens when you start watching the noise of your mind.
There is a constant traffic in the mind—thoughts, memories, imagination, thousands of desires. It is always a crowd moving in all directions. If you can stand by the side of the road and just watch, without any evaluation, judgment, without condemning something or appreciating something—just sitting on the bank of the river, watching the flow of the river, unconcerned, detached, just being a pure witness, then the miracle happens.
Be aware of the body and its action. Walking, walk with alertness; don't walk like a robot, like a machine. When thinking, watch that thoughts are moving. Just go on seeing what desires are spinning and weaving their nets around you. Just go on watching. Go on watching how subtle dreams are moving like an undercurrent deep down in your unconscious. Watch your feelings, moods, how they suddenly arise as if from nowhere; just a moment before you were so full of joy and now you are so sad. Just watch how joy becomes sadness, how it happens, see the bridge...how joy becomes sadness, how sadness becomes joy.
I am not saying to do anything. Meditation is not a doing at all, it is pure awareness. But a miracle happens, the greatest miracle in life. If you go on watching, tremendous and incredible things start happening. Your body becomes graceful, your body is no more restless, tense; your body starts becoming light, unburdened; you can see great weights, mountainous weights falling from your body. Your body starts becoming pure of all kinds of toxins and poisons. You will see your mind is no more as active as before; its activity starts becoming less and less and gaps arise, gaps in which there are no thoughts. Those gaps are the most beautiful experiences because through those gaps you start seeing things as they are without an interference of the mind.
Slowly, slowly your moods start disappearing. You are no more very joyous and no more very sad. The difference between joy and sadness starts becoming less. Soon a moment of equilibrium is reached when you are neither sad nor joyous. And that is the moment when bliss is felt. That tranquility, that silence, that balance, is bliss.
There are no more peaks and no more valleys, no more dark nights and no more moon nights, all those polarities disappear. You start becoming settled exactly in the middle. And all these miracles go on becoming deeper and deeper, and ultimately when your body is in total balance, your mind is absolutely silent and your heart is no more full of desires, a quantum leap happens in you: suddenly you become aware of the fourth—of which you have never been aware before. And that is you, the fourth. You can call it the soul, the self, God or whatsoever you want to call it, that is up to you; any name will do because it has no name of its own.
Lao Tzu says, "Because it has no name I have chosen to call it Tao." You can choose anything—xyz, but to attain it is the ultimate goal of life. And in that moment all is light- your inner eye has opened. It is only through that inner eye and that light that one becomes aware of the truth of existence, and that truth liberates.