Meditation does not lead us to silence instead only creates the situation in which the silence happens.
A disciple had been meditating for at least ten years–doing all kinds of yoga postures, meditative techniques. One day the Master appears, and the disciple is sitting like a Buddha, absolutely silent–at least externally. The Master starts rubbing a brick on a stone just in front of him and creating so much noise that the disciple has to open his eyes a little bit to see who is creating the nuisance.
He is astonished, seeing that the Master himself is doing it. He patiently controls his temper but there is a limit to everything. Finally he loses his control and says, “Stop it,! What are you doing?” And the master says, “I am trying to make a mirror out of this brick!”
The disciple says, “That is impossible. You can go on rubbing, but the brick will never become a mirror.”
And the Master says, “That’s what I have come to tell you. And what have you been doing for ten long years? Scrubbing, scrubbing.. trying to polish your mind and the mind has not become a mirror.”
Meditation is a going back to oneself to empty all the tension, worry and quieten the mind to attain harmony of mind and body. It is an activity without any goal or result.In meditation we become more and more aware of every activity. When we do it with awareness work becomes meditation–every activity becomes meditation–we become mediators.
Meditation is the activity of holy thought, consciously performed in the presence of God,
under the eye of God, by the help of God, as a means of communion with God–J.I. Packer.