Mauna – conserve your spiritual energy
Mauna – Silence is a Tapa, part of the Kriya Yoga, which is an antidote to Kleshas .
Kriya Yoga consists of Tapa, Swadhyaya and Iswara Pranidhan OR Spriritual Passion, Self study and surrender to almighty as its wings.
Here we are going to examine Mauna as a possibility of Tapa
Tapa is basically plugging the dissipative leaks of energy through renouncing distractions such as unconscious or unwise degenerate, materialistic, non-productive activities of body, mind, or speech. However it is not mere forceful restraint, repression, or withdrawal/passivity.
Through Tapa one can create space between impulse and action through self-awareness. One no longer is committed to the impulsive action as one pauses. In that momentary pause the dissipating/distracting habitual dynamics that previously commanded our attention and energy. This way previously bound up energy is liberated and made available.
Tapa has nothing to do with the negative or fear based practices of self abnegation, repression, self defacement, penance, sacrifice & acts of self violence. Rather it is an AFFIRMATION.
A modern day Yogi can be seen as one does not need external attractions/addictions to derive happiness. Unfortunately these external supports dissipate our energy. For these Yogis, Tapa has not come out of any external discipline, moral or dictate, but out of self study, self-awareness, and dedication to the truth.
SO HOW CAN WE CONSERVE MORE SPIRITUAL ENERGY THROUGH A SIMPLE TAPA – MAUNA ?
Practice Mauna, the traditional way to build up “spiritual energy”. Simply by refraining from verbal chatter that energy is recycled for "other" activities.
A good practice of Mauna does not have any dialogues, conversations — written or oral, gestures, interactions or engagements. Mauna is not merely restraint of speech, it is quieting your actions, speech and thoughts. This table attempts to show how energy is dissipated in different type of communications.
So choose your Mauna hour of the day to begin and experience the resulting high spiritual energy