Sri Aurobindo on peace, calm, quiet, silence1 min read

The words “peace, calm, quiet, silence” have each their own shade of meaning, but it is not easy to define them.
Peace – śānti.
Calm – sthiratā.
Quiet – acañcalatā.
Silence – niścala-nīravatā.
Quiet is a condition in which there is no restlessness or disturbance.
Calm is a still unmoved condition which no disturbance can affect – it is a less negative condition than quiet.
Peace is a still more positive condition; it carries with it a sense of settled and harmonious rest and deliverance.
Silence is a state in which either there is no movement of the mind or vital or else a great stillness which no surface movement can pierce or alter.

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