Book – In the Sphere of Silence (Summary)
Author – Vijay Eswaran
Genre – Self-help Book
Published in – 2005
In the sphere of silence is one of the shortest and yet immensely impactful book I have read on the significance of Silence and its benefits in all aspect of life, whether we are looking at advancing our career or elevating our personal life.
Vijay Eswaran claims that Silence, when practiced diligently, can be a very powerful tool. It is not oriented to any one religion, it is accepted universally and practiced by almost all faiths on the planet.
Eventually it helps in becoming better at understanding who we are, what we are and in particular why we are here. This in turn will bring us to who we can be.
About the Author –
Vijay Eswaran is the Malaysian Businessman, MD and CEO of the QI Group, a multi-million dollar company, operating diverse business lines ranging from e-commerce, direct marketing, banking, finance and media and most recently publishing.
The book In the sphere of silence has emerged from his popular training., Truth Application Program (TAPS). The practice of being in the sphere of silence has become second nature to him.
About the Book –
In the Sphere of silence is more than just goal setting, a common practice. Goals are moving targets and it changes as our ability to analyze and project grows.
In this silent 1 hour retreat every day we don’t only set goals, we start with reflecting on yesterday, before setting goal for the day so that we can amend our act to make sure we accomplish any undone goals today.
Author divides one hour in three parts, namely Duly, Knowledge and Devotion and claims that it is the combination of these three that makes the sphere of silence most powerful tool to succeed in both business and in life.
Few Key Points From Each Section
1) DUTY –
The path of duty refers to our worldly goal and material goals and responsibility towards career, family, society and country.
Here we spend first 30 minutes, dividing further in 3 blocks of10 minutes.
- First 10 minutes to retrospect yesterday or last 24 hours, contemplating what was done, what wasn’t. How could have been better. As mentioned in the book – Retrospection, when done diligently, will reveal that we generally don’t make new mistakes. We merely repeat old ones.
- Next 10 minutes we allocated to decide goals for the day. Don’t confuse this with to-do list, but this is crucial activity that aligns with our long terms goals.
- Last 10 minutes are given for noting our long term goals further dividing in three parts.
- Goals for next seven days
- Goals for next 1 year.
- Goals for next 5 years.
Author insist on writing this every day to cement it in our mind and keep our actions aligned with our goals. This serves as daily reminder and inspire us to wake up and face the day and thrive for becoming better.
Goals may change time to time as we experience life and our perspective broadens as we move along. Each part of this exercise and its significance is nicely explained in the book.
2) KNOWLEDGE –
In part two of this one hour Vijay Eswaran suggests to spend 20 minutes for acquiring knowledge.
Pick a book for the sake of pursuit of knowledge and read for 15 minutes and try to remember key points and note it down in the book in next 5 minutes.
There are numerous benefits of this activity to name a few –
- It increases our short term memory, which is significant component in holding meaningful conversation at work or outside work.
- As you finish the book, at the end you will have summary of book written by yourself for future reference.
- Reading is one of most common habit of highly successful people in all aspect of life and it allows an access of great minds to anyone who wants to learn from the best.
- When we read from a perspective of making notes, our focus and comprehension improves drastically.
3) DEVOTION –
This last ten minutes has to be utilized in commune with God without speech. Though it also needs to be written down. One may put down all the questions that concern him or it can be used as confession. It needs to be heart to heart conversation.
As mentioned in the book – The best way to understand God is to understand yourself.
Benefits of Practicing Sphere of Silence
1) As we start practice reflecting yesterday, we can see we repeat same mistakes mostly. It can be huge hit to ego, however once understood it can help in advancing our life.
2)There are numerous research on writing goals. One who has written goals have 90% higher chances of achieving them.
3) It helps us keep going, when going gets tough. It reminds us why our goals matters to us and we need to pay the price.
4) As we write our goals everyday, eventually we will realize and might change goals, which don’t make sense and it does happen when priority changes and perspective broaden in life.
5) Writing this Goal, enhancing knowledge and taking commune with our higher self in this 1 hour can make thoughts much clearer and speech & action much better.
6) Vijay Eswaran has explained Anger, Ego, attachment in real simple way and suggests that as we go deep in practice of Sphere of silence these things loses grip on us.
Few Great Quotes from the book –
1) If your thought is what it should be, you will have little trouble with your action. Yet remember that, to be useful to mankind, thought must result in action. There must be no laziness, but constant activity in good work.
2) Making a commitment is not about undertaking a new responsibility. It is about recognizing one that you have. It is a measure of your own respect for yourself.
3) One should see twice as much as one speaks. One should think & hear twice as much as one speaks. One should breathe twice as much as one speaks.
4) Saying the right words only sells your intentions. While showing that you mean what you say can buy trust; however, doing what you say, seals it.
5) When you are too busy listening to yourself talk, you don’t listen to others. There is too much noise outside and within.
6) We must ask ourselves again and again: does our anger really matter? For what we do in anger, seldom does.
7) You are master of every word that you are yet to utter, but a slave to every word you have uttered.
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There are many practices out there of setting goals, however this one differs in major way, as it not only helps in set goals, but also why we set them and confirms the growth with daily postmortem of yesterday and reiterate goals in writing.
I highly recommend this book and urge you to put Sphere of silence in practice. Give it a go. You will be glad you did.
If you like this book, you may also like Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday.
See you in the zone..