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2004-11-19 Silo visits the small hall of Ramos Mejia, Buenos Aires

Silo speaks of the spirit that animates the Halls of The Message. Little halls where people congregate. Little halls borrowed, built, rented by several groups and sharing expenses, days, hours….
The important thing about the little halls is the people, not the walls. Halls that are charged with the good relations between people, with the good feelings of the people, not with discord.
This is projected outside the halls and the people feel it. Today people do not converge in families, nor in friendships, nor in theories, nor anything else. There is no other way to connect people and converge than common experiences.
There is no way to agree, but with common experiences. Which, in addition, have the advantage that they can be strengthened to the extent that they are repeated and to the extent that they bring together more people.
The experiences can be carried out in a more intense way each time, more truthful and in a better relationship with people.
That’s the way it goes, not otherwise. The texts are a reference. Each one can make the ceremony as he/she feels it more real.
Silo invites to perform a ceremony of Well-being.

2002-09-08 Silo Nataniel Stadium, Santiago, Chile

Explanations about Silo’s Message, Nataniel Stadium, Santiago, Chile
SILO, Santiago – Sept. 8, 2002
 
A book, some ceremonies and a path. This message, however, can be opportune given the situation that we are living personally. The situation we are living in general is not the best of situations. There are good things but there is also a lot of suffering, a lot of misfortune, a lot of people’s problems. We do not have to go very far to see that suffering, that misfortune; we experience it in ourselves, we experience it in our loved ones. I am not talking about what the newspapers say. I am talking about what one perceives.
Well, this Message intends to make a small contribution, it intends to serve – maybe – people. It may not be useful, but we will do no harm if it is not useful, it will simply remain there. If it does serve, people will take it in their hands and put it into action and then it will be all right. In short, either it works or it doesn’t work, in both cases it’s fine.
From my personal point of view, to put this Message into action is really to give back to the people, to give back all the good things that people have given me, that people have given me. From my point of view it is a small act of justice, a reparation for the good things that people have done. Free interpretation and free participation.
Who participates in this? Who likes it. Who does not participate in this? Who does not like it. And who are we to say that this one should participate and that one should not participate?
Where can we get that from? That such and such a person is a bad person. Who are we to put barriers and borders on people? And if it were a bad person, what a good opportunity for him to come, because people change.
This Message intends to move in this way, with these values, with a free interpretation so that everyone can interpret things as they like, with a free participation and no one is here – I believe – to judge anyone.

1981-11-01 Silo Mumbai Mission of the 80s Español-English-Hindi

Silo en Chowpatty, Mumbai, 1ro de noviembre 1981
Silo in Chowpatty, Mumbai, November 1st, 1981
Silo, चौपाटी, मुंबई, 1 नवंबर, 1981
…We say: “Treat others as you want them to treat you.” There is no human act superior to this; there is no moral law higher than this. When human beings understand this and carry it out in practice every day, and in every hour of every day, they progress and help others to progress with them. The Earth is being dehumanized, and life is being dehumanized, and people are losing faith in themselves and in life. Therefore, to Humanize the Earth is to humanize the values of life. What is more important than overcoming the pain and suffering in others and in oneself? To make science and knowledge progress is of value if it goes in the direction of life. The fair and just production and distribution of the means of subsistence, health care, education, the formation of intellectuals with a sensitivity to social issues—these are tasks to be undertaken with the enthusiasm and faith merited by every action that struggles to overcome pain in others. Everything that improves life is good; everything that opposes life is bad. That which unites people is good; that which divides them is bad. That which affirms “there is still future” is good; to say there is no future or meaning in life is bad. To give the peoples of the Earth faith in themselves is good; the fanaticism that opposes life is bad. To Humanize the Earth is also to humanize those who have influence and power over others, so that they in turn will listen to the voices of those who need to overcome poverty and disease. Our Community is inspired by the great teachings that preach tolerance among all people. And that tolerance goes even further, because it sets as the highest value of every human act this principle: “Treat others as you want them to treat you.” Only if people put this principle into practice—this principle that is opposed to insensitivity, to selfishness and cynicism—will they be able to begin to Humanize the Earth….

…Decimos: “¡Trata a los demás como quieres que te traten a ti!”. No hay acto humano superior a éste, no hay moral más elevada que ésta. Cuando el ser humano comprende esto y lo lleva a la práctica en cada día y en cada hora de su día, progresa y hace progresar a otros con él. La Tierra se deshumaniza y se deshumaniza la vida y la gente pierde fe en sí misma y en la vida. Por ello, humanizar la Tierra es humanizar los valores de la vida. ¿Qué cosa hay más importante que superar el dolor y el sufrimiento en los demás y en uno mismo? Hacer progresar la ciencia y el conocimiento es un valor si va en la dirección de la vida. La generación y distribución justa de los medios de subsistencia; la medicina; la educación; la formación de intelectuales con sensibilidad social, son tareas que deben emprenderse con el entusiasmo y la fe que merecen toda obra que lucha por superar el dolor en los demás. Bueno es todo lo que mejora la vida. Malo es todo lo que se opone a la vida. Bueno es lo que une al pueblo. Malo aquello que lo desune. Bueno es lo que afirma: “Todavía hay futuro”. Malo es decir: “No hay futuro ni sentido en la vida”. Bueno es dar a los pueblos fe en ellos mismos. Malo es el fanatismo que se opone a la vida. Humanizar la Tierra es humanizar también a quienes tienen influencia y decisión sobre otros para que escuchen la voz de los que necesitan superar la enfermedad y la pobreza. Nuestra Comunidad se inspira en las grandes enseñanzas que predican la tolerancia entre los hombres. Y esa tolerancia va más lejos, porque pone como el valor más alto de todo acto humano a este principio: “Trata a los demás como quieres que te traten a ti”. Únicamente si se pone en práctica este principio opuesto a la insensibilidad, el egoísmo y el cinismo, se podrá comenzar a humanizar la Tierra…

1981 09 27 Silo, Sports Pavilion, Madrid, Spain

1981 09 27 Silo, Sports Pavilion, Madrid, Spain

…There is another point that I should touch on, and it refers to the state of crisis that we find around us. How did all this come about, and who is to blame for it?
I will not make a conventional analysis of this. There will be no science, no statistics. Instead, I will offer my answer in images that can reach the heart of every individual. After an immense period of time had passed, human life began to flower on this planet. But with the passage of millennia, the peoples and the nations began to grow separate and distinct. There was a time to be born, a time to laugh, a time to suffer, and a time to die. Individuals, peoples, and nations, building and growing, succeeding one another until at last they inherited the Earth.
They ruled the waters of the oceans and flew faster than the wind, and they crossed the mountains. And in voices of the storm and with light brighter than the sun, they demonstrated their power. Then they looked back and saw in the distance their blue planet, their gentle protector, veiled by clouds. What energy has moved all this activity, what motor has propelled the human being through history, if not rebellion against death?
From earliest times, death has dogged humankind’s footsteps like a shadow. And since ancient times, death has found its way into the human heart and tried to conquer it. What was at first an unrelenting struggle driven by the necessities of life became a struggle driven by fear and desire. And two roads opened: the road of Yes and the road of No.
At that point, all thought, all emotion, and all action became torn by doubt over whether to choose the Yes or the No. “Yes” created everything that allowed humankind to surpass suffering. “No” added suffering to pain. There was no person, no relationship, no organization free of its internal Yes and its internal No. Then the separate peoples and nations began to connect one to another, until at last the civilizations came together, and the Yes and the No of every language was heard simultaneously in the farthest corners of the Earth.
How will human beings ever triumph over their shadow? By fleeing it? By confronting it in incoherent struggle? If the motor of history is rebellion against death, I say to you now: Rebel against frustration and revenge! For the first time in history, let us stop looking for people to blame.
Everyone is responsible for what they have done, but no one is to blame for what has happened. If only with this universal judgment we could declare: “No one is to blame,” and with this establish a moral obligation that every human being reconcile with his or her own past. This will begin here today in you, and you will be responsible to see that it continues, reaching those around you until it has spread to the last corner of the Earth…

1969-5-4 Silo – The Healing of Suffering

Silo’s first public talk, held during military rule in Argentina, who told him to «go talk to the rocks». So he gave this talk high in the Andes Mountains, in a remote outpost known as Punta de Vacas, on May 4, 1969. It addresses among other things the three pathways of suffering, the different forms of violence, the link between violence and desires, and how to live a life of unity. A masterpiece.