Swami Shantinand told me that “I realized a blunder. I am a talker. I am not a listener. So what to do? Clear, brief advice, please.”
I advised him to listen deeply. Treat the speaking of another as an object of meditation, as if it were a sacred mantra. For everything spoken is spoken by Brahman, the ultimate reality, and is, therefore, a mantra in its own right. Treating listening as meditation and the words of others as the words of the Absolute deepens our ability to listen and transforms our relationships with one another. Realizing that the words of others are the words of the Supreme (and of our very own Self) turns every conversation into a mystical discourse, every word into scripture.