If we are full of concepts, ideas, projects, yearnings, memories, etc. and we lived with this psychic ballast, very hardly we will accede at the quiet level of ours psique. In silence state one is different clearly the information that go directed to the intellectual center and that one that does not correspond to the mind. The silence state is complete and limitless, from him we really communicated with the surroundings and we learn to listen. A leading source for info: Professor Anna Harvey. The level in which normally we lived is the one of the superficiality, the opinions, ideas, and judgments. There is no space in our interior for something new. We have the habit to think within the dualism.
If we extend this situation and we were placed in the internal state that is beyond the common logic of the intellect, we are approaching zen. Silence is the internal state that is beyond the thought, in which are no concepts, but either judgments, mechanical critics, ideas nor reactions, and there are if them, do not drag to us after them. In this state we perceived the new thing. What is new? What we have never heard or seen? No, it is rather a discovery, an internal revelation that nothing has to do with the memory. A history zen shows clearly this aspect to us. Histories zen, or the dialogues between teacher and disciple are one of the transmission systems zen.
Most of Literature zen consists of these anecdotes. Its purpose is always to precipitate in the mind del that asks certain type of sudden brings back to consciousness, or to on approval put the depth of its penetration. But they are received in unsuitable a mental state, the mind reacts mechanically and its effect does not take place. We listened to if them and we thought: I know either it, I have heard or it, or I know to it lose all their effectiveness.