The world record for the longest time without talking is held by a man from India, who abstained from speaking for a total of 4 years, 10 months, 6 days, 11 hours, and 23 minutes.
This extraordinary feat was achieved by Swami Rama, an Indian mystic, who was well known for his spiritual practices and teachings. Born in 1871, Rama was initiated into the Himalayan tradition of yoga and spirituality at an early age. After completing his spiritual studies, Rama decided to take a vow of silence and fasted for the next five years. In 1926, he decided to test his spiritual powers and undertook a vow of complete silence, which lasted until 1930.
During this time, Rama wrote several books, such as “The Science of Breath” and “The Philosophy of Life”. His writings were acclaimed by many, including the philosopher, Aldous Huxley, who called Rama a “sublime master”.
Rama’s silence was so complete, that it was noted by the Guinness World Records in 1991. His record was later broken in 2003 by a man from the United Kingdom, who abstained from speaking for a total of 4 years, 11 months, and 3 days.
Today, the practice of abstaining from speaking for long periods of time is still practiced by some spiritual practitioners. It is believed that such silence can help to create a deeper connection to one’s spiritual self and to the divine, while also allowing one to access greater levels of insight, clarity, and creativity.