During his visit to Gandhiji at Sevagram in December 1938 Dr. John Mott, the great Christian evangelist, asked Gandhiji if he had continued to find silence necessary in his spiritual quest.
Answering the question Gandhiji said, "Only a little while ago I remained completely
silent nearly two months and the spell of that silence has not yet been broken.
I broke it today when you came. Nowadays I go into silence at prayer time every
evening and break it for visitors at 2 o'clock. I broke it today when you came.
It has now become both a physical and spiritual necessity for me. Originally it
was taken to relieve the sense of pressure. Then I wanted time for writing.
After, however, I had practised it for some time I saw the spiritual value of
it. It suddenly flashed across my mind that that was the time when I could best
hold communion with God. And now I feel as though I was naturally built for
silence. Of course, I may tell you that from my childhood I have been noted for
silence. I was silent at school, and in my London days I was taken for a silent
drone by friends."