It is very important to learn to eat in silence so as to concentrate on our food. Food is not dead matter, it can speak to us and tell us its secrets.
Food is condensed sunlight and condensed sound. Light is not something separate from sound, but we need to concentrate our mind and not allow our thoughts to wander if we wish to hear it.
To someone who listens regularly, light speaks and sings; it is music to their ears; it is the divine Word. In the noisy hustle and bustle of our modern world we can hear nothing, and this is such a shame.
Whereas silence gives us the conditions we need to understand the language of food.