Summa irundhai Arunachala
Arunachala! As if to tell me, ‘Don’t keep asking for this and that, be quiet’, you remained still like Dakshinamurthy, thus teaching me to be silent also without saying it in so many words.
In the previous verse Bhagavan prayed for a way of redemption (Uyi vagai yedhurai ), in this verse he hints at the upadesa (teaching) he received from the lord.
Arunachala, who is the lord of the jiva (soul), shining as intelligence itself in the extremely ripe souls, bestows the highest teaching, that of Silence. In the beginning, Dakshinamurty taught the same to the sons of Brahma (Sanaka, Sanatana, Sanandana and Sanatkumara).
The most idea way to teach the subtlest and the highest of truths (Silence) and to receive it, is through silence itself. There is no other way. The aim of the guru’s silence is to elevate the disciple to the same state. If the guru says ‘be still’ in words, it contradicts the essence of the teaching. So the guru remains silent, thus instructing the disciple through the silence [we covered Lord Muruga's upadesa to Saint Arunagiri Nathar, 'Summa ire sol ara' in an earlier post].
Note: Once at the ashram on a Maha Shivarathiri, Bhagavan was asked the significance of the night, to which Bhagavan asked the devotees to sit down, they all sat eager to hear lectures. But Bhagavanhe went into silence. There was absolute stillness all around. Hours rolled on from 10 pm till next morning and the sun had risen, no one felt tired or hungry. Bhagavan got up and went for his morning walk thus explaining the meaning.