Venkata ramana vedhiyanae;
KaaNini kaathciyen drodhi araindhanae
KaN vizhiyal en kannathilae.
Even = waste of time, energy, pointless, unnecessary; vaay = mouth; vaay vaLarpadhu = talk unnecessarily, prattle; kaatchi = sight, scene; araindhan = (he) slapped; kannam = cheek;
Why keep talking unnecessarily, said Ramana Guru, the essence of Vedas, and slapped my cheek with his eye to make me see (the truth).
‘Vedhiyan’ is someone who knows the Vedas, who knows Brahman. In Thevaram, Saint Appar refers to Shiva as ‘SottruNai vedhiyan sodhi vaanavan …’ meaning Lord Shiva is the equivalent to the words of the Vedas (his utterances are Vedas themselves), He is the unending flame (of knowledge), lives in the indestructible abode …’
‘Summa Iru’ (Be Still) is Bhagavan’s upadesa. Considered to be an incarnation of Dakshinamurthy who taught through silence to the four sons of Brahma, it is not surprising that Bhagavan taught also though silence. ‘All talk must end in silence only” he has said. On those occasion when he did speak in reply to questioners, he asked them to look inward and find out who was it that was asking all these questions, that had all these doubts, and whether they existed in deep sleep. He once told one of his devotees, ‘Just keep quiet. Bhagavan will do the rest.’ (From: https://bit.ly/37mJvYb)
The power of His gaze have uprooted many an ego and stilled many a questioning, restless mind. Many devotees have described his penetrating gaze in various ways:
“Dark and wide, cool and bright, melting with mercy and kindness, those heavenly orbs seemed to expand and fill the room and all space, engulfing me. Looking back, I understand that this was his nayana diksha” says one devotee (Sarojini Krishnan, from Maryce Frydman).
‘Cool moon beams,’ says S.S. Cohen.
Once a devotee (Sundaresa Iyer) of Maha Periyava and also of Ramana, went to visit Bhagavan. After breakfast when sitting in the hall, Bhagavan’s gaze fell on his eyes, and he lost sense of everything for as long as Bhagavan was holding his gaze. Once he looked away, devotee slowly came back to being aware of his surroundings. Later when he went to Periyava and narrated this experience, He asked, ‘Oh so did you feel you could be in that state forever?’ To which the devotee said yes. Periyava continued, “Ramana Bhagavan took your mind away from you, and gave you a drop of bliss, do go to Tiruvannamalai have darshan of Ramana”.
There are countless examples of Bhagavan’s deep, penetrating gaze and how it had stilled the minds of the fortunate ones.
This nayana diksha (or being slapped in the cheek by Bhagavan’s gaze) and the teaching of silence makes words unnecessary, as words can only point at the truth. Robert Adams, a devotee of Bhagavan, says “Silence is eloquence. Words are just words, they fly away, they mean absolutely nothing sometimes”.
And Bhagavan himself has said: “I am where there are no words”. “Prayers and praises will not take one very far. It is the merciful look of the guru that bestows true wisdom”