Swami Tapovanam was guru of Swami Chinmayananda.
Silence is Truth. Silence is Bliss. Silence is Peace. And hence Silence is atman. To live this Silence should be the Goal. It is moksha. Sri Ramana Maharshi was an embodiment of such a Silence. He was the Silence itself.
I had the good fortune of having darshan of the Maharshi at Tiruvannamalai when he was living in a cave along with his mother and brother. A young brahmachari at that time, I climbed the hill and saw the Maharshi there. The Maharshi looked lovingly into my face. That was all. He spoke but Silence. Not a word passed between us. A supreme, dynamic and divine Silence prevailed. An hour passed by, all in Silence. He rose for his meals (bhiksha). I too rose from my seat, bowed again and walked down the hill. The divine Silence sank deeper and deeper into me at each step! Someone came running behind me and pressed me to take someprasadam. I was full – full with the Silence. The Maharshi called him Backand advised him not to press me. Then I left the cave and walked away.
The Maharshi was an idol of Peace and Silence. The ocean’s surface dances in waves, laughs in sparkling foam, roars as its thunderous waves clap and clash! And yet deep in its inner vaults it rests in eternal Silence and Peace. Without such a divine and spiritual depth, the work and activities of this universe would become worthless and aimless. Work should be undertaken and pursued to take us ultimately to the workless Abode of Divine Silence and endless Peace. This is the secret doctrine of all our Vedas and ancient scriptures.