At the age of sixteen Ramana Maharshi experienced a profound spiritual awakening after experiencing the nature of death. After this, he left his home and family, drawn to the sacred mountain Arunachala in southern India, where he lived for the rest of his life. His only possessions were a piece of cloth and a walking stick.
Little by little word spread about the ‘sage of Arunachala’ and many came to sit in his presence. He seldom spoke. But occasionally he would respond to questions. When he said, “Be still and know that I am God,” it wasn’t a suggestion. "Silence is essential to knowing and becoming consciously one with God––All that is, ever has been, ever will be.”
Sri Kaleshwar has a unique relationship and connection to Ramana Maharshi and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. He says the three of them are soul brothers and have supported each other’s work throughout countless lifetimes.
Silence is ever-speaking; it is a perennial flow of language; it is interrupted by speaking. These words obstruct that mute language.