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Ramana Maharshi


The mountain of Arunachala, and Ramana Maharshi

Arunachala Ramana Maharshi
The mountain of Arunachala Ramana Maharshi

I spent 6 months in India in 1984 on the mountain of Arunachala. The experience completely changed my life.  I was attracted by the "Teacher who taught in silence", because there were therefore no words or personality to fool me.



The following description is from the Ramana Maharshi Website....

    "Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, known as The Sage of Arunachala, is widely recognised as perhaps the most unique spiritual personality of the 20th Century. His life was a perfect example of simplicity, purity, equality and equanimity, born from an unalterable experience of supreme peace and oneness.
    "The Maharshi's teaching of 'Self-enquiry' ( Pure Advaita ) is simplicity itself, requiring no outward formalities, no outer change of life, only a simple change in 'point of view' and a sustained effort on the part of the seeker. The goal is no heaven after death or a faraway ideal, but rather the removal of the ignorance that prevents us from knowing that we are eternally one with our Source. It is an experience than can be had now. All that is required is a sincere effort.
    "On his deathbed the Maharshi told his grieving devotees, "You say I am going away, but where can I go? I am always here. You give too much importance to the body."


    Ramana Maharshi himself summed it up very well, when once a devotee asked him, "What do I have to do to become enlightened?".  Ramana answered, "You don't have to do anything - you are already enlightened.  All you have to do is get rid of everything that isn't."
    He expressed the ultimate in true humility, rising before dawn as long as he was physically able to help the ashram staff prepare food for the day.  Animals would come to him for help in settling their disputes, as he regarded them as being fully equal to humans.  If anyone brought him anything special to eat, he would refuse to touch it until everyone present had some of it.  All he owned was his loincloth


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