Monday, March 9, 2009

ACK-089: Ramana Maharshi

ACK Description:

Bhagwan Sri Ramana Maharshi was born Venkataraman Iyer in 1897 in the South Indian village of Tiruchuzhi. When he was young, he was sent to Madurai to study. He became spiritually awakened at the age of 16, after which he came to Tiruvannamalai where the sacred Arunachala Hill is located.

Ramana Maharshi was a saint, mystic and gyani. At Tiruvannamalai, thousands came to him from across the world, seeking spiritual guidance and solace. Even today, seekers of truth find a haven at Sri Ramanasramam, the ashram where he had lived for nearly three decades.

This Amar Chitra Katha follows the journey of young Venkataraman who learned to look deep within himself for all the answers and went on to become the renowned Bhagwan Sri Ramana Maharshi.

(32 pages, 1200 px wide, 9.4 MB)

Author: Gayatri Madan Dutt
Illustrator: G. R. Naik

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Other information resources on Ramana Maharshi

1. Official website by his devotees:

An excellently made and beautifully maintainted official website.

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2. Wikipedia Page:
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Sri Ramana Maharshi (Tamil: ரமண மஹரிஷி)(December 30, 1879 – April 14, 1950), born Venkataraman Iyer, was an Indian sage. He was born to a Tamil Hindu Brahmin family in Tiruchuzhi, Tamil Nadu. After having attained liberation at the age of 16, he left home for Arunachala, a mountain considered sacred by Hindus, at Tiruvannamalai, and lived there for the rest of his life. Arunachala is located in Tamil Nadu, South India.[1] Although born a Brahmin, after having attained moksha he declared himself an "Atiasrami", a Sastraic state of unattachment to anything in life and beyond all caste restrictions[2].

Sri Ramana maintained that the purest form of his teachings was the powerful silence which radiated from his presence and quieted the minds of those attuned to it. He gave verbal teachings only for the benefit of those who could not understand his silence.[3] His verbal teachings were said to flow from his direct experience of Consciousness as the only existing reality.[4] When asked for advice, he recommended self-enquiry as the fastest path to moksha. Though his primary teaching is associated with Non-dualism, Advaita Vedanta, and Jnana yoga, he highly recommended Bhakti, and gave his approval to a variety of paths and practices.[5]



Anonymous said...

a very touching story.

Demonoid Fan

TPH said...

@Demonoid Fan: Thanks. Before reading this ACK, I knew very little about this great soul. While preparing the post, I went through the wiki page on him and yes, very interesting to know about him.

It is surprising to know that it was some foreigner who found and brought to light Ramana and his teachings, otherwise he could have easily forgotten by his own countrymen.

How many jewels are spread throughout this land still away from the eyes of the public. ACK has been doing an exceptionally good job in unearthing them.

vikki said...

A great yogi