Ramana Maharshi



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Fast Facts
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Other Names and Nicknames: 
birthname: Venkataraman Iyer, Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, Bhagavan
Function: 
Jnani
Traditions: 
Advaita, Jnana Yoga
Main Countries of Activity: 
India
Date of Birth: 
December 30, 1879
Place of Birth: 
Tiruchuli (near Madurai), Tamil Nadu, India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
No
Date Left His/Her Body: 
April 14, 1950
Other Related Gurus: 
A. Ramana

Biography

Sri Ramana Maharshi was born on December 30, 1879 in a village called Tiruchuli about 30 miles south of Madurai in Tamil Nadu in South India. His middle-class parents named him Venkataraman. His father died when he was twelve, and he went to live with his uncle in Madurai, where he attended the American Mission High School.

At age 16, he became spontaneously self-realized following what looks like a near-death experience. Six weeks later he ran away to the holy hill of Arunachala in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu. He lived on and subsequently near Arunachala for the rest of his life, never leaving the place physically.

For several years he stopped talking and spent days in samadhi. When he began speaking again, people came to ask him questions, and he soon acquired a reputation as a sage. In 1907, when he was 28, one of his early devotees named him Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, Divine Eminent Ramana the Great Seer.

With the years, he became world-famous and an ashram was built for him to which many westerners used to come.

He died of cancer in 1950 at the age of 70.

Teachings

Sri Ramana maintained that a powerful silence radiating from his presence that quieted the minds of those attuned to this was the purest form of his teachings, that he gave verbal teachings only for the benefit of those who could not understand his silence. According to David Godman, Sri Ramana's "verbal teachings flowed authoritatively from his direct knowledge that Consciousness was the only existing reality".

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 , saying: "To each person that way is the best which appears easiest or appeals most. All the ways are equally good as they lead to the same goal, which is the merging of the ego in the Self. What the Bhakta (devotee) calls surrender, the man who does Vichara (self-enquiry) calls Jnana (knowledge). Both are trying only to take the ego back to the source from which it sprang and make it merge there".

Self Enquiry

Self-enquiry (Sanskrit ātma-vicāra) is a practice of meditation designed to rapidly bring about Self-realization, Self awareness, spiritual liberation or enlightenment, and is most commonly associated with Sri Ramana Maharshi. While Sri Ramana said that Self-realisation could be brought about, as it was for him, merely by giving up the idea that there is an individual self which functions through the body and the mind, few could readily do so. When asked for the most effective practice to facilitate Self-awareness, he commonly recommended forms of self-enquiry, along with recommending Satsang, (literally association with Sat or Being), in the form of mental contact with a realized Guru, or more properly the One Guru "within".

Sri Ramana Maharshi taught that every conscious activity of the mind or body, for example ‘I think’, ‘I remember’, 'I feel' ‘I am acting’, etc., revolves around the tacit assumption that there is an individual ‘I’ who is doing something, a common factor and mental fiction termed the ‘I’-thought (a translation of Aham-Vritti, which literally means ‘mental modification of ‘I’). He equated individuality with the mind and the mind with the ‘I’-thought which is dependent on identification with an object, and said that after Self-realization there is no thinker of thoughts, no performer of actions and no awareness of individual existence. When the thoughts arise, he said, the ‘I’-thought claims ownership of them- ‘I think’, ‘I believe’, ‘I want’, ‘I am acting’, but there really is no separate ‘I’-thought that exists independently of the objects that it is identifying with, only an incessant flow of mis-identifications, based on an initial assumption that the ‘I’ is individual and associated with the bodily form. He considered this ‘I am the body’ idea as the primary source of all subsequent wrong identifications and its dissolution as the principal aim of self-enquiry.

Sri Ramana taught that since the individual ‘I’-thought cannot exist without an object, if attention is focused on the subjective feeling of ‘I’ or ‘I am’ with such intensity that the thoughts ‘I am this’ or ‘I am that’ do not arise, then the individual ‘I’ will be unable to connect with objects. If this awareness of ‘I’ is sustained, the individual ‘I’ (the ‘I’-thought) will disappear and in its place there will be a direct experience of the Self. This constant attention to the inner awareness of ‘I’ or ‘I am’ was called self-enquiry (atma vichara) by Sri Ramana Maharshi and he constantly recommended it as the most efficient and direct way of discovering the unreality of the ‘I’-thought. He taught that the ‘I’-thought only finally disappears when the perception of all objects, both physical and mental, ceases and only Self Awareness exists. This is not brought about by being aware of an ‘I’, but only by BEING the ‘I’. This stage of experiencing the subject rather than being aware of an object is the culminating phase of self-enquiry.

Sources: 
Wikipedia, Books

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Locations

Sri Ramanasramam - Ramana Maharshi Ashram
Type: 
Ashram
Details: 

Sri Ramanasramam is Ramana Maharshi Ashram where he lived and provided spiritual guidance. Although Sri Maharshi’s physical presence no longer graces the Ashram, his spiritual presence is as alive as ever; thus, devotees and aspirants who attune themselves to the silent teaching can derive considerable spiritual benefit from a visit to the Ashram.

Address: 
Sri Ramanasramam
Sri Ramanasramam P.O.,
Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu 606 603, India
(The ashram is located about 2 miles from Tiruvannamalai in an area called Ramananagar. Tiruvannamalai is called in short Tiru. )
Phone: 
+91- 4175- 237200
Fax: 
+91- 4175- 237491
Contact Persons: 
Sri V.S.Ramanan - president
Directions: 

Sri Ramanasramam ashram is located about 2 miles from Tiruvannamalai in an area called Ramananagar on what is known as the Chengam Road. It is a prominent landmark on the north side of this road and a new visitor will experience no difficulty in locating it.

The town of Tiruvannamalai is 120 miles southwest of Chennai. It is situated on the Villupuram-Katpadi branch line of the Southern Railway. Buses connect it to most of the important places within a radius of about 130 miles.

Taxis are also available for visitors traveling to the Ashram from different points in South India.

Special Events: 

Full Moon Pradakshina (a must!) - Every month on the full moon hundreds thousands of people come to Tiru to do the Pradakshana, the spiritual practice of walking the 16km around the Arunachala mountain (most of them barefoot). It is an amazing sight and experience to participate. The full moon pradakshana takes place all night.

Birthday of Sri Ramana - Jayanti or birthday of Sri Ramana is celebrated every year in the solar month of Margasira on the day on which the moon is in the constellation known as Punarvasu. This generally occurs in December or January.

Daily Schedule & Opening Hours: 

6:30 a.m. Chanting and Milk offering to Sri Bhagavan in the Samadhi Hall
7:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Chanting of the Vedas in front of Sri Bhagavan's Shrine
8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Puja at the Shrine of Sri Bhagavan followed by Puja at the Shrine of Mother
11:30 a.m. Lunch
4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m Tea or hot milk served in the dining hall
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Reading in Tamil and English in the Samadhi Hall
5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Chanting of the Vedas in front of Sri Bhagavan's Shrine
5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Puja at the Shine of Sri Bhagavan, followed by Puja at the Shrine of Mother
6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m Tamil Parayana on Monday through Saturday
7:30 p.m. Dinner

Sri Chakra Puja in the Mathrubhuteswar Shrine is performed between 5 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. every Friday, full moon day, and the first day of each Tamil month.

Attractions, activities, and more to see: 

Pradakshina - the spiritual practice of walking the 16km around the Arunachala hill. Along the Pradakshina road you will find many temples, ashrams and shrines (see map below). There are two optional paths around the hill: outer road which is the car road itself and an inner path in beautiful nature, starting right behind the Ramana Ashram.

Climbing the Arunachala Hill and visiting the Virupaksha cave and the Skanda ashram where Sri Ramana used to live for many years before he moved to the ashram.

Visiting the many satsangs and talks conducted by spiritual teachers and saints in and around Ramananagar, mainly during the high season. Check around for details.

Etiquette: 
At Sri Ramanasramam, visitors are at liberty to follow their sadhana in the way which appeals to them most; no one is required to follow a uniform routine or schedule.
Registration: 
Entry to the Ashram and participation in events are free and do not require registration. Registration in advance is required only for accommodation within the ashram. Using the contact details above, you should write a letter/email/fax to the President of Sri Ramanasramam and request accommodation, providing the dates of your visit. Prior to arrival, write again to reconfirm your dates.
Services in Location: 

The ashram includes the following services: bookstore, library,dinning room and guest houses.

You can find all services needed near the ashram (Ramananagar) and in Tiruvannamalai town.

Accomodation: 

The ashram provides accommodation for short stays of up to a week. All ashramguest rooms are clean with simple beds, bathroom, overhead fan and screened windows and doors.

Ramananagar is the area of the scene of the visitors with guest houses, restaurants, coffee shops and all other services. There are many guest rooms around the ashram. Do not stay in the hotels located in Tiru itself as they are not recommended and are too far away from Ramananagar.

For long stays, you can consider the option to rent an apartment. Many options are available in Ramananagar and along the Pradakshina road.

Prices and Fees: 
No charges are levied for any of the services provided by the Ashram, including board and lodging, though voluntary donations are accepted.
Maps and Pictures of Location: 
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Books & Media

Recommended Books: 
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The Collected Works Of Sri Ramana Maharshi/Twelfth Edition

by Sri Ramana Maharshi/Translations by Arthur Osborne

(Paperback)

The Thirteenth Edition has just been released.A few additions of prominent disciples have been added but most of the pages still remain Arthur Osborne's. Ramana was a silent Teacher, if there was one. It would be more appropriate to call him the Silent One, for teaching denotes duality, the teacher and taught, while Ramana was, as a devotee wrote, the Pure Non-dual Essence. His most direct and profound teaching was transmitted in silence. However, how many were there that could immediately hear or experience the unspoken, the unwritten word? Devotees and visitors asked questions and out of his boundless compassion Bhagavan answered them in his own inimitable way, as the following excerpts will show. It was in 1911 that the first westerner, Frank Humphreys, then a policeman stationed in India, discovered Sri Ramana and wrote articles about him which were first published in The International Psychic Gazette in 1913. However, Sri Ramana only became relatively well known in and out of India after 1934 when Paul Brunton, having first visited Sri Ramana in January 1931, published the book A Search in Secret India, which became very popular. Resulting visitors included Paramahansa Yogananda, Somerset Maugham (whose 1944 novel The Razor's Edge models its spiritual guru after Sri Ramana), Mercedes de Acosta, Julian P. Johnson, and Arthur Osborne. Sri Ramana's relative fame spread throughout the 1940s. However, even as his fame spread, Sri Ramana was noted for his belief in the power of silence and his relatively sparse use of speech, as well as his lack of concern for fame or criticism.His lifestyle remained that of a renunciate. This work contains almost everything written by Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. His inspired compositions, and a number of translations from ancient Advaitic texts, representing the essence of his teachings. They fall into two categories--those which exemplify the path of surrender through love and devotion to the Divine, and those which are more doctrinal. The first group includes the Five Hymns to Sri Arunachala of which the first poem, The Marital Garland Of Letters "is among the most profound and moving poems in any language" and expresses the attitude of the soul aspiring for union with God. Sri Bhagavan has affirmed that seekers who study these works are certain to attain the bliss of liberation.

Recommended DVD & Video: 
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Abide As The Self: The Essential Teachings Of Ramana Maharshi

(DVD)

Abide As the Self is a transforming DVD that takes you on an inner journey into the teachings of Ramana Maharshi and the path of Self-knowledge. Comprehensive film footage of Ramana comes alive, with emphasis on the teachings of Self-Inquiry and its practical application. A special collection of rare photographs enhances Ramana's presence and captures the compassion and grace of one of the most respected sages of our time. The inspired narration by Ram Dass provides an overview of Ramana's teachings. Also included are interviews with H.W.L. Poonja, Douglas Harding, Allan W. Anderson, and others. captures the compassion and grace of one of the most respected sages of our time. The inspired narration by Ram Dass provides an overview of Ramana's teachings. Also included are interviews with H.W.L. Poonja, Douglas Harding, Allan W. Anderson, and others.

Pro Opinions

Best, Simple, Must Read,

earthling's picture

If Reading the book with understanding of Meditaion ( before or after ) will make more clear & blissful.

Quantum's picture

Which book?

He seems to have a few out there.

Quantum | Thu, 01/21/2010 - 23:55

The Maharishi was God himself.

nirvana.aspirant's picture

The Maharishi was a living proof of what is written in the religious scriptures!

If an atheist remains an atheist even after reading the Maharishi's biography, it could mean:

Namo Namah

mrkotians's picture

Guruvarya... Namo Namah...

Going Astray

Brahman's picture

Yes, Swami Ramana's ways are direct; but unless one has a competent Guru to guide one in the "self-enquiry", one will go astray

johnd's picture

No need

From all techniques and systems self enquiry is the one least in need for guidance or a guru. This is the genius in Ramana - the simplicity of this method.

Just read carefully his words and do it. Most of his following descendant gurus distort self enquiry and thus not only that do not help but most often spoil.

johnd | Fri, 06/04/2010 - 05:47
NIDHI PARKASH's picture

correctly said

Books says the best if we have the gracious understanding as well on command of tenth Guru in Sikhism Guru Granth Sahib is Guru and they are following it very nicely and we also follow as per our desire from books.

NIDHI PARKASH | Sun, 06/06/2010 - 21:34
Clarie-Ann's picture

You always have

God within that can guide you. Ramana did reach the "target" without any Guru...

Clarie-Ann | Mon, 10/17/2011 - 09:00

The Best Jnani

harish_hhh's picture

Advaita... Simple and very powerful to wipe all the maya with in us.
But we need a jnani to tell about what is advaita.
One of the best jnani is Ramana Maharshi.

achuythgs's picture

ramana mahrshis self enquiry

ramana mahrshis self enquiry is best.

achuythgs | Sun, 04/10/2011 - 17:12
achuythgs's picture

you said is very true .

you said is very true . ramana mahrshi is best jnani

achuythgs | Sun, 04/10/2011 - 17:18

SAKSHAT PARABRAHMA

MAI's picture

“guru brahma
guru vishnu
guru devo maheshwarah
guru sakshat parabrahma
tasmai shri guruveh namaha”

Meaning:
Guru is Brahma, Guru is Vishnu and Guru is Maheshwarah,

Ramana - the one and only!

banana's picture

No technique parallel to Ramana's self inquiry!

SALINI.H's picture

Ramana Mahirshi

A Great god for all of spiritual seekers......

SALINI.H | Fri, 07/22/2011 - 09:28
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my Guru Ramana maharsi

A Great Guru of Advaita Vedanta .my heartful pranam to Him

Gnyana ranjan panda | Wed, 01/07/2015 - 03:22

Simplest Path

gargipangargi's picture

Ramana's path to realize Self is simplest and most direct like an arrow which never misses the target.

ramanamaharishi

s.kumar's picture

sri ramana is a god himself and showed the easiest way to attain moksha. he is silencence was unique and it gave more anwers absri gurubhyo namahaout.

The greatest of all

Leelo11's picture

What is there to say about Ramana. One look into his loving eyes is all anyone needs and they know they are loved.

gdgounder's picture

Ramana maharishi blangs to

Ramana maharishi
blangs to tamil nadu at thiruvannamalai. I have read His spritual activities. Hence I want to stay with the mud

gdgounder | Tue, 01/03/2012 - 15:08

Happiness and God's Grace

dineshrishi's picture

Wanting to reform the world without discovering one's true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes.

Bhagawan

ramadvaith's picture

A disciple asked Bhagawan Ramana: Am i qualified to be enlightened?

Ramana asked: Are you still breathing?

Suprised the man said, yes, I am.

Ramana said: then you are qualified.

He opened the golden gate to the spritual world

santthosh kumaar's picture

Sri, Raman Maharishi is the real inspiration to to spiritualists. without Ramana's Who AM 'I', it is impossible to begin the spiritual or truth pursuit.

my pujya Gurudeva

Gnyana ranjan panda's picture

You are my God.please Bless me and acepect my heartful pranam

Divinity in Simplicity

archana.anchal's picture

Raman Maharishi, was the living example of divinity in the simplest form.......he was a firm believer that God is in everyone of us, he always sent the message very clearly that all of us can reach ou

NON-DUALISM

NIDHI PARKASH's picture

It is the greatest experienced state of self existence towards which each soul is struggling to go either unconsciously or consciously.struggling unconsciously is the path unlimited to go but to proce

Jai Guru

gora's picture

Respected Guru Jee

Accept my heartfelt Namaskar,

Con Opinions

The proof that Ramana Maharishi is the Devil.(Part 1)

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1)Sri Ramana Maharishi declared him Shiva and thought that he was superior to all gods.

barbara's picture

This is not a proof of

This is not a proof of anything except maybe of you needing to get some help and more knowledge.

barbara | Thu, 01/17/2013 - 09:49
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Warning.Dangerous sect of Ramana Maharishi and his followers.

Warning. The Ashram of Sri Ramana Maharishi (The Devil) in Tiruvannamalai near Arunachala hill (India) is a very dangerous place, some people started suffering from psychic disorders after visiting it and joining the sect. The are some, probably, crazy people, who call themselves spiritual seekers, walking around Arunachala mountain and sitting in caves in all seasons there. Some of them claim that they hear the voice of a dead Ramana Maharishi in their heads there, who consults them regarding spiritual questions. Parents, do not allow your adult children to go to Arunachala hill. It is quite easy to join the sect, but it can be difficult to leave it. Some women said that Maharishi was the devil , a beast, a latent homosexual and pervert , a crazy silent violator and a founder of a sect, who ruined the life of their children, made them obsessed with the devil, made them leave their parents, wives and children and did not allow them to live and work normally, encouraged some of his victims to commit suicide by psycho attacks. Ramana Maharishi rejected his mother and relatives and did not talk to them when they came to visit him. Maharishi did not give them any money all his life. His cold heart was not softened even by the tears of his mother, who begged him to return home from Arunachala mountain. Maharishi was wearing only a loincloth, even in winter , was quite often untidy, was bitten a few times by scorpions when he was unconscious in a deep trance, lived in really harsh conditions in caves or a tent and his relatives were worried because of him. You do not want your children to behave like this, do you?

anti.sect.group... | Sat, 01/19/2013 - 12:56
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Ramana Maharishi uses psycho attack techniques (Part1)

Maharishi used various techniques of psycho attack against his enemies, people he wanted to punish or terminate and prominent ex-followers, who refused to work for him and wanted to leave his sect. Maharishi made his victim fall into a trance and homosexually abused him in his visions, which could be a psychologically traumatic experience, Maharishi abused his former follower , his spirit (ghost) broke into a house of his victim or he sent his Ganesha instead of him or they could come together to disturb the victim, the spirit of Maharishi got into his victim’s soul and he could feel a really scary black chasm full of diminuitive spots of light inside of his heart. Maharishi used various scary techniques, for instance, his head made of energy looked out of his ex-follower’s heart as a hologram, Maharishi threatened to astrally castrate this man and temporarily dazzle him with a ray of white light, prevented him from sleeping at night by homosexually humiliating him in his mind, blackmailed him, showed him in his mind how he cuts his genitals and puts out his eyes, threatened him with a black shadow of a jackal man ( a symbol of the dark side of Maharishi), and generally made his victim feel exhausted, alarmed, depressed, miserable

anti.sect.group... | Sat, 02/16/2013 - 17:24
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Ramana Maharishi uses psycho attack techniques (Part2)

As a result of this psycho attack Maharishi’s victim slept 2-3 hours a day, woke up in cold sweat, risked getting psychic disorder and committing a suicide. Let’s consider one case.The mother of Maharishi’s victim worked as a sort of an exorcist, she noticed the strange presence of Maharishi in her son as a sort of white energy, resembling Maharishi in form and took out Ramana’s spirit or, to be precise, a part of it out of her son’s presumably astral body and threw it to a dog. The spirit of Maharishi was not pleased with this and hit her belly, she felt physical pain and exhausted after this operation. In a few days time she threw Maharishi’s photo on the flow, spat in this photo, jumped on it with her son and then burnt the photo of Ramana and asked the god to throw this devil Ramana Maharishi out of her son’s life. Do you still want to join the sect of Ramana Maharishi and his disciples?

anti.sect.group... | Sat, 02/16/2013 - 17:27
Angelic1966's picture

Thank you ! This is confirmation of my experience!

Thank you...I thank God I found this as it exactly describes what has been happening to me in the last few years as I withdrew myself from Ramana and his teachings.
precisely to the letter but I just couldn't believe it was happening to me.I prayed to Lord Brahma/Elohim using Psalm 91 and Brahmastra Mantra to arm myself against Ramana's (and U.G. Krishnamurti his alter ego/stooge)vicious humiliating psychic attacks, and I now have a extreme dislike and mistrust of Shiva and his gurus as a result...I hope the truth will finally become widespread about this evil being.I support you in this :-)

Angelic1966 | Wed, 08/21/2013 - 21:11
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The proof that Ramana Maharishi is the Devil(Part 2)

4. Other enlightened gurus, who knew the truth, were really afraid of Ramana Maharishi. In case of conflict, Maharishi chased them as a spirit (demon) , some dark energy materialized behind their backs and threatened them telephaticaly, if they did not want to obey he used violence as he was the strongest and omnipresent. Sri Aurobindo in private talks said that Ramana Maharishi was the Devil, the head of the evil powers who attacked him all his life.
5. Maharishi normally did not respect other people and their will, he did not love them as Jesus Christ, he put his own interests over the interests of other people. He did not want to help people, his only goal was to develop his sect, ashram and to find some sophisticated spiritually developed disciples who he could turn into partly or almost fully (20-80 %) enlightened clones of Maharishi in terms of consciousness with dark energy inside their hearts and souls, a black chasm full of alluring diminutive white spots of light. His enlightened students were controlled by Maharishi and obeyed to his will. He telephaticaly told them what to do , where to go every day, they almost did not think and slept about 3-4 hours a day.Maharishi was talented and enlightened more than 40 followers.
6.The members of Maharishi’s sect are idolaters. There is a big statue of Maharishi in his ashram in Tiruvannamalai near Arunachala hill (India).The statue of Maharishi is said to possess supernatural powers.Warning.The Ashram of Sri Ramana Maharishi (The Devil) in Tiruvannamalai near Arunachala hill (India) is a very dangerous place, some people started suffering from psychic disorders after visiting it and joining the sect. The are some, probably, crazy people, who call themselves spiritual seekers, walking around Arunachala mountain and sitting in caves in all seasons there. Some of them claim that they hear the voice of Ramana Maharishi in their heads there, who consults them regarding spiritual questions.

anti.sect.group... | Thu, 01/17/2013 - 11:30

Ramana Maharshi attacks integral yogis

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I would not recommend Ramana Maharshi as a gury.He is very evil and dangerous.His sect is horrible and it is in crisis now.Good students who aspire for enlightenment now go to Ramesh Belsekar and N

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Ramana Maharshi attacks integral yogis

Ramana Maharshi the Devil, as the representative of the dark side of the force, of the old dark obsolete consciousness of our planet fought and still fights with integral yogis, the representatives of the light and new supramental side of the force.The color of Ramana’s consciousness is black with diminuitive spots of light.The color of consciousness of the founder of integral yoga is dazzling white, which then turned into yellow.They lived in the same epoch,I think Ramana Maharshi with his Ganesha attacked the founder of integral yoga all his life, they created and sent asuras or demons to stop him, they put pressure on him, frightened him,terrorized him, tried to fool him , blackmailed him, but did not defeat him. Ramana Maharshi left his body on the 14th April 1950, got totally united with the consciousness of our platet, which is covered by darkness ,evil and death and started usurping power over it. After seeing this, the founder of integral yoga realized that Maharishi gets stronger and stronger and that he could block supramental energy and it would be very difficult to defeat Maharshi in the future. That is why the founder of integral yoga had to leave his physical body on the 5th December 1950 and start struggling with Ramana Maharshi in the consciousness of our planet.
Ramana Maharshi and his Ganesha still attack integral yogis. They make some integral yogis, especially beginners , inexperienced ones obsessed with the devil or insane, they put psychological and physical pressure on them, irradiate them with bad energy that makes them suffer, send them scary thoughts and images, emotions, desires to block the flow of supramental energy, talk to them telephatically as demons, come to their houses as ghosts and spirits.They attempt to assassinate integral yogis or create difficult circumstances for their lives.

stopthesect5 | Wed, 04/17/2013 - 09:18
solo's picture

Complete fabricated disinformation by your hallucinating mind

Have you taken something or rather should take and forgot? This childish and may I say, a bit crazy, post with all these baseless invented arguments has nothing to do with reality and of course has no record. Why do you waste your time in writing this nonsense here and in other well-known decent gurus? Why to smear and spread this disinformation?

I don't even think that Ramana ever bothered to criticize directly the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo. He didn't need to do so because so many others did scold that confused and not integrated at all theory. No wonder hardly anyone nowadays follows this Integral Yoga.

And if you are talking about sects, go on visit Aurovile.

solo | Thu, 04/18/2013 - 12:29
krishnad's picture

YOGI is a YOGI..

dear sir,
i m little too small to say this but allow mw plz..

i m stunned to see the remarks of some spiritual seeker, so WORLDLY..
i dont need to label these remarks about Ramanna Maharishi as more than that ..

Oh Dear of GOD.. i m sure, what ever you are saying has not been anything more than hear-say, none of your coated account of few of the greatest souls of present or recent past are the truth..

MAY GOD HELP US ALL TO BREAK OUR BUBBLE VISION, AND THE SHALLOW PERCEPTION !!!

krishnad | Thu, 04/18/2013 - 16:56
madan_gautam's picture

stop all bullshits here

plz stop all bullshits here about the great enlighten souls, and I would request Team of Gurus feet to remove these posts and ban this person from here,
He is spreading all nonsense here,
OM

madan_gautam | Tue, 04/23/2013 - 10:45
Angelic1966's picture

Strange but true somehow!

I do not practise Integral Yoga or any other spiritual path but a totally self-revealed Universal Gnostic path of Vac∞Brahma AdiTantra ( nice name eh just made that one up lol)that encompasses all realms of experience including material emotional and spiritual as equally valid dualistic play of the Source and its beloved offspring haha..
a New Age Revelation by the great Mother Goddess Azna/Gayatri/Sophia and Her Consort (Adi)OMૐ (Prajapati Brahma EL'OHIM Himself, The Heavenly Father)

...However everything I have read here about Ramana here matches my experience closely..(funnily enough Sri Aurobindo was an alumnus of my school).
I have experienced violent psychic attacks by him over the past few years and a host of vicious entities he sent once I turned my back on his teaching and path revealing his hidden malevolent face..I am no longer deceived by his charming countenance and all the hagiographies I read.
Simply put, he is a spiritual megalomaniac who has arrogantly put himself in the place of God and deliberately and criminally suppresses and tries to control the renascent Goddess consciousness returning to this planet simply because he once merged with it!

I have studied and followed the life denying/exploitative teachings of a number of other gurus such as U.G. Krishnamurti,Adi Da, Andrew Cohen, Sai Baba, and they all exhibit the same dominating narcissistic ( and Ramana covertly supports these others in the Guru Old Boy Network from his HQ in Mount Arunachala)

..I have been clearly shown that there are links to an extraterrestrial Reptoid Alien Agenda on this planet but most people reading this already think I'm crazy ( and to tell the truth even I thought it was wacko for a long time!) so I won't go on about it lol and leave you instead to bask naively in the innocuous loving doe-eyed gaze & soothing(mind-numbing-robotic-submission-inducing)words of the "most perfect master that ever walked the earth" bla bla good luck :-)

Please let me know when you start to think for yourselves again and REALLY wake up.God Bless everyone:-)

For another take on Ramana ,Shiva and the Arunachala Scam:
http://poemusimathesopher.blogspot.nl/2008/09/faux-pas-of-ramana.html

Angelic1966 | Wed, 08/21/2013 - 21:59

Never Searched For A Guru

Nathyogi's picture

I don't want to hurt his devotees and followers.
May God bless them to embrace truth!
From the English books or translations availble on Ramana Maharshi, the folllowing can be inferred.

proportions

lalo's picture

I don't want to spoil the party or to be provocative but my questions is: have you ever met someone who upon being told that he is not the body or/and after practicing Self Enquiry, got enlightened?

tapas's picture

yes...it's not about being

yes...it's not about being told..but the conviction of it. totally believing. Instead of finding a flaw. if you are meditator, just try it wholeheartedly and you will find some truth. Just try to find the I. hahha...

tapas | Fri, 12/19/2008 - 05:24
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Can't say as I've ever heard such a thing happening. I see very clearly on an intuitive level and from a few different perspectives that there is no person here, and yet here I am still twidling my individual person thumbs with the rest of you persons. It does slow things down considerably and make ego sit in a corner pouting, so maybe we could say it's a good way to become 'accident prone'. There's a definite limit to what can be explored even intuitively and then there's nothing to do, which might make one more accident prone, but I wouldn't really know.

Phroggy | Fri, 12/19/2008 - 07:06
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Nothing to do...

This seems to relate to "knowing when to stop pushing the boat", and it seemed to 'work' just fine in my case. I dropped spirituality back in '03 altogether after five years of intense seeking, and fell immediately onto a path of aloneness + shedding all seeking, both spiritual and worldly. I never gave spirituality another thought after '03, at least until early this year when I returned to talk about stuff again.

There's really nothing to think about at all, it involves inner willingness or 'readiness' only.

http://www.omkaradatta.info

Omkaradatta | Fri, 12/19/2008 - 07:37
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There may be some clarity needed before the willingness and readiness happens.

Phroggy | Fri, 12/19/2008 - 08:59
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Oh sure...

In particular, clarity that a verbal focus (through words) isn't needed, and in fact may be something of a hindrance, as the mind probably has unnecessary beliefs/assumptions that need to be let go. Unfortunately, such clarity is hard to find using words/concepts to help look for it ;-).

http://www.omkaradatta.info

Omkaradatta | Fri, 12/19/2008 - 09:46
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Sure

Impossible to find through the words and concepts, and yet, these serve as a focus for intuition. If mind can avoid processing it and just 'look there', it may see something that hasn't been seen before. We've all actually done this, but we seldom recognize what occurred or how because mind/ego wants to take credit for figuring it out, while in reality it had nothing to do with it.

Phroggy | Sat, 12/20/2008 - 21:25
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This is a very good question

This is a very good question that should be heard, many of us in our desperate desire to have faith, unnoticeably repress these inconvenient doubts and so raising this question can only make our belief purer.

I am practicing Ramana's Self Enquiry for several years and in the first 2 years it was just spotting errors I (or rather the mind) do in the technique which is very delicate. It has made me much more aware and concious but not enlightened yet. I haven't met people who practiced SE and are enlightened but on the other hand I can say that most of them do not do it right - at some point they stick to some error and so from this point forward it ceases to be effective. In order to avoid some of the most common and misfortune pitfalls I recommend to read Self Enquiry - Tips.

sisi | Fri, 12/19/2008 - 14:08
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Self Enquiry

Diac. In the West we tend to ask too many questions. Then we re question the answers and so on ad nauseam. In order to be enlightened we need to accept everything that (was) is and (shall be). So the question is "have you ever met anyone who accepted all that is?" My answer is Yes i have. I believe my Guruji is that.

arpgod | Tue, 01/20/2009 - 10:52
neo's picture

petitio principii

You are assuming a certain approach (acceptance of what is) as the sure path to enlightenment which may be true and may not, it is not equivalent nor a consequence of the question in the post.

I think the question in the post is a good one by itself, is direct and should not be avoided by placing other questions - let's be honest - many are on this path with a conscious or unconscious objective of some sort of realization.

According to my own experience and judgment meeting many teachers and sages on the road around the world over the years: the Advaitan turned to be too analytical and lazy at the end of the day (including the disciples of Nisargadatta Maharaj, Papaji, Ramana etc.) and the Zen people I have met turned to be too much into discipline, effort and inner conflicts. You can recognize the people belonging to these paths from distance. The people I can still say after a long time of acquaintance that if they are not enlightened then there is no enlightenment are one some sort of Sufi guy from Iran, one old yogi swamiji who lived not far from Haridwar 6 years ago, one which followed all paths and followed none whom I met the first time in an airport in USA waiting together for hours for a delayed shuttle flight, and yes, one Israeli Advaitan guy which I am not yet sure about him but he has these still pure qualities you learn to sense.

These four, needless to say, none of them are self appointed or self testified, none will ever talk about their state, they have a special vibe of complete stillness and egolessness around them and in what they do or write or say that you want to stay in their presence for ever. It is more the special spotless quality of their behavior than what they say, if they say something at all.

neo | Tue, 01/20/2009 - 16:02
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Israeli advaita guy

the israeli advaita guy might well be Ameen. Well worth having a look at his website www.ameen.be

mayasurfer | Fri, 02/06/2009 - 06:48
solomon's picture

Regarding what?

Regarding what?

solomon | Fri, 02/06/2009 - 11:10
neo's picture

no

I don't remember his name but it is definitely not this one, he didn't see his spirituality as a profession, did not advertise himself nor collected any money.

Speaking of Israelis, there is also Shlomo Kalo but I think he is too old and does not meet people anymore.

neo | Fri, 02/06/2009 - 11:36
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Light within

:-) May b yourself
Metta ~ Peace & Light

earthling | Sun, 10/25/2009 - 12:15
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Do not give up

mmm you have a point!

But I learnt from experience that one should be persistent. It is very hard to eradict in one day accumulated conditioing over conditioing over dozens of years that say "you are the body".

Keep on the work.

carlito santo | Sun, 10/25/2009 - 15:58
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SelfEnquiry is a dead end imho!

I practised it for years and it led me nowhere except to self denial/dissociation/suppression of life depression suicide and covert mind control by Ramana's autocratic spirit ( enlightened/no ego eh?!).

Imo the whole premise i.e.the annihilation of the ego is faulty..My own built-in inner guide/daemon showed me on the contrary that embracing the ego and aligning' it to & making it transparent to its source through Grace is much better gentler and wholesome...that's when the violent & sexually humiliating psychic attacks began from "Ramana the Angelhater"!!!

Advaita is nonsense when you think you are reading these words and you probably have to pay some bills tomorrow/take the kids to school etc...say Advaita really fast over and over and you get tada: advaita-dvaita-dvaita-dvaita = duality LOL
I'm so glad I got out of that trap alot of my health and creativity has returned but not without a struggle..
TODA ELOHOM OLAM AMIN .... ૐOM SRI VAC∞PARABRAHMA NAMAHA

Angelic1966 | Wed, 08/21/2013 - 21:24
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Re: Proportions

It is easier said than done.
To bestow enlightenment on others was not in the hands of Ramana Maharshi for he claimed that he got it on its (not his) own. He was content with his experience and started sharing the same. He never searched for a Guru.
I read that he was asked by Lord Shiva to go to Arunachala to share and spread his experience with those who came to him. If this is true, he was a devotee of Lord Shiva.
Lord pleases if we serve His devotees and in turn our material wishes will be fulfilled.

Nathyogi | Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:03
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