Ramana Maharshi

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Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi (1879–1950) "was one of the 20th Century’s most celebrated saints. Born in India in 1879, he spontaneously awakened to his eternal nature at the age of 16. Confronted by the immanent possibility of his own death, he knew himself to be that which cannot die. Shortly afterwards he journeyed to Tiruvannamalai, where he spent the rest of his life in the presence of the holy mountain, Arunachala, said to be an incarnation of Shiva. After keeping silent for a number of years, Ramana began to speak of his realisation. Many came to him, and he answered their questions. An ashram grew up around him. Today many people still visit his cave on the slopes of Arunachala to drink in his silent presence. The name Ramana, which was given to him by his disciples, means that which resides in the heart of all being."[1]

C.G. Jung objected to regarding Ramana as an "isolated phenomenon"[66] Jung wrote the foreword to Heinrich Zimmer's Der Weg zum Selbst, "The Path to the Self" (1944)[66], an early collection of translations of Ramana's teachings in a western language. Since the 1970s western interest in Asian religions has seen a rapid growth. Ramana Maharshi's teachings have been further popularized in the west as neo-Advaita via H. W. L. Poonja and his students.wiki


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  1. Gangaji Foundation Sri H.W.L. Poonja, organizational web page, accessed August 26, 2013.