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Introduction

B.V.Narasimha Swami examined several devotees and took depositions from them about their relationship with Ramana to ensure authenticity. Above all he had several interviews with Ramana, the most important of which was about his enlightenment. He stayed in a cave adjacent to the asram in order to be present during many of the question and answer sessions, which Ramana had with devotees. It was after sustained research extending over two years that he wrote his biography of Ramana, 'Self Realisation', which was published in 1931. Its appeals is undimmed nearly seventy years later. In 1954, Arthur Osborne wrote his biography, 'Ramana Maharshi and the Path of self Knowledge'. His basic data was drawn from the earlier biography. He himself says to. But what makes his book fascinating is his style of writing, his acceptance of Ramana as his guru, and the account of the three years spent in Ramana's physical presence. Many have been drawn to Ramana and are still being drawn by this powerful presentation.

T. S. Ananthamurthy has written a very appealing biography in 1972, 'Life and Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi'. In 1974, Professor K. Swaminathan wrote a biography cum teachings book, 'Ramana Maharshi'. The biography portion is only fifty-four pages. Therefore, though the book has a special fragrance, written as it is by one soaked in Ramana, its coverage was limited due to space constraints. The same holds good for T. M. P. Mahadevan's 'Ramana Maharshi'. This biography published in 1977 is scholarly but short being only seventy- seven pages. The rest of the book is devoted to the teachings. In 1980, Ramana's birth centenary year, Joan Greenblatt and Mathew Greenblatt wrote their pictorial biography, 'Bhagavan Sri Ramana'. The design and presentation backed by their love and reverence for Ramana have made this book very attractive.

To all these earlier biographers, each great in their own way, I offer my humble salutations.

I also offer my salutations to the vast and growing circle of disciples and devotees of Ramana. They are scattered all over the world.

It is their collective spiritual power which has to be the backing for this new biography.

Over the past several decades we have vast, varied and authentic material about Ramana which was either not available to or could not be used by the earlier biographers. It is now nearly seventy years since the first biography was written. There is need for new insights and fresh perspectives as there is a growing awareness of the power of Ramana's presence. One is able to relate more directly to him. Readers in the millennium need to savour and enjoy the sweetness of the fresh discoveries and new materials, which has unfolded since then. But where is the need to justify? The sweetness of his life itself is enough reason. It draws one irresistibly to him. For, 'once the Maharshi's story is heard or read, who would care to listen to or read any other?"

The story of Sri Rama was written by Valmiki, Mahabharata by Sage Veda Vyasa, and Bhagavatam on Sri Krishna, by Suka Brahmam. They were all jnanis. Dante wrote his 'Divine Comedy' and Milton 'The Paradise Lost' and 'Paradise Regained'. Both were immersed in their stature to write a biography of Ramana whose story is of epic proportions, at this juncture when there is so much of material available.

This book one of the trilogy planned as a homage to Bhagavan Ramana on the occasion of his centenary of enlightenment. The first of these ' Radiance of the Self' with over 170 photographs, including some from the archival films, was published last years. This sacred biography is the second one. The third book 'Arunachala-From Rgveda to Ramana Maharshi' is expected to be ready by the middle of next year.

Many refer to Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi as 'Bhagavan'. Some others refer to him as 'Maharshi'. I have preferred to use the word Ramana throughout for it casts a magic spell beyond the reach of words and the mind.

Back of the Book

Ramana became the enlightened one when he was only sixteen years of age. This happened on July 17, 1896, at Madurai. About six weeks later journeyed to Tiruvannamalai in obedience to 'His Father's Command', the command of Arunachala- Siva. His advent at Arunachala was on September 1, 1896. For the next fifty-four years till his Mahanirvana on April 14, 1950, he remained at this one place, as The Sadguru guiding seekers on the path of Self-knowledge. There is no parallel to his for the retention of the body for such a long period after enlightenment, for the welfare of the world. As the timeless guru' shining within, without, and everywhere', there can be no end to his guidance.

The simple and direct teachings of Ramana, which are covered in this book, and which open the flood-gates of joy are perhaps important reasons for Ramana's timelessness. Truth has been made so easily accessible, so unbelievably close, so experientially possible for each and everyone that the fascination of Ramana's teachings is irresistible.

Those who are familiar with his auspicious and sweet life regard him as an ideal held out before mankind. For he combined in himself the vast peace of the silent mind while being at the same time the repository of all power as well. His love was universal. He was a "Purushottama, a man among men".

Over the past several decades we have acquired vast, varied and authentic material about Ramana. These were either not available or could not be used by the earlier biographers. It is now nearly seventy years since the first biography was written. There is need for new insights and perspectives as there is a growing awareness of the power of Ramana's presence. One is able to relate more directly to him. Readers in the new millennium need to savour and enjoy the sweetness of the fresh discoveries and new material which has unfolded since then.

Ramana's beauty beggars all description. To highlight this more than one hundred illustrations have been included to enhance the artistic of the presentation.

 

Contents
  Introduction 1
  Acknowledgements iv
  List of illustrations v
  Section I -Who Are You Ramana?  
1 Who are you Ramana? 3
2 Tiruchuzhial 10
3 Blissful Parents 13
4 Born With a Purpose 16
5 Early Years 19
6 Dindigal- Self Enquiry Begins 21
7 Madurai 23
8 The Day before 26
9 Enlightenment - July 17, 1896 29
10 The Father's Command 32
11 Advent at Arunachala 37
  Section II- Penance  
12 Penance 43
13 Gurumurtam 47
14 Arunagirinathar Temple and Pachaiamman Koil 52
15 Mahan Seshadri Swami 55
  Section III- Virupaksha Years  
16 Virupaksha Years, 1899- 1916 63
17 The most Significant Event After Enlightenment 74
18 Arunachala 78
19 Gambhiram Seshier 92
20 Sivaprakasam Pillai 95
21 Vasishta Ganapati Muni 99
22 F.H. Humphreys 124
23 Less Known Devotees of Ramana 127
24 Sacred Hands 135
25 Mother Azhagammal 143
  Section IV- Skandasramam Years  
26 Skandasramam Years, 1916- 1922 165
27 Enchanting Accounts 172
28 Sadhu Natanananda 177
  Section V - Sri Ramanasramam Years  
29 The Liberty Hall 183
30 Robbers Worship Ramana 189
31 Muruganar 193
32 Ramana in the Kitchen 208
33 Equality in the Dining Hall 211
34 Kinder You are than One's Own Mother 214
35 Identification with the poor, Humble and Weak 220
36 One Consciousness 225
37 Liberation of Cow Lakshmi 245
38 Some Western Devotees 251
39 Niranjananda Swami 275
40 Ramana Jayanti and Mahapuja 278
41 The Thirties and the Forties 281
42 Vicarious Penance 286
43 Devotees Panic- Ramana's Response 291
44 Did Ramana Suffer? His Attitude to Darsan 294
45 Mahanirvana 298
46 Ramana Indicates the Site for Mahasamadhi 300
47 Samadhi Function and Significance of the Samadhi 302
  Section VI- Timeless In Time  
48 The Post- Nirvana Scene 307
49 The Continuing Story 310
50 In the Company of 'Old Devotees' 314
51 Teachings 339
52 Sadguru 348
53 Ramana's Daily Miracles 353
54 Timeless In Time 358
  Notes and References 367

 

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Introduction

B.V.Narasimha Swami examined several devotees and took depositions from them about their relationship with Ramana to ensure authenticity. Above all he had several interviews with Ramana, the most important of which was about his enlightenment. He stayed in a cave adjacent to the asram in order to be present during many of the question and answer sessions, which Ramana had with devotees. It was after sustained research extending over two years that he wrote his biography of Ramana, 'Self Realisation', which was published in 1931. Its appeals is undimmed nearly seventy years later. In 1954, Arthur Osborne wrote his biography, 'Ramana Maharshi and the Path of self Knowledge'. His basic data was drawn from the earlier biography. He himself says to. But what makes his book fascinating is his style of writing, his acceptance of Ramana as his guru, and the account of the three years spent in Ramana's physical presence. Many have been drawn to Ramana and are still being drawn by this powerful presentation.

T. S. Ananthamurthy has written a very appealing biography in 1972, 'Life and Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi'. In 1974, Professor K. Swaminathan wrote a biography cum teachings book, 'Ramana Maharshi'. The biography portion is only fifty-four pages. Therefore, though the book has a special fragrance, written as it is by one soaked in Ramana, its coverage was limited due to space constraints. The same holds good for T. M. P. Mahadevan's 'Ramana Maharshi'. This biography published in 1977 is scholarly but short being only seventy- seven pages. The rest of the book is devoted to the teachings. In 1980, Ramana's birth centenary year, Joan Greenblatt and Mathew Greenblatt wrote their pictorial biography, 'Bhagavan Sri Ramana'. The design and presentation backed by their love and reverence for Ramana have made this book very attractive.

To all these earlier biographers, each great in their own way, I offer my humble salutations.

I also offer my salutations to the vast and growing circle of disciples and devotees of Ramana. They are scattered all over the world.

It is their collective spiritual power which has to be the backing for this new biography.

Over the past several decades we have vast, varied and authentic material about Ramana which was either not available to or could not be used by the earlier biographers. It is now nearly seventy years since the first biography was written. There is need for new insights and fresh perspectives as there is a growing awareness of the power of Ramana's presence. One is able to relate more directly to him. Readers in the millennium need to savour and enjoy the sweetness of the fresh discoveries and new materials, which has unfolded since then. But where is the need to justify? The sweetness of his life itself is enough reason. It draws one irresistibly to him. For, 'once the Maharshi's story is heard or read, who would care to listen to or read any other?"

The story of Sri Rama was written by Valmiki, Mahabharata by Sage Veda Vyasa, and Bhagavatam on Sri Krishna, by Suka Brahmam. They were all jnanis. Dante wrote his 'Divine Comedy' and Milton 'The Paradise Lost' and 'Paradise Regained'. Both were immersed in their stature to write a biography of Ramana whose story is of epic proportions, at this juncture when there is so much of material available.

This book one of the trilogy planned as a homage to Bhagavan Ramana on the occasion of his centenary of enlightenment. The first of these ' Radiance of the Self' with over 170 photographs, including some from the archival films, was published last years. This sacred biography is the second one. The third book 'Arunachala-From Rgveda to Ramana Maharshi' is expected to be ready by the middle of next year.

Many refer to Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi as 'Bhagavan'. Some others refer to him as 'Maharshi'. I have preferred to use the word Ramana throughout for it casts a magic spell beyond the reach of words and the mind.

Back of the Book

Ramana became the enlightened one when he was only sixteen years of age. This happened on July 17, 1896, at Madurai. About six weeks later journeyed to Tiruvannamalai in obedience to 'His Father's Command', the command of Arunachala- Siva. His advent at Arunachala was on September 1, 1896. For the next fifty-four years till his Mahanirvana on April 14, 1950, he remained at this one place, as The Sadguru guiding seekers on the path of Self-knowledge. There is no parallel to his for the retention of the body for such a long period after enlightenment, for the welfare of the world. As the timeless guru' shining within, without, and everywhere', there can be no end to his guidance.

The simple and direct teachings of Ramana, which are covered in this book, and which open the flood-gates of joy are perhaps important reasons for Ramana's timelessness. Truth has been made so easily accessible, so unbelievably close, so experientially possible for each and everyone that the fascination of Ramana's teachings is irresistible.

Those who are familiar with his auspicious and sweet life regard him as an ideal held out before mankind. For he combined in himself the vast peace of the silent mind while being at the same time the repository of all power as well. His love was universal. He was a "Purushottama, a man among men".

Over the past several decades we have acquired vast, varied and authentic material about Ramana. These were either not available or could not be used by the earlier biographers. It is now nearly seventy years since the first biography was written. There is need for new insights and perspectives as there is a growing awareness of the power of Ramana's presence. One is able to relate more directly to him. Readers in the new millennium need to savour and enjoy the sweetness of the fresh discoveries and new material which has unfolded since then.

Ramana's beauty beggars all description. To highlight this more than one hundred illustrations have been included to enhance the artistic of the presentation.

 

Contents
  Introduction 1
  Acknowledgements iv
  List of illustrations v
  Section I -Who Are You Ramana?  
1 Who are you Ramana? 3
2 Tiruchuzhial 10
3 Blissful Parents 13
4 Born With a Purpose 16
5 Early Years 19
6 Dindigal- Self Enquiry Begins 21
7 Madurai 23
8 The Day before 26
9 Enlightenment - July 17, 1896 29
10 The Father's Command 32
11 Advent at Arunachala 37
  Section II- Penance  
12 Penance 43
13 Gurumurtam 47
14 Arunagirinathar Temple and Pachaiamman Koil 52
15 Mahan Seshadri Swami 55
  Section III- Virupaksha Years  
16 Virupaksha Years, 1899- 1916 63
17 The most Significant Event After Enlightenment 74
18 Arunachala 78
19 Gambhiram Seshier 92
20 Sivaprakasam Pillai 95
21 Vasishta Ganapati Muni 99
22 F.H. Humphreys 124
23 Less Known Devotees of Ramana 127
24 Sacred Hands 135
25 Mother Azhagammal 143
  Section IV- Skandasramam Years  
26 Skandasramam Years, 1916- 1922 165
27 Enchanting Accounts 172
28 Sadhu Natanananda 177
  Section V - Sri Ramanasramam Years  
29 The Liberty Hall 183
30 Robbers Worship Ramana 189
31 Muruganar 193
32 Ramana in the Kitchen 208
33 Equality in the Dining Hall 211
34 Kinder You are than One's Own Mother 214
35 Identification with the poor, Humble and Weak 220
36 One Consciousness 225
37 Liberation of Cow Lakshmi 245
38 Some Western Devotees 251
39 Niranjananda Swami 275
40 Ramana Jayanti and Mahapuja 278
41 The Thirties and the Forties 281
42 Vicarious Penance 286
43 Devotees Panic- Ramana's Response 291
44 Did Ramana Suffer? His Attitude to Darsan 294
45 Mahanirvana 298
46 Ramana Indicates the Site for Mahasamadhi 300
47 Samadhi Function and Significance of the Samadhi 302
  Section VI- Timeless In Time  
48 The Post- Nirvana Scene 307
49 The Continuing Story 310
50 In the Company of 'Old Devotees' 314
51 Teachings 339
52 Sadguru 348
53 Ramana's Daily Miracles 353
54 Timeless In Time 358
  Notes and References 367

 

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