Talks with Ramana Maharshi

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Talks with Ramana Maharshi

Post by innerhike » Thu May 18, 2006 2:07 am

Ramana is the grand-daddy of Gangaji and the other non-duality teachers in the "Ramana franchise" (anyone who puts up a picture of Ramana and folds their hands in "Namaste" all throughout "satsang").

He is my guru and inspiration. He the dead Indian man I am in love with.

The book is not recommended for folks that want pithy quotes. Ken Wilber says that this is the top book on his list. Jung is a fan of Ramana. This is just from the liner notes on my American edition of the book.

Eckhart said in one his interviews that he sees himself as the follow-up to Ramana and J Krishnamurti.

I have visited Ramana's ashram in South India to pay homage to my Superman, the man who showed me the way to Quietness.

There are other Ramana books you can check out. There's all kinds of info on them all over the 'net.

If you were able to get through Nisargadatta Maharaj's "I am That" then Talks might work for you.

Also check out for some excellent stories and writings on Ramana and Nisargadatta by Englishman David Godman who resides in Ramana's town.

There is so much to Ramana and the different ways in which he worked with so many people from around the world, even though he said so little and preached almost never. I hope that in some way this helps you in your journey.

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Post by kullukid » Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:57 pm

Here's my faveourite poem written by Ramanaji when some of his devotees suggested they celebrate his birthday:
"You who wishes to celebrate the birthday, seek first whence was your birth.
Ones true birthday is when he enters THAT which transcends birth & death - the Eternal Being.
At least on ones birthday one should mourn ones entry into this world (samsara).
To glory in it & celebrate it is like delighting in & decorating a corpse.
To seek ones SELF & merge in the SELF:
that is wisdom."

Here's some more links to some great sites on Ramanaji: ... -time.html ... vic%20Food ... ramana.htm

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Re: Talks with Ramana Maharshi

Post by randomguy » Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:40 pm

Words of emptiness living. This is a fantastic book. It has pages and pages of clear direct pointers. I admire the expression of consciousness delivered in Ramana's words.

I might type some examples, but in doing so I might keep typing and typing. There is a very nice forward by Ken Wilber that represents the book well. The western version is modern American-mind friendly.
Do the yellow-rose petals
tremble and fall
at the rapid's roar?
- Basho

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Re: Talks with Ramana Maharshi

Post by Ananda » Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:00 pm

Eckhart said in one his interviews that he sees himself as the follow-up to Ramana...

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Re: Talks with Ramana Maharshi

Post by Amritam » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:25 am

Thanks for those links kullukid and innerhike. Presently, I am reading Ramana Maharshi and the Path of Self-Knowledge by Arthur Osborne. Reading about his life is truly inspirational.
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Re: Talks with Ramana Maharshi

Post by odemira » Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:00 pm

I'd agree with the recommendation for Arthur Osborne's writings about the life and teachings of Ramana Maharshi. I first read "For Those with Little Dust", which is good, but surpassed by 'The Mind of Ramana Maharshi'. Much simpler to grasp the principles of Advaita and non-duality than in Nisargadatta's "I Am That", particularly where they are explained very simply and clearly in passages taken from the writings of another English writer called F M Humphreys who was a devotee of Ramana. Here's an example:

"the phenomena we see are curious and surprising - but the most marvellous of all we do not realize, and that is that one, and only one, illimitable force is responsible for a) all the phenomena we see and b) the act of seeing them."

The path to this realization is that of Self-Enquiry - who is it that sees?

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Re: Talks with Ramana Maharshi

Post by runstrails » Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:20 am

Just finished Teachings of Ramana Maharishi in his own words by Arthur Osborne. It was excellent.
Funny thing is that I tried to read something by Ramana Maharishi many years ago and it made absolutely no sense to me. This time it was crystal clear. He embodies the "less is more" way of teaching. There is so little mental gymnastics (compared to some advaita teachings out there) that mind has very little to grasp on to. The teachings are sharp and focused and directly resonate with one's true being.

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Re: Talks with Ramana Maharshi

Post by unbornawakened » Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:42 am

Also recommend the following (a thin but to the point selections from the Talks):

The Spiritual Teachings of Ramana Maharshi
Foreword by C. G. Jung
Shambhala Classics, 2004

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