Sri Ramama Maharshi
He was one of the prominent…Teachers , a famus saint and highly evolved human being who lived in India 1879 bis 1950 in South India. .
Ramamna Maharshi was a jivan-mukta (liberated while living), being liberated from all false understanding, being free from all thoughts or emotional reaction.
Living inside of the Brahman, being consciously connected to the Greater self all the time, yet still living in this world..to help his fellow brothers and sisters.
At the age of 17 he had a near death experiences, and he came to the realization that his True Higher Self the Atman was eternal. Moved to a sacred mountains in South India called Arunachala. There he lived in a cave for a long time, alone and in deep submersion. Many seekers came, Ashram was built, but he did not speak much.
He rather wanted the people coming for guidance to experience Atman, to experience his highly evolved state of consciousness. So many questions were answered in writing by him
He was worshipped as a saint, he lived a very simple life and owned nothing.
Teached in silence
QUOTE “A realized one sends out waves of spiritual influence which draw many people towards him. Yet he may sit in a cave and maintain complete silence. We may listen to lectures upon truth and come away with hardly any grasp of the subject, but to come into contact with a realized one, though he speaks nothing, will give much more grasp of the subject. He never needs to go out among the public. If necessary he can use others as instruments.
The Guru is the bestower of silence who reveals the light of Self-knowledge which shines as the residual risischuell reality. Spoken words are of no use whatsoever if the eyes of the Guru meet the eyes of the disciple. END OF QUOTE
Along with Vicharasangraham (Self-Enquiry), Nan Yar (Who am I?) constitutes
Ramama Maharshi ‘s main teachings:
The first speaks about that the direct path to liberation is Self-enquiry.
The particular mode in which the enquiry is to be made is given in the Who am I text.Both texts self enquiry and who am I are Q&A texts.
The mind consists of thoughts. The ‘I’ thought is the first to arise in the mind. When the enquiry ‘ Who am I?’ is persistently pursued, all other thoughts get destroyed, and finally the ‘I’ thought itself vanishes leaving the supreme non-dual Self the Atman alone.This process is of course, is not easy.. As one enquires ‘Who am I?’, other thoughts will arise; but as these thoughts arise, one should follow them then with ‘To whom do they arise ?’ so mind is confused and stops and the Greater Self is brought into awareness. Of course this practice must be done in a extremely vigilant way. Through constant enquiry one should make the mind stay in its source, without allowing it to wander away and get lost in the mazes of thought created by itself. All other disciplines such as breath-control and meditation should be regarded as supporting practices. They are useful in so far as they help the mind to become still and one-pointed.
For the mind that has gained skill in concentration, Self-enquiry becomes comparatively easy.
Quoting Ramana Maharshi says and I quote
The reflection on the Self which is thus practiced constantly will destroy the mind, and thereafter will destroy itself like the stick that is used to kindle the fire wood to burn the corpse.. It is this state that is called release. END OF QUOTE
For Ramana Mahashi the Brahman is the real heart of our Inner Self. He says and I quote:
Self-light that is in it does not change in the least thereby, and like the ether it is the all-pervasive pure knowledge that is one, and it shines in the heart as Brahman.
He also spoke about the Idea of Being an instrument of Brahman, of the Greater All He says
By whatever path you go, you will have to lose yourself in the One. Surrender is complete only when you reach the stage `Thou art all’ and `Thy will be done’.
Sri Ramama Maharshi passed over in 1950
The end came on the 14th of April 1950. That evening the sage gave darshan to the devotees that came. All that were present in the Ashram knew that the end was nearing. They sat singing Ramana’s hymn to Arunachala with the refrain ‘Arunachala-Siva’. The sage asked his attendants to make him sit up. He opened his luminous and gracious eyes for a brief while; there was a smile; a tear of bliss trickled down from the outer corners of his eyes; and at 8:47 the breathing stopped. There was no struggle, no gasping, none of the signs of death. At that very moment, a brilliant star-like object slowly moved across the sky, reached the summit of the holy hill, Arunachala, and disappeared behind it. It was seen in many parts of India, even as far as Bombay (Mumbai)