Being caught by Ramana's gaze
September 6, 2007 11:50am CST
Years ago, I came across the name Ramana Maharshi, and one of his quotes, in Ken Wilber's book, A Brief History of Everything. I was immediately captured. I sought out the book Talks, and the Collected Works of Ramana. My mind, and my life were cracked wide open. I only made it half way through those two volumes before other interests swept me to the side. I think I needed some time for the truth of Rammana to sow into the field of my body-mind. Recently I went back to Ramana after seeing his name again in an interview with Eckhart Tolle. I've finished Works, and am re-reading Talks, and very happily learning at the feet of Ramana. What have other folks experiences been?
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25 Oct 07
Wow, Wow, Wow...That's all I can say. You've put me in bliss by just mentioning his name. Oh God!!! My heart just melts when I read his name. It's enough if you whisper "Ramana" in my ears. That fills me with so much of love and bliss. My eyes are just filled with tears now as I'm typing this discussion. Wow, I wouldn't want to end typing in his praise, because his love and grace is unfathomable. I am reading Talks with Ramana Maharishi and haven't finished it yet. I've been reading it for 2 years now and still haven't been able to finish it. TravsE, you've put me into a beautiful journey through my mind by just starting this discussion and I can't thank you enough. :) Am so happy to finally, see somebody discuss about him. I can never forget my trip to Arunachala. It's such a beautiful place. Just being there is enough and you feel the transformation. Just read his words, and it's enough, automatically, you start evolving. You start progressing spiritually. I love him, and I just love him. It's so beautiful just to look at him. I hope you have read Paul Brunton's experience in A search in Secret India when he met Ramana Maharishi. It's wonderful to see him be so blessed with his gaze. Just mentioning the name of Ramana is enough to feel his grace and get entranced in his love and bliss.
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25 Oct 07
Agreed, agreed, and agreed. Ramana placed me on the path of Self-Inquiry with his gentle eyes a few years ago. The development from simply being exposed to his revelation was amazing. I read his writings and began reading Talks, but it became too much and I had to let the inquiry sit below the surface for a time. Still, I alway see mount Arunachala in my heart now, even though I have not been lucky enough to go there yet. Some day. Recently the inquiry was re-awakened by finding John Sherman online. His transmission of Ramana's path is astounding. I;ve begun reading Talks again, an love it.
26 Oct 07
That's really great. And I am sure you will get a chance to visit this holy soil sooner or later. Blessed are those who get introduced to his teachings. Blessed are those who even get a chance to tread the soil on which he set his foot. :) And if you ever visit India, just drop a line.:)
5 Mar 08
I am feeling blessed to be in company of such people as yourselves! I have read little Ramana Maharishi, save for the excerpt found on www.nisargadatta.net, but I'm an avid reader and disciple of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj as well as J.Krishnamurti. Trust me when I say I know it's invaluable; God it's... are you crazy? These people are eye-openers and they open our eyes and our hearts to reality! I mean it's YOUR LIFE! These people are blessed and blessed and blessed again. I know few will understand this. What they teach cannot be expressed. I'm on an emotional climax! I'm so happy to have met you!
26 Nov 07
I am not into New Age. It is just a rehashing of the Buddhist philosophy and is against my beliefs. I do not believe we should be worshiping man, but God. If you do, and not read all thees mystical books on Eastern Religion and Belief, your life will be much better. I read the reviews, and maybe you should do as well. It is rather weak on science. Just do not take what you read as the absolute value and truth. Find out if it is true and makes sense. http://kheper.net/topics/Wilber/abhoe.html
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26 Nov 07
Ramana Maharshi has nothing whatsoever to do with New Age beliefs. Nor, is his message Buddhist. It's more closely associate with Vedantic teachings. You should do just a little bit of research before jumping onto conclusions handed to you by modern dogmatic opinions. And, for the record, Buddhism has nothing to say about worshiping. Ramana (who is not buddhist) never advised for, or against, any type of worship. All he proposed was that before you go trying to figure out the most perfect thing to do with your life, you should actually figure out who you are. The very core of Ramana's teachings is that one should never take what one reads, sees, or experiences at face value. One should, at all times, question, consider and think. To make the blanket statement that we should worship God, but not follow Eastern Religion, is contradictory. Eastern Religions (in fact all religions) are about the worship of God, or Gods. Religion and science are separate issues. Belief systems do not have to be scientifically accurate to be beneficial, or useful. There is no scientific proof of God, if there were that would be physics, not God. I read the reviews on material that I study extensively. To think that if someone's opinions differ from yours indicates a lack of consideration on there part is prejudicial, and kind fo silly. ;-) By the by, that review of Ken Wilber's book is kind of a crook. The statement that Ken is weak on physics is belied by the fact that Ken holds a PhD in Optical Physics and a Masters in cellular biology. He is also only a thesis short of a handful of other Doctorate degrees. The common tactic of Ken Wilber's critics to poo-poo his physics knowledge has always given me great giggles.
5 Mar 08
Years ago, I came across the name Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, and his famed book I am That. I was immediately captured as well :) It's when I visited the web page dedicated unto his name (http://www.nisargadatta.net), that I came across the teachings of Ramana Maharishi and I immediately realized the essential similarities between the two. Check this link out; it's got a few sample pages from the book "Be As You Are" which is a collection of dialogues and writings of Ramana Maharishi, arranged by David Godman. http://nisargadatta.net/Ramana_Maharshi.html