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Gita Society of Belgium (Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi)

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Short Biography of the the

 

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

 


“The Sage of Arunachala”
30th Dec. 1879 to 14th April 1950

 

Almost since the writer of this manuscript had a computer in 1990, and discovered on Internet a little later Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi had in some way been a devotee of the Guru ever since, bought books and downloaded everything he may have found on the Sage of Arunachala.

 

Throughout the history of mankind spiritual world saviours have appeared on very rare occasions to exemplify the Highest Truth. Guiding followers by their conduct in every moment of their lives; Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi was such a giant and saint. Unique for our time, He perfectly embodied the ultimate truth of Self-realisation, or complete absorption in the Supreme Itself.

 

Drawn from His home by the power of Arunachala at the age of sixteen, he remained at Its feet throughout the rest of His life and became known as the Sage of Arunachala.

 

He wrote very little, but is known to have translated and corrected a number of important works for the benefit of devotees. He preferred to communicate through the power of overwhelming Silence, a silence so deep and powerful that it stilled the minds of ardent seekers who were attracted to Him from all over the world.

 

Silence is preparation for the Supreme’s examination. Man comes to know the Supreme’s Hour only when he observes silence, only when he dives deep within. Sri Ramana Maharsi practised silence every moment of his life, and perfectly knew when the Supreme’s Hour was going to strike. Indeed, the victory that one achieves in the universe of silence is eternal.

 

Although preferring silence, He was always willing to answer the questions of sincere aspirants and never failed to guide them in the right direction. He always looked deep within, and just answered the questions.

 

His highest teaching of “Self-enquiry” (vichara) was understood in the infinite silence of his presence. Through this silence, countless numbers of devotees and visitors experienced the pure bliss of True Being. That same experience of perfect peace is still available to sincere souls who turn to him and practice his teachings with devotion.

 

In the silence, the liberation of the will follows on the liberation in knowledge and is its dynamic consequence; it is the knowledge that purifies, it is the truth that liberates: evil is the fruit of spiritual ignorance and it will disappear only by the growth of a spiritual consciousness and the light of spiritual knowledge. This is the first step to self-realisation, to enthrone the Higher Self Within (the Soul), the divine psychic individual in the place of the ego. The next step is to become aware of the eternal self in each of us, unborn and one with the self of all beings.

 

The act of silence and perfect grace can be experienced anywhere, but it is especially palpable at the foot of the holy Arunachala Hill, a hill that has attracted saints and sages for thousands of years. The Maharshi's teaching of “Self-enquiry” (Pure Advaita) is simplicity itself, requiring no outward formalities, no outer change of life, only a simple change in “point of view” and a sustained effort on the part of the seeker and devotee. The goal is no heaven or hell after death or a faraway ideal, but rather the removal of the ignorance that prevents us from knowing that we are eternally One with our Source, the Supreme Self, or the Absolute. It is an experience that happens NOW! All that is required is a sincere effort, which earns us the necessary grace.

 

On his deathbed the Maharshi told his grieving devotees, "You say I am going away, but where can I go? I am always here. You give too much importance to the body." His promise of a “continued presence” is daily being experienced by numerous devotees around the world, and it is that experience of “continued presence” that has inspired many to devote themselves to the path of peace and love.

 

Each spiritual experience is a step forward to self-realisation. And, each spiritual experience gives one additional confidence in oneself.  Also, each experience fortunate or unfortunate is a spiritual experience, encouraging and energising one to march farther, giving enormous satisfaction. While having experiences of all kind, good and bad, remember, that you ,may always feel the Presence of an Invisible Guide within you, pushing you forward towards the Goal. Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharsi still helps you in this. Your expanding consciousness, as you grow into the Supreme, is itself a solid experience.

 

Deep within us divinity is crying to come to the fore. There the divine soldiers are our simplicity, sincerity, purity, humility and the feeling of oneness. These soldiers are more than ready and eager to fight with fear, doubt, anxiety and worry. Unfortunately, we are not consciously identifying ourselves with the divine soldiers. We are consciously or even unconsciously identifying ourselves with the physical soldiers, and that is why world peace is still even today a far cry. World peace can be achieved, revealed, offered and manifested on planet Earth when the divine power of love replaces the carnal love of power.

 

© Philippe L. De Coster, B.Th., D.D. – Gita Satsang, Ghent, Belgium.

 

Two works of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharsi on two important subjects:

 

Self Enquiry (Vicharasangraham)

 

Who I am (Nan Yar?)

 

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 “The Maharsi” Bulletins or Periodicals were copied on the computer at the time of its publication, and kept so far on the harddisk. These E-books are meant for our Gita Satsang in Ghent, Belgium, and is not intended to be commercial.

 

The Maharshi Periodical 1991-1992

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Also very important files (E-books) to download on previous pages

The Maharshi Periodical 1993-1994

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The Maharshi Periodical 1995-1996

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The Maharshi Periodical 1997-1998

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The Maharshi Periodical 1999-2000

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The Maharshi Periodical 2001-2002

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The Maharshi Periodical 2001-2002

 

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The Maharshi Periodical 2003-2004

 

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