Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi
Birth: 30 December 1879
Date of Final Samadhi: 14 April 1950.
Location of Samadhi: Located inside Ramanasramam in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu
SPH read and followed Ramana Maharishi’s teachings though Ramana Maharshi was not in the body while SPH took birth.
Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu
Kailasa Paramparagatha Adi Arunachala Sarvajnapeetha Samrajyam
Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi was among the greatest enlightened beings who carried the torch of Sanatana Hindu Dharma courageously into the twentieth century, one of the darkest times in history for Hinduism and planet Earth itself. Ramana Maharshi was born in 1879 and manifested the complete Superconsciousness by the age of 16, which was the same age of His Divine Holiness when His gurus initiated Him as the 1008th incarnation of Paramashiva.
The Path of Self Inquiry
Ramana Maharshi was a reviver of the field of self-inquiry in the modern day Hindu practice, after it was taught in Upanishad, and several other great scriptures of Sanatana Hindu Dharma. Ramana Maharshi says at the age of 16 he initiated a process of self-enquiry, asking himself, “what it is that dies?”
In one of his rare written comments on this process Ramana Maharshi wrote, “inquiring within Who is the seer?
This was the same process which Annamalai Swamigal, the direct-disciple of Ramana Maharshi, would teach to the Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism at around the age of 12, and through which HDH at the tender age of 11 expressed in His (Paramashiva’s) current incarnation the ultimate truth of Oneness (Advaita) with the whole Cosmos as a powerful experience of 360 degree vision and experiencing everything as one with and part of Himon 20 May 1989.
Devotion for the sacred Arunachala Hill
Ramana Maharshi cherished a deep devotion for Arunachala throughout his life that he became known for when he composed Aksharamanamalai. This deep devotional hymn is a collection of 108 verses sung out of deep devotion, surrender and pure, sublime love for the Lord Arunachala, the source of all of existence. These verses which are originally in Tamil are enjoyed for their poetic meaning which invoke devotion in anyone who understands.
His Divine Holiness Himself has spoken on Ramana Maharshi’s devotion for Arunachala expressed through the Aksharamanamalai which He says was sung in Madhura Bhava, in deep romantic love, which Ramana Maharshi felt for Lord Arunachala.
Though he never traveled out of Arunachala and spoke little, the sheer energy that he radiated, along with his personal grace and charisma, attracted thousands to Tiruvannamalai while he was living and has inspired millions to follow in his path.
- In the talk “Women and Spirituality” from 22 May 2011 HDH speaks on how the power of feminine energy and how when achieving enlightenment the divine feminine energy is awakened inside of you. In this He speaks on the deep romantic love which Ramana Maharshi had for Lord Arunachala out of which space he sang the Aksharamanamalai. https://nithyanandapedia.org/wiki/Women_And_Spirituality_May_22_2011
Foretelling the Birth of the Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism
Revered as Incarnation of Paramashiva Himself, Ramana Maharishi is one of the predecessors of the Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism who foresaw His happening before attaining the state of Mahasamadhi and leaving the body in 1950. Before passing on, when Raju Mudaliar, the biological grandfather of the Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism, went to receive the blessings of Bhagavan, in the late 1940’s when he was a young orphan who worked in the rice shops of Tiruvannamalai, he blessed him ceremoniously and declared that the Lord Arunachala Himself would become his family.
In the Life of The Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism
The Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism sweetly recalls that in his life, his first love was Ramana Maharshi.
In the words of the Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism: “When I remember him and his life I can never stop my overflowing emotions and devotion. I can say, you may love any number of people in your life. You may marry anytime in your life. You may do whatever you want. But your first love, the boy or girl who caught your heart or attention in your childhood, stays in your heart forever, even after that person changes their form or quality. Same way, my first love is Ramana Maharishi. How many masters have entered my life? How many people have impressed me? How many people have given me experiences, enlightenment, spirituality, different experiences? But Bhagavan still remains as my first love. If I just live like him and die, I feel I am fulfilled. What a discipline! What a life! Ramana Maharishi was never a couch potato. Understand? A man who has merged with Existence, experienced Existence, can never be called a couch potato. He will naturally be a high achiever; maybe in different dimensions. Being a high achiever is one of the important qualities of an Enlightened Being.” – the Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism on 17 December 2012 https://nithyanandapedia.org/wiki/September_17_2012
Throughout the divine childhood of the life of His Divine Holiness, He was raised surrounded by the disciples of Ramana Maharshi, such as Annamalai Swamigal, Thinnai Swami, Sadhu Om and His Acharyas like Kanakkammal who themselves became strong pillars of the enlightenment eco-system of Tiruvannamalai.
- On 12 January 2019, HDH mentions that Ramana Maharshi had known Arunagiri Yogishwara who stays inside the Arunachala Hill and Ramana Maharshi has gone and seen Him there https://nithyanandapedia.org/wiki/January_12_2019