"But I must attain realization now, in this life! Why should
I wait? Why should it go so slowly?
Ramana Maharshi laughed. "That is your destiny."
Sri Ramana Maharshi was born in 1879. In his 17th year he
attained enlightenment through a remarkable experience
as if undergoing death of the physical body while remain-
ing in full consciousness. Following this transformation, he
left his home and was drawn irresistibly to the sacred hill
He never left it. In the ashram which was formed around
him he taught the purest form of Advaita Vedanta (non-
duality) through the supremely simple discipline of Self-
This book is an account of the life and teachings of this
great spiritual guide. Introduced to the West by Paul
Brunton in the 1950s, Ramana Maharshi's presence
invoked a remarkable and transformational impression of
benevolence and dignity, kindness and simplicity, which
proved to be fundamental to the movement toward spiri-
tual enlightment throughout the Western world.
In the foreword to this volume, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, a
former Vice President of the Republic of India writes
"IThis book] has a special relevance to our age with its
dor nant mood of wistful reluctant scepticism.
Maharshi gives us the outlines of a religion based
on the Indian Scriptures which is essentially spiritual,
without ceasing to be rational and ethical."