Nearly all of mankind is more or less unhappy because nearly all do not know the true Self.
Real happiness abides in Self-knowledge alone.
All else is fleeting.
To know one’s Self is to be blissful always.
– Ramana Maharshi –
At the age of sixteen, a teenage boy named Venkatamaran died to his ego and woke to the Truth, the Self, his True Nature, the Ground of Being. At sixteen! He left his home, his family and headed for the Mountain Arunachala where he spent the rest of his life. Later the world knew him as Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi.
Now, what was “I” doing at the age of sixteen, what were “you”? Probably acting out of teenage confusion, self-absorbed in the little me, full of melodrama and trying hard to pretend like everything was okay and cool – yet feeling something was missing – but what?!
Maybe there was some questioning, maybe those questions started from a young age. Like um, what is all this and who am I anyway? Looking around at all the weirdness my teenage-self felt that something was definitely screwy with the picture! Was there a knob to change the images or better yet, make them all disappear?
Ramana also looked around as a young boy. Perhaps he too scratched his head at the silliness ….only, in his case, his mind dived inward. He died to the little self and woke up in REALITY.
That is why Ramana (who gave up all material comfort and never touched money again after coming to Arunachala) many years after his physical passing, continues to influence seekers of Truth from around the world. His life-story is a powerful reminder to the world-weary that indeed, there is no real separate self – ALL IS ONE.
Each year thousands of visitor’s make their way to Ramana Maharshi’s shrine. How many thousands have visited since his death? Many, very many and on the increase. That says a lot about the hunger in the human heart for TRUTH.
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