This is the true story of Ramana Maharshi, a mystic and sage who, at the age of 16, had an intense visionary experience in which he faced and released the belief in death. He clearly saw the “i,” the self that believed it could die, and he identified fully with eternal Spirit, the I Am presence. From that moment on his path was set. He travelled to Arunachala and spent the following years in silence, experiencing deep, blissful meditation in various temples. He was oblivious to the needs of the body, wanting and needing nothing from the world.
Upon recognizing the consistent presence of God radiating from Ramana and his inability to care for the body, a young man at the temple devoted his life to supporting him. In time, as others were also drawn to Ramana’s presence, he was activated to speak and engage inspirationally as a sage. His life was a demonstration of the awareness of the equality of Christ within the devotional community that built up around him. He shared the teachings of self-inquiry, pointing always to questioning the identification with the ego, the “i,” and directing instead to the knowing of the true self, “ThySelf.” The presence and stillness that emanated from him was felt by all who came to be with him. He often did not speak, but the presence and stillness was sufficient to heal and bless those who came seeking the experience of Truth.
Just before he laid his body aside, his response to mourning devotees was: “You say I am going away but where would I go? I am here.” He continues to be a teacher, guide and a deeply inspiring symbol of true freedom in the minds of many throughout the world.

About the author

David Hoffmeister

Modern-day mystic, author, and a living demonstration of A Course in Miracles.


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