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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (August 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590301390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590301395
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ramana Maharshi (1879–1950) was one of the greatest spiritual teachers of modern-day India. At the age of seventeen he attained a profound experience of the true Self. After some years of silent seclusion he finally began to reply to the questions put to him by spiritual seekers all over the world. Though he wrote little, his many conversations and verbal teachings were recorded by followers.

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This book gives a great introduction to the wonderful guru, Sri Ramana Maharshi.
M. Lange
The book has the original Tamil verses, word for word English translation, followed by a running translation.
K. Saran
I would recommend this book to any person interested in the philosophy of existence.
Karthik Bodhinathan

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karthik Bodhinathan on January 10, 2007
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The book is nicely organized into questions and answers. This book is a very concise resource for those interested in the advaita-vedanta philosophy of Ramana. Readers who are accustomed to Ramana's previous books might find this a very exciting addition to their collection, primarily beacuse of the crisp nature Ramana's answers. For the beginner, it might take a little time to get used to the Q and A format. But this can be overcome by brooding over the question for a while before reading Ramana's reply. I would recommend this book to any person interested in the philosophy of existence.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Loui Cuppari on January 8, 2008
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As good practical view of his method of enlightenment. Much of the book is in Q&A format.
Talks about the role of Ego as hindrance. The key seems to be to stop the mind thinking.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Lange on May 20, 2006
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This book gives a great introduction to the wonderful guru, Sri Ramana Maharshi. "Who am I?" Ask yourself that question and go as deeply as you can with the answers until you find the true self. That's just for starters.

This book will help the reader find clarity of mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Saran on March 14, 2014
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This book is by far the best introductory book on Sri Ramana's teachings. The contents are in Question and Answer format. After reading this book, most readers would want a practical book which puts Sri Ramana's teachings together in a logical and practical format and also would want to start practicing self-enquiry. For them I recommend the book 'Path of Sri Ramana, Part I' by Sri Sadhu Om. (Sri Sadhu Om is a direct disciple of Sri Ramana and also the closest associate of Sri Ramana's foremost disciple, Sri Muruganar). 'Path of Sri Ramana, part one' is by far the best practical book on Ramana's teachings. It walks you through the logic behind self-enquiry step-by-step and then, in the final chapter, describes the technique of self-enquiry. You should be able to start practicing after reading this book.

To those who want to read the original works of Sri Ramana with excellent commentary, I recommend the following books:

1. Upadesa Undiyar of Bhagavan Sri Ramana: "The Song of Siva". By Sri Sadhu Om and Michael James. Second edition, published 2004 by Sri Ramana Kshetra - Kanvashrama Trust. This book contains the thirty verses which are the essence of Sri Ramana's teachings. The book contains original Tamil verses, word for word English translation, followed by a running translation of the entire verse. All verses also have excellent explanatory notes.

2. Sri Arunachala Stuti Panchakam: Commentary by Sri Sadhu Om. 2007, Published by Kanvashrama Trust, Tiruvannamalai - 606 603: This book contains the five songs sung by Sri Ramana in praise of Sri Arunachala (the name given to God in Thiruvannamalai). The book has the original Tamil verses, word for word English translation, followed by a running translation. Some verses also have explanatory notes by Sri Sadhu Om.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jss on January 22, 2013
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Sri Ramana sums up the principal things which the Spirit of India has accumulated during thousands of years in contemplation of yhr Inner Self. The individual life and work of the Maharshi exemplifies the innermost striving of the Indian people to find the liberating original Source.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 18, 2012
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Yes ... You will enjoy this. The best of this Mystics works in one place. Nothing too lengthy and the broad spectrum of topics covers the majority of human experiences. I return to this again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Upsnowdens, please on August 12, 2012
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This book deals with IMO the greatest sage of the 20th century. It really is comprised of two works, the first titled "Who Am I?", which is free to read online, and the second being Maharshi Gospel, which is available to purchase individually as well.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Schimpf on May 21, 2009
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"The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi" may be of inestimable value to intermediate and advanced spiritual seekers, but, without equivocation, most of the messages in this book are way, way over my head. While learning about this saint from other sources including some videos, it is apparent to me that he is extremely advanced and is therefore in such an exulted state that presenting truths to an exceptionally untried seeker (like myself) may be a bit challenging; akin to Stephen Hawking describing "M Theory" to a frog. In many ways this work is congruent with "The Holy Science" in as much as it reads like an auto repair manual. Also, I'm not typically a great fan of dialectic (i.e. question and answer) type of works - they just seem cumbersome.

I'm sure that this book will have much value to other readers that are more spiritually mature than I am, but for me 3 stars on the board and a real 2.5 is all I can give.
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