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  • 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 (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A collection of instructions and answers to questions regarding the Hindu philosophy. Arranged by topic. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Ken Wilber's intro is as excellent as all his writings.
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This book gives a great introduction to the wonderful guru, Sri Ramana Maharshi.
M. Lange
You should be able to start practicing after reading this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Loui Cuppari on January 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 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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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Halifax Student Account on August 21, 2013
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"Before the Big Bang, I am-ness". This sounds better coming from an authentic Indian, rather than a Californian body builder, and Ramana Maharshi wasn't only authentic; he was the real deal!

I have researched this guy online and they all agree that a living Buddha walked in India until 1950. So I suppose this is the closest we will get to the authentic source within you and me, but is hidden.

These talks are similar to what we think a Buddha would have had with the sleepers. Ramana Maharshi was before the Internet and the spiritual supermarket industry and he didn't make any money, which is a change.

Here is a funny story I came across. The Swiss psychologist, C G Jung, who fancied himself a seer, travelled to India in 1938 but was terrified of Ramana Maharshi. He refused to visit the sage, he ran away! Why would Jung, who wrote about Ramakrishna and Samadhi and claimed to be a gnostic, run from Ramana Maharshi when he visited India?

When I was a kid, top heavyweight boxers would mouth off at iron Mike Tyson; until they got in the ring. Then they experienced the living force of boxing. Is this what happened to Carl Jung? I still respect Carl Jung and he is still a top heavyweight and he is a valuable figure. However, Ramanaa Maharshi was the Iron Mike Tyson of this subject and so if you are not really a fanatic on boxing, but want to see It in action, you mite as well watch You Tube vids of Mike Tyson in his prime, and if you just want to dabble in this Vedanta thing, then Ramana Maharshi is the man to check out.

I suppose we are all like Jung. What I mean is, we dabble in books, and we meditate, and we even try psychedelics, thinking that we know. But imagine if someone told you that a Buddha was living down the road? How would you react?
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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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By Brian Wilcox on December 25, 2012
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While reading other works of Ramana, such as Talks, this is the best I have read as a succinct overview of his Teaching, and of Advaita (NonDuality). Each segment is an introduction to one vital aspect of the over-all Teaching, and each segment brief enough to be read in a matter of minutes. Reading Ramana is like sitting in the Presence of True Holiness: the spirit through the writings, that of Ramana and others like him, enhacing the wisdom and impressing it mysteriously upon the Heart: or as Ramana would say, the Guru pushing from without, the Guru pulling from within. OM Shanti
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