Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, the Sage of Arunachala,
was a famous Indian sage who was renowned for the fullness of his
self-realization, and for the feelings of deep peace that visitors
experienced in his presence. Many seekers of Truth were attracted
by his magnetic presence and were influence by his divine and silent
gaze that bestowed the peace and tranquility to the visitors. Sri
Ramana Maharshi came the holy hill of Arunchala after his spontaneous
self-realisation at the age of 16 and spent all his adult life at
this holy place. He answered questions for hours every day, but never
considered himself to be anyone's guru. He maintained that his most
effective teaching was conveyed through his silence.
He was born on December 30, 1879 in a village called Tirucculi
about 30 miles south of Madurai in Tamilnadu. His parents named
him Venkataraman. His father died when he was twelve, and he went
to live with his uncle in Madurai. At age 16, he experiance a strage
death like experiance and became spontaneously self-realized. Six
weeks later he left family and came to the holy hill of Arunachala
where he remained for the rest of his life.
At Arunacha he spent many year in silence and used to spend all
his time in Samadhi. When he began speaking again, people came to
ask him questions, and he soon acquired a reputation as a sage.
In 1907, when he was 28, one of his devotees named him as Sri Ramana
Maharshi. He died of cancer in 1950 at the age of 70.