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Ramana Maharshi was one of the most significant spiritual teachers to emerge from India during the first half of the century, and remains widely admired. This recent collection of conversations between him and the many seekers who came to his ashram for guidance contains the essence of his teaching. His concern throughout his long life of imparting his experience to others was to convince his listeners that self-realisation - or enlightenment - is not an alien or mysterious state, but the natural condition of ...

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Overview

Ramana Maharshi was one of the most significant spiritual teachers to emerge from India during the first half of the century, and remains widely admired. This recent collection of conversations between him and the many seekers who came to his ashram for guidance contains the essence of his teaching. His concern throughout his long life of imparting his experience to others was to convince his listeners that self-realisation - or enlightenment - is not an alien or mysterious state, but the natural condition of man. This state can be easily discovered by undertaking the self-investigation clearly described in these talks. The lucid instructions to each section provide further illumination of this greater seer's message.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140190625
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1989
  • Series: Compass Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 446,643
  • Product dimensions: 5.21 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

The Teachings of Sriramana MaharshiAcknowledgments
Introduction

Part One: The Self
1. The nature of the Self
2. Self-awareness and Self-ignorance
3. The jnani

Part Two: Enquiry and Surrender
4. Self-enquiry—theory
5. Self-enquiry—practice
6. Self-enquiry—misconceptions
7. Surrender

Part Three: The Guru
8. The Guru
9. Silence and sat-sanga

Part Four: Meditation and Yoga
10. Meditation and concentration
11. Mantras and japa
12. Life in the world
13. Yoga

Part Five: Experience
14. Samadhi
15. Visions and psychic powers
16. Problems and experiences

Part Six: Theory
17. Creation theories and the reality of the world
18. Reincarnation
19. The nature of God
20. Suffering and morality
21. Karma, destiny and free will

Glossary
Notes and references
Bibliography
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2001

    Who am I?

    Best summarized by the following two quotes : 'There is no I in a team' and 'No one can step into the same river twice'. Transforms your views if you can put up with a little bit of Hindu terminology and read the book from last to first chapter. If you can understand the first chapter then there is no need to read further.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    This book does an amazing job of summarizing Sri Ramana Maharshi

    This book does an amazing job of summarizing Sri Ramana Maharshi's
    expression of Self Enquiry and the path to self realization. Very
    simple and straightforward, the book details the path of Self Enquiry
    "straight from the horse's mouth" and is very clear. I found
    some of the Hindu terminology challenging to navigate, but the glossary
    at the end was helpful. I had previously heard of Maharshi through the
    teachings of Ram Dass, however this book cleared much up for me, most
    significantly that the concept of neti-neti is not really at the heart
    of Maharshi's teaching. This was confusing for me prior to reading this
    book. Maharshi specifically discusses the mis-allocation of neti-neti
    to his teaching on Self Enquiry and dispels it as an essential path
    leading to Self Realization. This book is easy to read and very
    practical in application, I highly recommend this book for those seeking
    enlightenment through a very simple path devoid of all ceremonial
    conceptions of enlightmentment or self realization.

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