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Ramana with Muruganar

"My Heart was sunk in the sleep of delusion, and my self-obsessed mind swept up in a whirlwind of dreams, so that the Real Glory of His True Nature was hidden from me until He revealed It in all its majestic splendor. Such is the compassion of my Lord and God."

"In the parched desert of my sinful life I groaned in agony, trembling with fear, until my Lord put an end to my suffering and revealed to me in the sight of men that state of Grace which even the gods cannot know."

"My mind’s activity along with my ego subsided and fell into total abeyance so that no object of thought existed within my consciousness. Then, in that overflowing emptiness, did I experience the goal of the Self, eternal and ever present, as my own True goal."

Ramana Maharshi and Advaita

Richard Rose discovered Ramana Maharshi almost by accident, having come across "Spiritual Teachings of Ramana Maharshi" while searching for used spiritual books, rather than being attracted to the teacher by reputation. However, he consistently referred to Ramana Maharshi as one of the highest teachers, and in his own talks RR frequently referred to the following diagram as a synopsis of states of consciousness and realization:

Mind in Sleep Kevala Nirvikalpa
Sahaja Nirvikalpa

1. Mind alive 1. Mind alive 1. Mind dead
2. Sunk in oblivion 2. Sunk in Light 2. Resolved into the Self
  3. Like a bucket tied to a rope and left lying in the water in a well 3. Like a river discharged into the ocean and its identity lost
  4. to be drawn out by the other end of the rope 4. A river cannot be redirected from the ocean

Some helpful links:

Sri Muruganar's account of his realization upon his encounter with Ramana Maharshi - Sri Ramana Experience - reproduced at Albigen.Com

Sri Muruganar's directives on ignoring and turning one's attention away from the world and toward Awareness (from Garland of Guru's Sayings) - at Albigen.Com

Sri Muruganar's directives on how to practice by Turning Inward (from Garland of Guru's Sayings) - at Albigen.Com

Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi on the topic of thinking about, reading and discussing spiritual teachings - Ramana's teachings - at Albigen.Com

Who Am I? - 28 questions and answers by Ramana Maharshi given at the beginning of his teaching.

Forty Verses on Reality - a very concise, early exposition by Ramana Maharshi.

Sri Sadhu Om was another realized disciple of Ramana Maharshi. His instructions on the practice of self-inquiry are detailed but at the same time very clearly written: Self-Inquiry (chapter 7) and Technique of Self-Inquiry (chapter 8) from "The Path of Sri Ramana" are reproduced at Albigen.Com, courtesy of author Michael James.

The Shaking of the Shadow - at Self Discovery Portal.Com