As a boy of sixteen in 1896, he challenged death by a penetrating enquiry into the source of his being. Later hailed as Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi he revealed the direct path of practice of Self-enquiry and awakened mankind to the immense spiritual power of the holy Arunachala Hill, the spiritual heart of the world.

For those new to Ramana Maharshi

Ramana Maharshi (“Bhagavan”) was a 20th century South Indian sage who continues to radiate peace and Self-awareness to the global community of spiritual seekers. You do not need to join any organisation, adopt any belief system, or worship anyone or anything to experience this transmission of bliss and clarity. Bhagavan simply points you towards your innermost Self, the unchanging reality underlying all that exists. It is as if your life and the world is a movie; Bhagavan’s practice of asking Who Am I? allows you to find real happiness through the realisation you are the screen itself, not the projected movie.

To begin your exploration of Bhagavan’s teachings and his method of Self-Inquiry, we suggest that you download and read a free short book called “Who Am I?” . After that, we suggest that you read a more extensive book called “Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi”.  Other resources include past editions of the Mountain Path and the Sarangathi newsletter from our  publications page,  audio recordings such as that of the Ashtavakra Gita, and view videos of past talks at the ashram.

The ashram strives to make as much literature free and online as possible.   Online resources can be found through our Resource Center and from the menu selections.   For a physical copy, you can order books from the online bookstore.  There are different sites for within India and Internationally.

If you are not in Tiruvannamalai and one is available locally, you may attend a satsang (spiritual group) meetings for fellowship and group practice in Bhagavan’s Self-Inquiry teachings.  Our site has a list of satsangs worldwide here, and the New York ashram has a list of satsangs in North America.

Finally, we suggest that you visit Bhagavan’s ashram (“Sri Ramanasramam”)  in Tiruvannamalai, South India for a full immersion in Bhagavan’s transmission of Self.

For newcomers interested in visiting the ashram

Sri Ramanasramam is a spiritual center (ashram) in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, about 160 kilometers southwest of Chennai. It is where Ramana Maharshi lived for 55 years until his death in 1950. It is located at the base of the sacred mountain Arunachala, which has been highly revered as a source of great spiritual power since ancient times. For Ramana Maharshi and spiritual seekers associated with him, Arunachala represents and transmits knowledge of the transcendent Self.

The ashram makes itself available as a home (generally for stays of a week or less) to seekers who wish to immerse themselves in Ramana’s and Arunachala’s transmission of Self-knowledge. There are no requirements for taking part in any particular beliefs or worship practices while you are there; visitors are free to take advantage of ashram activities and resources as they individually see fit. The ashram provides comfortable rooms and wholesome South Indian food for visitors from all over the world. See the accommodations section for details on visiting the ashram.

If you are a visitor unaccustomed to the Tamil Nadu culture and wish to learn more, please read the etiquette page regarding behaviours around holy places.  Tamils are in general kind and tolerant people and will likely not tell you if you commit a faux pas!


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