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 Sir 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. 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 satsangh (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.