Who am I?

Introduction: Who am I? Is the title given to a set of questions and answers bearing on Self-enquiry. This, in substance, is Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi’s teachings in Nan Yar (Who am I?). Along with Vicharasangraham (Self- enquiry), Nan Yar (Who am I?) constitutes the first set of instructions in the Master’s own words. These two are the only prose pieces among Bhagavan’s works. They clearly set forth the central teaching that the direct path to liberation is Self-enquiry. This, in substance, is Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi’s teachings in Nan Yar (Who am I?). When the enquiry “Who am I?” is persistently pursued, all other thoughts get destroyed, and finally the “I”-thought itself vanishes leaving the supreme non-dual Self alone. The false identification of the Self with the phenomena of non-self such as the body and mind, thus ends, and there is illumination, sakshatkara.

Self-Realisation is

Absolute Freedom

Vicharasangraham (Self-Enquiry)

The present work in prose consists of forty questions with answers covering the entire range ofspiritual disciplines required for the gaining of release (moksha).

Nan Yar (Who am I?)

Who am I? is the title given to a
set of questions and answers bearing on
Self-enquiry. The questions were put
to Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi,

Self-surrender

Self-enquiry is diving into the Self, Self-surrender is letting go of body, mind and world. Both these ways lead to Self-abidance and Liberation/ Self-Realisation.

Who is

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

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Ramana Maharshi('s body) was born Venkataraman Iyer 1879. In July 1896, at age 16, he had a sudden fear of death. He was struck by "a flash of excitement" or "heat", like some avesam, a "current" or "force" that seemed to possess him, while his body became rigid. He initiated a process of self-enquiry, asking himself, "what it is that dies?" He concluded the body dies, but this "current" or "force" remains alive, and recognized this "current" or "force" as his Self, which he later identified with "the personal God, or Iswara”

Silence Commenting upon this silence Ramana Maharshi said: Silence is the true upadesa. It is the perfect upadesa. It is suited only for the most advanced seeker. The others are unable to draw full inspiration from it. Therefore, they require words to explain the truth. But truth is beyond words; it does not warrant explanation. All that is possible is to indicate It. How is that to be done?

Bhagavan's quotes:

“Your own Self-Realisation is the greatest service you can render the world.”

Nan Yar

All living beings desire to be happy always, without any misery. In everyone there is observed supreme love for oneself. And happiness alone is the cause of love. In order therefore, to gain that happiness which is one’s nature and which is experienced in the state of deep sleep, where there is no mind, one […]

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Introduction

Who am I? is the title given to a set of questions and answers bearing on Self-enquiry. The questions were put to Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi by Sri M. Sivaprakasam Pillai, about the year 1902. Sri Pillai, a graduate in philosophy, was at the time employed in the Revenue Department of the South Arcot Collectorate. […]

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