It is said that the life of Bhagawan Ramana is itself his teaching. Why? This is because he was a perfect human being. He was like a child among children, a perfect kitchen mate to the uneducated women working there, a villager amongst villagers, a scholar par excellence amongst the learned. To monkeys, squirrels, cows and animals he was a dear friend who belonged in their eyes totally to them.
To seekers of truth he was the evershining sun of knowledge and to the devotees the embodiment of the Supreme. He belonged to everyone but yet no one could claim him only to himself. His love was boundless, yet he was attached to none. Everyone could identify himself with him though he did not identify himself with anyone.
Ramana became the enlightened one when he was only sixteen years of age. This happened on July 17, 1896, at Madurai. About six weeks later he journeyed to Tiruvannamalai in obedience to “His Father’s Command”, the command of Arunachala-Siva. His advent at Arunachala was on September 1, 1896. For the next fifty-four years till his Mahanirvana on April 14, 1950, he remained at this one place, as The Sadguru guiding seekers on the path of Self-Knowledge.
There is no parallel to this or for the retention of the body for such a long period after enlightenment, for the welfare of the world. As the timeless guru ‘shining within, without, and everywhere’, there can be no end to his guidance.
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