I was not even born when Ramana Maharshi left this earthly life and I didn’t even hear of him until roughly the last 10-12 years ago, but the impact he has had on my life has been amazing. Of course, he was no mere mortal, but even so, his influence on me defies all logic. Today, for example, I finished reading The Mind of Ramana Maharshi by Arthur Osbourne, for the fourth time. The penultimate chapter covers the great sage’s mahasamadhi. As I was reading it I felt very tearful; not out of grief, but because I was so touched by the graciousness shown to his devotees throughout his time in Tiruvannamalai. The book managed to convey this to the reader very admirably. Even in the last hours of his earthly life he was still giving darshan.
I have found that whenever I feel that the world is getting to me, and I feel myself getting sucked in by the tricks of the ego, a bit of Ramana Maharshi always brings me back. I always get such a feeling of peace descend upon me when I read about his teachings and life. For me, the main message that flows from the pages is that The Maharshi radiated such peace, and it is as though I am touched by that very same peace as I read; everything about him was just pure love.
There aren’t really any words to explain this kind of thing properly, and I’m sure some people reading this will have had the same experience with their own particular life influences and will understand what I mean; words.being completely unnecessary.