30 December 1879 – 14 April 1950
Today we honour, celebrate and give thanks for the great sage of Arunachala, Sri Ramana Maharshi. Revered as one of the most prominent spiritual Masters from India, the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi continue to inspire thousands of people and bring them into the discovery of the Self, one’s true nature. We venerate Bhagavan’s presence and Grace which, to this day, nourishes the hearts of devotees and seekers of Truth all over the world.
Moojibaba has tremendous love and respect for this saint, whose teachings he absorbed deeply in the heart through Satsang with Sri Poonjaji, a student of Sri Ramana.
This account comes from Sri Ramanasramam, telling of Bhagavan’s last days in his physical form:
“On April 14, 1950 it was apparent that Sri Ramana’s physical end was near, in spite of intense medical care he received since the sarcoma in his left arm was detected. In the evening, as the devotees sat on the verandah outside the room which had been specially built for Bhagavan’s convenience during his illness, they spontaneously began singing ‘Arunachala Siva’ (The Marital Garland of Letters). On hearing it Ramana’s eyes opened and shone. He gave a brief smile of indescribable tenderness. From the outer corners of his eyes tears of bliss rolled down. One more deep breath and no more.
“At that very moment 8:47 p.m. what appeared to be an enormous star trailed slowly across the sky passing to the north-east towards the peak of Arunachala. Many saw this luminous body in the sky, even as far away as Bombay and struck by its peculiar appearance and behaviour, they ascribed this phenomenon to the passing of their Master.
“To this day the power of Sri Ramana has not diminished. Often visitors to the ashram have remarked, ‘But one can feel his presence very strongly.’ Before Sri Ramana gave up his body, devotees went to him and begged him to remain for a while longer as they needed his help. He replied “Go! Where can I go? I shall always be here.”
‘That which is born must die;
that which is acquired must be lost.
Were you born?
You are ever existent.
The Self can never be lost.’
~ Sri Ramana Maharshi