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his spiritually significant work is a profound series of dialogues between one of the great sages of our time and his inquirers. These "Talks" offer a genuinely universal approach to Truth, by directly pointing to the certainty of our essential nature. By applying even a few of these passages to our life, we can become aware of the ever-present, abiding Reality. The great I his spiritually significant work is a profound series of dialogues between one of the great sages of our time and his inquirers. These "Talks" offer a genuinely universal approach to Truth, by directly pointing to the certainty of our essential nature. By applying even a few of these passages to our life, we can become aware of the ever-present, abiding Reality. The great Indian sage Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950) had the unique gift of embodying the highest wisdom in the most ordinary manner. His words, full of insight and understanding, express the authentic experience of Enlightenment. For decades, they have guided people from diverse backgrounds and traditions to the Source of enduring peace and happiness. Through the wise words of this beloved sage, we are clearly and consistently shown how to reclaim our innate Freedom—simply by looking in the right place and discovering what has always been present. A fundamental shift of attention is all that is required. By approaching these dialogues in the spirit of inquiry, one has the opportunity to awaken to a greater Reality: that of our own Being, our true Self.


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his spiritually significant work is a profound series of dialogues between one of the great sages of our time and his inquirers. These "Talks" offer a genuinely universal approach to Truth, by directly pointing to the certainty of our essential nature. By applying even a few of these passages to our life, we can become aware of the ever-present, abiding Reality. The great I his spiritually significant work is a profound series of dialogues between one of the great sages of our time and his inquirers. These "Talks" offer a genuinely universal approach to Truth, by directly pointing to the certainty of our essential nature. By applying even a few of these passages to our life, we can become aware of the ever-present, abiding Reality. The great Indian sage Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950) had the unique gift of embodying the highest wisdom in the most ordinary manner. His words, full of insight and understanding, express the authentic experience of Enlightenment. For decades, they have guided people from diverse backgrounds and traditions to the Source of enduring peace and happiness. Through the wise words of this beloved sage, we are clearly and consistently shown how to reclaim our innate Freedom—simply by looking in the right place and discovering what has always been present. A fundamental shift of attention is all that is required. By approaching these dialogues in the spirit of inquiry, one has the opportunity to awaken to a greater Reality: that of our own Being, our true Self.

30 review for Talks with Ramana Maharshi: On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eddie Watkins

    It feels odd reviewing a book on pure spirituality, especially one that is a record of utterances by a man universally acclaimed as a saint-like figure - no ego trips, no wine and women in the temple basement, no hoarded or blown monies, no controversy, simple as that. Somehow I don't view this as just another book on my shelf for me to judge. But as it's important to me I'll say a few words. Personally I have no problem with religions and their teachings. Some I like more than others, of course, It feels odd reviewing a book on pure spirituality, especially one that is a record of utterances by a man universally acclaimed as a saint-like figure - no ego trips, no wine and women in the temple basement, no hoarded or blown monies, no controversy, simple as that. Somehow I don't view this as just another book on my shelf for me to judge. But as it's important to me I'll say a few words. Personally I have no problem with religions and their teachings. Some I like more than others, of course, but I don't recoil and knee-jerkedly react when the subject of religion is brought up. I understand these responses, however; religion is a perennially hot button topic that just gets hotter and hotter, and it's virtually impossible to ignore it, and so many of religions' spokespeople are such insufferable boneheads and bores, and unfortunately these boneheads and bores often have ridiculous amounts of clout. I don't go in for institutionalized religions. For one thing most of them seem like little more than products of human fancy and imagination and mythologizing run rampant. But often this fancy and imagination (and rioting human reason justifying its own fancies) often makes it impossible to get to the pure heart of a particular religion. Jesus may've been a spiritually realized soul of infinite humility and compassion, but you wouldn't know that when encountering brill-cremed bediamonded grinning hucksters at the television pulpit. So I go in for spiritual teachings not too overrun with stuck-on mythologies and fancies and egocentric perpetuators, such as Zen and a form of mental yoga by the name of Advaita so purely exemplified by Sri Ramana Maharshi. No gods, priests, or teachers if you don't want them. Both are spirtitual practices that are freely available to any misfit fool looking for something else. The basic teaching of Advaita is that we are not our minds and bodies, and there are different mental methods available to help one come close to realizing this. Sometimes the methods can feel like post-modern literary tricks (of the self-reflective variety), especially when one is advised to ask simply "Who am I?", and then as soon as one answers to ask "Well then who is answering?" and so on and so on like two parallel mirrors reflecting each other until one's mind is blown. (There's actually an hilarious novel by Harry Mathews that exemplifies this called The Journalist - highly recommended) At other times this method appears very similar to Guy Debord's theory of the Society as Spectacle, as when Maharshi uses the example of the physical world as a movie screen, and even the thoughts in one's head as existing on this movie screen; but it's all in the effort to help us realize that nothing we can see or even think is who we are, which for me helps restore a tremendous mystery to existence itself while at the same time lightening my personal load.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kassy

    I must admit, that I am not egoless, but I am an aspiring Jnani, and I have been convinced that it is the most beautiful achievement possible. But like even the last few days, there is an I that pretends it's me, and it is ashamed, scared, desireous, depressed, unsatisfied. Who is that I? That was the point the sage of sages Ramana Maharshi made. All of this is me, all of this is you, there is nothing seperate, no divisions. I can from that vantage point embrace my madness, and love myself and t I must admit, that I am not egoless, but I am an aspiring Jnani, and I have been convinced that it is the most beautiful achievement possible. But like even the last few days, there is an I that pretends it's me, and it is ashamed, scared, desireous, depressed, unsatisfied. Who is that I? That was the point the sage of sages Ramana Maharshi made. All of this is me, all of this is you, there is nothing seperate, no divisions. I can from that vantage point embrace my madness, and love myself and through loving myself, which is everyone and everything, there becomes only love, and I am always in love. I aspire to give up the illusions I've bought into, perpetuated, that have sustained the illusion of unhappiness. In this book Maharshi explains it well...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tyrone Martin

    found this gem in the library when i was sixteen. i think i literally stopped physically growing after i had read this. this is that kind of book where you can read a few pages in a day but it might take a lifetime (or this moment) to figure out

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    no words

  5. 5 out of 5

    FrankO

    A spiritual journey into inquiry of who am I? Finding the Self, where there is no subject, no object, no doer, only Being. The talks in this book (1935-1939) are often quite heady, very intellectual, but they cannot be comprehended by the intellect, at least not mine. Ramana Maharshi, a sage of the 20th centrury, led a very simple life, but was quite knowledgeable. Many remarkable seekers sought him out and posed questions on the spiritual path. Visitors included Swami Yogananda, author of Autobi A spiritual journey into inquiry of who am I? Finding the Self, where there is no subject, no object, no doer, only Being. The talks in this book (1935-1939) are often quite heady, very intellectual, but they cannot be comprehended by the intellect, at least not mine. Ramana Maharshi, a sage of the 20th centrury, led a very simple life, but was quite knowledgeable. Many remarkable seekers sought him out and posed questions on the spiritual path. Visitors included Swami Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. Ramana Maharshi is the guru for Punaji, who is the guru for Catherine Ingram, a spiritual teacher who inspired me to find the Self.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Prasetyo

    This book contains a conversations with a peoples from different background. A very good reading even if you never read Sri Ramana's books. This edition is more comprehensive than previous edition, containing the name of the people who asking the question and the date they came to ashram. Very enlightening book. This book contains a conversations with a peoples from different background. A very good reading even if you never read Sri Ramana's books. This edition is more comprehensive than previous edition, containing the name of the people who asking the question and the date they came to ashram. Very enlightening book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Walter

    This is a book I read over and over. Like all Advaita teachings, the wisdom contained in the pages needs to be digested carefully,and repeatedly. Of the many books I'd read on Advaita, I consider this to be the preeminent one. This is a book I read over and over. Like all Advaita teachings, the wisdom contained in the pages needs to be digested carefully,and repeatedly. Of the many books I'd read on Advaita, I consider this to be the preeminent one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Murali

    Another classic book on advaita. The master dispels doubts in his inimitable way. Wonderful read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Charles Frode

    Perhaps the most compelling book ever compiled by the most accessible and shocking master of the 20th century. You are already enlightened. You are already the Self. Profoundly simple and beautiful. Get this book if you are a seeker, and you will understand that you will seek no more. Wow!

  10. 5 out of 5

    David Green

    Recommended for experienced meditators...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Machiel

    A must read, with every answered question you feel your true nature more and more... To me this man is the proof that Jesus and Buddha were real people who realised and told the Truth.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Keven

    my hero

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    So far I feel as though every time I pick up this book, I am continually fed insight as to who I am here, now, from a far past and into the oncoming future.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Mind blowing, literally. Or should I say mind dissolving.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ayshwarya

    A few years before I could not really appreciate most of the discussions in this book. But after a few years of consistent study, when I revisited this book in the past few months, a lot of the content rang many bells and I also had some epiphanies. A book to be revisited often to appreciate the progress made in the study of advaita Vedanta. I will be revisiting the book again in a few years for sure.

  16. 5 out of 5

    John Tissandier

    This is without doubt the ONE book I would take to a desert island. My copy (first edition 1972) is well worn.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ishaan

    Having read this book you would have pretty much no questions left unanswered. Sri Ramana Maharshi's vision as an enlightened Vedantin is beyond description in words. Beginners might find it very hard to understand at the first place, unless you are very keen to know about the questions being asked in the book. Having read this book you would have pretty much no questions left unanswered. Sri Ramana Maharshi's vision as an enlightened Vedantin is beyond description in words. Beginners might find it very hard to understand at the first place, unless you are very keen to know about the questions being asked in the book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sri Harsha

    Answers to all the possible queries by seekers of Truth

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Pollner stamper

    Incredible self inquiry leading to ultimate discovery of most existential questions

  20. 4 out of 5

    Victor Van Ranst

    "I" "I"

  21. 4 out of 5

    J. Alberto

    25%

  22. 5 out of 5

    H G

  23. 5 out of 5

    David

  24. 4 out of 5

    Paul Vittay

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tom Henshaw

  26. 4 out of 5

    Thao Le

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mark Pifer

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kellie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Guruprasad Nagarajan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ahmed

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