Sri Ramana Gita is so called because it contains the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi. The instructions were communicated on different occasions to different gatherings of disciples. The second sloka in the second chapter was alone composed by Sri Bhagavan himself and all the rest, with obvious exceptions, are redactions of the sage's teachings by that holy and eminent scholar, Sri Kavyakantha Ganapathi Muni. He has placed the public under a debt of gratitude by his lucid exposition of recondite matter in his chaste, smooth and rhythmic Sanskrit style. Sri Ramana Gita, is peculiar in the treatment of its subject-matter meeting all the needs of the modern enquirer, clearing his doubts and in some parts of the subject entering into minute details. It is unique in its stressing of the Heart and of the method of mind-control. Furthermore, the Teacher has drawn on his own experience and thus placed the seal of certainty upon the teachings.
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Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, the Sage of Arunachala, was a famous Indian sage who was renowned for the fullness of his self-realization, and for the feelings of deep peace that visitors experienced in his presence. Many seekers of Truth were attracted by his magnetic presence and were influence by his divine and silent gaze that bestowed the peace and tranquility to the visitors.
Sri Ramana Maharshi reached the holy hill of Arunchala after his spontaneous self-realization at the age of 16 and spent all his adult life at this holy place. He answered questions for hours every day, but never considered himself to be anyone's guru. He maintained that his most effective teaching was conveyed through his silence. He was born on December 30, 1879 in a village called Tirucculi about 30 miles south of Madurai in Tamilnadu. His parents named him Venkataraman. His father died when he was twelve, and he went to live with his uncle in Madurai.
At age 16, he experience a strange death like experience and became spontaneously self-realized. Six weeks later he left family and came to the holy hill of Arunachala where he remained for the rest of his life.