The Saint Who Was Enlightened At the Age of Sixteen

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  1. Aum

    Aum New Member

    Saints are the once who at some stage in their lives start understanding that there is something beyond their individual selfhood, an invincible power that attracts them to lose themselves in search of it, and this is probably the phase of enlightenment that the these sages begin their journey with.

    One of the great saints that has been embarked in the historical and religious ethos of India is Ramana Maharishi, one of the eternally powerful saints who was led into his path of enlightenment at a very early age of sixteen, when he realised that his individual selfhood is not as important as the awakening that he was experiencing, and thus he left for this journey of awakening at the age of sixteen towards the holy mountains of Arunachala which are situated in Tiruvannamalai, this was known as his hermitage for the rest of his life.

    Ramana Maharishi was born as Venkataraman Iyer on the 30th of December, 1879 in a village called Tiruchuzi which is close to Madurai in Tamil Nadu state of the southern part of India. He was born in a Brahmin family and was the second of the four children of his parents. His father’s name was Sundaram Iyer and mother’s name was Azhagammal. He had two brothers and a younger sister, the brothers were named Nagaswamy and Nagasundaram and his younger sister’s name was Alamelu.

    Like any other normal child and being born in a Hindu Brahmin family the origination of his studies was through Scott’s Middle School, and from there he went to American Mission High School. But it was during one of those days when he was on his way to school that he met one of his relatives, and life after that changed, when he heard that his relative had come from the holy mountain of Arunachala. The name of the holy mountain was not new to Venkataraman, but he was not aware of the power of those mountains, but the moment he heard about those mountains, he had this pull towards the name and a feeling that this land was definitely sacred and where he was meant to be to realise his true sense of awakening and follow the path of enlightenment. It was after a month that he came across a book that talked about the lives of sixty three saints, this was the copy of Sekkizhar’s Periyapuranam, which was what moved him completely, and made him realise about where he truly belonged to.

    It was sitting all by himself one evening that Venkataraman had a stange feeling and that was the fear of death, and to experience it even further he lied down straight holding his breath, and realised that even when his body will perish after his death, his soul is what is not perishable, and that was his realisation beyond the word ‘I’, leaving life and ego. He knew that his family would never approve of him being a Sanyassi, and this is why he told his brother that he had a special class and left his home, and it was on the 1st September, 1896 that he boarded the train which would take him to Tiruvannamalai where he was going was going to spend his rest of his life. From there his journey of enlightenment involved staying in the temples and in the caves of Satguru and Guhu Namasivaya Cave, and finally he took his residence in Virupaksha Cave where he stayed for the rest seventeen years.

    It was from 1922 till Ramana Maharishi passed away in the 1950 that he stayed in his ashram known as Sri Ramanasramam, this ashram was developed around his mother’s tomb.
  2. ajay00

    ajay00 Member

    The spiritual efforts in his past lives are also a reason for his enlightenment at a young age.

    There were certain peculiar charecterestics of Ramana when he was a child. In sports, whichever team he played in won and he never had a defeat. When he was asleep he went to such a deep state of slumber that none could awaken him no matter what they did.
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