[Advaita-l] Ramana Maharshi - Advaitin or Neo Advaitin?

Kripa Shankar kripa.shankar.0294 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 19 07:09:21 CDT 2016

Namaste Sujal ,

‎What is your comment on ‎ the Wikipedia passage that says Ramana's teachings are different from Advaita 

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From: Sujal Upadhyay
Sent: Monday 19 September 2016 5:20 PM
To: Bhaskar YR; A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta
Cc: Kripa Shankar
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Ramana Maharshi - Advaitin or Neo Advaitin?


Sri Ramana Maharshi was fully realised saint. Sri Kanchi Paramacharya acknowledged this fact. There were many devotees who had equal reverence for both saints. Though Kanchi Paramacharya never met Sri Ramana Maharshi, he pointed out Sri Ramana's name to a foreigner who was looking for a fully realised saint. Ra. Ganapathi said both respected each other.

While Kanchi Paramacharya stood to traditional approach, Sri Ramana Maharshi did not observe any traditional customs.

Kanchi Paramacharya was an AchArya, Sri Ramana Maharshi was a Guru. Please refer to the Book, 'The Guru Tradition' by Ra. Ganapathi, which are collection of teachings of Kanchi Paramacharya Sri Chandrashekharendra Sarasvati Svami.

an Acharya has to observe certain discipline, ask others to follow the same and should be able to defend his sampradAya when needed. AchArya teaches step by step as per tradition. Sri Ramana Maharshi was not an AchArya, but a GYAnI.

Sri Ramana Maharshi was an exception. Exception is not a rule. Sri Ramana Maharshi never asked anyone to follow his way of life. Like Sri Ramakrishna, he is considered as an avatAra by his devotees.

... and, please while studing advaita vedAnta or Hinduism in general, do not trust Google guru and wiki pramANa :)

Hari OM.


"To disconnect from the self and to become Aware of anything else is nothing but unhappiness" - Bhagawan Ramana Maharshi

He who has faith has all
He who lacks faith, lacks all
It is the faith int he name of lord that works wonders

On Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 5:11 PM, Bhaskar YR via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
Hare Krishna

Please forgive me for my ignorance. I had this long standing doubt about Ramana. I believed that Ramana taught Advaita all along thanks to the popular opinion. However I later realized that he was unacquainted with the scriptures.

>  traditionalists who are familiar with Sri ramaNa's teaching would say he has completed these formalities ( like shAstrAdhyayana, shravaNAdi sAdhana etc.) in his previous janma/s so no need for him to start it again.  Rishi vAmadeva realized the truth in his mother's womb and it is because of his previous janma's saMskAra...justification for not reading the scriptures in this janma would go like this.

 Further, he apparently learnt from the hill which he considered as Shiva. Isn't this dogma‎tic and a deviation from the tradition?

>  for that matter guru dattatreya had 24 guru-s and all of them were not shrOtriya and brahmanishTa vedAntins as you know, mara (tree) sometimes lead to rAma as in the case of vAlmeeki  :-)

Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!

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