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Who Am I?: The Teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

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A set of questions and answers on Self-enquiry that were put to Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi by Sri M. Sivaprakasam Pillai in 1902.
Paperback, 16 pages
Published November 30th 2008 by Sri Ramanasramam (first published 2008)
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Sep 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I have to admit it, this book is a bit tricky to read. It is a very short read but a bit hard. But either way, I did make one page of notes while reading this book (I like to make notes when I read books I can learn something from, so I can always bring out my notebook and quickly read the most important things from that book).
Bhargavi Balachandran
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An extremely difficult book to comprehend and internalize. So much wisdom concentrated in such a small book.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this very short book the indian sage Ramana Maharshi goes through what is needed to become enlightened. Its quite succinct and can be summarised in the following way:
For each thought arising ask "where did this thought come from?" and "Who is thinking these thoughts?".
After practicing and continually coming back to the self ones thoughts begin to dissipate. When one no longer have any ego-thoughts, one is liberated. I have just recently begun practicing self-enquiry but it seems like the sho
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Even though I felt that this book was difficult to comprehend for someone my age, there were, in fact quite many words that spoke to me.
Personally, through this book I've become wiser on how my relationship with the God should actually be, and how I can inquire about my real Self. I also think that Sri Ramana Maharshi's words can be quite helpful in understanding the nature of the mind. Some of the things I read in the book were things I'd already realised in my life, but they were things I cou
Prasanth Menon
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A short series of Q&A about life and how it can be lived. The questions are answered by Ramana Maharshi. It struck a chord with me as soon as I read it. will be taking for a reread shortly.
Ritumbhara Chinnabalan
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Profound questions put to Sri Ramana Maharshi and the answers he gives.

This definitely calls for a read.

Manoj Chugh
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book actually is small pamphlet that helps one reflect into oneself.

It contains a technique for self discovery.

This masterpiece is also a summary of Bhagavan's teachings.

One hundred percent recommended reading for seekers.

Ammu Nair
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can a book be so exasperating and so soothing at the same time? Read "Who am I?" to find out:-) It is frustrating because the true meaning of Maharshi's words elude me at the experiential level. Even then--despite the cognitive dissonance--truth has a calming effect on the mind. Deep down, we know.

When I first read it, the ideas came across as absurd and bizarre. I mean, how's my poor mind suppose to grapple with these:"Apart from the mind, there's no independent entity called the world." "Desi
Nov 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Carl Gustav Jung described Shri Ramana Maharishi to be a "modern Indian Prophet who exemplified so impressively the problem of psychic transformation". The teachings of this Enlightened saint have pervaded the globe and has influenced scores of people, both devotees as well as non-devotees. This small collection contains within its fold, answers to twenty-eight questions posed to the Maharishi in 1902 by an intrepid student of Philosophy, Mr.Sivaprakasam Pillai.

The questions all revolve around
Munkhbayar Baatarkhuu
To tell the truth, I am in any way not in favor of enlightenment. Because the very idea seems suicidal to me. This book is one of those books insisted on suicide, like buddha's dhammapada, maybe even worse. I see no beauty in it, just rubbish. Disgusted reading such an outragious anti-life, suicidal so called religious masterpiss. Ramana Maharshi gives no reason why one should enlighten, why one should get rid of one's mind, why one should go against nature. Very Dictating book, I call it 28 com ...more
Ajitabh Pandey
This book is a collection of 28 questions as asked by one of the disciples of Sri Raman Maharshi. The questions focus on self inquiry. Although this book is only 16 pages but there is a huge depth in the answer to each questions. If studied carefully and practiced as mentioned in the book, one can reach the Goal.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is not a book that you can label it as READ and be done with. Once in a while, you have to take it out and read it again. I do not think I understand it at all. I cannot even write a review for it.
Vismay Agrawal
Jun 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is a concise pointer to the nature of self. Words are only needed for intellectuals. The wise gets the exact teaching and follow it to the point of liberation. If you think the book is too short or you didn't get the teachings, then spend time on self-enquiry.
Thank you Ramana Maharshi!
Goutam Malviya
Maybe i am dumb but i didn't understand a single word from this book this book is so deep this is very tricky book will read this 2 3 times to understand ...more
Kshitij Sharma
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
28 Questions and Answers on the ultimate enquiry of Who Am I? Ramana's method is as direct as looking in the mirror after seeking elsewhere. From myriad queries to asking where do these queries come from, it's effective in murdering the ego and its manifestations to say the least.

For example, "23. Is it any use reading books for those wholong for liberation?

All the texts say that in order to gain liberation one should render the mind quiescent; therefore their conclusive teaching is that the m
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it
For the most part clear distillation of Advaita Vendanta or non-dualist principles with Maharshi's particular methodology in question/answer format. Probably not best source on this stuff for a beginner, since there is no context or explanation of certain concepts, but those familiar with this stuff should get it. Also not sure how well certain concepts are brought into English language or cultural context. Nonetheless, I got more or less what I wanted in terms of understanding. This particular ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very short book but insightful. My take away in it is about how one should persistently focused in destroying thoughts. It's a tricky job. He said the mind, thoughts, and world are one and same thing. If you remove any of it the others won't exist. Everything that remains after removing all that I am not is what I am. That is the first step. The self realization is the liberation from bondade of the illusion created by mind. Worth reading if you are a spiritual seeker. ...more
Krishna Chaitanya
To read if ur mind is ur obstacle..

Outstanding, amazing, a must read for every spiritual seeker to start with inquiry into who am i.... Om bhagavathe sri ramanaya.. Pranams. All d best.
Dhiraj Kamble
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You won't need anything else to clear your thoughts.
An excellent book consisting of just 28 Q&A between Sri Ramana Maharshi & Sri M. Sivaprakasam Pillai. The book is for those treading the path of intellect.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
if your wish is to dissolve into the great mystery this is a great starting place. simple yet profound and not for everyone, while I can appreciate it and say it is a gem it is not a complete fit for me, perhaps a few more lifetimes and I can say it fits better.
Karen Lewin-Hicks
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Who needs more than these few words to synopsize godliness?
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
2nd greatest read of my life.
Alina Lazarescu - Abboud
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Short and simple and so powerful!
Madhu Menon
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great reading for any seeker...
Sudarshan Bindal
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
For the spiritual aspirant,this short booklet provides the essence of Adwaita!!!!!
Prasath T
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This Book is really a Gem...
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very brief but profound.
Mickey Diwakar
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who Am I is very short and great book of Ramana Maharshi. Ramana Maharshi was outstanding saint and guru or spiritual teacher.
Jishnu Venkatram
A beautiful book on the teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi.
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