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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.


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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.

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Summer

    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).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ashish Iyer

    Brief, yet powerful.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bhargavi Balachandran

    An extremely difficult book to comprehend and internalize. So much wisdom concentrated in such a small book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bakunin

    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 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 shortest way to break through the ego. Very exciting book! I would recommend it to anyone interested in spirituality or psychology.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pratyasha

    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 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 couldn't really put into words. As a result, the book helped me put my thoughts into words and understand my thoughts even better. I would love to read it again sometime later, since I might be able to learn more from this book thereafter!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Prasanth Menon

    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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ritumbhara Chinnabalan

    Profound questions put to Sri Ramana Maharshi and the answers he gives. This definitely calls for a read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Manoj Chugh

    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. 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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ammu Nair

    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 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." "Desirelessness is wisdom...Wisdom means the appearance of no object." "Waking is long and a dream short; other than this there is no difference between the two." And the macabre analogy of the single-pointed mind and the stick that's used to rake the funeral pyre sent shivers down my spine. However, as I spend more time ruminating on his words, the simplicity and the veracity of the teaching slams me like huge tidal waves. I'll have to reread the book many many many times and let it all sink in to get to the bottom of it all.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Venky

    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 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 and hone in on the extinction of ego and Enlightenment of and about the soul. The path towards transformation from the sense and self oriented to the detached and divine is set out in a most simplistic and understandable manner. However do not let the simplicity detract from the arduous profundity of the actual task of transformation! "Who Am I?" - Genuinely worth introspecting!

  11. 5 out of 5

    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 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 commandment. He is mere a buddha. An ancient one hahaha.

  12. 4 out of 5

    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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kit

    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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    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 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

  15. 4 out of 5

    A

    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 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 text doesn't help much in overcoming tendency of non-dualism to read as nihilistic or solipsistic, i.e. longing for the release of nothingness and no reality beyond mind. Gross over-simplification, of course.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rajiv

    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. 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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dhiraj Kamble

    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. 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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Perry

    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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karen Lewin-Hicks

    Who needs more than these few words to synopsize godliness?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cordell

    2nd greatest read of my life.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alina Lazarescu - Abboud

    I love this book. Short and simple and so powerful!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Madhu Menon

    A great reading for any seeker...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sudarshan Bindal

    For the spiritual aspirant,this short booklet provides the essence of Adwaita!!!!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Prasath T

    This Book is really a Gem...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Very brief but profound.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mickey Diwakar

    Who Am I is very short and great book of Ramana Maharshi. Ramana Maharshi was outstanding saint and guru or spiritual teacher.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jishnu Venkatram

    A beautiful book on the teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Koyote the Blind

    A true classic, deeply insightful and practical. This book contains the key to Maharshi's teachings of Self Inquiry in a complete form. A true classic, deeply insightful and practical. This book contains the key to Maharshi's teachings of Self Inquiry in a complete form.

  30. 4 out of 5

    S. Anuradha

    A book that sums up the teachings of Advaita Vedanta. The Q&A format helps to clarify the doubts of any seeker. This is the first time I read a Ramana Maharishi book and I am glad I did it.

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