This Biography “Ramana Maharshi And The Path Of Self-Knowledge is written by Arthur Osborne, Foreword by Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Vice-President of India and published by Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.


  1. Early Years
  2. Awakening
  3. The Journey
  4. Seeming Tapas
  5. The Question of Return
  6. Arunachala
  7. Non – Resistance
  8. The Mother
  9. Advaita
  10. Some Early Devotees
  11. Animals
  12. Sri Ramanasram
  13. Life with Sri Ramana Bhagavan
  14. Upadesa
  15. The Devotees
  16. The Written Works
  17. Mahasamadhi
  18. Continued Presence
  19. Glossary


In writing this book I have tried to make the meaning clear without using more foreign words thannecessary. However, every language contains words which have no direct equivalent inanother, and every science, spiritual as well as physical, has technical terms which scarcely admit of translation. Therefore it was necessary to use a certain number of Sanskrit and other words. These have been explained in the text, but for easy reference and for an approximate idea of their pronunciation, a glossary has been added. Since it is intended to help the general reader in his understanding of the book, I have not given simple dictionary definitions but rather an idea of the sense in which a word is used and of the doctrinal implications it carries.

Arthur Osborne


I am glad to write this short foreword to Mr. Osborne’s account of the life and teaching of Sri Ramana Maharshi. It has a special relevance to our age with its dominant mood of wistful reluctant scepticism. We are given here a religion of the spirit which enables us to liberate ourselves from dogmas and superstitions, rituals and ceremonies and live as free spirits. The essence of all religion is an inner personal experience, an individual relationship with the Divine. It is not worship so much as a quest. It is a way of becoming, of liberation.

The well-known Greek aphorism ‘Know thyself’ is akin to the Upanishad precept atmanam viddhi, know the Self. By a process of abstraction we get behind the layers of body, mind and intellect and reach the Universal Self, “the true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world”. “To attain the Good, we must ascend to the highest state and fixing our gaze thereon, lay aside the garments we donned when descending here below; just as, in the Mysteries, those who are admitted to penetrate into the inner recesses of the sanctuary, after having purified themselves, lay aside every garment and advance stark naked”-(Plotinus: Enneads, I, vi, 6). We sink into the measureless being that is without limitation or determination. It is pure being in which one thing is not opposed to another. There is no being to which the subjectopposes himself. He identifies himself with all things and events as they happen. Reality fills the self as it is no longer barred by preferences or aversions, likes or dislikes. These can no more act as a distorting medium.

The child is much nearer the vision of the Self. We must become as little children before we can enter into the realm of truth. This is why we are required to put aside the sophistication of the learned. The need for being born again is insisted on. It is said that the wisdom of babes is greater than that of scholars.

Sri Ramana Maharshi gives us the outlines of a religion based on the Indian Scriptures which is essentially spiritual without ceasing to be rational and ethical.

Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, Vice-President of India