30 April 2014

Ramana Maharshi On Swami Vivekananda

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Ramana Maharshi (Tamil: இரமண மகரிசி, 30 December 1879 – 14 April 1950) was an Indian philosopher and spiritual leader. He is considered as as one of the most popular and influential religious leaders of modern times.

Our this article's topic is Ramana Maharshi's quotes and comments on Swami Vivekananda.

In his youth Ramana Maharshi used to read many books and religious scriptures. At this time a major influence on his life was the literary works, specially the Yoga related books of Swami Vivekananda.

Ramana Maharshi himself wrote—
How did it all begin? When I was eighteen I read a lot of books by Swami Vivekananda and Swami Rama Tirtha. This reading generated a desire in me that I should also become a sannyasin, like the authors of these books. Their writings also implanted in me the ideal of plain living, high thinking, and a life dedicated to spiritual matters. Somehow, my desire to become a sannyasin was never fulfilled, but the ideal of a dedicated life made a deeper and deeper impression on my mind.[1]

Ramana Maharshi also told—
Vivekananda was ripe. He was anxious to realize. He must have completed the preliminary in his past births.[2]


  1. From a Great Darkness, Ramana Maharshi - A Selection of Stories, Maharshi, Ramana
  2. Advaita Vedanta - A living experience, Ananda, Nityamukta

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