Who was Ramana Maharshi?
Ramana Maharshi (1879 - 1950) was an Indian Hindu spiritual teacher and widely regarded as a saint. He taught by silence and instructed his students to look within for spiritual enlightenment. He lived frugally in a cave more most of his life and he avoided fame and the lure of wealth and power which was offered to him later in life. He always lived sparsely and was well known for his love of animals who seemed to love him in return. The beloved guru was the prototypical loinclothed mystic living in a cave on a mountaintop. His teachings are of self realization and greatly influenced Jung and the Theosophists. His teachings were the first Hindu teachings to become popularized in the United States.