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Ramana Maharshi

1879 - 1950

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Ramana Maharshi ([rəˈmʌɳə məˈhʌrʃi]; 30 December 1879 – 14 April 1950) was an Indian Hindu sage and jivanmukta (liberated being). He was born Venkataraman Iyer, but is mostly known by the name Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.He was born in Tiruchuli, Tamil Nadu, India. In 1895, an attraction to the sacred hill Arunachala and the 63 Nayanmars was aroused in him, and in 1896, at the age of 16, he had a "death-experience" where he became aware of a "current" or "force" (avesam) which he recognized as his true "I" or "self", and which he later identified with "the personal God, or Iswara", that is, Shiva. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ramana Maharshi has received more than 2,424,545 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Ramana Maharshi is the 290th most popular philosopher (down from 286th in 2019), the 81st most popular biography from India (down from 63rd in 2019) and the 13th most popular Indian Philosopher.

Ramana Maharshi is most famous for his teachings and spiritual guidance. He is often referred to as the "saint of Arunachala" and is known for his advices on how to live a life of peace and contentment.

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Among philosophers, Ramana Maharshi ranks 290 out of 1,081Before him are Arnaldus de Villa Nova, Anacharsis, A. S. Neill, Nicolai Hartmann, Félix Guattari, and Roscellinus. After him are Adam of Bremen, Synesius, Robert Nozick, Sri Aurobindo, Hipparchia of Maroneia, and Jerome of Prague.

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Among people born in 1879, Ramana Maharshi ranks 20Before him are Francis Picabia, Ottorino Respighi, Milutin Milanković, Hans Luther, Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and Rudolf von Laban. After him are Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted, Sarojini Naidu, Francis Peyton Rous, Italo Gariboldi, An Jung-geun, and Franz Reichelt. Among people deceased in 1950, Ramana Maharshi ranks 20Before him are Karl Renner, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Heinrich Mann, Kurt Weill, Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, and Nicolai Hartmann. After him are Sri Aurobindo, Norman Haworth, Emil Jannings, George Minot, Cesare Pavese, and Max Beckmann.

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Among people born in India, Ramana Maharshi ranks 81 out of 1,493Before him are Rajiv Gandhi (1944), Mahavatar Babaji (1900), Mumtaz Mahal (1593), Bahadur Shah Zafar (1775), Lata Mangeshkar (1929), and Ajatashatru (-500). After him are Sri Aurobindo (1872), Sher Shah Suri (1486), Vātsyāyana (300), Cliff Richard (1940), Tukaram (1608), and Sarojini Naidu (1879).


Among philosophers born in India, Ramana Maharshi ranks 13Before him are Adi Shankara (788), Padmasambhava (717), Vyasa (-390), Aśvaghoṣa (80), Ram Mohan Roy (1772), and Paramahansa Yogananda (1893). After him are Sri Aurobindo (1872), Ramanuja (1017), Jyotirao Phule (1827), Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883), Buddhaghosa (401), and Ravidas (1450).