Ramana Maharshi

1879 - 1950

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Ramana Maharshi (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 1,962,832 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Ramana Maharshi is the 286th most popular philosopher (up from 311th in 2019), the 63rd most popular biography from India (up from 69th in 2019) and the 9th 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 286 out of 1,089Before him are Mazdak, Huineng, Robert Nozick, Abraham ibn Ezra, Jacobus Arminius, and Prodicus. After him are John Searle, Anne Sullivan, Alfred Tarski, Aśvaghoṣa, Panaetius, and Pherecydes of Syros.

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Among people born in 1879, Ramana Maharshi ranks 19Before him are Francis Picabia, Ottorino Respighi, Symon Petliura, Milutin Milanković, Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and Hans Luther. After him are Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted, Fritz Haarmann, Rudolf von Laban, E. M. Forster, Italo Gariboldi, and Victor Sjöström. Among people deceased in 1950, Ramana Maharshi ranks 19Before him are Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Léon Blum, Albert Lebrun, Kurt Weill, Karl Renner, and Sri Aurobindo. After him are Emil Jannings, Norman Haworth, Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, Nicolai Hartmann, Milada Horáková, and Cesare Pavese.

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Among people born in India, Ramana Maharshi ranks 63 out of 1,227Before him are Sri Aurobindo (1872), Amir Khusrow (1253), Vātsyāyana (300), Meera (1498), Cliff Richard (1940), and Ravi Shankar (1920). After him are Ram Nath Kovind (1945), Abdul Karim (1863), Aśvaghoṣa (80), Harsha (590), Pete Best (1941), and Nathuram Godse (1910).


Among philosophers born in India, Ramana Maharshi ranks 9Before him are Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895), Adi Shankara (788), Bodhidharma (483), Kabir (1440), Swami Vivekananda (1863), and Sri Aurobindo (1872). After him are Aśvaghoṣa (80), Ram Mohan Roy (1772), Paramahansa Yogananda (1893), Vyasa (-390), Ramanuja (1017), and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883).