Tiruvannamalai, Arunachala & Ramana Maharshi
Why doesTiruvannamalai means so much to us?
This is a question we often hear.
Below you can read a short description of Ramana Maharshi, Tiruvannamalai and the holy mountain Arunachala. It is a description not an explanation of the place because to us it is not possible to explain.
We feel deeply connected to and guided by Arunachala, Ramana Maharshi and the great masters who lived their teachings here. By living part time here we feel strengthened in our life mission. We feel “at home” in uniting with the unique peaceful vibrations here. We experience a deeper harmony in our family life and feel both blessed and committed to offer such a base for our children’s spiritual unfolding.
Ramana Maharshi & Ramana Ashram
The Indian saint Ramana Maharshi (1879 – 1951) attained enlightenment in Tiruvannamalai at the age of 17. Through his talks and the strong vibration of bliss and peace in his presence he directed spiritual seekers on the path of Self-Knowledge. He spoke about the Self as being the true identity of all and about self-enquiry as a method to reach beyond the ego and intelligence and to reach an experience of the Eternal Self. After his death in 1951 an ashram was formed and today Ramana Ashram is a world-known place and people from all parts of the world come to feel the vibrations and sharings of Ramana Maharshi’s wisdom here.
As he told at his death bed, he is still guiding spiritual seekers and indeed his spirit and light is ever vibrating here. Ramana Maharshi shared and passed on the experience of the highest union (yoga) as being one beyond religions and open accessible to all. The access goes through the understanding of the individual persons’ eternal identity as the Eternal Self. It starts from understanding that everything we experience is based on our individual reflection and perception. So, in order to understand the experienced we need to understand our self (the “experiencer”) first.
Arunachala & Tiruvanamalai
Tiruvannamalai is an ancient temple town in Tami Nadu, South India. It has a unique historical back ground and Tiruvannamalai Temple - around 2,000 years old - is one of the largest temples in India. It covers 24 acres and is a unique peace of holy art. Tiruvannamalai’s main attraction is the holy mountain Arunachala and the very creation of the mountain is an act of enlightenment in itself. Certain yearly festivals draw large crowds of millions of pilgrims to Tiruvannamalai from all over South India.
The great power of Arunachala's attraction has been affirmed by countless sages, saints and other persons who have come to the foot of the Mountain. The hill is referred to in the ancient scriptures as the oldest hill on earth and modern research has confirmed that Arunachala is older than the Himalaya’s and indeed one of the oldest mountain on earth.
Thousands and at special times of the year millions of pilgrims comes to Arunachala to walk the holy mountain along the “girivellam” path of 14 kms. which circumambulates the hill. Numerous of ancient meditation caves has been discovered on the hill and spiritual masters, monks, swamis and other enlightened persons has been dawned by the mountain from various religions and world parts.
Ramana Maharshi called Arunachala the spiritual Heart of the world. Aruna, which means “red, bright like fire”, does not signify the mere fire that gives off heat. Rather, it means Jnanagni, the Fire of Wisdom, which is neither hot nor cold. Achala signifies hill. Thus, Arunachala means “Hill of Wisdom”.