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Ramana Maharshi
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Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950) was viewed as a “mystic of the first order” by the anthropologist-saṃnyāsī Agehananda Bharati (1976, 29) and considered by the Indologist K. Klostermaier (1989, 396) to be “among the greatest and deepest spiritual influences coming from India in recent years."  To many scholars, Ramana represents the purest form of nondual (advaita) philosophy, long a dynamic current in Indian philosophy extending as far back as the Upaniṣads, Gauḍapāda, an early Vedāntin, and the great 8th-centu…

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Forsthoefel, Thomas, “Ramana Maharshi”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2018

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