Author Topic: Anma Vidaya or Atma Vidya or Self-Knowledge of Bhagavan Ramana  (Read 2532 times)


  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 47994
    • View Profile
Anma Vidya or Atma Vidya or Self Knowledge of Bhagavan Sri
Ramana Maharshi, is again a composition in the fashion of
'carnatic music' song and is not in the form of classical Tamil verse.

Once a devotee wrote on a slip of paper that Self-Knowledge is
the easiest thing, since one already is the Self.  He handed it to
Bhagavan, asking Him to write a poem on the subject.  This is
the poem written.  The original English translation is by Arthur Osborne and later improved by Prof. K. Swaminathan.


Lo, very easy is Self-Knowledge,
Lo, very easy indeed!


Even for the most infirm
So real is the Self
That compared with it the amlak*
In one's hand appears a mere illusion.


1. True, strong, fresh for ever stands
The Self. From this in truth spring forth
The phantom body and phantom world
When this delusion is destroyed
And not a speck remains,
The Sun of Self shines bright and real
In the vast heart-expanse.
Darkenss dies; afflictions end;
And bliss wells up.

2. The thought 'I am he body' is the thread
On which are strung together various thoughts
Questing within enquiring 'Who am I?'
And 'Whence this thought?' all other thoughts
Vanish. And as I, as I within the Heart-cave
Such Self-awareness is the only Heaven
This stillness, this abode of bliss.

Arunachala Siva.