The Poetry of Ramana Maharshi

by Allan W. Anderson, Ph.D.

How does the poetry of a Ramana Maharshi compare with traditional written prose or oral teachings? What makes this poetical format especially effective?

Like the poetry of other sages, the verses of Ramana Maharshi’s differ from traditional written prose or oral teachings, by reason of its content. The words of a sage disclose to the inner eye and ear the ineffable, unconditioned, infinite, eternal, and free. In Upadesa Saram, The Essence of Instruction, the Maharshi writes in the eighth verse:

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