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Akshara Mana Malai of Bhagwan Sri Ramana Maharshi

Among Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi’s compositions, Aksharamanamalai occupies a unique place. A Tamil work of sublime spirituality, the verses have the power of Veda Mantra. They are revealed words that Bhagavan Ramana, as a Maharshi, saw, and shared with the world of devotees of the One! Sri Ramana composed this in 1914 CE, during the course of one circumambulation of Arunachala!

The song has been translated by different devotees into several Indian languages. This translator was blessed to render the holy song into Hindi, some years ago. And then later, in 2014, the centenary year of Aksharamanamalai’, he was blessed to translate the song into English. Both the Hindi and the English translations can be sung to the same metre and tune as the Tamil original.

The English rendering was first presented at Ramana Maharshi Centre for Learning, during the Aksharamanamalai centenary seminar in 2014, and later in Ramana Kendra in Delhi and Chennai. In 2017, as a fulfillment of a heartfelt prayer, the song was offered in Sri Ramanasramam. Dr Ambika Kameshwar sang the Tamil original, while I shared the corresponding English verses.

The video is available in the talks section of this website .

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