Oliver Lacombe was L’Attache Culturel, Consulat General de France, Calcutta.
The visit I had the honour to pay in May 1936 to Tiruvannamalai was only a short one. It was long enough, anyhow, to impress with a strong feeling that I had met there, for a few moments, with a genuine vidvan, an exceptionally true representative of Hindu spirituality.
Sri Ramana Maharshi has gone through a series of psychospiritual experiences that are as old as the Upanishads. The teaching of the Sage Ramana, by its aphoristic character, as well as because of the intense personality of its author, enhances to the highest pitch the whole Advaitic tradition. The Maharshi’s method is comprised within the simple interrogation: ‘Who am I?’ With him, three words only are enough to sum up the long traditional description of the way of liberation. As mentioned by the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, “Lo, verily, it is the self that should be seen, that should be harkened to, that should be thought on, that should be pondered on
Ulladu Narpadu S1 startling simile of the diver expresses most vividly his method: As one who dives, seeking to find something that has fallen into water.
1. Reality in Forty Verses written by Sri Ramana.