From the book written in 1970 by Arthur Osborne
Born in 1879 he attained spiritual enlightenment just before his 17th year through a remarkable experience as if he was undergoing death of the physical body while remaining in full consciousness. Following this transformation he was drawn irresistibly to the sacred hill of Arunachala.
He never left the hill. In the Ashram which was formed around him he taught the purest form of Advaita Vedanta (non-duality) through the supremely simple discipline of Self Enquiry.
Ramana Maharshi’s presence invoked a remarkable and transformational impression of benevolence and dignity, kindness and simplicity, which proved to be fundamental to the movement toward spiritual enlightenment throughout the Western world.