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SPIRITUAL PATHS AND DISCOVERY OF
embodied this path of Self-knowledge completely and lived it fully. With him Vedanta
became a living presence, a radiant flame that persisted throughout all time and space. At
the same time Ramana was not trapped in tradition or ceremony, mere book learning or dry
ritual. His Advaita was simple, direct and modern, as well as faithful to the highest
realization. It was quite adaptable and open to each individual.
I felt perfectly at home with it. Ramanas influence combined with that of
the Ramakrishna order, the Upanishads and Shankaracharya became the basis of my Vedantic
path. I also studied other important Advaitic textsand tried to develop an
informed view of the tradition. In terms of my practices I switched to Jnana Yoga, the
Yoga of knowledge or Self-inquiry approach, such as taught by Ramana, with some influence
of J. Krishnamurti.
Such meditation approaches were both calming and deepening. Though I
examined the main yoga teachers and spiritual groups in the West, I didnt find a
teacher among them that I could specifically follow. With my individualistic nature I
avoided the more popular and faddish movements. But I did develop a strong sense of
commitment to tradition.