Sri Harilal W. Poonja, or Papaji, as he is affectionately known, was born in the Western Punjab in 1910. After traveling throughout India on a spiritual quest in search of God, in his early 30s he saw a vision of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi and was directed to go to Tiruvannamalai. There, in the presence of Bhagavan, his Master, he ended his search. After the partition of India, Papaji settled his family in Lucknow. It was there, towards the end of his life, that he began to be discovered by Western devotees. When Gangaji met Papaji in 1990, he was 80 years old. He welcomed her as he welcomed all who came to his door, with eyes that were flashing with truth. Papaji died in 1997.
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Born in India in 1879, Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi spontaneously awakened to his eternal nature at the age of 16. Confronted by his father’s recent death, and overcome with fear for his own, he profoundly inquired into death, and discovered himself to be that life which cannot die. After keeping silent for 11 years, Ramana began to answer questions from the people who had come to sit in silence with him.
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