Ramana Maharshi Born: 1879, Tamilnadu, India Enlightenment in : April, 1950, TiruvannamalaiRamana went through an experience of altered consciousness in which he seems to have left his physical body. Following his intuition he travelled to Tiruvannamalai at the age of 17 and spent ten years in silence and meditation. Became famous as teacher. His central investigation is into the question 'Who am I?'. Recommends renunciation and nonattachment. Only someone who is nonattached to mental and physical pleasures can ultimately experience a state of oneness with the self and the universe. Today Ramana is still regarded as one of the ten great spiritual souls of the 19th century.