By the year 1947, Ramanas health began
to decline. His doctors advised him to take utritous food. But he did not evince any
interest in their advice. He had the same kind of food as was served to others. As days
passed, his condition grew worse. A small tumour was found growing on his left forehand.
Doctors who examined it declared it to be sarkoma. They operated and removed it. But it
appeared again. An expert doctor was summoned from Madras. He suggested that if the
Maharshi was to survive, the left hand itself should be amputated.The Maharshi firmly
"There is not need for it. This body itself is a big disease. Such being the case
why should the hand itself be cut off? Let any thing happen. Let, this hand die
naturally." He didnt bend to any kind o persuasion. Doctors performed an
operation. In spite of it, Ramana Maharshi's health did not improve. The disease only
great worse. The tumour grew bigger. The wound did not heal at all. Ramana Maharshi
remained untouched by it. That he showed not signs of pain was a wonder to all the
People from far and near flocked to the Ashram to have the last darshan of Ramana
Maharshi. They were all sorrow- stricken. Ramana Maharshi himself had to console them all.
He said his devotees "Every one that is born must die. The body is not the soul.
Therefore nobody need feel miserable for the death of the body."
Ramana Maharshi breathed his last at two o'clock in the night of April 24, 1950.
Ramana Maharshi did not write many books. Everything that he wrote was only for his
devotees and at their request. He wrote both verse and prose. All his poems were composed
in some context, at Somebodys request. They are all compiled under the caption
'Forty Verses'. This is his best work. He has also written a work called 'Upadesha Sara'.
He translated Shankaracharya's 'Viveka Choodamani' into Tamil. He wrote much in Tamil. He
could write in Samskrita, Telugu and Malayalam languages, too.
Paul Brunton, a devotee, once asked "Is it possible to give up self-interest even
when one is engaged in the affairs of the world?"
Ramana replied: 'Work and knowledge are not opposed to each other."
A man may be engaged in his work, in his profession. He should give up the thought of
'myself, my happiness and my glory', realizing that there is no happiness in them. He
should not feel, 'I am weak'. There is strength in every one. Every one can find peace and
Thus Ramana Maharshi showed the path of redemption even to the common man.