What was Ramana Maharshi's philosophy of life


My essence is identical to your essence. We are essentially one.

In symbolic language, my essence (and of course your essence) can be described as an unlimited, eternal ocean of consciousness. An ocean of being, awareness and bliss.

I was born on January 22nd, 1953 at 9:45 pm in Nijmegen, Holland. From a young age I took a keen interest in the day for true spirituality. Something in me drove me to remind me of my true, original nature.

After graduating with joy, I studied anthropology at the University of Nijmegen. Here I was particularly interested in the ancient knowledge that has been preserved in India. On the basis of this universal knowledge, I specialized in comparative religious studies. In 1986 I passed my doctoral examination with praise.

As early as 1974 I got to know different forms of universal spirituality, such as yoga, Vedanta and meditation. Vedanta is the philosophy that perceives unity in the midst of infinite diversity.

From October 1982 I became more intensely involved in philosophical and spiritual training, combined with yoga and meditation exercises. During my studies at the regular university, I joined an international Vedic university. In this association I spent 17 years in many countries such as India, Phillipines, Spain, Ukraine, Gambia, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and the U.S.A.

Since 1986 I have been specializing in Vedic astrology and Vedantic philosophy of life. For this I received my doctorate in 1992. (But since this Vedic university has no official recognition, I do not have this title) Since 1992 I have been teaching Vedic astrology and Vedanta philosophy in different countries. In addition to these two specialties, I have been deeply inspired by some other branches of Vedic knowledge, such as the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Yoga, Sankhya, Karma Mimamsa, Tantra, Ayurveda, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Shrimad Bhagavatam, Devi Purana, Yoga-Vasishtha and the Manu Smriti's.

Since 1997 I have been giving individual curriculum vitae support, for which I use Vedic astrology. However, I only practice astrology in the light of the Vedantic point of view. This prevents astrology from having a negative effect on us humans. Astrology without the universal perspective of the Vedanta can easily be taken deterministically, which makes it harmful. I place little emphasis on trying to predict future events; I use the horoscope to help people integrate their soul with their personality. My specialty is giving life plan interpretations. Here I show people the way to the full development of their innate talents and help them to realize themselves. (see life plan interpretation) In my life philosophy, self-realization or enlightenment is easy to achieve, since it is nothing other than the natural, relaxed, and adult state of mind of the human being!

In addition to personal astrological consultations, I give seminars on topics such as “Life from Abundance” and “Spiritual Adulthood and Soul Partnership”. (See the links of the same name)

There are many people from whom I have learned a lot! Some who have contributed to my spiritual rebirth are: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Shankara, Nisargadatta, Osho, Ramtha, Ramana Maharshi, Yogananda, Shri Yukteshwar, Lao Tse, Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Abraham Maslow, Joseph Murphy, Martin Schulman, Jeff Green , Stephen Arroyo, Mellie Uyldert, Marianne Williamson, Albert Einstein, Hermann Hesse, Plato, Socrates, Plotinos, Meister Eckhart, Hegel, Schelling, Fichte, Neale Donald Walsch, Deepak Chopra, Dan Millman, Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Margo Anand and Shakti Gawain.

Since the beginning of my Vedic studies, I have focused on explaining the eternal and universal Vedic knowledge in clear, modern and practical terms! My arguments about what spirituality actually is, is felt by everyone to be very enlightening. In my philosophy of life, naturalness, authenticity and spiritual adulthood are the most achievable. I use the traditional "enlightenment", "liberation", "satori", etc. equal to true spiritual adulthood. With that I introduced an overdue demystification of the term "enlightenment". True spirituality is universality because our own consciousness is really universal and eternal. In short: Spirituality should be understood as the experience of, and the knowledge of, the universal and eternal nature of our own consciousness! All other definitions are easily misleading because they express sectarian points of view. In my lectures and seminars (which I give in Dutch, German and English) I strive for only one goal: to confirm my fellow human beings in their true nature, which is cosmic or, if you want, divine.

At the beginning of June 2003 I met Gabriele Höcherl, who has become my life partner. (See photo gallery) Since she is German and I am Dutch, we currently have two places of residence, one in Lelystad, Holland, not far from Amsterdam, and one in Cham, a rural town in the Bavarian Forest. My company is called Universal Vision Consultancy. Under this name I give spiritual counseling, lectures and seminars all over the world.