Swami was sitting alone in the Virupaksha cave. Ramaswamy Iyer gives an account of his meeting with Swami, in his diary: ‘My soul was stirred; and I appealed to him ‘Sir, Jesus and other great souls came into the world to redeem sinners. Is there no hope for me?’ The Swami said (in English):-‘THERE IS HOPE, YES. THERE IS HOPE’
Ramana Maharshi /ˈrʌmənə ˈməhʌrʃi/ was an Indian Hindu sage and jivanmukta. He was born Venkataraman Iyer, but is mostly known by the name BhagavanSri Ramana Maharshi. He was born in Tiruchuli, Tamil Nadu, India. In 1895, an attraction to the sacred hill Arunachala and the 63 Nayanmars was aroused in him, and in 1896, at the age of 16, he had a "death-experience" where he became aware of a "current" or "force" which he recognized as his true self.