Arul Maria Arokiasamy was born of poor Indian parents in Burma in 1936. Even after becoming a priest, his heart was restless. His heart was not fulfilled by the Christian spirituality. He began visiting Hindu ashrams and buddhist meditation centers. Swami Abhishiktananda introduced to him the teachings of Ramana Maharishi and he was much moved by this vision. His quest and searching led him to become a wandering beggar for a while and settle down as a hermit near a holy shrine; the village people fed him. It was the zen way which drew him most. Fr. AMA Samy spends a few months every year abroad, mostly in Europe, teaching and helping his students. He is the founder of Bodhi Sangha.