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Books by or about Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, Self-Inquiry, and Advaita or Non-duality

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The Spiritual Teaching Of Ramana Maharshi
Forward by C. G. Jung

Transcribed conversations of Sri Ramana Maharshi are known the world over among spiritual seekers, and prized for their great inspirational power, which transcends all religious differences. Here is a collection of Sri Ramana’s instructions and discourses in simple question-and-answer format. They cover such topics as “Work and Renunciation”, “Silence and Solitude”, “Peace and Happiness” and the discipline of Self-Inquiry.

The discipline of Self-Inquiry, as taught by Sri Ramana Maharshi, embraces the path of Action (Karma) as well as that of Knowledge; for it is used with the events of daily life as well as in silent meditation. In this way, the circumstances of life, instead of being obstacles on the path to Liberation, are actually utilized as opportunities for consciousness-clearing.

This is the book A. Ramana was mysteriously drawn to in the bookstore in Houston, Texas that resulted in his final transformation. At that time, the book had a plain purple-colored cover with no name printed on the book’s spine to mark it for recognition or easy reference, thus contributing to the enigma of that transforming event. The same photograph of Sri Bhagavan Ramana, seen by Ramana inside the book at that time, can also be viewed in this edition of the book.

As in Ramana's case, the reader of this text will find many of his most doubts or convoluted spiritual questions answered simply and easily.

Soft cover - 118 pages - $18.95

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The Path of Sri Ramana - Part One
By Sri Sadhu Om

This book is a profound, lucid and masterly exposition of the spiritual teachings which Sri Bhagavan graciously bestowed upon the world. Unlike other commentaries upon the teachings of Sri Ramana, the exact method of practicing the inquiry “Who am I?” is analyzed and explained in a clear, coherent and scientific manner. It takes as its authority only the original Tamil works of Sri Bhagavan and does not rely upon translations of his works or upon conversations with him recorded by devotees. It is for this reason that this book has been widely acclaimed by sincere devotees of Bhagavan, to be a definitive work on His teachings and a rare treasure of his Grace.

Sri Sadhu Om, the author of this book, having already reached the pinnacle of desirelessness, came to Sri Bhagavan and took him as his guru, while the author was still in his early youth. When Sri Bhagavan instructed him to “Attend to that for which you have come,” he dedicated himself earnestly and one-pointedly to the practice of Self-Inquiry and Self-surrender, and remained ever inwardly attentive lest the least trace of ego should rise from within. It is because he thus whole-heartedly followed the path of Sri Ramana, and thereby became a pure and worthy channel for His Grace to flow through, that Sri Sadhu Om is able to expound the practical teachings of his Sadguru with so much clarity, originality and authority.

Paperback - 174 pages - $9.95


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The Path of Sri Ramana - Part Two
By Sri Sadhu Om

This book is a profound, lucid and masterly exposition of the spiritual teachings which Sri Bhagavan graciously bestowed upon the world. Unlike other commentaries upon the teachings of Sri Ramana, the exact method of practicing the inquiry “Who am I?” is analyzed and explained in a clear, coherent and scientific manner. It takes as its authority only the original Tamil works of Sri Bhagavan and does not rely upon translations of his works or upon conversations with him recorded by devotees. It is for this reason that this book has been widely acclaimed by sincere devotees of Bhagavan, to be a definitive work on His teachings and a rare treasure of his Grace.

Sri Sadhu Om, the author of this book, having already reached the pinnacle of desirelessness, came to Sri Bhagavan and took him as his guru, while the author was still in his early youth. When Sri Bhagavan instructed him to “Attend to that for which you have come,” he dedicated himself earnestly and one-pointedly to the practice of Self-Inquiry and Self-surrender, and remained ever inwardly attentive lest the least trace of ego should rise from within. It is because he thus whole-heartedly followed the path of Sri Ramana, and thereby became a pure and worthy channel for His Grace to flow through, that Sri Sadhu Om is able to expound the practical teachings of his Sadguru with so much clarity, originality and authority.

Paperback - 190 pages - $9.95


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The Teachings Of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi In His Own Words
Edited by Arthur Osborne

During the half century or more of his life spent in Tiruvannamalai, Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi was visited by a constant stream of people from all parts of the world, seeking spiritual guidance, consolation for grief, or simply to experience his presence. He wrote very little in these years, but a number of his talks with visitors were recorded and subsequently published by his ashram. In this book, Arthur Osborne sought to represent Sri Bhagavan’s teachings by selecting and fitting together passages from these dialogues, and from Bhagavan’s own writings.

The purpose of this fine book is to make it easy for the average spiritual aspirant to read and understand, and to avoid giving the false impression that the spiritual quest, or Self-Realization, is some difficult process, or an intricate science that can be understood only by those with a knowledge of technical terminology.

In these writings, the clear and simple Truth of non-duality (advaita) that Sri Bhagavan taught, and the direct path of Self-Inquiry, which he enjoined, is expounded in simple language that is easily understood by any ordinary person, or Western reader.

Hardcover - 244 pages - $8.95


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Be As You Are: The Teachings Of Sri Ramana Maharshi
Edited by David Godman

In this book edited by the former librarian of the Sri Ramanasramam library (the library of the Ashram of Sri Ramana Maharshi), the teachings of Sri Bhagavan have been presented in the form of a series of questions and answers in which the great sage outlines his views on various subjects. The chapters have been arranged so that his highest teachings come first. Each chapter is devoted to a different topic and each topic is prefaced by a few introductory or explanatory remarks. The questions and answers, which form the bulk of each chapter, have been taken from many sources and assembled in such a way that they give the appearance of being a continuous conversation. The sources of the quotations that make up the conversations are all listed at the end of the book.

This book is compiled in a manner that provides both easy reading and an in-depth grasp of Sri Ramana’s teachings. This is a great introductory book to the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi.

Soft cover - 251 pages - $15.95


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Maha Yoga
By "Who"

The following was extracted from a review of Maha Yoga by Paul Brunton.

In this book, the author passes his own written philosophical portion of Sri Ramana Maharshi’s teaching through the Advaitic (non-dual) acid test - i.e., by having the Maharshi himself read it and declare the teaching to be a genuine coin of the Advaitic realm. The author is himself a keen and uncompromising upholder of Advaitic doctrine: that the “world, God and the individual soul” are really One single Reality, a unity, and that their seeming separateness is but an illusion occurring in the mind. He has also added many true points about other aspects of Sri Ramana Maharshi’s teaching - such as the nature of the personal ego, and the necessity of devotion in some form or other. He writes with such devotion, clearness of perception and expression that you most admire both his level of consciousness and his literary style.

This book is recommended with real pleasure, being called to the notice of those interested in the fundamental or metaphysical side of the Maharshi’s writings and sayings.

Hard cover - 196 pages - $8.95


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Living By The Words Of Bhagavan
Compiled by David Godman

This is the story of Annamalai Swami, a direct disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi, and the person who was in charge of building many of the main structures in use today at Sri Ramanasramam. It is an inspiring and moving account of what it was like to live and work in the close proximity and presence of Sri Ramana. This book relates far more than the traditional Guru-Disciple encounter, although that is clearly demonstrated. It opens to the reader a deep insight into the day-to-day workings of Sri Ramana’s ashram during his life. It not only depicts the relationship between Sri Ramana and his disciples, but also provides a significant insight into some of the interrelationships between the disciples themselves. This book is about a real, quite ordinary person who succeeded in dealing with the foolishness of his ego-mind.

The book is divided into three parts. The first part contains a biography of Annamalai Swami’s daily life while living with Sri Ramana Maharshi. The second part is a diary of extracted events written by Annamalai Swami after he was instructed by Bhagavan to move next door, away from the ashram, and begin a less active and more contemplative life style. The diary contains specific accounts of what Sri Bhagavan said and/or appeared to do with devotees during the time period Annamalai Swami lived and worked in the ashram. It also gives guileless, straightforward, very frank accounts of occurrences in the day-to-day life of some residents and members of the ashram staff, not all of them complimentary to the egos, attitudes or behavior of those involved, and which are not mentioned in other day-to-day reports such as:Talks With Ramana Maharshi, Day By Day With Bhagavan or Letters From Sri Ramanasramam.

The third part of the book consists of questions put to Annamalai Swami by serious students of Sri Bhagavan’s teaching. It is highly recommended for the serious seeker, due to it’s elegantly clear, detailed and insightful description of the teaching of Ramana Maharshi. This description is given by a disciple who himself became an Enlightened teacher by applying with exactitude and successfully living Sri Bhagavan’s teaching to achieve the Highest Goal for which the teaching is intended.

This book is a “must read” for anyone seeking an insight into what true spiritual life, in close relationship with one’s guru, is really about.

Hard cover - 368 pages – $19.95


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Day by Day with Bhagavan
From a Diary of A. Devaraja Mudaliar

This is the published diary, covering about two years from 1945 to 1947, of a devotee who lived at Sri Ramanasramam altogether for four years and had daily contact with Bhagavan. Reading about the small happenings at the ashram, as well as Bhagavan’s actions and words, we gain insight into the daily life of the ashram, and Bhagavan’s interaction with and influence on spiritual seekers. Sri Bhagavan’s love and compassion for all those living at the ashram, as well as his concern for daily visitors, and even his compassion for animals, shines through the pages.

Questions from visitors from diverse perspectives, and Bhagavan’s answers to them, flesh out the teaching of Bhagavan from many sides. A woman with seven children and many household duties asked what she should do, given that she was unable to meditate and did not feel that she was capable of Self-Inquiry. Bhagavan replied, that she should simply “be aware,” i.e., always be aware of “I-I” as she went about her day. To some questioners, Bhagavan responded in Silence – his most powerful teaching.

Hardcover - 327 pages - $12.95


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The Collected Works of Ramana Maharshi
By Author Osborne

This book gathers all the Maharshi’s original works—including “Self-Inquiry,” “Upadesa Saram” (Spiritual Instructions), “Who am I,” “Five Hymns to Arunachala,” the two sets of “Forty Verses,” together with all his miscellaneous works, most significantly being Atma Vidya (Self Knowledge)in one volume; as well as contains his explanations of some significant works of the sixth century sage, Adi Shankara.

Osborne’s presentation of Sri Ramana Maharshi’s teachings shows readers the purest form of Advaita Vedanta (non-duality) through the supremely simple discipline of Self-Inquiry. This discipline, as taught by Ramana Maharshi, embraces the path of action as well as that of knowledge, for it is to be used in the events of daily life as well as in silent meditation. In this way, the circumstances of life, instead of being obstacles to spiritual work, or the path to liberation, are made an instrument of spiritual work, when approached with love and devotion, and without self-interest.

These collected works, lovingly edited by Osborne, are from translations made at the Maharshi’s ashram. In this book, Osborne has preserved a wealth of transformational insight benefiting the lives of spiritual seekers for generations to come.

Everyone interested in the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, will find that Author Osborne’s works are a “must read.”

Paperback - 178 pages - $15.00


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Conscious Immortality: Conversations with Sri Ramana Maharshi by Paul Brunton and Munagala Venkataramiah

During his visits to Sri Ramanashram in the 1930’s, Paul Brunton and Munagala Venkataramiah made notes of visitors’ conversations with the Maharshi. Their intention was to collaborate in producing a book, but this did not materialize. The notes they made were later donated to the ashram. This resulted in a manuscript being rearranged thematically under various headings. A glossary of Sanskrit terms and footnotes have been added to explain references made to other texts, and teachers. The book does not purport to be a comprehensive exposition of the Maharshi’s teachings. Rather, it is a compendium of topics as remembered and recorded by the two devotees over a limited period. This book is enjoyable and insightful and makes for easy reading. Also, it is one of the books which are most highly and consistently recommended by the AHAM staff.

Soft cover - 187 pages - $10.95 - Available early March, 2014


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