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Many of these books and pamphlets are not easy to obtain through commercial sources. We recommend them as examples of this pure lineage of direct mystical perception, without the encumbrance of religious faith.

Ramana Maharsha was one of the major saints of India in this century. His teachings were very simple direct and pure but at the same time have exercised the intellects of many philosophers.

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Writings, Dialogues & Works about Sri Ramana Maharshi

We have selected these according to their thoroughness and accessibility. many of the pamplets are collected in the collections.



Samuel Weiser, Inc.

$12.95, paper, 192 pages, glossary, index


another edition:

Sri Ramanasramam Indian Edition smaller page format.

$7.00, hardcover, 249 pages, glossary, index

A collection of English translations of all Sri Ramana Maharshi's Tamil works, including both his original compositions and others which he translated from different languages. Nearly everything the Maharshi wrote was in response to some request and to meet the needs of some devotee. The editor adds a short note before each entry explaining its genesis.

This is the best work to become familiar first hand with the clear message of Ramana.

This seminal book contains all the known written works by the renowned Sage, Sri Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi, now universally regarded as one of the foremost Advaita Vedantins of the Twentienth Century, with a large world wide following, both in the East and West.

The book commences with Section 1, which contains all his Prose Works including his foundation Essay Who Am I?

This teaching on Self Enquiry is given in question and answer form, along with two other masterly texts entitled Self Enquiry and Spiritual Instruction, both of which are practical guides.

In Section 2 there is all his Poetry which includes amongst others, the famous 5 Hymns to Arunachala, The Essence of Instruction, and Reality in Forty Verses.

The Maharshi traditionally composed all his Philosophical Writings in poetic form, but this book contains them as prose translations.

In Part Two we have all his translations of Adi Shankara including the famed Dakshinamurti Stotra, Vivekachudamani ( with his own introduction), the Guru Stuti, Hastamalaka Stotra, Atma Bodha and the Drik Drisya Viveka.

The book also contains his Miscellaneous Verses and in The Song Celestial he selects what he considers to be the 40 most important verses in the Bhagavad Gita.

In addition there are other clear translations of some of his favourite Classical Advaita Texts, such as the Vichara mani mala, extracts from the Srimad Bhagavatam and Rama Gita, He Who is Hara, and the Na Karmana.

There is a fine Glossary and Index appended to this book. The English translations of his works are all by close devotees who had a fine knowledge of both English and Tamil, including Prof. Arthur Osborne, Prof. Swaminathan and Prof. T.P. Mahadevan.

In a nut shell His teachings tell us that the immortal Self of Sat Chit Ananda or pure Existence-Consciousness-Awareness-Bliss, is already there inherent in each of us. The difficulty is that we do not recognise or realise ‘That’, our True Nature, or essential ‘I Amness’, because it is heavily veiled and obscured by many latent tendencies (vasanas) and habits of the egotistic mind which is wandering , perverted and continually chatters. These vasanas etc. Act as a mirror, and project a dream of the world, the body and the mind. Our identification with the mind and body is the chief reason for our failure to know ourselves as we really are. Through persistent Self Enquiry, Devotion and Surrender of the Egotistic Mind to God or the Sat-Guru in the Spiritual Heart, this obscuration and identification is gradually and gracefully removed until the Immortal Self is Realised. That is the full power of Absolute Consciousness and is known and experienced; the world is seen as Real because the substrate is perceived as Brahman.

In brief, this valuable book contains not only the seminal teachings of the Maharshi, but many other interesting compositions as well. It is certainly suitable for the advanced aspirant, and a valuable foundation for the beginner and intermediate seeker as well. However, augmentation may be needed for the beginner as well, from such books as from ‘Talks With Ramana Maharshi’, his answers to questions, and David Godman’s ‘Be As You Are’, now considered the standard introduction to his Teaching.

This book is excellently edited and is very readable.The Authority for his Teachings are vested in his own experience which are well described in the many biographies published by Ramanashramam.

There are now over 60 titles available by different Devotees on varying aspects of his teaching each examined in considerable depth, all of which are available from the Ashram Book Depot at very reasonable subsidised prices.

Ramana Maharshi is in the direct lineage of Adi Shankara and translated many of his works, to whom he always paid great tribute and which are in this book. He did however make certain innovations which he deemed necessary for the current age.

On 12 May 1936, Oliver Lancombe visited the Maharshi at Tiruvannamalai. He asked “ Is Maharshi’s teaching the same as Shankara’s?” The Maharshi replied “ Maharshi’s Teaching is only an expression of his own experience and realisations. Others have found that it tallies with Sri Shankara’s.” Among these scholars are Prof. T.P. Mahadevan, former Professor of Advanced Philosophy at the University of Madras.

As Arthur Osborne writes in this book ‘Ramana Maharshi being a perfect Jnani, that is one who is liberated from illusion and established in absolute knowledge, accepted Sri Shankara’s Teaching as his own.’

The Maharshi himself wrote ‘Homage to the ever blissful Sri Govinda Sad Guru who is to be known only by the ultimate truth of Vedanta and not by any other standard’.

First and foremost of his innovations, he brought the ancient practice of Atma Vichara or Self Enquiry, first recorded in the Yoga Vashista, into the forefront of his teaching, and by his clear exposition in his writings and talks, he made it available for all, whereas it had previously been secretly reserved for Brahmins who had been initiated by their traditional Gurus. In addition he deliberately caused his Teachings to enter the Occident through encouraging the author Paul Brunton to record his teachings to the Western World in his best selling book ‘In Search of Secret India’.

Through an exemplary life and his Self Knowledge gained by personal experience, his teachings were widely respected as having great authority, world wide. He never travelled, and lived the whole of his life after Self Realisation on Arunachala, a sacred pilgrimage mountain, where his Ashram was established during his lifetime and flourishes there to-day. There are very many thousands of Devotees world wide and very many books on every aspect of his teaching have been published. Many reached Self Realisation during his life time and their reminiscences are reported in the three volume series the Power of the Presence by David Godman.

These Collected Works of Ramana Maharshi are especially valuable because they give the core of his teachings in his own words and are the fundamental seminal text for his great teaching.

Edited by Arthur Osborne. A collection of English translations of all Sri Ramana Maharshi's Tamil works, including both his original compositions and others which he translated from different languages. The editor adds a short note before each entry explaining its genesis.

THE TEACHINGS OF SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI IN HIS OWN WORDS edited by Arthur Osborne (Samuel Weiser, Inc.)

$12.95, paper, 256 pages, glossary, index


Sri Ramanasramam

$8.00, hardcover, 256 pages, glossary, index

This is a comprehensive selection of dialogues with Sri Ramana Maharshi, with brief, insightful explanatory notes that clarify and simplify the practical application of his teachings. This volume contains actual conversations with those who sought the spiritual guidance of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, covering the whole religious and spiritual field from basic theories about God and the nature of man, to advice about the conduct of our daily lives.


recorded in English by Munagala Venkataramiah

Sri Ramanasramam

$16.00, hardcover, 668 pages

The most voluminous collection of dialogues with Sri Ramana Maharshi, covering almost every spiritual topic imaginable and recorded in English by Munagala Venkataramiah during the years 1935 to 1939. All the notes made to produce this book were shown to the Sage for approval, and every effort was made to record correctly both the question and answer as they occurred. Open up this book anywhere, begin reading and you will find yourself transported to the Old Hall, sitting before the Maharshi and drinking in his life-giving words. We highly recommend this book to all who are serious about seeking out the universal truth.


by S. S. Cohen

Sri Ramanasramam

$6.00, hardcover, 189 pages

This contains detailed notes on special passages from Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, arranged by subject into fourteen chapters, and presented with the insight of one who sat at the feet of the Master and applied his teachings whole-heartedly. This work offers some unique perspectives on the great classic.


Forward by C.G. Jung

Shambhala Dragon Editions

$12.00, sewn paper, 118 pages, notes, glossary


Transcending all cultures, religions, and belief systems, this collection of conversations with Sri Ramana Maharshi is prized for its inspirational power. Includes his instructions on Self-inquiry, spiritual practice, attainment, and peace. It also has a preface by Joe and Guin Miller.


by T.M.P. Mahadevan

Sri Ramanasramam

$, paper, 189 pages

This commentary and translation of Maharshi's Ulladu Narpadu, the Forty Verses by the great Indian philosopher provides an Advaitan interpretation of Bhagavan.


by S. S. Cohen

Sri Ramanasramam

$3.00, pamphlet, 46 pages

S. S. Cohen utilizes all his innate writing skills to render the Maharshi's Ulladu Narpadu into an easily-understandable, conversational-style translation. In these verses all the salient points of the Maharshi's teachings are touched, with emphasis on the central practice of Self-Enquiry. The translator's perspicacious notes follows each verse.

Pamphlets of individual works.


by Ramana Maharshi

Sri Ramanasramam

$2.00, pamphlet, 49 pages

This is an English translation of the earliest of the Maharshi's poems. These poems, all written around 1914, were later collected and titled Sri Arunachala Stuti Panchakam. They consist of devotional hymns sung in praise of Arunachala, with directions for attaining the Supreme State.


by Ramana Maharshi

translated by Sadhu Arunachala (Major A. W. Chadwick)

Sri Ramanasramam

$2.00, pamphlet, 48 pages

A versified English translation by Sadhu Arunachala (Major A. W. Chadwick) of Sri Ramana Maharshi's philosophical poems and stray verses. These English translations were gone over word-by-word by the Maharshi and the translator writes, "He was very particular and not at all sympathetic to poetic license....the meaning has been brought out accurately in my verses." Everything, except the Five Hymns to Arunachala, has been rendered into verse and included. The genesis of each poem is also given.


Sri Ramana Hridayam

by Ramana Maharshi

translated by ‘Who’ (K. Lakshmana Sarma)

Sri Ramanasramam

$2.50, pamphlet, 56 pages

A Sanskrit verse-rendering of Sri Ramana Maharshi's Ulladu Narpadu (Forty Verses on Reality)

and Anubandham (Supplement to the Forty Verses), with an English translation, authored by 'Who' (K. Lakshmana Sarma), writer of MAHA YOGA also published by the Ashram.



by Ramana Maharshi

introduction by Grant Duff

translated by ‘Who’ (K. Lakshmana Sarma)

Sri Ramanasramam

$2.00, pamphlet, 33 pages -

An English translation of Sri Ramana Maharshi's Ulladu Narpadu and Anubandham, each consisting of forty verses. In these verses, composed, selected and arranged by the Maharshi, the Ultimate Truth and the path leading to It is revealed. The introduction is by Grant Duff.


by Ramana Maharshi

translated by Swami Viswanathan

Sri Ramanasramam

$3.00, panphlet, 35 pages

Contains the Maharshi's Sanskrit translation of his Tamil Upadesa Undiyar with a transliteration and word-for-word meaning in English by Swami Viswanathan. A facsimile manuscript in the Maharshi's own handwriting of these verses, in both Sanskrit and Tamil, are printed at the end.


by Ramana Maharshi

Sri Ramanasramam

$1.00, panphlet, 31 pages 31 pages - $1.00

About 1902 Sivaprakasam Pillai put several questions to the Maharshi and, since the Sage was not then speaking, they were answered in writing. These answers constitute the first set of instructions

written by the Maharshi and remain the quintessence of all the teachings he gave thereafter.


Nan Yar? and Vichara Sangraham

by Ramana Maharshi

Sri Ramanasramam

$3.00, pamphlet, 68 pages

Nan Yar? (Who am I?) and Vichara Sangraham (Self-Enquiry) constitute the first set of instructions

in the Maharshi's own words, written by him between 1900 and 1902. These two are the only prose compositions among Bhagavan's works. They clearly set forth the central teaching of Self-Enquiry as the direct path to liberation. Upadesa Manjari (Spiritual Instruction) is the reply to seventy questions put to the Maharshi by Natananandar. Words of Grace is a valuable English translation of these three works.


by Ramana Maharshi

Sri Ramanasramam

$6.00, paper, 165 pages

Published by Sri Ramana Kshetra, it contains reproductions of all of the Maharshi's compositions written in his own handwriting. The last fifty-nine pages provides us with accurate translations of these works.


recorded by Paul Brunton and Munagala Venkataramiah

Sri Ramanasramam

$4.50, paper, 203 pages

A collection of dialogues with the Maharshi that were written down by Paul Brunton and Munagala Venkataramiah. These notes were handed over to Sri Ramanasramam by the son of Paul Brunton about ten years ago and then quickly published.


recorded by Devaraja Mudaliar

Sri Ramanasramam

$11.00, hardcover, 405 pages

This diary by Devaraja Mudaliar records conversations and events that took place in the Maharshi's Hall during the years 1945 to 1947. The author felt quite free with the Maharshi and discussed all matters with him. Interesting insights into the Sage's personal life, his relations with devotees, habits and interests, along with many unique dialogues are all recorded in a manner easy to read.


translation by Dr. T. M. P. Mahadevan

Sri Ramanasramam

$2.00, pamphlet, 42 pages

An English translation by Dr. T. M. P. Mahadevan of the question and answer version of Vichara Sangraham, which is a compilation of answers given by Sri Ramana Maharshi to forty questions asked by Gambhiram Seshayyar between 1900 and 1902. The young Sage, then about twenty, was not speaking at the time, so he wrote his replies on paper. Most of the questions relate to the paths of Raja Yoga and Jnana Yoga.


recorded by Sri Natananandar

translation by Dr. T. M. P. Mahadevan

Sri Ramanasramam

$2.00, pamphlet, 42 pages

An English translation by Dr. T. M. P. Mahadevan of Upadesa Manjari, a Tamil work containing seventy questions and answers recorded by Sri Natananandar.


By 'Who' (K. Lakshmana Sarma)

Sri Ramanasramam

$7.00, hardcover, 242 pages

This profound exposition of Sri Ramana Maharshi's teachings is the result of an intimate association with the Sage for more than twenty years. The author spent two or three years translating to Sanskrit some of the Maharshi's Tamil works, and during this period he received long and pertinent instructions on all aspects of the Maharshi's practical philosophy. This book is the most thorough and intriguing study of his teachings, providing a firm theoretical foundation on which to understand their practical application.



by David Godman

Annamalai Swami spent years in devotion to Sri Ramana Maharshi. This is the story of a Guru-disciple relationship. An inspiring and moving account of living and working in the powerful presence of Sri Ramana.

386 pages...............$17



The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi

by David Godman


$11.95, Paper,



Edited by David Godman

$15.00, paper, 305 pages

A collection of candid and lively interviews with Papaji. In interviews conducted by David Godman, Chokyi Nyima Rimpoche, Catherine Ingram, and many others, Papaji shares stories of wisdom and truth. Also includes an excellent biography.

Ramana Maharshi influenced thousands of people while he was alive. Several of them went on to become important teachers themselves. One disciple is H.W.L. Poonja (aka Papaji) his own teachings are becoming known through several of his students and especially the enterprising work of Gangaji through the Satsang Foundation & Press.

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