"Jnana is given neither from outside nor from another person.
It can be realised by each and everyone in his own Heart. The jnana Guru of everyone is
only the Supreme Self that is always revealing its own truth in every Heart through the
being-conciousness 'I am, I am.' The granting of true knowledge by him is initiation into
jnana. The grace of the Guru is only that Self-awareness that is one's own true nature.
It is the inner conciousness by which he is unceasingly revealing his existence. This
divine upadesa is always going on naturally in everyone."
-Sri Ramana Maharshi
David Godman was
born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, in 1953. While he was attending Oxford University in the
early 70s he found himself being attracted to the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi. In 1976
he traveled to India, intending to make a brief visit to Ramana Maharshi's
ashram. He is still there thirty-two years later. After a period of
intense meditation that lasted almost two years (1976-8) he started and
ran the ashram's library, leaving it in 1985 to devote himself to
writing and research. He has now edited or written fourteen books on
Ramana Maharshi, his teachings and his direct disciples. More books are
on the way. A summary of his activities in India can be found at
Thanks to the President of Sri Ramanasramam for permission to reproduce photos of
Bhagavan, his devotees and his