Sorupa Saram

By Sorupananda

Edited by David Godman

Translation by T. V. Venkatasubramanian, Robert Butler and David Godman


76 pages

ISBN 978-0-9885285-0-5

Sorupananda was a powerful Tamil Guru who lived several centuries ago. His ability to silence the minds of his visitors was praised on several occasions by Ramana Maharshi. Though his chief disciple, Tattuvaraya, wrote prolifically, Sorupananda himself only wrote one small work: Sorupa Saram. Sri Ramana thought so highly of this work, he included it on a list of six must-read books that he gave to Annamalai Swami in the 1930s.

The text itself comprises 102 Tamil verses in which Sorupananda uncompromisingly declares his own enlightenment and then attempts to answer questions on the implications of being in this state.

The original Tamil text has been out of print for decades, and it is unlikely to be reprinted again. We have therefore included both the original Tamil verses and an English translation of them in this new edition of the work. There is also a twenty-page introduction by David Godman that details all the known biographical information about both Sorupananda and his chief disciple Tattuvaraya, and the Guru-disciple relationship that existed between them.