The following items are either completely new or have large amounts of material that did not exist in their previous versions.
This is a collection of several talks and dialogues in which the practice of self-enquiry is explained. Three of the talks are mine. The others are conversations and book extracts in which Bhagavan and Papaji explain the practice.
This is a much expanded version of two blog posts that I made in 2008. I review all the available material on Bhagavan’s 1896 Self-realisation experience and evaluate it for reliability and completeness.
Robert Butler is an old friend of mine who has collaborated with me on many projects in the last seventeen years. Our work together has included four books (Padamalai, Guru Vachaka Kovai, Ramana Puranam and Sorupa Saram) and many articles on Tamil saints. He has also written many books independently. In this presentation I narrate my own long association with Robert and give details of the many projects he has undertaken himself. The article includes excerpts from six of his books.
In this article I write about a number of fairly modern (20th century) devotees of Sri Ramana who have spent time living in caves or temples on the slopes of Arunachala. They include Swami Abhishiktananda, Narikutti Swami, Keeraipatti and Swami Ramdas.
This is an account of two women, both named Sundarammal, who were devotees of Ramana Maharshi. At different times both of them lived as sadhus on the eastern slopes of Arunachala.
My recollections of N. R. Krishnamurti Aiyer (whose account appears in the first volume of The Power of the Presence) prompted me to write this short article on which I narrate a few stories about him. I also digress into other incidents about manuscripts by devotees of Sri Ramana that disappeared in odd circumstances.
This began as an interview I gave many years ago. The interviewer, Michelle Mikklesen, wanted me to speak about all the books I had written or edited. Since the information I gave her only took the story up to around 2003, I decided to update the account myself by giving details of all the other book projects I have been involved in since then.