The Collected Works of Ramana Maharshi
This is the definitive authorized (tenth, revised) edition of the works of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, containing almost everything written by him, both his inspired compositions and a collection of translations from ancient Advaitic texts, which together represent the essence of his teachings. They fall into two categories: those exemplifying the path of surrender through love and devotion to the Divine, and those more directly related to jnana, the path of knowledge. The first group includes the Five Hymns to Sri Arunachala, of which the first poem, ‘The Marital Garland of Letters’, has been described as among the most profound and moving poems in any language. The second group centers upon Sri Ramana’s practice of “self-inquiry”, his method of asking ‘Who Am I?’ in the most absolute terms, and allowing the answer to arise from a Reality far deeper than the apparent identity of the person asking it.
Sri Ramana Maharshi, as the foremost jnanin of modern times, is the essence of the Advaita Vedanta, the quintessential expression of Hindu spirituality. Yet he in no way represents a path of Knowledge asopposed to that of Devotion; in his own words: ‘Imperfect jnana and imperfect bhakti are different; perfect jnana and perfect bhakti are one and the same.’ Sri Bhagavan has affirmed that seekers who study these works are certain to attain the Bliss of Liberation.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: ORIGINAL WORKS
Self-enquiry—Who Am I?—Spiritual Instruction
Five Hymns to Arunachala—The Essence of Instructions—Reality in Forty Verses—Reality in Forty Verses—Supplement—Five Verses on the Self
Miscellaneous Verses [Eleven Verses]
Occasional Verses [Eighteen Verses]
PART TWO: ADAPTATIONS AND TRANSLATIONS
The Song Celestial
Translations from the Agamas: Atma Sakshatkara—Devikalottara
Translations from Shankaracharya: Dakshinamurti Stotra—Gurustuti—Hastamalaka Stotra—Atma Bodha—Vivekachudamani—Drik Drisya Viveka—Vichara Mani Mala—Appendix—Glossary
The heritage of India is enriched with numberless saints and yogis. Ramana Maharshi represents that tradition and his spiritual greatness is guiding millions of people. Such masters light the path and bring solace to suffering humanity.
That spiritual function which can be described as 'activity of presence' found in the Maharshi its most rigorous expression. Sri Ramana was as it were the incarnation, in the latter days and in the face of the modern activist fever, of what is primordial and incorruptible in India. He manifested the nobility of contemplative 'non-action' in the face of an ethic of utilitarian agitation, and he showed the implacable beauty of pure truth in the face of passions, weaknesses, and betrayals. . . . The whole of the Vedanta is contained in the Mararshi"s 'Who am I?'
Frithjof Schuon, author of The Transcendent Unity of Religions