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Arunachala Shiva: Commentaries on Sri Ramana Maharshi's Teachings 'Who Am I?' [Hardcover]

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17 Nov 2009
Arunachala Shiva is a profound homage to the spiritual greatness of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi who is one of India's most well-known Sages. Included in this book is his famous text Who Am I? (Nan Yar) in which he declares that Self-enquiry is the most direct route to Self-realisation. Premananda dialogues with David Godman and James Swartz. Arunachala Shiva, beautifully illustrated with 100 photographs, paints an intimate picture of Sri Ramana's life and takes us behind the scenes to moments with his closest disciples. The compelling commentaries offer new and unexpected insights into his teachings, challenging ideas and assisting a final realisation. The unique nature of these interviews is revealed in the DVD Preview included in the book. David Godman has lived at Arunachala for thirty years, becoming an authority on Sri Ramana. He is the author of many books on Sri Ramana and his close disciples, most notably Be As You Are. James Swartz, an American Vedanta teacher and author, visits Arunachala every year. His latest book How to Attain Enlightenment highlights the Vedanta approach to liberation. Premananda is an English spiritual teacher with twenty years experience of Self-enquiry. He has held an annual retreat at Arunachala for the last fifteen years. He is the author of several books including Blueprints for Awakening


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  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Open Sky Press Ltd.; 1 edition (17 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955573068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955573064
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,035,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is undoubtedly an important work on the teachings of Sri Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi. It will prove to be a most useful introduction for those encountering Advaita for the first time as well as a valuable handbook and guide for all those currently engaged in following his teachings, both in the East and in the West. --Alan Jacobs; President, Sri Ramana Maharshi Foundation U.K.

I picked up this book on impulse and couldn't put it down. It is the most readable and informative book I have seen on Ramana Maharshi. It gives you a real insight into what he was like, how he taught, how he lived and it shows all the sides of his life, not just the intellectual. Some of the stories about him are wonderfully funny and insightful. The variety of sections also makes the book very readable. There are interviews, interpretations from various people who lived with him for a long time, discussions about his teachings, stories about him and his devotees. This book is a delight and would make a wonderful present for anyone who has any interest in Ramana Maharshi. It also beautifully presented and lovely to hold in your hands. It's a gem. Worth every penny. --Janet A. Day

If you want a modern commentary on Ramana Maharshi's Nan Yar ( Who am I? ), this is it. If you want an intelligent re-interpretation of the words, rather than a simple and literal translation, read James Swartz's crystal-clear explanations of some knotty problems (such as the manonasha death of the mind concept). If you enjoy reading fascinating, previously unpublished anecdotes about Ramana's life, read David Godman's personal reminiscences of living in Ramana's presence and experiencing his frequent human side. And, if you just want a beautiful book, with lots of wonderful, glossy, full-color photographs of Ramana, his disciples, Arunachala and Ramanashramam, Premananda has put together exactly the book for you. His insightful interviewing elicits some marvelous material, both biographical and spiritual. There are also chapters containing the fascinating autobiographies of the three contributors. There is even a pull-out, diagrammatic map, showing the key features around the mountain and a preview DVD of the companion film of Ramana's life and teaching. I cannot recommend this superb book too highly if you are at all interested in the teaching of Ramana Maharshi. --Dennis Waite (Author of Back to the Truth : 5000 Years of Advaita)

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Finding no fulfilment in career and relationship in England, and driven by a deep question inside him, Premananda began a spiritual journey. After many years he eventually arrived in India at the doorstep of his master, Papaji. Here, twenty years of spiritual searching ended when the Self revealed itself and he saw that this was his true nature. Today, Premananda is a spiritual teacher, artist, author and filmmaker living in Open Sky House, an International Satsang and Arts community that he founded in Germany in 2004. Here he holds regular retreats as well as broadcasting live SatsangTV via the Internet three evenings a week. You can engage in dialogue with him by entering into the meeting live using Skype. During the week you can ask questions by email which he will then answer in the next meeting. There is also a comprehensive archive of 300 Satsang meetings since 2009, in seven different languages. Premananda's books include Papaji Amazing Grace and Arunachala Talks. He has published three books from his deep love for India and Sri Ramana Maharshi, which also have companion films: Arunachala Shiva and the Blueprints for Awakening series, Indian Masters and European Masters. He has recently completed his new book, The Great Misunderstanding, and finished directing and producing the film Satori: Metamorphosis of An Awakening. He is currently working on his latest film project, The Great Misunderstanding. He is an unusual character, full of fun and lightness with the possibility of a sudden storm at any moment. Many love him to bits and others find him outrageous. He is never boring but not always able to see when he is too much. He would love to invite you to come and make your own assessment!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable insights into Ramana's `Who Am I' 13 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
If you want a modern commentary on Ramana Maharshi's `Nan Yar' (`Who am I?'), this is it.

If you want an intelligent re-interpretation of the words, rather than a simple and literal translation, read James Swartz's crystal-clear explanations of some knotty problems (such as the manonAsha - death of the mind concept).

If you enjoy reading fascinating, previously unpublished anecdotes about Ramana's life, read some of the reminiscences that David Godman learned from speaking with those who actually lived in Ramana's presence and experienced his frequent `human' side.

There are also chapters containing the autobiographies of the three contributors themselves. David Godman tells of his experiences with Nisargadatta and his curious relationship with Papaji. James Swartz relates the story of his colorful path from reprobate to close associate of Swami Chinmayananda. Premananda tells the story of his travels around the world, by way of Osho and Papaji, to his present community in Germany.

And, if you just want a beautiful book, with lots of wonderful, glossy, full-color photographs of Ramana, his disciples, Arunachala and Ramanashramam, Premananda has put together exactly the book for you. His insightful interviewing elicits some marvelous material, both biographical and spiritual. There is even a pull-out, diagrammatic map, showing the key features around the mountain and a preview DVD of the companion film of Ramana's life and teaching.

I cannot recommend this superb book too highly if you are at all interested in the teaching of Ramana Maharshi or the stories of seekers who found what they were looking for.

Dennis Waite, author of Back to the Truth: 5000 years of Advaita
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly beautiful book 7 July 2010
Format:Hardcover
I picked up this book on impulse and couldn't put it down. It is the most readable and informative book I have seen on Ramana Maharshi. It gives you a real insight into what he was like, how he taught, how he lived and it shows all the sides of his life, not just the intellectual. Some of the stories about him are wonderfully funny and insightful. The variety of sections also makes the book very readable. There are interviews, interpretations from various people who lived with him for a long time, discussions about his teachings, stories about him and his devotees. This book is a delight and would make a wonderful present for anyone who has any interest in Ramana Maharshi. It also beautifully presented and lovely to hold in your hands. It's a gem. Worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who am I? 19 Dec 2010
By Vitoria
Format:Hardcover
To start with: this book is very carefully designed beautiful book! It attracted me especially because of its wonderful graphics
and its many photos of Ramana and his family. There is a lovely map of the Arunachala area in the book as well as a pre-view DVD of the film.

I think for everyone who really wants to dive deep into nondual teachings like the teachings of Ramana Maharshi, this book is an important source.
Three nondual teachers give a detailed introduction into Sri Ramana's life and his teachings and provide practical guidance on how to do self-enquiry.

It contains also the original text of Sri Ramana's "Nan har?", "Wer bin ich?" and a lot of original Sri Ramana quotes.
Especially fascinating was to me the life stories of the three teachers, all have lived a long time in India and with their masters,
and all have been writing about and teaching Advaita Vedanta for some time now.

I will take it with me when I travel to Arunachala mountain in January, it's the perfect inner and outer travel guide!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable insights into Ramana's `Who Am I' 13 Jan 2010
By D. Waite - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you want a modern commentary on Ramana Maharshi's `Nan Yar' (`Who am I?'), this is it.

If you want an intelligent re-interpretation of the words, rather than a simple and literal translation, read James Swartz's crystal-clear explanations of some knotty problems (such as the manonAsha - death of the mind concept).

If you enjoy reading fascinating, previously unpublished anecdotes about Ramana's life, read some of the reminiscences that David Godman learned from speaking with those who actually lived in Ramana's presence and experienced his frequent `human' side.

There are also chapters containing the autobiographies of the three contributors themselves. David Godman tells of his experiences with Nisargadatta and his curious relationship with Papaji. James Swartz relates the story of his colorful path from reprobate to close associate of Swami Chinmayananda. Premananda tells the story of his travels around the world, by way of Osho and Papaji, to his present community in Germany.

And, if you just want a beautiful book, with lots of wonderful, glossy, full-color photographs of Ramana, his disciples, Arunachala and Ramanashramam, Premananda has put together exactly the book for you. His insightful interviewing elicits some marvelous material, both biographical and spiritual. There is even a pull-out, diagrammatic map, showing the key features around the mountain and a preview DVD of the companion film of Ramana's life and teaching.

I cannot recommend this superb book too highly if you are at all interested in the teaching of Ramana Maharshi or the stories of seekers who found what they were looking for.

Dennis Waite, author of Back to the Truth: 5000 years of Advaita
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arunachala Shiva 19 Dec 2010
By Vitoria - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
To start with: this book is very carefully designed beautiful book!

It attracted me especially because of its wonderful graphics and its many photos
of Ramana and his family. There is a lovely map of the Arunachala area in the book
as well as a pre-view DVD of the film.

I think for everyone who really wants to dive deep into nondual teachings like the teachings of Ramana Maharshi,
this book is an important source. Three nondual teachers give a detailed introduction into Sri Ramana's life and his
teachings and provide practical guidance on how to do self-enquiry. It contains also the original text of Sri Ramana's
"Nan har?", "Wer bin ich?" and a lot of original Sri Ramana quotes.

Especially fascinating was to me the life stories of the three teachers, all have lived a long time in India and
with their masters, and all have been writing about and teaching Advaita Vedanta for some time now.

I will take it with me when I travel to Arunachala mountain in January, it's the perfect inner and outer travel guide!
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