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 If you enjoy reading fascinating, previously unpublished anecdotes about Ramana's life, read David Godman's personal reminiscences of living in Ramana's presence and experiencing his frequent human side.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)
About the Author
Finding no fulfilment in career and relationship in England, and driven by a deep question, Premananda began his spiritual journey. This began in Japan, and continued for many years in India with Osho, until he eventually arrived at the doorstep of his final master, Papaji, himself a disciple of the renowned Master, Ramana Maharshi. Here, twenty years of spiritual searching ended when the Self revealed itself and he saw that this was his true nature.
Premananda has been a spiritual teacher for 20 years, or in his words 'a messenger' of his Master, Papaji. The message that comes through Premananda is to be quiet, to become still, and to discover that we are the very happiness and love that we are seeking.
He is also an artist, author and filmmaker living in Open Sky House, an International Satsang and Arts community that formed around him in Germany in 2004. The Community is open for anybody who has come to a point in their life where inner freedom or awakening is the first priority. Anyone is welcome to visit the community for a satsang evening or as a guest or helper.
It is here that Premamanda works closely with the residents and 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. On his website there is also a comprehensive archive of 300 Satsang meetings since 2009, in seven different languages.
In 2013, another Open Sky community with the same priority of awakening was founded near Kiev, Ukraine.
For more information about:
-Open Sky House Community Germany: www.openskyhouse.org
-Open Sky House Community Ukraine: www.openskyhouse.com.ua
-Open Sky Press: www.openskypress.com
-SatsangTV Archive: www.premanandasatsangtvarchive.org
-Asking a question: email@example.com
-Premananda is also on Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/OpenSkyPressEN