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The best Books
« on: January 29, 2009, 11:33:56 AM »
Hi Friends,
        I was trying to make a list of best books on Ramana/his Teachings. If others can also list their set of best books on Ramana that would be nice...

My list:

1) Annamalai Swami Final Talks
2) Guru Vachakovai : Murugunar
3) Collected works of Sri Ramana maharshi [where we can find some of his comments on sankara's works]
4) Self Realization - Narsimha swami (?)
5) Arunachala Aksharamani malai
6) Pariyeya puranam : Gonnala Lingeshwar Rao.
7) Day by Day with Ramana / Gospel.

Love!
Silence

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Re: The best Books
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2009, 11:39:17 AM »
Dear srkudai,

Yes, these are the best books to know and understand Bhagavan
Ramana's Life and Teachings.  I only add 1) Sri Ramana Gita,
of Kavyakanta Ganapati  Sastri, with the commentary of Kapali
Sastri and 2) Viveka Choodamani, Bhagavan Ramana's Prose Version
(about 70 pages) of Sankara's book of same title.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: The best Books
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2009, 04:26:27 PM »
Dear srkudai,

1. Living by the words of Sri Bhagavan - Annamalai Swami is
out of stock.  A new edition may come in due course. I also
do not have this book.

2. Padamalai, Muruganar.  There is a splendid translation by
David Godman.  He has covered about 1700 verses out of 3000
plus, but arranged subject wise, with cross references to numerous
other books and incidents.  This is available in Sri Ramanasramam,
for Rs 250 plus courier charges.

3. Sri Sadhu Om's books, out of 4, three volumes have been rendered into English, under the title The Path of Sri Ramana.
This is also available in Sri Ramanasramam.  The third volume,
is Tamil poetry, which is not translated.

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: The best Books
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2009, 06:01:23 PM »
Pranams,
The books that I found to be the best, apart from the ones already mentioned are :-
1) Maha Yoga by Laxmana Sharma. This book has given an in depth analysis of Bhagvan's teachings and also compared it with the traditional Vedantic teachings. I read somewhere that Bhagvan had personally gone through and corrected this book before it was given for publication.
2)Ramana Maharshi And The Path Of Self-Knowledge by Arthur Osborne. A very well written book on Bhagvan's life and teachings.
3)In Days Of Great Peace by Mouni Sadhu (M. Sudouski). I found this book very inspiring, and the author's explanation of the teaching is good.

Ofcourse the two books; Talks with Shri Ramana Maharshi by Munagala Vekatramaiah and Gospel by Maurice Frydman are the most beneficial for any sadhaka.

Om shri Ramana

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Re: The best Books
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2009, 09:28:41 PM »
"WHO AM I"

Talks with Bhagawan.

Be as you are.

Path of Ramana.

Final talks of Annamalai Swami.
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Re: The best Books
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2009, 09:31:53 AM »
Dear Disciple,

You have mentioned Maha Yoga.  I am glad.  But it is a tough
book which may keep the devotees away from Bhagavan Ramana,
in view of its complex verbose handling of the subject.

Dear Dr. Raju,

You are back, after some long break.  I do not know the reason.
Maharshi's Gospel, is a wonderful book, compiled around more
than sixty years.  The Truth is best revealed there.

Arunachala Siva. 
 

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Re: The best Books
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2009, 09:34:42 AM »
Pranam,
Dear Subramanian R.,
Each book has an appeal for a particular mind-set. I found Maha Yoga to be quite lucid in its explanations of different aspects of the teaching. Particularly for people who have undergone some study in the Vedantic Shastras it is priceless, as it points out certain falacies which have crept in the interpretation of certain aspects like Shastra as a Pramana etc.
I do not feel the book can keep a devotee away from Bhagavan.

Dear srkudai,
As I have mentioned above this book gives a very clear picture of the knowledge for liberation. It starts with the very basics in chapter 2 named "Are we happy", and goes on to explain the matter step by step in the following chapters.
A lot of fallacies and misinterpretation have come into Vedantic teachings and this book addresses many of these fallacies and explains in context where they have gone wrong and gives the correct interpretation of the teachings.

Om shri Ramana.

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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2009, 09:47:42 AM »
Dear Disciple,

You are correct.  Each book appeals or does not appeal according to the mindset of the readers/devotees.  Since, Bhagavan Ramana is known for his direct teaching and simple teaching, I found that Lakshamana Sarma's book, Maha Yoga, was a little pedantic.  Lakshmana Sarma is a Sanskrit scholar well versed in Vedanta literature and hence he was putting Bhagavan Ramana's teachings in that framework and was trying to analyze its speciality.

Arunachala Siva.