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SUGGESTED READING:


SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI


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the Wanderling


SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI: THE LAST AMERICAN DARSHAN
RECOUNTING A YOUNG BOY'S NEARLY INSTANT TRANSFORMATION INTO THE ABSOLUTE DURING HIS ONLY DARSHAN WITH THE MAHARSHI

THE MEETING: AN UNTOLD STORY OF SRI RAMANA



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In a review of the first book, above, BE AS YOU ARE: The Teaching of Sri Ramana Maharshi, Elena Gutierrez of the very prestigious Realization.org writes:

"...one of the best instruction manuals for getting Enlightened
that has ever been written..."
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SEE:

THE AUTHENTICITY OF BHAGAVANS WRITINGS AND DIALOGUES


COMMENTARY ON THE TEACHINGS OF RAMANA MAHARSHI


BHAGAVAN SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI TIMELINE


ALL ABOUT RAMANA MAHARSHI


BOOK LIST: ZEN BUDDISM


RAMANA ARUNACHALA



Fundamentally, our experience as experienced is not different from the Zen master's. Where
we differ is that we place a fog, a particular kind of conceptual overlay onto that experience
and then make an emotional investment in that overlay, taking it to be "real" in and of itself.


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ZEN ENLIGHTENMENT IN A NUTSHELL


SEE ALSO:

THE AWAKENING EXPERIENCE IN THE MODERN ERA


THE BHAGAVAN SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI



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As to the subject of donations, for those who may be so interested as it applies to the gratefulness of my works, I invariably suggest any funds be directed toward THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT and/or THE AMERICAN RED CROSS.

















Elena Gutierrez starts HER review of the book by stating --- and I am pretty much in accord with what she says and why the recommendation --- "...(the book is) one of the best instruction manuals for getting Enlightened that (has) ever been written." Then she goes into a review posted in the Amazon.com Customer Review section that tears the book apart. Gutierrez then follows up with:

Enlightenment books -- the useful ones -- contain instructions for getting enlightened. You're supposed to follow the instructions, get enlightened, and become wise.

Unfortunately, this reader's (that is, the Amazon.com review writer's) misunderstanding is very common. People think enlightenment is about absorbing wisdom from wise sayings.

Sorry, that's not how it works. The way it works is, the book tells you what to do. The doing makes you wise.


Those few paragraphs make fairly clear my intentions in the matter.

THE ELENA GUTIERREZ REVIEW
















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The above graphic shows a copy of Arthur Osborne's very first book on Sri Ramana titled RAMANA ARUNACHALA: Seven Essays published in 1951. Please note the cover photo of Ramana, taken either prior to or during 1951, is the same as the one used at the top of this page.

In the present day era in the bookstore it is not unusual to find amongst the myriad of Ramana themed books any number of works by Arthur Osborne. One of the books, titled The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi in His Own Words, with a first edition publishing date of 1959 --- a book I am quite familiar with --- carries a promotional review, at least in the later editions, of Osborne that usually accompanies the book in some fashion that goes like:


"Arthur Osborne (1906-70) was an ardent devotee of Sri Ramana Maharshi and particularly well known as the founder-editor of The Mountain Path, the spiritual journal of Sri Ramanasramam. An Oxford scholar, he was on the faculty of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, before he came to India in 1945 and had his darshan of Maharshi."


It was the complete lack of any books by Osborne in the ashram bookstore that played a huge role in my adult life. Please see:


TIME TRAVEL: MEETING YOURSELF


ADAM OSBORNE