What is Enlightenment and How Do You Find It?

The experience of one’s true state of total emptiness is indescribable. No pleasure or fleeting happiness or excitement I have experienced before even comes close. Nothing I can say will compare, experience it for yourself.

By iamquiet • February 8, 2020

Nan Yar? (Who am I?)

The Original Works of Sri Ramana Maharshi
Translated by Michael James

These translations are more accurate than the ones published by Sri Ramanasramam.

Ramana’s three most important works are shown here in boldface.

Scroll down this page for translations of Ramana’s works by other translators including a translation of Vicāra Saṅgraham (Self-enquiry).

Āṉma-Viddai: The Science of Self-Knowledge

Appaḷa Pāṭṭu: The Appaḷam Song

Aruṇācalaramaṇaṉ: Arunachala Ramana

Ēkāṉma Pañcakam: Five Verses on Oneself, the One

Nāṉ Ār: Who Am I?

Śrī Aruṇācala Aṣṭakam: Eight Verses to Arunachala

Śrī Aruṇācala Navamaṇimālai: The Necklace of Nine Gems for Arunachala

Śrī Aruṇācala Padigam: Eleven Verses to Arunachala

Śrī Aruṇācala Pañcaratnam: The Five Gems to Arunachala

Uḷḷadu Nāṟpadu: Forty Verses on What Is

Upadēśa Kaliveṇbā: The extended version of Uḷḷadu Nāṟpadu

Upadēśa Sāraḥ: The Essence of Spiritual Teachings

Upadēśa Undiyār: Teachings in an Undiyār Song of Thirty Verses

It’s “I am I” not “I-I”

Every time you see “I-I” in a Ramana book, it’s a translation mistake that distorts the meaning.

By Michael James • September 15, 2023

Ashtavakra Gita

Some people think this ancient conversation between two enlightened guys is the greatest scripture of all time.

Translated by John Henry Richards • December 10, 1999

How Dada Gavand Woke Up

Dada Gavand describes with remarkable precision exactly what he did that led to his waking up. This is one of the clearest and most informative explanations of spiritual practice that has ever been written.

By Dada Gavand • June 14, 2014

An Interview with Byron Katie

Byron Katie is the inventor of The Work, a method of self-enquiry based on four simple questions. She experienced an unexpected awakening in 1986 following years of severe depression.

By Sunny Massad • October 23, 2001

Annamalai Swami

A loving biography and reminiscence by Ramana Maharshi’s grandnephew.

By V. Ganesan • August 23, 2019

My Awakening

I saw that genuine Recognition is simply a realization of Nothing, but a Nothing that is absolutely substantial and identical with the SELF. This was the final turn of the Key which opened the Door.

By Franklin Merrell-Wolff • December 12, 2018

The Induction Talk

A mystic experiment by the least mystical of realizers.

By Franklin Merrell-Wolff • March 22, 2021

Isolation of the Subjective Moment

Franklin Merrell-Wolff describes how he performed the crucial step that led to his enlightenment.

By Franklin Merrell-Wolff • December 12, 2018

Recognition, an Inversion of Consciousness

Recognition and Liberation are attained by turning the attention toward the subjective pole and away from the objective content of consciousness. The effort must be to attain a consciousness without objective content. Such a consciousness may be likened to a light in a space that contains no objects.

By Franklin Merrell-Wolff • April 1, 2018

The Yoga of Three Enlightenments

Consciousness is the sunlight of our soul; Awareness, the moonlight; Kundalini, the cool balancing energy.

By Petri Einiö • December 28, 1999

Ulladu Narpadu

Sri Ramana Maharshi’s greatest philosophical work, translated by Robert Butler and presented in the form of a textbook of literary Tamil. This is the only translation of Ulladu Narpadu that includes English definitions of every Tamil word.

By Sri Ramana Maharshi
Translated and annotated by Robert Butler • May 10, 2014

Ulladu Narpadu

An early translation of Sri Ramana Maharshi’s most important philosophical work.

By Sri Ramana Maharshi
Translator unknown • May 14, 2000

The Mountain Path

A quarterly journal for devotees of Sri Ramana Maharshi.

Published by Sri Ramanasramam • April 6, 2017

The Day My Kundalini Woke Up

After a waterfall of light erupted in Freddie’s head, he cried tears of joy for three days. He describes what he did to make it happen and concludes that yoga is a technology for turning people into saints.

By Freddie Yam • December 5, 1999

Vichara Sangraham
Self-Enquiry

Sri Ramana answers forty questions most of which have nothing to do with Self-enquiry or any other aspect of his teachings.

By Sri Ramana Maharshi
Translated by T.M.P. Mahadevan • September 14, 2023

Tinkles from a Golden Belle

From the head wrangler at The End of the Rope Ranch.

By Judi Rhodes • January 16, 2023

This page was first published on December 5, 1999 and last revised on May 20, 2024.

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