By Vaiyai Subramaniam
MEN COURT HAPPINESS and shun misery. It is the same with other beings also. This holds good for the common run of mankind. But the higher order is bent upon right conduct, enduring patiently the good or evil that it may bring. Fellowship with these will be lasting, whereas fellowship with ordinary people will not be. Good will result to the world through fellowship with the higher order only.
The question then arises: “What is right?” The point is important, but the answer has not been found. Why? Because what is right is determined by circumstances. However comprehensive a work may be written on the subject, there will always be circumstances not envisaged by the author. Therefore it becomes necessary to realize that state which will enable us to assess the various conditions and determine what is right.
That state is one only. There are no states like it. Although it is single, it is extraordinary that the worldly wise consider it exceedingly rare. Nothing can be more extraordinary than this. That unique state is very clearly taught in the Upanishads. In this book I have put down the same truth according to my understanding. I have considered it my duty. I do not claim originality. The six chapters of this book are so closely interrelated that some point which may be expected in one chapter may be found in another. Again a few points which may not be clear on a superficial reading will become clear upon closer study. More may be gathered from major works or Sages. Universal Mother, Master true, save us!
—Vaiyai R. Subramaniam
By Vaiyai R. Subramaniam
Ramana Maharshi told one of his closest devotees, “If you want liberation, write, read, and practice the instructions in All Is One.”
Until recently this book was hard to obtain in English. Luckily Sri Ramanasramam has published this new English translation which has been revised to match the original Tamil more closely.
We often end these book blurbs with the two words, “Highly recommended,” meaning of course that we — Realization.org — endorse the book. This time, however, we can say, “Highly recommended by Ramana Maharshi.”
This page was published on May 20, 2000 and last revised on May 29, 2017.