David Godman

David Godman

1953 –

David Godman is the world's foremost researcher and scholar of Sri Ramana Maharshi's life and teachings. He has written or edited 16 books and numerous articles about Sri Ramana, Sri Ramana's direct disciples, and related topics. His first book, Be As You Are, published in 1985, has become the standard anthology of Sri Ramana's writings. He has spent most of his life in Tiruvanammalai where Sri Ramana's ashram is located.

Biography

For a longer biography of David, see our interview with him.

David was born in 1953 in England. During his second year at Oxford University, while reading Ramana Maharshi's writings for the first time, he fell into a state of silence which transformed the way he viewed himself and the world. Finding it impossible to study for exams, he dropped out in his final year and rented a house in rural Ireland where he read Sri Ramana's books and practiced self-inquiry.

The following year, in 1976, he went to India. Despite his intention to stay for only six weeks, he has been there almost continuously ever since, residing mainly in Tiruvannamalai where Ramana Maharshi's ashram is located. From 1978 to 1985 he was the ashram's librarian.

Starting in 1993 he spent four years with Papaji (H.W.L. Poonja) in Lucknow where he wrote Nothing Ever Happened.

David is the author or editor of the 16 books listed below.

Books Edited or Written by David Godman

Be As You Are (1985)
No Mind — I Am The Self (1986)
Papaji: Interviews (1993)
Livng By the Words of Bhagavan (1994)
Nothing Ever Happened (three volumes) (1998)
Final Talks (2000)
Power of the Presence Part One (2000)
Power of the Presence Part Two (2001)
Power of the Presence Part Three (2002)
Padamalai (2004)
The Fire of Freedom (2007)
Guru Vachaka Kovai (2008)
Sri Ramana Darsanam (2013)
Sorupa Saram (2013)

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Be As You Are

In our opinion this superb collection of extracts from Ramana Maharshi's writings and dialogues is the best single-volume introduction to his teachings. This is the book we recommend to people who want to read about Sri Ramana for the first time.

The editor, David Godman, is probably the foremost living expert on Sri Ramana's teachings. David has gone through dozens of books by and about Sri Ramana and collected passages which most clearly state various points of his teaching. These extracts are organized thematically into chapters with higher teachings first and less important ones last.

David has also provided informative introductions to each chapter and to the book as a whole as well as a glossary and notes.

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Be as You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi

Published by Penguin

272 pages

ISBN-10: 0140190627

ISSBN-13: 978-0140190625

No Mind, I Am the Self: The Lives and Teachings of Sri Lakshmana Swamy and Mathru Sri Sarada

David Godman's second book describes the lives and teachings of two self-realized sages, Sri Lakshmana Swamy and Mathru Sri Sarada. The book contains an extraordinary blow-by-blow documentary of Self-realization: a partial transcript of remarks made by Mathru Sri Sarada as her I-thought sank into the heart center and dissolved. Mathru Sri Sarada is a disciple of Sri Lakshmana Swami, who in turn was a disciple of Ramana Maharshi.

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Avadhuta

David Godman

InnerQuest

Sri Ramanashramam

 

No Mind, I Am the Self: The Lives and Teachings of Sri Lakshmana Swamy and Mathru Sri Sarada

Published by Bhanumathy Ramanadham
Sri Lakshmana Ashram.

227 pages.

(No ISBN number)

Papaji: Interviews

As the title suggests, this book consists of interviews. Ten people sat down with Papaji and asked him questions, and the resulting conversations were transcribed. The questioners include Catherine Ingram, Wes Nisker, Shanti Devi, Chokyi Nyima Rimpoche, and Godman himself. The book also includes a 62-page biography of Papaji by Godman.

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Papaji: Interviews

Published by Advahuta (1993)

304 pages

ISBN: 0963802208

Living by the Words of Bhagavan

This book is an autobiography of Annamalai Swami who became Self-realized after many years of effort and close association with his guru, Ramana Maharshi. It paints an unusually intimate portrait of the Maharshi based on Annamalai Swami's ten years of interactions with him, first as his personal attendant and then as supervisor of building projects at Sri Ramanasraman. The book is sober and free of the cloying sentimentality that mars many memoirs of this type. This is not a hagiography; Annamalai's Maharshi is a surprising figure who does quirky and even incomprehensible things. The final section of the book contains transcripts of conversations that Annamalai Swami held with seekers in the 1980s. Annamalai Swami worked hard for many years to realize the Self, making his advice especially useful to seekers for whom Self-realization does not come easily. We think this is a wonderful book, one of the best about Sri Ramana, and we recommend it very highly.

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Living by the Words of Bhagavan

Published by Sri Annamalai Swami Ashram Trust

Hardcover

367 pages

(No ISBN number)

Nothing Ever Happened

This massive three-volume biography of H.W.L. Poonja, widely known as Papaji, is one of the most informative accounts ever written of the life and teachings of a self-realized person. Papaji is largely responsible for the recent surge of interest in applied Advaita in the West because he helped hundreds of Westerners attain glimpses of the Self and then sent them home to teach.

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Nothing Ever Happened

Avadhuta Foundation (1988)

1297 pages

ISBN: 0963802259

Annamalai Swami: Final Talks

This small book is one of a half dozen that we recommend most strongly to people who want to practice self-enquiry in order to realize. It contains transcripts of talks that Annamalai Swami held with seekers during the last six months of his life. His advice about how to practice Self-enquiry is unusually valuable because he worked for a long time to become Self-realized. Annamalai Swami spent nearly ten years with Ramana Maharshi, first as his personal attendant and later as construction manager at Sri Ramana's ashram.

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Annamalai Swami: Final Talks

Published by Annamalai Swami Ashram and AHAM (2000)

99 or 162 pages

ISBN-10: 0971137181 and 1888599170

ISSBN-13: 978-1888599176

Photo by Geraldine Westrupp. Used by permission.

This page was published on September 28, 2001 and last revised on June 22, 2014.


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