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.