By David Godman
Published by Avadhuta Foundation, Colorado
After Papaji had read the account of his early life that David Godman had written for the Papaji Interviews book, he invited him to Lucknow to be his official biographer. Papaji gave David full access to all his papers, answered many of his detailed questions, and encouraged all his devotees to contribute stories to the project. Papaji read and checked all the chapters, and most of them were read out by him during the daily satsangs that were taking place in Lucknow. This 1,200-page three-volume account is unlikely ever to be challenged as the definitive account of Papaji’s extraordinary life.
Vol. 1 417 pages
The first volume of this major new biography covers his early years in the Punjab, his dramatic meetings with his Master, Sri Ramana Maharshi, and other spiritual luminaries, his work as a mining manager and his teaching enconters with South Indian devotees in the late 1960s.
Vol. 2 411 pages
This second volume begins with his life in Rishikesh and his adventures in the Himalayas in the late 60's and 70's. It moves on to describe the events of his first two foreign tours and concludes with an illuminating record of teachings dialogues that took place in India in the mid-1970's.
Vol 3 455 pages
After describing his later foreign trips, the focus of this third volume shifts to the stories of devotees who met him in India during the 70s and 80s. Extracts from his personal diaries are followed by Papaji's detailed explanations on how the Guru-disciple relationship works.