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.
The first volume of this 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.