Compied by Munagala Venkataramiah
Published by V. S. Ramanan, President, Sri Ramanasramam
This is the largest collection of dialogues between Ramana Maharshi and the visitors who came to him for advice. For four years between 1935 and 1939 Munagala Venkataramaiah, the compiler of these conversations, was the official interpreter in the hall where Sri Ramana taught. He was also, for long periods, the only person who was authorized by the ashram manager (Bhagavan’s brother, Chinnaswami) to make written records of the conversations that were taking place. After acting as interpreter, he would often jot down whatever he could remember of the dialogues he had just been involved in. Though Bhagavan spoke very little, over a four-year period Munagala recorded so much material, when his manuscript was finally published, the book was over 600 pages long. Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi is essential reading for any student of Sri Ramana and his teachings. Though it is unstructured, being a daily report of what conversations were taking place in Bhagavan’s hall, the breadth and detail of the contents has ensured that virtually all aspects of Bhagavan’s teachings are covered here, often on multiple occasions.