VOLUMES I, II
Letters from and Recollections of
D. S. SASTRI
© Sri Ramanasramam
First Combined Edition :
Fifth Revised Edition :
2006 — 2000 copies
(Letters from and Recollections
of Sri Ramanasramam included)
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P UBLISHER’S NOTE
During the closing years of Sri Ramana Maharshi’s
bodily existence, his silent radiance and incomparable
teachings attracted thousand of seekers to his Ashram in
South India. Suri Nagamma was the chosen instrument to
cast the immortal sayings of this illumined, divine personality onto paper and to paint an exquisite picture of a Rishi’s life in modern times.
She did this in the form of 273 letters to her brother,
Sri D. S. Sastri, who translated them from Telugu for the
benefit of the English-reading public. They cover the last
five years of the Master’s earthly life, and are of particular relevance because they were shown to Bhagavan prior to
being mailed. There is no other book from this period that
captures so well the enlightened personality and profound
sayings of the Master. These recordings will certainly guide seekers for countless generations.
One hundred and thirty-five letters were translated
into English and first published as Volume I in 1962.
Another 106 letters were added to this and published in
1970. In this 2006 edition of Letters from Sri Ramanasramam, we have included an additional thirty-one letters that were
published by the Ashram in 1978, under the title, L etters
from and Recollections of Sri Ramanasramam. The twenty-eight ‘Recollections of Sri Ramanasramam’ from this book have
NOTE: Volume II was published in 1969. Both the volumes were combined and published as a single volume for the first time in 1970. In this edition, L etters From and Recollections of Sri Ramansramam have been added.
also been added at the end of this volume, providing a
complete collection of Suri Nagamma’s remarkable
description of the days she spent at the feet of the Master. Another book written by Suri Nagamma and published
by the Ashram as My Life at Sri Ramanasramam is mostly
autobiographical and will certainly be of interest to the
(TO VOLUME I)
SRI RAMANASRAMAM is a unique institution. Its
inmates are not given specific instructions as to what they
should do or should not do; they are left to fend for
themselves and to absorb whatever they can from the calm
and peaceful atmosphere of the Ashram.
Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi preached silence by
observing it himself. At sunrise and at sunset every day, Vedic hymns were recited in his presence ending with “Nakarmana
naprajaya dhanena thyagenaike amrutatvamanasuh,” which means that moksha (deliverance) is attained, not by karma (action) or praja (family) or dhana (wealth), but by renouncing every one of them. Ashramites aspiring for spiritual advancement were
thus taught to learn and practice Self-enquiry and
renunciation. They sat in silence at the holy feet of
Bhagavan, imbibing the lessons of silence. Bhagavan spoke
occasionally to the Ashramites and also to casual visitors on spiritual matters. On such occasions, a few devotees recorded whatever he spoke; and amongst them, Nagamma was one.
Nagamma had no school education worth mention and
does not know any language other than her mother tongue,
Telugu. During her early years, owing to domestic...
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