Author: Ganapati MuniTranslator(s)/ Editors(s): Dr. S. RamaswamyPublisher: Ramana Maharshi Centre for LearningYear: 2002Language: EnglishPages: 45ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185378703
The first Person to whom Bhagavan Ramana gave instruction orally on his path of self enquiry for self-knowledge was Ganapati Muni. Ramana was steadily abiding in the natural state of bliss after his enlightenment on the 17th of July 1896. Ganapati Muni had been performing penance in various sacred places but has obtained its fruits because of the lack of a Sadguru’s grace. This was fulfilled when he surrendered wholeheartedly to Sri Ramana on the 18th of November 1907. The Muni rechristened his guru, in whom he recognized the universal guru as Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi, the name by which he has been known since. The relationship between a guru and a disciple has its own fascination. Here the beauty is heightened Ramana’s way of guidance is unique as it brings one’s focus back to self-enquiry and surrender. The Muni, being himself steeped in penance, was a disciple worthy of such a guru. The beautiful story of their relationship comes out in two Sanskrit works ‘Vasistha Vaibhavam’ by Kapali Sastri, and ‘Letters’ of the Muni to Sri Ramana from Sirsi. The purpose of this book is a make available a fresh translation so that all could share the relationship between an ideal guru and an extraordinarily endowed disciple. The translation is by Dr. S. Ramaswamy former editor of the magazine “Tattvaloka” and former Reader of English, Bangalore University. He is a profound scholar works. The Introduction is by Sri A.R. Natarajan, author of Several books on Sri Ramana Maharshi’s life and teachings.