Michael James's Books

Enlightenment is not an idea. It is the only thing that is true. The teachings of Ramana Maharshi are among the great pearls of the world as they support us discovering the truth behind these statements. Michael has devoted his life to the translation and elucidation of the liberating depths of what Ramana points to.

Who was Ramana Maharshi?

Ramana Maharshi was born in South India on December 30th 1879 and he died April 14th 1950. He moved to Thiruvanamalai as a young man and resided there for the rest of his days. He did this after he became spontaneously enlightened when he was confronted with a sense that he was about to die at the age of 16. 6 weeks after that experience he made the move from his native town of Madurai to Thiruvanamalai. He never belonged to any religion and he never had a teacher. He said the hill of Arunachala was his teacher. 

He taught that by investigating the question: "Who am I?" - and by asking this question with great devotion, love and depth, one can come to know the Self and transcend suffering. By exploring such a focus one would come to see oneself as living in the world but no longer of it. In fact the world itself would be seen as an illusion and drop away. He never set himself up as a teacher and never sought out disciples. Many people would come to visit him and their minds would stop and a sense of bliss would engulf them. These are the books by Michael that we are developing into Sutranovum editions of his works:

Translations of Ramana Maharshi's Works
Nāṉ Ār? - Who am I? 

Upadēśa Undiyār - The Essence of Spiritual Instructions

Upadēśa Sāraḥ - The Sanskrit version of Upadēśa Undiyār 

Uḷḷadu Nāṟpadu - Forty Verses on What Exists

Upadēśa Kaliveṇbā - The extended version of Uḷḷadu Nāṟpadu

Appaḷa Pāṭṭu - The Appaḷam Song 

Āṉma-Viddai - The Science of Self-Knowledge 

Michael's Books

Sri Arunachala Stuti Panchakam

Sri Ramanopadesa Noonmalai

Guru Vachaka Kovai

Sadhanai Saram

The Path of Sri Ramana

Happiness and the Art of Being