The core content of this website, which focuses on the philosophy, science and art of true self-knowledge, particularly as taught by Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, is arranged into four main sections:

Translations

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Articles

Videos

Links to all the pages on this site are given in the Site Map, of which the following is a high-level summary:

What’s New

Last updated on
2nd November 2015

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What's New

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What’s New

Since its launch in December 2006, the major changes and new additions made to this website are, in reverse chronological order, as follows:

  1. 2nd November 2015: A new video made on 12th September 2015 was added to the Videos page, alone with a link to an audio copy of it, and a revised copy of the Nāṉ Yār? page was uploaded with some minor improvements to the translation.
        Links to the following nine new articles in the ‘Happiness of Being’ blog were also added to the list of articles on the Articles page, along with links to each of the sections in them: The following links to translations of nine recent articles were added to the Italian translations section of the same Articles page:

  2. 3rd August 2015: A new video made on 11th July 2015 was added to the Videos page, alone with a link to an audio copy of it.
        A revised copy of the Nāṉ Yār? page was uploaded with some minor improvements to the translation, and some minor corrections were made to the Śrī Aruṇācala Stuti Pañcakam, Śrī Ramaṇōpadēśa Nūṉmālai and Sādhanai Sāram pages.
        Links to the following five new articles in the ‘Happiness of Being’ blog were also added to the list of articles on the Articles page, along with links to each of the sections in them: The following links to translations of four of these five articles were added to the Italian translations section of the same Articles page:

  3. 3rd June 2015: A new video made on 11th April 2015 was added to the Videos page, and on the same page a link was added to a copy with Italian subtitles of the video made on 13th September 2014, along with a link to a transcript of its Italian subtitles.
        A revised copy of the Nāṉ Yār? page was uploaded with some minor improvements to the translation and a few typos corrected, and a new copy of the PDF of Sri Ramanopadesa Noonmalai was uploaded with two typos corrected.
        The following four new PDFs of books translated into Italian were uploaded: New sections were added to the Guru Vācaka Kōvai, Sādhanai Sāram and Path of Sri Ramana pages to provide links to each of these new Italian translations, and links to them were also added in the Site Map.
        Links to the following twenty-eight new articles in the ‘Happiness of Being’ blog were also added to the list of articles on the Articles page: On the Articles page a new section was also added, Italian translations of these articles, which contains links to Italian translations of sixty-five of the articles from the ‘Happiness of Being’ blog, and a link to this new section was added in the Site Map.

  4. 23rd December 2014: A PDF copy of La Felicità e l’Arte di Essere, a new Italian translation of Happiness and the Art of Being, was uploaded, and links to it were added in a new section of the Happiness and the Art of Being page and in the Site Map.
        Links to the following eleven new articles in the ‘Happiness of Being’ blog were also added to the Articles page: Links to each section in four of the articles, The true nature of consciousness can be known only by self-enquiry, Second and third person objects, Self-awareness: ‘I’-thought, ‘I’-feeling and ahaṁ-sphuraṇa and The need for manana and vivēka: reflection, critical thinking, discrimination and judgement, were also added as bullets points after the link to each of them on the Articles page.

  5. 5th October 2014: A new video made on 13th September 2014 was added on the Videos page, and on the same page a link was added to a new folder on MediaFire called Discussions with Michael James, which contains audio copies of seven of the videos on Michael’s YouTube channel, Sri Ramana Teachings, which can either be listened to online or downloaded as MP3 files. A link to each audio copy was also added after its repectitive video.
        A typing error in the Tamil text of Nāṉ Yār? was corrected, and some minor improvements were made to the translation of it.
        Some out-of-date links to pages on Amazon.com were removed from the Printed copies of these books section of The Path of Sri Ramana page, and links to the following seven new articles in the ‘Happiness of Being’ blog (and also the date of each article) were added to the Articles page:

  6. 26th August 2014: A new section, Printing error in Part Two, was added to The Path of Sri Ramana page, and links to the following four new articles in the ‘Happiness of Being’ blog were added to the Articles page:

  7. 29th July 2014: A PDF copy of Chi sono io?, a new Italian translation of Nāṉ Yār? (Who am I?), was uploaded to this site, and links to it were added both in a new section on the Nāṉ Yār? page and in the Site Map.
        A new video made on 10th May 2014 was added to the Videos page.
        Links to the following fifteen new articles in the ‘Happiness of Being’ blog were also added to the Articles page:

  8. 23rd April 2014: An HTML copy of each chapter and other section of Happiness and the Art of Being was uploaded, along with an HTML copy of the entire book. Thus the following fifteen new HTML pages are now available: The Contents section of the main Happiness and the Art of Being page was accordingly updated with links to each of these new pages, as also was the Site Map. Two other pages, namely Nāṉ Yār? and Articles, were also updated with links to some of these new pages.

  9. 21st April 2014: The Guru Vācaka Kōvai page was updated with information about the second (somewhat revised) edition of the English translation by Sri Sadhu Om and Michael James, which was published in 2013, and a PDF copy of this new edition was uploaded. The file name of the former PDF copy, which was made by John Manetta in 2004, was changed so that it could be retained on this site.
        A new video made on 8th February 2014 was also added to the Videos page.
        Links to the following seven new articles in the ‘Happiness of Being’ blog were also added to the Articles page:

  10. 28th February 2014: On the page about Happiness and the Art of Being I updated the information about its Indian publication, because I was under the wrong impression that its second edition had been published there, but it now seems that it was not, so I am now looking for a new publisher to publish it.
        Links to the following nine new articles in the ‘Happiness of Being’ blog were also added to the Articles page:

  11. 7th January 2014: A new page, Transliteration, transcription and pronunciation of Tamil and Sanskrit, was uploaded, and the following pages were revised accordingly: the Home page (to which two new sections, Transliteration of Tamil and Sanskrit on this website and Display of Tamil, Sanskrit and diacritic characters on this website. were added), the Books page and the Site Map.
        Links to the following three new articles in the ‘Happiness of Being’ blog were also added to the Articles page:

  12. 24th December 2013: The translation of the seventeenth paragraph of Nāṉ Yār? (Who am I?) was revised.

  13. 23rd November 2013: A new page, Videos, which contains copies of all the currently available videos of Michael James discussing the teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, was added, and links to it were provided in the top and left navigation bars, and also in several pages such as Home and Site Map. Minor changes were also made to several other pages, such as the Happiness and the Art of Being page, in which a link was added to a new page on the Australian Amazon site from which the Kindle edition of Happiness and the Art of Being is now available.

  14. 14th November 2013: The site was relaunched with an entirely new design, in order to make it more responsive for viewing on a variety of devices, and to make it easier to maintain and update. In addition to the new design, various updates and other changes were made to the contents of many of the pages, and the transliteration of Tamil and Sanskrit words was revised using diacritic characters in order to make it more precise. Therefore each of the following sixteen HTML pages was modified to a greater or lesser extent:
    • Home: The Teachings of Sri Ramana
    • Translations: Translations by Michael James of the original Tamil writings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana
    • Nāṉ Yār? (Who am I?): The Tamil text of நானார்? (Nāṉ-ār), the only original prose work written by Bhagavan Sri Ramana, with an English translation by Michael James
    • Bibliography: A bibliography of all the works of Bhagavan Sri Ramana that are cited and explained in Happiness and the Art of Being
    • Books: Books by Sri Sadhu Om and Michael James
    • Śrī Aruṇācala Stuti Pañcakam: An English word-for-word meaning and translation by Sri Sadhu Om and Michael James of the ‘Five Hymns to Sri Arunachala’, which is a collection of the devotional songs composed by Sri Ramana
    • Śrī Ramaṇōpadēśa Nūṉmālai: An English word-for-word meaning and translation by Sri Sadhu Om and Michael James of the ‘Garland of Sri Ramana’s Texts of Spiritual Teachings (upadēśa)’, which is a collection of the principal philosophical poems composed by Sri Ramana
    • Guru Vācaka Kōvai: An English translation of the most profound, comprehensive and reliable collection of the sayings of Sri Ramana, recorded by Sri Muruganar and translated by Sri Sadhu Om and Michael James
    • Sādhanai Sāram: An English translation of Sādhanai Sāram, the ‘Essence of Spiritual Practice’, which is a collection of several hundred Tamil verses composed by Sri Sadhu Om on the practice of ātma-vicāra (self-investigation) and ātma-samarpaṇa (self-surrender)
    • The Path of Sri Ramana: An English translation of Śrī Ramaṇa Vaṙi, a Tamil book written by Sri Sadhu Om, in which he explains in great depth and detail the philosophy and practice of the spiritual teachings of Sri Ramana
    • Happiness and the Art of Being: An in-depth introduction to the philosophy and practice of the spiritual teachings of Sri Ramana, written by Michael James
    • Articles: Articles by Michael James
    • Site Map: Detailed list of all the contents of this website
    • What's New: This page
    • About Michael James: Some information about Michael James
    • Contact Michael James: Information about contacting Michael James
    The most significant changes that were made were to the Nāṉ Yār? (Who am I?) page, on which I added the entire Tamil text of நான் யார்? (Nāṉ Yār?), or நானார்? (Nāṉ-ār) as it is more correctly known, and also revised both my translation and introduction.
        In addition to the changes made to all the HTML pages, six PDFs containing Spanish translations of various works were uploaded, and the relevant HTML pages were updated with links to them. Previously the only PDF copy of a Spanish translation available on this site was the translation of Happiness and the Art of Being, La Felicidad y el Arte de Ser: Introducción a la filosofía y la práctica de las enseñanzas espirituales de Bhagavan Sri Ramana, but now the following six Spanish PDFs are also available:

  15. 31st March 2012: The following changes and additions were made:

  16. 4th January 2012: On the Books page the contact details of Sri Arunachalaramana Book Trust were added to the section How to buy books by Sri Sadhu Om and Michael James, and on the Articles page a link to the recent article Manōnāśa – destruction of mind in my blog was added to the List of Articles.

  17. 25th January 2011: On the Articles page, links to the following four new articles in my blog were added to the List of Articles:

  18. 1st February 2010: The following changes and additions were made: The Site Map was updated to reflect all these changes, and on the Articles page, links to the following ten new articles in my blog were added to the List of Articles:

  19. 27th June 2009: The following four new PDFs and associated pages were added: The following pages were updated accordingly: A PDF copy of La Félicité et l'Art d'Etre – Chapitre 1, ‘Qu’est-ce que la Félicité?’ (a French translation of the first chapter of Happiness and the Art of Being), was also added, and the French translation section of the Happiness and the Art of Being page was updated accordingly. And on the Articles page, links to the following twenty new articles in my blog were added to the List of Articles:

  20. 1st December 2008: A revised version of La Félicité et l'Art d'Etre – Introduction, the French translation of the introduction to Happiness and the Art of Being, was added in place of the earlier version, and on the Articles page, links to the following new articles in my blog were added to the List of Articles:

  21. 13th November 2008: On the Happiness and the Art of Being page, the Spanish Translation section was updated with information about the printed book and a link to the webpage where it can be purchased (La Felicidad y el Arte de Ser – printed book), and a new section was added about the French Translation with a link to a PDF copy of the introduction (La Félicité et l'Art d'Etre – Introduction). The Site Map was also updated with links to the Spanish printed book and PDF and the French introduction. On the Articles page, links to the following new articles in my blog were added to the List of Articles:

  22. 3rd July 2008: A new section, How to buy books by Sri Sadhu Om and Michael James, was added to the Books page, and the relevant sections of the following pages were updated accordingly: Guru Vācaka Kōvai, The Path of Sri Ramana and Other books by Sri Sadhu Om and Michael James. Links to the following new articles in my blog were added to the List of Articles on the Articles page: The other significant change that I made today was to remove the 'Notify Me' form from the left-hand margin of each page. The main reason why I decided to do so was because in May my old PC died a natural death (and repairing it would have cost as much as a new PC), and I had much difficulty in recovering my data from it. I eventually managed to recover my email address book, in which I had stored the list of addresses of those who had requested me to notify them of additions and changes to this website, but to recover all the related emails would have consumed too much of my limited time. Therefore I decided not to continue this notification system. However, to make it easier for anyone to keep track of the additions and changes that I will be making to this website in future, in the left-hand margin I have added a note below the What's New link indicating the date on which it was last updated.

  23. 16th May 2008: The The original writings of Sri Ramana section in the List of Articles on the Articles page was updated with a link to the new article, Śrī Ramaṇōpadēśa Nūṉmālai – English translation by Sri Sadhu Om and Michael James.

  24. 14th May 2008: On the page Happiness and the Art of Being, the section about the Spanish translation was updated with information about the newly completed translation, which at the time of this update was available as a PDF on Pedro Rodea’s now defunct AtivarnAshram website, and which since 1st February 2010 has been available as a PDF here: La Felicidad y el Arte de Ser.

  25. 24th December 2007: A print-friendly PDF copy of my introduction to and translation of Nāṉ Yār? (Who am I?) and a similar print-friendly PDF copy of my introduction to and synopsis of The Path of Sri Ramana were both added.

  26. 5th December 2007: The page Happiness and the Art of Being was updated with information about the availability of this book on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de and other online book retailer sites. The page The Path of Sri Ramana was also updated with information about the availability of The Path of Sri Ramana - Part One on Amazon.com.

  27. 22nd November 2007: A new page introducing The Path of Sri Ramana by Sri Sadhu Om was added, together with a PDF copy of The Path of Sri Ramana – Part One, and several other pages were updated accordingly, including the Home Page, the Site Map, Books, Other Books, Nāṉ Yār? and About Michael James. In the Bibliography and on some other pages the titles of Sri Ramana's poems and other Tamil texts were added in Tamil script.

  28. 8th November 2007: The page Happiness and the Art of Being was updated with the addition of images of the front covers of both the Canadian publication and the Indian publication, and with information about the further progress of the Spanish translation.

  29. 1st November 2007: The Printed Versions section of the page Happiness and the Art of Being was updated to announce the release of the Canadian publication of this book, and to give details about the availability of both the Canadian and the Indian publications.

  30. 17th October 2007: The Printed Versions section of the page Happiness and the Art of Being was updated to announce the release of the Indian edition of this book and the expected release of the Canadian editon.

  31. 28th September 2007: A list of articles was added to the Articles page.

  32. 27th September 2007: The page Happiness and the Art of Being was expanded, and the announcement about the forthcoming printed edition of this book was updated to reflect its expected release in the third week of October 2007. The title of the home page was also changed from 'Happiness is Our Essential Being' to 'The Teachings of Sri Ramana'.

  33. 4th September 2007: A PDF copy of the English translation by Sri Sadhu Om and Michael James of Guru Vācaka Kōvai was added.

  34. 1st September 2007: An English translation of Nāṉ Yār? (Who am I?) was added, and the entire website was restructured. The Resources page was replaced by five new pages, Translations, Books, Articles, What's New and Bibliography, and its contents were divided among these new pages.

  35. 24th August 2007: A note about the Spanish Translation of Happiness and the Art of Being was added.

  36. 23rd August 2007: The third PDF edition of Happiness and the Art of Being was added.

  37. 26th July 2007: An announcement about the forthcoming printed edition of Happiness and the Art of Being was added.

  38. 20th March 2007: The second PDF edition of Happiness and the Art of Being was added.

  39. 26th December 2006: As an extention to this main website, I started a blog, Happiness of Being – Teachings of Sri Ramana, which is now a growing archive of articles that I have written from time to time about the philosophy, science and art of true self-knowledge as taught by Sri Ramana.

  40. 15th December 2006: This website was launched, and at that time its principal content was the first PDF edition of Happiness and the Art of Being.