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The \u201cTalks\u201d, \ue000rst published in three volumes, is now issued a handy one-volume edition. There is no doubt that the present edition will be received by aspirants all over the world with the same veneration and regard that the earlier edition elicited from them. This is not a book to be lightly read and laid aside; it is bound to prove to be an unfailing guide to increasing numbers of pilgrims to the Light Everlasting.
We cannot be too grateful to Sri Munagala S. Venkataramiah (now Swami Ramanananda Saraswati) for the record that he kept of the \u201cTalks\u201d covering a period of four years from 1935 to 1939. Those devotees who had the good fortune of seeing Bhagavan Ramana will, on reading these \u201cTalks\u201d, become naturally reminiscent and recall with delight their own mental record of the words of the Master. Despite the fact that the great Sage of Arunachala taught for the most part through silence, he did instruct through speech also, and that too lucidly without baf\ue001ing and beclouding the minds of his listeners. One would wish that every word that he uttered had been preserved for posterity. But we have to be thankful for what little of the utterances has been put on record. These \u201cTalks\u201d will be found to throw light on the \u201cWritings\u201d of the Master; and probably it is best to study them along with the \u201cWritings\u201d, translations of which are available.
Sri Ramana\u2019s teachings were not given in general. In fact, the Sage had no use for \u201clectures\u201d or \u201cdiscourses\u201d. His words were primarily addressed to the particular aspirant who felt some dif\ue000culty in his spiritual path and sought to have it resolved. But, as the same dif\ue000culties arise in the quest after the Self and as the method of resolving them is the same, the Maharshi\u2019s replies to questions have the quality of universality.
It is not all that can ask the right questions or frame them properly. The \u201cTalks\u201d of the Guru, therefore, is not simply to answer to the point, as in an examination paper. He has often to get behind the words that constitute a question and correct the questioner even in
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