The three of us who translated
Padamalai (T. V. Venkatasubramanian,
Robert Butler and myself) have spent the last three years working on a new
translation of Guru Vachaka Kovai,
Muruganar's collection of Ramana Maharshi's teachings that he recorded in Tamil
during the last twenty-five years of Bhagavan's life. We hope that it will be in
print in a few months' time.
Bhagavan showed a great interest in this work and made extensive revisions
to it. In this article, which will appear in the October 2007 edition of
The Mountain Path, I have discussed the
origin of the work and given many instances of how Bhagavan's editing and
revisions changed the meaning of some of the verses.
This article is a much abbreviated version of the introduction that I wrote
for our new edition of Guru Vachaka Kovai.
All the verses that appear in it have been taken from our new translation.