American Mystic: Memoirs of a Happy Man by Arunachala Ramana

American Mystic – Memoirs of a Happy Man is a mix of American social history and the spiritual journey told by A. Ramana, a larger-than-life Texan, as he looked back over his lifetime.

Ramana was a big man in every way, a beautiful man, and a true mystic. His story is gripping, frankly told, providing a fascinating glimpse into American culture and history beginning in the Great Depression and ending in the new millennium. It is a colorful story of the search for happiness through both the pursuit of the American Dream and of spiritual inquiry.

Spiritual biographies have the power to help people connect with their own quest to find out who they are – which is, after all, the raison d’être of the spiritual search – and, Ramana’s story is particularly worth knowing in that regard. His struggles, adventures and inner search, culminated in his having a homecoming, an Awakening with a capital A. How many people can actually say that they have “found happiness?” Ramana did – and in these memoirs, he shares his journey and his thoughts about how this can happen for all of us.

Arunachala Ramana was the founder of AHAM and here in his memoirs he tells us about his life journey to awakening, his vision of AHAM, along with many keys to Self-Inquiry.

If you have a passion for Self-Inquiry and this inner work, American Mystic: Memoirs of a Happy Man will bring many insights. Ramana was both an inquirer into truth and an adventurer. His story is a fascinating glimpse of a man following the American Dream, the pursuit of Happiness, yet at the same time it is the inner journey that flows like an undercurrent throughout his story.

Ramana’s life, as extraordinary as it was, is also a mirror of our own journey and this book may be a friend and welcomed companion along our own path.


A. Ramana – “The Truth About Enlightenment”

In his direct, compassionate, unwavering style, A. Ramana guides attention back prior to the distractions, chatter, and habitual thought patterns of the restless mind.

The included AHAM Daily Message readings were from the book “Guru Ramana Vachana Mala” by “Who” on the teachings of Ramana Maharshi.


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