During the four years from 1935 to 1939 Munagla venkataramiah, a veteran devotee and the author of the work Paintakingly recorded the conversation that book place in the Old Hall between bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi and his devotees.
People from all faith and every walk of life came to sit at sir Bhagavan feet; whether ignorant or erudite, a simple peasant or royalty, they travelled from the far corners of the earth to place their doubts before him or just to sit his divine presence. His infinite compassion and unique insight ensured that none left his Ashram empty handed.
Their question covered every aspect of the spiritual search and every problem troubling the human mind; Maharshi answer gently led the questioner to the correct solution each question answered according to the questioners own level of spiritual development. All had their doubts dispelled their hearts suffuses with peach and their beings uplifted in his presence. This book is a truthful chronicle of such happenings.
Reflecting the warmth the humour and the deep spiritual atmosphere generated by the master presence this work is a treasure house for all who seek the highest truth. Sri Bhagavan's teaching self enquiry is the core of this work. However doctrinal questions from the various faiths, Hindu Christian, Buddhist, Theosophical, etc. have also been answered by the Maharashi. His explanations have revealed the common thread underlying all faith and the absolute unity of the spiritual quest irrespective of the diverse paths encountered on the journey to the highest Goal.