Arthur Osborne (writer)

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Arthur Osborne (1906 – May 8, 1970) was an English writer on spirituality and mysticism, and an influential disciple and biographer of Ramana Maharshi. When one of Osborne's books, Ramana Maharshi and The Path of Self Knowledge, was first published in 1954, it contained a foreword from Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, at that time vice president of India.[1] From 1964, Osborne served as the founding editor of Mountain Path, a journal published by Ramanasramam, the ashram founded by the devotees of Ramana Maharshi. Osborne has also been a biographer of Shirdi Sai Baba, another saint-fakir, who lived a humble life in a masjid at Shirdi. During his life time Ramana Maharshi directed several disciples to go to Shirdi as Sai Baba was their guru. Prominent among them was B. V. Narasimha Swami[2] (1874-1956) who was also a biographer of Ramana Maharshi and spent a considerable time at Ramana Ashram at the lotus feet of Ramana Maharshi. At a later date, Osborne was also made to visit Shirdi. Thirty years after Osborne's death, his autobiography was discovered among his papers and published by Ramanasramam.[3]

Selected bibliography[edit]


  1. ^ Osborne, Arthur (1954). Ramana Maharshi and the path of self-knowledge. Foreword by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. London: Rider. 
  2. ^ Bhavani Venkatagiri Narasimha Iyer (August 21, 1874 - October 19, 1956) - His surname is sometimes spelled "Aiyer" rather than "Iyer."
  3. ^ Osborne (2001). My Life and Quest. ISBN 81-88225-20-7