‘If there be a goal to be reached it cannot be permanent. The goal must already be there. We seek to reach the goal with the ego but the goal exists before the ego. What is in the goal is even prior to our birth…‘ Ramana Maharshi, Talk 146
Alan Jacobs has made a lifelong study of mysticism and is a regularly published author and poet. He is also President of the Ramana Maharshi Foundation, UK. In this beautifully made short film by French director, Jean-Raphael Dedieu, Alan reads from Ramana’s Talk 146.
Stylishly shot on Hampstead Heath, London, near Alan’s home, the film contains black and white still photographs of Bhagavan at the Sri Ramanasramam.
There is also a commentary written by the British novelist, Somerset Maugham, who visited Bhagavan in 1938 and recorded the account in his essay entitled ‘The Saint.’ More details of Maugham’s visit and related content, including excerpts from this essay can be found at David Godman’s website on a page titled Somerset Maugham and The Razor’s Edge.