Living in the Presence of the Infinite

by Thelma Rappold

An Interview

The infinite a sudden guest
Has never assumed to be,
But how can that stupendous come
Which never went away?

—Emily Dickinson

Thelma Rappold spent three years with Ramana Maharshi (1947-1950) at Sri Ramanasramam, in Tiruvannamalai, South India. At that time, the township of Tiruvannamalai was still a rural area, with none of the everyday amenities a Westerner would be used to. Remarkably, Thelma met her husband (also an American) in Tiruvannamalai during those years. This article is a transcript of the . . .


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