Introduction on Blueprints for Awakening

The Project

Watch the Interview with the film maker Premananda about the Blueprints for Awakening Project.

Indian Masters - Blueprints for Awakening - BOOK

Indian Masters - Blueprints for Awakening is a search for a deeper understanding of the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, the great Indian Saint.

Indian Masters - Blueprints for Awakening is sixteen interviews with Indian Masters, conducted by the British spiritual teacher, Premananda.

This project consists of this Video Website, a book, the film of the book with film portraits of each Master, and Meeting the Master, a series of sixteen films, each one focusing on a different Master

The companion films and the Video Website present the Masters on film, adding the extra vital dimension of their energetic presence.

Indian Masters - Blueprints for Awakening is available as a book in English and German and can be purchased from bookshops or our webshop. A trailer of the film is included on the interactive DVD which accompanies the book.


Blueprints for Awakening - Wisdom of the Masters

Blueprints for Awakening - Wisdom of the Masters is the DVD film of the book. It presents all sixteen Masters and sets out important aspects of the teachings presented in the book through the interviews and additional film material.

Blueprints for Awakening - Interview Downloads

Blueprints for Awakening - Meeting the Master is a series of sixteen films, showing each Master's complete interview as well as material filmed during subsequent visits. These films create a unique archive for those wishing to taste the Indian spiritual tradition through the grace of these Masters.

Video Website

Two hundred short videos of the Masters' answers to the twelve questions, providing a taste of their wisdom and grace.


Indian Masters - Blueprints for Awakening is for everyone who has an inner passion to know who they are and what they are doing here as a human being. It is for all who ask the question ‘Who am I?’ and for those who are looking for guidance on the teaching of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi to ‘be as you are’. It covers the main issues that arise on a spiritual seeker’s journey to awakening to their essential nature, to Truth. It delves into the fascinating depths of the Indian spiritual tradition, and, in that sense, it follows in the footsteps of the famous book by Paul Brunton, A Search in Secret India.

Twelve questions have been asked of sixteen Indian Masters who have crossed my path in the last five years. I did not approach them as a seeker, but rather as a teacher wishing to clarify my own understanding and to offer a platform for each Master to give his or her blueprint to be put out into the world. The questions are referenced to Sri Ramana Maharshi’s teachings, even though the intention is for each Master to express his or her own teaching blueprint. Naturally, there is no actual blueprint as each person’s spiritual journey is unique.

The idea for this book, and particularly the films, came to me in 1993, while living in Lucknow, North India, in the sangha (spiritual community) of my Master, Papaji. One day I received an inner message or vision telling me to go and catch the great Indian Masters on film before they were lost to the world. I was deeply touched, but had no idea how to carry out such a task.

Ten years later, during a stay in Tiruvannamalai, south India, I made a series of interviews with David Godman, the well-known editor of Sri Ramana Maharshi’s teachings published as Be As You Are, and author of other important books on Indian gurus. The interviews were about the life, teachings and devotees of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. During our dialogues, David insisted that Ramana’s greatness came from the fact that his mind had been destroyed (manonasha), and that he spoke from the Self, like a wireless. While being sympathetic to this notion I had doubts about whether it was possible to be alive and have a destroyed mind.

With this issue as a basic question, I met with sixteen Masters, several of them already well-known in the world, Hans Raj Maharaj, Ramesh Balsekar and Swami Dayananda Saraswati. Others are hardly known, Sri Brahmam and Ma Souris. Others, like Ganesan and Radha Ma, would be surprised to hear themselves referred to as Masters. Several run large ashrams, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Swami Satchidananda and Swami Suddhananda. Thuli Baba and Sri Nannagaru choose to be available mainly for Indian seekers. Since the interviews, Ajja, Kiran, D.B. Gangolli and Ma Souris have left their bodies. It is lovely that there are three women, Ma Souris, Radha Ma and Swamini Pramananda.

Many of the Masters come from the ancient tradition of Vedanta, a metaphysical Indian philosophy derived from the Upanishads, and from Advaita Vedanta, a non-dual school of Vedanta philosophy, whose chief spokesman was Adi Shankara, teaching the Oneness of God, soul and the universe. The exceptions are Kiran and Samdarshi, whose Master was Osho; Swami Satchidananda, who served both Papa Ramdas and Mother Krishnabai; and Ramesh Balsekar, who was with Nisargadatta Maharaj but also had a strong connection with Sri Ramana Maharshi.

This archive is a valuable resource of deep spiritual wisdom and I am pleased that I have been able to manifest the original vision that came to me fifteen years ago. It was a timely call to action as four of the Masters have since left their bodies. This archive directly concerns Indian Masters, but, as Maharaj says, spirituality is One. With this understanding, I have sought out Western Masters and will publish their wisdom in a second volume in 2009. This is the ancient wisdom of humanity passed down through generations of Masters and their disciples.

Premananda 2008