THE RAZOR'S EDGE




Since time immemorial people have sought out Enlightenment and Spiritual
Awakening. Such was the case of a young American called Laurance Darrell
after personally witnessing a devastating wartime event. Seeking answers
to life and the infinite he traveled to India eventually studying with a highly venerated Maharshi. High in the mountains, he experienced Enlightenment.
British author W. Somerset Maugham chronicled his story in a book titled:

THE RAZOR'S EDGE.





EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SOMERSET MAUGHAM'S
NOVEL THE RAZOR'S EDGE. WHO LARRY DARRELL WAS IN REAL LIFE, WHAT
HAPPENED TO HIM, ETC.




  1. THE MENTOR: From William Somerset Maugham's The Razor's Edge
    Explores who Larry Darrell was in "real life" and what happened to him post-novel.

  2. GUY HAGUE
    Some people think Guy Hague was the real life role model for Larry Darrell. Find out.

  3. SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI
    Insights and background into the "holy man" Maugham used as a model for Larry Darrell's teacher.

    Additional gurus, teachers and spiritual guides influential in Darrell's life:

  4. ZEN ENLIGHTENMENT: The Path Unfolds
    Recounts meeting "Larry Darrell" in real life and the downstream results of that encounter.

  5. 20th CENTURY NOVELS: The Razor's Edge
    Maugham's novel was a runnaway bestseller. Some of the reasons why are explored.

  6. W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM: Travels In India
    Just when was Maugham in India and meet the Maharshi Sri Ramana?

  7. RELIGION AND CATHOLICISM IN THE RAZOR' EDGE
    Although eastern mysticism is the main focus in Maugham's novel, threads of other religions abide.

  8. RAZOR'S EDGE NOTES
    Quick overview of the novel's major characters and themes done in a list-type note style.

  9. MAXIM'S RESTAURANT, PARIS, AND THE RAZOR'S EDGE
    Maxim's was the backdrop to one of Isabel and Larry's major meetings.

  10. AS THE DAY BROKE IN ITS SPLENDOR
    Larry tells Maugham of his meeting with the Maharshi and eventual spiritual awakening.

  11. WILLIAM SOMERSET MAUGHAM
    Good biography. Lots of Maugham graphics, from early childhood to late adult.

    Two additional, concise biographies, each from a different perspective:

  12. KATHA UPANISHAD
    Maugham opens his novel and gets the title THE RAZOR'S EDGE from the Katha Upanisand. What is the Katha Upanishad?




DOING HARD TIME IN A ZEN MONASTERY


SRI RAMANA'S WESTERN DISCIPLES



Fundamentally, our experience as experienced is not different from the Zen master's. Where
we differ is that we place a fog, a particular kind of conceptual overlay onto that experience
and then make an emotional investment in that overlay, taking it to be "real" in and of itself.


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