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.
- 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.
- THE RAZOR'S EDGE: True or False?
All important Footnote 
- THE MEETING: An Untold Story of Sri Ramana
- THE SAINT
Before he left for India did Somerset Maugham know about and intend to visit Sri Ramana Maharshi?
- LARRY DARRELL'S SPRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
How is it Darrell went from the death of his best friend to full Spiritual Enlightenment?
- THE ROAD UPHILL
The Razor's Edge was Maugham's third attempt at writing a book with the exact same plot --- even down to having characters with the same name.
- GUY HAGUE
Some people think Guy Hague was the real life role model for Larry Darrell. Find out.
- 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:
- ZEN ENLIGHTENMENT: The Path Unfolds
Recounts meeting "Larry Darrell" in real life and the downstream results of that encounter.
- 20th CENTURY NOVELS: The Razor's Edge
Maugham's novel was a runnaway bestseller. Some of the reasons why are explored.
- W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM: Travels In India
Just when was Maugham in India and meet the Maharshi Sri Ramana?
- RELIGION AND CATHOLICISM IN THE RAZOR' EDGE
Although eastern mysticism is the main focus in Maugham's novel, threads of other religions abide.
- RAZOR'S EDGE NOTES
Quick overview of the novel's major characters and themes done in a list-type note style.
- MAXIM'S RESTAURANT, PARIS, AND THE RAZOR'S EDGE
Maxim's was the backdrop to one of Isabel and Larry's major meetings.
- AS THE DAY BROKE IN ITS SPLENDOR
Larry tells Maugham of his meeting with the Maharshi and eventual spiritual awakening.
- WILLIAM SOMERSET MAUGHAM
Good biography. Lots of Maugham graphics, from early childhood to late adult.
Two additional, concise biographies, each from a different perspective:
- KATHA UPANISHAD
Maugham opens his novel and gets the title THE RAZOR'S EDGE from the Katha Upanisand. What is the Katha Upanishad?
The black and white graphic below, from the 1946 movie version of The Razor's Edge, shows Larry Darrell, the central character in the story, meeting with the holy man for the very first time. To see a YouTube video excerpt showing that meeting please click the graphic:
(please click image)
There is a free, full and complete online PDF version of The Razor's Edge book available at the link below as well as, for those who would rather not read the book but rather watch the movie (or do both), a full version of the black and white 1946 movie by clicking the graphic below the link:
THE RAZOR'S EDGE PDF
(for full length movie please click image)
THE ART COLLECTION OF W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
MAP AND HISTORY OF THE RAMANA ASHRAM
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.
EXPERIENCE IN THE
GETTING LETTERS AND EMAILS
THE WANDERLING: TAKING HIM WITH A GRAIN OF SALT