After Papaji had read the account of his early life that David Godman had writtenfor the Papaji Interviews book, he invited him to Lucknow to be his official biographer. Papaji gave David full access to all his papers, answered many of his detailed questions, and encouraged all his devotees to contribute stories to the project. Papaji read and checked all the chapters, and most of them were read out by him during the daily satsangs that were taking place in Lucknow. This 1,200-page three-volume account is unlikely ever to be challenged as the definitive account of Papaji’s extraordinary life.
This first volume begins with his life in Rishikesh and his adventures in the Himalayas in the late 60's and 70's. It moves on to describe the events of his first two foreign tours and concludes with an illuminating record of teachings dialogues that took place in India in the mid-1970's.