“He couldn’t see what family he would be born into, but Ramana knew his new purpose: to show these dreaming humans, whom he loved so much, how to wake up”
I kept the book down, closed my eyes for a minute as I drowned back into my arm chair and drifted into a ... well ... what some people may call eternal trance. The 250 plus pages that I just digested presented themselves dreamily in front of my eyes, like a reel of life’s most beautiful movie – life itself.
Being born and raised as a typical Indian child, I was, as were my millions of other brothers & sister here were, always made a part of a typical Indian fairy tale – the one where you had houses close to each other and surrounded by farms & mountains & of course – forests! Forests – filled with deepest fearful creatures a child was never supposed to imagine. But well, like every other story, we had our own deity right in the middle of our village, resting peacefully on a marble bed in a temple, a deity who enjoyed all the pampering (in multiples of those which I received when I was sick) and goodies and the dedicated soundtracks ... sigh!
What I want to tell you is that – in a broader sense, we were taught that we were always protected, covered by HIM, and it was HE, who made sure we would always take the right turns in life, fulfil our wishes & keep us together till the end. As I grew older, I went more into the details of our epics – Mahabharata, being my favourite – a masterpiece which actually motivated me to think beyond life and death. It gave me the inspiration to look at everyone as a superhero – a part of a very huge story, a hero who had a mission allotted to him by ... well ... HIM. And then, things began getting more materialistic as I left back those days salivating over the tempting globalisation that changed India for ever. And now, I sit back in my iHome in the electronic arm chair, because my back has been ruined altogether riding my bike continuously to and fro from my million rupee office.
But thanks to this book, I feel more awakened – in terms of life. This book will not blabber about the Hindu spiritual superpowers or its morals – they are used as a mere example. What this book promises you is the ever-wanting answers we all were confused about – before and after our life and death. It shows you, with ample evidences, how you grow & keep growing eternally – voluntarily. Yes, you are and will always remain the decision maker. It takes you through a fascinating (yet much more acceptable) journey through the various stages of (spiritual) development and the outcome. It compares the various religions & shows how, irrespective of the endless drifts, still, are sailing in the same vessel. It, I assure you, guides you to rise a bit higher from where you are, so that you can see the stunning panoramic view of the brilliant masterpiece of which you were a part ... always.
The book also tells us of the differences between the life strategies adopted (& sacrificed) by city mortals like us and the sadhus (sages), who have elevated to much higher levels of consciousness – people who can travel previous & future lives in seconds. The best part is that – you can do it too, and take it from me, you won’t really have to sell your house & dart off to Himalayas. Its much much beyond that.
So if you are one of those who have that ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking attitude – this must be your next read. Because, as the author says, only then can you ‘know yourself as wholeness once and for all