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If you are a travel mendicant with a flair on asceticism than you have picked the right book. Is this book about the recluse lifestyle and ethnographic lives of Hindu renouncer in India? Not exactly, but it covers a wide spectrum of solitary sages take on life. I found this book while fishing for ascetic Sadhvi (Women Hermit) but introduced to various Aghori (Post-Mortem Ritualist), Saiva Sadhus (Lord Shiva followers) and the ten Dasnami Akhar family (Community). As per its historical rendering the explanations on Kumbh Mela (pilgrimage) and the metaphorical topics invoke interest to explore the elixir of mortality. I cannot validate American Historian Wendy Doniger inputs on Hindu philosophy, but Hausner brought a subject which not many have attempted. The following statement is profound with hammering insights – “It is critically important to find the right kind of instruction and to surround ourselves with the right kind of people, in the right place and time”. Now, I am waiting for my turn to experience the immortal scion of the eternal soul.

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Living with the Himalayan Masters by Swami Rama

I have come across this book on several occasions in the book shop’s but my interest was laid aside at that time. And here am trying to brood over missing such a rare commodity earlier. This runs as an upliftment memoir of an ascetic code of conduct, existence and its pursuance. From microcosmic to the macro level of spirituality is explained in the layman language. I find Swami Rama’s point of views pensively accompanied by his true quest for wisdom. 🙏

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This is about a sage who lived for 160 years in Kolkata, India and spent most of his life in various Himalayan caves. The arduous process of Hatha yoga practices imparted by his guru Bagawan shows how much training a disciple endures. It is exhilarating to visualise the sumeru mountain descriptions and miraculous healing of a person’s illness. The following statement from the book is intriguing and hope it stirs the same effects for others. “The Gita is not a reading material to be read as a matter of routine. You must become the Gita. That is the entire purpose of the Gita”.

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I am not sure if I am eligible to extract the details explained by Swami Atmapriyananda on this book. But will try to present simple to what’s on it. This book is about the process of renunciation and ascetic manifesto of leading the life. In order to comprehend, it has taken 7 Upanishads such as “Bhiksukopanishad”, “Avadhuta Upanishad”, “Jabala Upanishad”, “Turiyatita Avadhuta Upanishad”, “Katha Rudra Upanishad”, “Kundika Upanishad”, “Parabrahma Upanishad”. Each contains inspiring passages revealing the proponents of asceticism and attainment of Supreme Consciousness (Isavara). It is evidently conceptual and covers topics ranging from ritualism, ceremonials, duality to sensuality. As a prerequisite having a prior knowledge of Vedanta philosophy can be helpful. Then if you ask what will be the takeaway from it, rather investing hours in researching the right Upanishads wisdom, here exists on a single book which can be easily accessible. This statement is mellowing to my ears “Wavering mental waves arising due to thought or reflection, This is the summum bonum of all spiritual realization”. Now, I am under tranquility and hope to normalize as soon as possible. Taste it to experience this beautiful nectar.

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