FB   
 
Powered bysps
        Society for Policy Studies
 
 

 
An Indian Muslim's Vedic romance
Posted:Jul 14, 2017
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 
By M.R. Narayan Swamy
 
Title: The Journey Continues: A Sequel to Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master; Author: Sri M; Publisher: Magenta Press: Pages: 194; Price: Rs 390
 
This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story with few parallels even in a spiritual hub like India.
 
The spiritual seeker, known only as Sri M, created ripples when his first book, "Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi's Autobiography", came out. It was an astounding work replete with tales of miracles and meetings with spiritual masters, bordering on the unbelievable.
 
This book is no different, including memories of Sri M's past life and his beyond-the-body experiences. Sri M, who calls himself a practising yogi and is a father of two, knows that some of his stories will raise eyebrows. "You may dismiss it as fiction or due to my unusually fertile imagination or just plain lies or conclude that I have finally gone bonkers... Good friends may finally conclude that I have gone mad and, in their kindness and concern, will try and persuade me to see a good psychiatrist." When you read the book, it is understandable why Sri M is defensive.
 
Sri M wears no grand robes, indeed often wears jeans and T-shirts, and travels around the world conducting retreats and giving talks on the Upanishads, yoga and Sufi teachings. His books have earned him a wide following.
 
Comparisons have been made of Sri M's books with Paramhansa Yogananda's path-breaking "Autobiography of a Yogi", a classic that has helped millions to embrace the spiritual path. However unbelievable Sri M's accounts - spirituality has plenty that one finds it difficult to accept at face value - those who liked his first book will love this one too.
 
 
 
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 

Disclaimer: South Asia Monitor does not accept responsibility for the views or ideology expressed in any article, signed or unsigned, which appears on its site. What it does accept is responsibility for giving it a chance to appear and enter the public discourse.
Comments (Total Comments 0) Post Comments Post Comment
Review
 
 
 
 
spotlight image India’s Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari visited Armenia recently to celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
 
read-more
The US has slammed Pakistan for failing to crackdown on terror groups operating from "safe havens" inside its territory, and said the Nawaz Sharif government did not take any action against the LeT and JeM, which continue to operate openly.
 
read-more
In dispatching its  PLA (Peoples Liberation Army)  marines to Djibuti in the Horn of Africa on Wednesday (July 12 ) by amphibious ships, from the southern port of Zhanjiang, China has taken a significant step in enhancing its  trans-border military footprint.
 
read-more
It is becoming increasingly obvious that China is experiencing a sort of superiority obsession, imagining it can dominate and conquer the world. Several Chinese acts in the recent past indicate such an attitude. Asian nations, which are now apprehensive about China’s aggressive postures, are unclear how matters will shape up.
 
read-more
Men of letters have outstanding world views, but sometimes their views on the situation in the Valley are coloured by lack of practical appreciation of the ground reality.
 
read-more
For many of us in India — and, indeed, in the rest of the world — the Chinese economic story has been seen for what it is: a country determined by its leadership’s sheer will to lift its people first out of paddy fields
 
read-more
IS retired Gen Raheel Sharif commanding a ghost army? Government representatives have insisted that so long as the terms of reference of the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism are not finalised, Pakistan’s participation cannot be determined.
 
read-more
  The U.S. administration’s decision to slap sanctions on 18 Iranian individuals and entities on Tuesday, only a day after it certified to Congress that Tehran was compliant with the conditions of the nuclear deal, sums up its strategic resolve in taking on the Islamic Republic and the tactical dilemma it faces while doi
 
read-more
S.T. Lee Distinguished Lecture of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore on "India, ASEAN and Changing Geopolitics”
 
read-more
Column-image

Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
Column-image

This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...

 
Column-image

History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.

 
Column-image

Humans have long had a fear of malignant supernatural beings but there may be times when even the latter cannot compare with the sheer evil and destructiveness mortals may be capable of. But then seeking to enable the end of the world due to it...

 
Column-image

Title: Reporting Pakistan; Author: Meena Menon; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House; Pages: 340; Price: Rs 599

 
Subscribe to our newsletter
Archive