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Updated: September 20, 2012 19:22 IST

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Imaya Guruvin Idhaya Seedan - Oru Yogivin Suya Saridham by Sri M. Magenta Press & Publications Pvt. Ltd, Price : Rs295/-
Imaya Guruvin Idhaya Seedan - Oru Yogivin Suya Saridham by Sri M. Magenta Press & Publications Pvt. Ltd, Price : Rs295/-

Two years ago, Sri M was asked to write his biography. The Tamil version, ‘Imaya Guruvin Idhya Seedan’ by Dr. Umesh Chander Paul is a neat translation. The book is a fascinating account of Sri M’s experiences from the time he goes to the Himalayas and settles down in Peepal Grove School in Madanapalle, covering a wide range of issues, experiences, incidents, encounters with his Masters and meeting the Kanchi Seer, Yogi Ramsurat Kumar, J. Krishnamurthy, the monks of Ramakrishna Math and others.

He comes across a Thenkasi Siddhar in the presence of his guru Sri Babaji. The Siddhar turns to him and says ‘I am aware that you know Tamil.’ He advises him to read Tirumanthiram of Tirumoolar and explains the link between Siddhars, Nath Panth, Kashmiri Saivism and Sri Guru Babaji. While he talks about Ramakrishna Paramahamsa or Ramana Maharishi, he gives the background of their spiritual lives with anecdotes.

For those who love books on spiritual journeys of gurus, this is an interesting account of a young man of 19, who visits the Himalayas with the money given to him for payment of exam fees. He finds his Guru in the mountains, whom he met at nine in the backyard of his house, under the jackfruit tree. His visits to Kedarnath, Badrinath and other temples, marvelling at the sadhus make an interesting reading. He visits Divine Life Society, learns yoga, attends classes on the Upanishads and explores various ashrams and caves around Rishikesh, meeting enlightened men.

When ultimately he meets with his master, Sri M lives with him for over three and a half years. From his initiation into the Nath tradition, the awakening of the Kundalinis, his arduous journey to Toling Math in Tibet and meeting the grand master Sri Guru, who prepares him for his life’s mission, the 500- page book is absorbing. From 1998, after his guru’s demise he started off with his Satsang Foundation.

Sri M is married to Sunanda whom he met at Krishnamurthy Foundation and has two children.

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