About the Book
The great poet saint Thyagaraja sang, “There
are so many mahatmas, great souls. To all of them, my salutations!”
It is in this noble tradition of salutation to
the great ones that Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani writes about the heroic souls of
East and West.
Rev. Dada perceives this as the very essence of
a mahatma, that he or she transcends all narrow bounds of class and creed,
beholding the One in all. They are imbued with the idea of sharing their rich
spiritual treasures with the vast multitudes of people whose lives they touch.
Their love is universal, unconditional. They seek and find the truth of life
through deep and sustained spiritual quest, only to utilise it in the service
of all mankind. For them, enlightenment is not an exclusive personal experience
to be withheld from lesser mortals, but a God- given special insight that must
be translated into words and deeds that can better the lives of the multitudes.
In this, the fifth volume in Rev. Dada's series
on the lives of the saints, Rev. Dada gives us brief and beautiful pen pictures
of twenty saints from many faiths, races and ages. Bahubali and Loyola, Guru
Har Rai and Guru Har Gobind, Thiruvalluvar and Madhvacharya, Aandaal and
Nagarjuna, Chishti and Chokha Mela, had this in common: they left this world a
better place for us to live in; they made better human beings of us.
They were, indeed, as Rev. Dada calls them, Comrades
of God. Make them your comrades too, on the journey of life!
Sri Samarth Ramdas
Sri Swami Raghavendra
Guru Har Gobind
Guru Har Rai
Sri Narayana Guru
Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti
Sri Sant Surdas
Swami Srila Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada
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