The Present Book is actually supplementary to the previous boo, Saints and Sages of India. In this book Short life sketches and philosophy of saints of the present century have been given. These saints or spiritual Masters as they have been called are doing their work at different and higher levels to reform the erring humanity. Here and there one notices bands of men of all ages and countries waking up to new realities and dimensions.
G.R. Sholapurkar (Born 1917) had his University educational Allahabad. After post graduation, he joined railway service. In 1938 and retired in 1976 from a senior Class One position. He settled in Delhi there after. He had joined the Theosophical Society in 1945. Writtings of Madame Blavatsky, Dr. Annie Besant, Bishop lead beater, and krishnamurti, made a deep impression on him and moulded his thoughts. He took refuge at the feet of Sathya Sai Baba in 1972. His Passions in life are Astrology and devotion to Baba. His three books published to far are Foot prints at Shirdi and puttaparthi, Religious Rites and Festivals of India, and Saints and Sages of India.
World today is bedevilled with multitude of problems. Divinity
present in every human being has the potential to solve all these
problems. This' is possible when it is helped to come into full play.
With that spark of divinity aglow, these problems melt away altogether. But how is this transformation to come about?
Besides other factors, this change becomes possible by being
acquainted with the lives of the highly evolved souls. Knowing the
deeds of such persons has an elevating effect on the reader. He
experiences strange stirrings within the deep recesses of his heart
and yearns to their foot-steps. This yearning on being nourished
suitably leads to reformation of human personality.
Such a reformation besides bringing in a sea change in the life
of the individual, is also beneficial to the society as .a whole. This
helps in strengthening the desirable forces in the society, which sets
it on the course of betterment. Cherished values and ideals permeate
the lives of the individual, which in turn ensures upliftment of the
I whole society.
Biographical sketches of such personages in the ensuing pages
In this respect Will be very interesting. In these soul stirring and mind
gripping accounts the reader will find that in the course of divinity
becoming manifest through them, they had to countenance many
difficulties. They faced such odds with fortitude and in the process
divinity in them became more pronounced and apparent. It also
proved its invincibility.
This also has a lesson for the aspirant. Spiritual path is never
full of roses and, therefore, one should always be prepared to face
multifarious hazards. However, in the process as the new sign-posts
continue to appear to the novice, a feeling of contentment surges,
which impels him to brave all trials and tribulations with fortitude.
The reader will also notice that these souls were gifted with
qualities and powers not possessed by ordinary persons. This need
not dishearten him. They were their acquisitions resultant upon
their good deeds in previous lives. As every action has its reaction,
in the same way every 'karma' has its result. A good 'karma' or deed
bestows on the individual cherishable qualities and capabilities,
where as the bad ones force him to taste their bitter results. This
awareness brought about by going through such literature will impel
him to devote his whole life-time and capabilities to do good to
others. Thus the individuals around whom these life sketches have
been built work as guiding stars to the reader.
As such the book is a praise worthy effort on the part of the
author. The pains that he has undertaken to compile and write these
sketches are obvious. He has done his utmost for the betterment of
the society and the whole world, which should be the life objective of
every right thinking human being.
The title of this book should have been, 'SAINTS AND SAGES
OF lNDIA (Part II) as it is a companion volume to the book with the same title.
Some twenty saints and spiritual leaders of the country have been
included in this book. The list is by no means exhaustive. Many
saints highly evolved have not been included. Those whose life-
sketches have been given were persons highly evolved and were great
spiritual masters. They are all like coloured fountains leaping to
various heights in God's garden, showing the beauty and grandeur of
the Lord in pavomine colours. They shed beauty and light, drawing
their inspiration from the same divine source. Their methods were
different, but the approach was similar. The purpose was to draw
away the erring humanity from the labyrinthian-darkness and show
them the divine spark hidden within. The spark had only to be fanned
to turn it into a burning flame. The Theosophical Society while listing
its objectives, declares that man possesses latent powers and what is
latent can be made patent.
Some of these saints have been _credited with great occult
powers. The sceptic and incredulous may dismiss themas sleight of
hand, charlanry and clever tricks. It only shows a lack of under-
standing and appreciation. A full chapter has been devoted to this
fascinating subject in the author's book, FOOT-PRINTS AT SHIRDI
AND PUTTAPARTHI and readers may read the same. These
spiritual Masters by their austerities and 'sadhana' had acquired
mastery ever certain laws of nature and the so-callled miracles
transcended these laws. Modern science is coming closer and closer
to appreciation of such astounding facts.
In the present work it was not possible to give detailed life-
sketches and only a thumb-nail description has been given. Some of
the saints have lived to in credibly long ages. Another notable feature
observed in all cases was the cool reserve and sometimes aloofness
maintained by them. They all shunned publicity, but never hesitated
to come to the help of needy persons. The present century has been
'blessed by the presence of many saints in this country as well as
elsewhere. Some of them have drawn a large number of followers
from other countries like America, Europe and the Far East. Various
centres exist where regular meetings are held and the philosophy and
teachings of the masters are propagated.
It is hoped that the readers will profit by reading and following
the teachings of these spiritual Masters. They will receive help and
guidance from them from a higher plane of consciousness.
As in the case of many earlier works, in the case of the present
book also, the help received from Shri R.S.Bhandari was immense.
He has also penned a forward. I am also grateful to the publishers'
who have done their best in bringing out this book.
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