The Light of Wisdom: Life and Works of Swami Pranvananda Saraswati
Bakshi, G.D. (Brigadier)
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Book ID : 20151
ISBN-10 : 81-88934-98-4 / 8188934984
ISBN-13 : 978-81-88934-98-0 / 9788188934980
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Language : English
xii, 322p., 23 cm.
CONTENTS:- Preface. I. Of a sage and a shrine: 1. A new sage in the ancient shrine. 2. The test of loneliness. 3. The sage saves the shrine. 4. The sage of Soma - the ecology of ecstasy. 5. Ganeshpuri interlude. 6. Patne : the place of power. 7. Followers of the sage. II. Encounters with the sage: 8. The search for the sage. 9. The sage of synchronity. 10. The seventh day. 11. Initiation. 12. Encounters with ecstasy. 13. The night of the snake - facing the Hara. 14. The years of the golden oriole. 15. The Palki celebrations : the exoteric phase. III. The Saga of Sushanta: 16. The sage recollects - channeling the descent. 17. The legend of Sushanta. 18. The last of the Mohican's. 19. Dialogues with the sea. 20. Dialogues on the Ganga. IV. The peace that Passeth understanding: 21. Analysing the supermind : descent or ascent. 22. In the footsteps of the master. 23. The social dynamics and economics of Ashram life. 24. Entropy - the shadow of the Magus. 25. Empowerment - the establishment of Kaliamath. 26. The last supper. 27. Reflections on the life of the sage. 28. Epilogue - the relevance of renunciation.
This is the story of a remarkable being. Swami Pranvananda Saraswati was a sage with a difference. Born in a reputed Brahmin family of Bengal, he had become an engineer and was working in a major multinational company. He was the sole heir to a rich family fortune. At the young age of 27, he left it all to become a saffron robed sage. He practiced Yoga and meditation under the strict tutelage of the world renowned Swami Muktananda Paramhansa at Ganeshpuri. Then, with his teacher's blessings, he retired to a dense forest tract in the Ajanta-Ellora forests and practiced deep meditation for 12 long years. His forest Ashram was situated next to the ancient Devi temple shrine of the Patne Devi (which dates back to the 12 century AD). It was also the seat of Bhaskaracharya, the great mathematician. Swami Pranvananda Saraswati was a forest sage in the true tradition of the Atharvans, sages who had compiled the Atharva Veda. His meditation helped him to arouse the Kundalini and experience perennial ecstasy. His profound Sadhana gave us a remarkable Vedic perspective to the Kundalini phenomena. The Soma experience lyrically describes the ecstasy we encounter in Kundalini Sadhna the ecstasy that leads to a deep ecological understanding. Everything in this universe is conscious. There is no such thing as sentient or insentient. The cosmos per se, is a vast ocean of consciousness. To touch that ocean within is to experience great ecstasy and happiness. That ecological understanding was the central message of Swami Pranvanandas teachings. The plants give us peace. Peace deepens to bliss, bliss to euphoria and euphoria leads to that supreme ecstasy of Soma. That was the simple philosophy of Pranvananda. It stemmed from the depth of his own personal experience. He gave no sermons. He just lived the Vedic truths in his being. He was a being of boundless charisma. He was a great revivalist and exemplar. He was indeed a representative of the Vishnu consciousness of a civilisational revival.