Anandamurti: The Jamalpur Years

Anandamurti: The Jamalpur Years

by Devashish

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While Paramahansa Yogananda and Sai Baba may have been better known, Anandamurti was arguably the twentieth century's most interesting and controversial spiritual figure. Considered by some to be a social revolutionary with secret intentions of overthrowing the Indian government and by others to be a powerful Tantric with supernatural powers, Anandamurti kept himself scrupulously hidden from the public eye throughout his lifetime. His only interaction with the public was through Ananda Marga, the spiritual and service organization he founded in 1955, and its thousands of orange-robed monks who by the late 1960s had become so ubiquitous in Northern India that they began drawing daily mention in the press and literature of the time. While Ananda Marga gained great notoriety, Anandamurti remained a mysterious figure in India until his death in 1990.

Based on the oral histories of his disciples, colleagues, and family, Anandamurti: The Jamalpur Years unveils a remarkable portrait of this often misunderstood saint and social thinker. Rather than being an academic study of one man's life, Anandamurti is primarily a collection of mystical and devotional stories set in a biographical framework that provides the reader with a portal into the magical world of Indian mysticism, yoga, and Tantra.

It's fantastic. Such a magnificent fusion of the deepest spirituality with the most profound social concern ...
-- Andrew Harvey, author of The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014710817
Publisher: Innerworld Publications
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 422
File size: 985 KB

About the Author

Devashish holds an MFA in fiction from San Diego State University, as well as degrees in music and psychology. He is the author of six books and is currently at work on two more: a book of interviews with the yogic monk Acharya Ramananda recounting his experiences as the personal assistant of the Tantric master Shrii Shrii Anandamurti; and a spiritual novel set in San Franscisco in the mid-fifties during the height of the Beat Generation. He divides his time between his farm in Brazil and his farm in Puerto Rico, where he has a yoga center and a tropical-fruit plantation.

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