Nominated | Book Awards 2019 | English Non-fiction
'Spiritual freedom is to be found in the world, not away from it...'
Why do I need a guru? Why should I meditate? What is the use of mantras? Why does the breath matter in spiritual practice? What is the significance of sexuality on the spiritual path? What do I do with the restless mind?
Such questions, vital to the understanding of the self and the world, are examined in Guru: Ten Doors to Ancient Wisdom.
Using the metaphor of doors, the reader is invited to enter different ‘chambers', each one presenting the opportunity to explore experience the spiritual truths contained therein. The reader also learns how these spiritual concepts are, finally, only tools to take the practitioner to the ultimate goal: union with the Divine.
Whether you want to begin your spiritual practice or simply understand the core concepts of Indian spirituality, this illuminating work by renowned playwright and spiritual guide, H.S. Shivaprakash, is sure to light up your path.
Born in Bangalore in 1954, poet and playwright H.S. Shivaprakash is considered one of the most influential voices in Kannada literature. A recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, he has also received the highest awards in Karnataka for literature and drama. His literary works have been translated into most Indian languages, as well as into English, Spanish, German, French and Italian. A scholar on the Indian bhakti traditions, he is also the author of Everyday Yogi and I Keep Vigil of Rudra.
Professor Shivaprakash teaches theatre studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is also Honorary Fellow at the School of Letters, University of Iowa, USA.