How shall we place him? A humanist? An emerging poet? Lover of Nature? Word-artist? Seeker of Truth? These questions naturally arise as we read this collection of the author's writings during the last two decades. Actually he is all of them and more. Whether the reflections presented her are narrative, meditative or contemplative as he classifies them - there is one striking note that runs through all, and that is his passion for Love which is another face of Truth. No experience of life and evidently he has had many leaves him bitter. Even death reveals to him another side of life.
The themes he handles are varied. The way he expresses himself makes us wonder what is the strength of his appeal. Beauty of style? Power of thought? No. it is the authenticity of his experience, psychological and spiritual. That touches the reader and makes him as humble as the writer himself. Whether he speaks of the Guru 'who leaves no of footprints' or of prayer with the language of 'tears in the eyes' rather than of 'words upon the lips' or of the trap of solitude, we are in the presence of an ardent seeker. The thinker in him loves precision of expression: Truth, he says, is beyond method. Astrology is indicative, not determinative.
Epigrams abound. Read a few of them:
"A mind that revolts against what it perceives may bring about a revolution: a mind that revolts against its own lack of perception brings about evolution."
"I have heard your speech in the silence of my heart; I have felt the caressing touch of your tender fingers in tears trickling down the cheeks."
All may not be cultured enough, evolved enough, to follow the author in each of his contemplations. But every one is certain to benefit in the culture of his soul by reading this book. Let us turn to the pages forthwith and refresh ourselves in the Stream of Saraswathi, Impeller to happy truths (Rig Veda 1.3), in whom the writer has found his great Refuge.
About the Author:
Born 1924. Schooling at Rishi Valley (founded by J. Krishnamurti). Graduated from Madras University. Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University, U.S.A. With his father, B. V. Reddy. Founded Nutrine Confectionery Company in Chittoor. Andhra Pradesh. As its M.D., steered it to make it the largest unit in that industry in the country and "Nutrine" a household name. He has now relinquished all the family estates. And has made his home at Ramanashram, Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, seeking spiritual fulfilment."Haven't you switched to a dull and eventless life?"
"Have I?" he counters. "Managing oneself totally till the mind obey, demands more energy and attention than managing several industries. This is the beginning of intensity."
Has delivered a series of talks on philosophic themes in Bangalore, Madras, Bombay and Hyderabad.
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