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Santvani: Hindi Spiritual Books that Illuminate Your Life


Q1. What are some must-read books by great saints and sages?


Saints and sages are considered great authorities in the path of spirituality. They are self-realized and are situated in their Swaroop. Therefore, it is very important to follow in their footsteps. There are many Vedic books recommended by the saints to read and absorb transcendental knowledge. Some of them are the Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, Ramayan, Sri Isopanishad, Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu, Chaitanya Charitamrita (Chatinaya Bhagavat). Ramayana and Bhagavad Gita are considered graduation syllabi, while the other books are meant for advanced devotees. It is very important, however, to understand spiritual subject matter under the guidance of a bona fide Sadhu.


Q2. What are some great books written by Indian monks and saints?


India is known for its rich spiritual culture and tradition so much so that people from the West visit the country to acquire transcendental knowledge. Many people take to the path of devotion with all seriousness and determination. Monks and saints, out of their compassion for the conditioned souls, take the opportunity to pen down their spiritual realizations in books. Some of the most important spiritual books written by them are: ‘अन्य ग्रहों की सुगम यात्रा- Easy Travel To Other Planets’ by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, ‘कृपाबिन्दु : Krpabindu’ by Gopal Krishna Goswami, ‘श्री चैतन्य महाप्रभु की शिक्षा: Teaching of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’ by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur.


Q3. Can you suggest me some spiritual Indian books?


There is a long list of Indian spiritual books that you may prefer to buy from the online store of Exotic India. ‘पूर्ण प्रश्न पूर्ण उत्तर: Prefect Questions Perfect Answers’ by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, ‘भगवन्नाम महिमा: Bhagwan Nama Mahima’ by Swami Parmananda Teerath, ‘अध्यात्म का प्रस्तावनात्मक विवेचन: Introduction To Spirituality (Primary Level Information on the Science of Spirituality)’ by Dr. Jayant Athavale and Dr. Kunda Jayant Athavale, ‘कुम्भ (अमृतमहोत्सव) - Kumbha Amrit Mahotsav’ by Lokanath Swami. These are some of the books that people have found to be great guidance in their spiritual journey.


Q4. What are Hindu saints called?


The Sanskrit term used for Hindu saints is “Sadhu”. A Sadhu is self-realized and knows the material world's nature very well. He is situated in transcendental knowledge and is free from material attachments. Instead, he always remains absorbed in the devotion of the Supreme Lord, the cause of all causes. The Vedic scriptures emphasize the importance of associating with a Sadhu because even a moment of this association can transform a person’s heart and begin his path of enlightenment.

Q5. Who is the greatest saint of India?


Although India has had many great saints and sages appear in its land of religion or Dharma. One such saint is Shri Madhvacharya who appeared in South India and was known for his extraordinary intellectual power and influence. He proposed the “Dvaita” (dualism) philosophy over the “Advaita” (non-dualism) aspect given by Shankaracharya. Madhvacharya defeated thousands and lakhs of Mayavadis in debates over these two aspects. According to him, Jiva (the living entity) and Ishvara (God) have their own individuality and Jiva always remains dependent on Ishvara.


Q6. Who was the first saint in Hinduism?


It is very difficult to tell who the first saint was but as far as the Bhakti movement is concerned, Shri Ramanujacharya was the earliest exponent. Ramanujacharya appeared in South India and developed the influence of the “Sri Vaishnava” tradition or Sampradaya. His major proposition was to propose the Vishishtadvaita Vedanta philosophy, according to which, the Jiva (soul) and Brahman (the Absolute Truth) have their individuality but the Jivas have the potential to merge into the Brahman after attaining liberation.