Guru: Ten Doors to Ancient Wisdom by HS Shivaprakash- Review

Title: Guru: Ten Doors To Ancient Wisdom

Author: H S Shivaprakash

Publication: Hachette India

Price: Rs. 399

Pages: 186

When a drop merges with an ocean, the ocean also merges with the drop. Read this sentence as many number of times as you can. Every time you read, you shall get a different thought surrounding vast realm of enlightenment. But what holds to the core of this sentence is the concept of master and disciple, what we also term as Guru-Shishya parampara or tradition.

H S Shivaprakash through this book has managed beautifully to submerge the thoughts of every reader into his or her inner self. To achieve this, he has opened up for us those 10 doors of wisdom, which we all at some point of time in our life have stood in front of but did not dare to open them. On the very first door, we are blessed with the company of Guru (Master) who then opens up and accompany us into the remaining nine for us.

When the Guru becomes part of us, he is not a person anymore but a principle. When the Guru ceases to be an individual, so does the disciple. This can happen when as a reader you enter the very first door or doors ahead to come. One thing is certain that unlike some reading material available previously, this book certainly stirs one’s soul deep within over various aspects of life.

Author addresses most of our basic yet important doubts and questions through this book. Like, where can we find the right Guru? Even if we find one, can we recognize him? According to the author, the answer to this is that, if and when disciple is ready, the Guru comes to him. Similarly, Shivaprakash in another chapter explains about Mantra its meaning. He writes, A Mantra is a sacred syllable or group of syllables which, if repeated, leads to the expansion of the mental powers of will, knowledge, and action.

Best part about this book full of wisdom pearls is its connectivity from first chapter to the last one. Once we have read and understood about Mantra, the author guides us towards next-door Devata. He writes, every Mantra is linked to a Devata, there is no Devata without Mantra. The relationship between Devata and Mantra is the same as name and form we everyday experience, one always goes with the other. Just, as one chapter goes with the other in this book.

Chapters like Kaya (Body), Prana (Breath), Mana (Mind) and Kama (Desire) puts a mirror in front of a reader. Who then can first understand and later evaluate oneself in these parameters. All throughout a reader is bound to experience some connection or the other to his or her inner self by simply unlocking the door in ones’ mind while reading this book.

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