Books

Author: Sri M

SHUNYA: a NOVEL

He appears out of nowhere in a sleepy little neighbourhood in suburban Kerala. He calls himself Shunya, the zero. Who is he? A lunatic? A dark magician? A fraud? Or an avadhuta, an enlightened soul?

This first novel by Sri M is a meditation on the void which collapses the wall between reality and make-believe, the limited and the infinite. With its spare storytelling and profound wisdom, it leads us into the realm of ‘shunya’, the nothingness of profound and lasting peace, the beginning and end of all things.

 

Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master

(A Yogi's Autobiography)

The author Sri ‘M’ is an extraordinary individual. His uniqueness lies not only in the fact that at the young age of 19 and a half, he travelled to snow clad Himalayas from Kerala, and there he met and lived for several years with a ‘real-time’ yogi, Babaji, but also that he should undertake such an unusual and adventurous exploration, given his non-Hindu birth and antecedents.

 

The Journey Continues:

A sequel to Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master

Sri M was born in Trivandrum, Kerala. At the age of nineteen and a half, attracted by a strange and irresistible urge to go to the Himalayas, he left home. At the Vyasa Cave, beyond the Himalayan shrine of Badrinath, he met his Master and lived with him for three and a half years, wandering freely, the length and breadth of the snow clad Himalayan region. What he learnt from his Master Maheshwarnath Babaji, transformed his consciousness totally.

 

Wisdom of the Rishis:

The Three Upanishads: Ishavasya, Kena & Mandukya

The Upanishads do not concern themselves with mere theories. They raise direct questions regarding the source of thought, the essence of our being and are as relevant today as they were 2000 years ago.

The Isavasya proclaims the all-pervasiveness of this totality of consciousness which is here called Isha, the Lord, and urges one to let go the narrow and self-centered identity we are caught up in and rejoice in the flow of the infinite wholeness of Life.

 

The Upanishads: Katha - Prashna - Mundaka

Katha
Kathopanishad comes from the Yajurveda. It is the story of Nachiketas, son of Vajashravas, discussing the important question of Death and immortality with Yama the Lord of Death. Kathopanishad is one of the ten principal Upanishads.

Prashna
As the name indicates, it is an Upanishad that questions everything including the concept of the Guru and Disciple.

Mundaka
The Mundaka Upanishad too is one of the principal Upanishads and derives its name from the shaven head of the renunciant. The central theme of the Upanishad is the Brahman, the Supreme Truth and the only Reality, and how to understand it. 

 

Jewel in the Lotus:

Deeper Aspects of Hinduism

What is Hinduism? What forms its essence and what are its teachings? How does one best practice its various cultural externals?

With its vast, ancient literature and deep metaphysics, at the core of which lie the Vedanta Sutras of Vyasa, the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads known together as prasthana traya, Hinduism strives to explore truth and the true nature of reality. Yet the questions remain; how does one practice Hinduism today under the neon glare of modernity? And is there any contradiction in the practice of Hinduism and our roles in modern life?

 

The Little Guide To Greater Glory And A Happier Life

The author Sri ‘M’ is an extraordinary individual. His uniqueness lies not only in the fact that at the young age of 19 and a half, he travelled to snow clad Himalayas from Kerala, and there he met and lived for several years with a ‘real-time’ yogi, Babaji, but also that he should undertake such an unusual and adventurous exploration, given his non-Hindu birth and antecedents.