The forms of
Gods are books of profound spiritual wisdom. Knowledge derived from
enquiry after Truth from various angles are condensed in them. In fact,
the great seers embodied their wisdom into these forms. There prevail
some misconceptions about the divine forms largely because of an inadequate
understanding of the spiritual vision of the Rishi-s, who explored into
the riddle of life. The series 'Alphabet of Reality' is a search for
such knowledge involved in the Divine Forms.
In this series we have published two books 1. Sri Ganesha 2. Sun-god
The journal 'Yuva Bharati' in a review writes about these books:
"The author has dealt with the significance
behind these divine forms from the scientific, historical and Upaasana
points of view....Parents and teachers will find these books extremely
useful in explaining to the youth the scientific basis of worship of
Brahman in various forms."
Know the profound
facts and let others know them.
As the fragrant petals of knowledge unfold themselves, the book takes
the reader to a world of profound insight which is at once scientific
and spiritual. The significance of the unique form of Sri Ganesha and
the legends are explained through a lucid presentation integrating the
spiritual insights and the rational perspective. The book powerfully
and logically exposes the irrationality of the 'Freudian interpretation'
of the Ganesha concept by Prof. Paul Courtright, Emory University, USA,
and by promoting the right concepts counters such deceptive efforts
to denigrate a profound culture of universal value.
Review by Dr.Ved Chaudhary, President, HICAD, USA
I enjoyed reading the book, Sri Ganesha by Srikant, published by Integral
Books, Kerala. This book is the first in a series of books the author
intends to publish on the Significance of Divine Forms. I looked at
the book from the viewpoint of Hindu parents in US who face the challenge
of teaching their children about their faith. School and college textbooks
and reference material routinely feed misinformation about Hinduism.
For these parents, Integral Books has undertaken a very much needed
and timely endeavor indeed.
The concise 144 page book on Sri Ganesa explains in a comprehensive
but logical, and rational way, the hidden meanings and concepts behind
the birth and the form of Sri Ganesha. It's an admirable treatise full
of vast amount of pertinent information extracted from various Hindu
scriptures and faithfully translated and explained with subtle nuances.
Apropos, this information is presented in the larger context of theory,
philosophy, and universal tenets of Hinduism, so it all makes a complete
sense together - or as the young people would say, it all hangs together.
Hindu parents need such books that explain the hidden meanings and concepts
behind the forms of Hindu deities. Many parents only know simple Puranic
stories about the birth and form of deities (for example, the elephant
head of Ganesha) but they are themselves not knowledgeable about the
deeper meanings behind the Puranic stories. Children who look for a
rational explanation get turned off by the Puranic stories without the
accompanying deeper meaning. Thus they are ripe for accepting any perverse
theories presented by evangelical missionaries cloaked as teachers,
professors or authors, the likes of Paul Courtright, Professor of Religion
at Emory, a Methodist Christian university, who wrote profanities about
Ganesha, Shiva and Parvati in his infamous and now thoroughly discredited
book "Ganesha --The God of Obstacles". Such evangelical missionaries
use their academic freedom to create repulsion in the minds of their
students about Hinduism.
I look forward to see more books on the Significance of Divine Forms
in the series of Integral Books as an anti-dote to such misinformation.
Please order the book and bring it to the attention of others to clear
the misconceptions being created by the vested interests and to know
the profound facts of this unique Divine Form.
'Integral Books' is a non-commercial publishing mission to reveal the
rationale of the various facets of the life-enriching Hindu heritage
In India: Rs: 100 (Postage extra. Can be ordered by VPP. For five copies
and more 20% discount.)
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