Author: Madan Mohan VarmaEditor(s): Sudhakar DikshitPublisher: Chetana PublicationsYear: 1983Language: EnglishPages: 174ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
A Saint’s call to mankind is not one of those usual calls that have been made by saints and sages over the centuries through their philosophical dissertations and discourses.This book is indeed not so much a call as an invitation. For it invites the reader to a higher life, while leading his normal worldly existence. It is a practical guide for the seeker who has lost his way in the vast maze of do’s and don’ts which forms the basis of most spiritual teaching. It is a sort of route-map showing the path by which the author himself traveled to reach the supreme destination. And having arrived, he invites all seekers to take to this path.A saint’s call to mankind elucidates difficult philosophical concepts in simple lucid language. Here are a few examples:Viveka is not a matter of practice; it is the fruit of all practices. Vairagya means the raising of the value of the enjoyer above the transitory objects of enjoyment. Pravritti is like a river whose flow takes one to the ocean of the world. Niruritti takes one to the source of the river and raises him above the world of appearances. There is a distinction between karma and kriya. What is not done but takes place is kriya; what is done with a motive (good or bad) is karma. The pith of action is love. Action devoid of love is barren. Self-purification is an essential pre-requisite of self-realisation. Self-realisation is never partial; what is partial is not self-realization. We suffer more by the desire for things than by a lack of things themselves.
AUTHOR’S PREFACEEDITOR’S INTRODUCTIONYou are not the BodyDesire is BondageStill Mind is the Free MindRise above CircumstancesPure Service Dissolves the EgoLove Generates HappinessSelf-perfection and Self-realisationMake Life Itself a SadhanaNothing is Yours, reallyUniverse is One and IndivisibleLiving in the PresentVirtue and ViceGod, the Supreme GiverSelf-surrenderSparks of WisdomLights on SadhanaMook Satsang: Silent communionSome Questions Answered GLOSSARY