Rishis, Mystics and Heroes of India

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This book contains a compilation of short biographies of the great stream of teachers and mystics of India from ancient times to the early modern era.

Among them are Panini, who systematized the rules of grammar for the Sanskrit language; Sushruta, a renowned Ayurvedic physician who performed the first ever cataract surgery; and, Bhaskara, who made important contributions to the fledgling field of calculus centuries before Newton. These individuals, along with many others through ancient Indian history, have historic accomplishments and incredible stories that have remained largely untold.

No longer. In Rishis, Mystics, and Heroes of India, Sadhu Mukundcharandas spotlights the fascinating life stories and achievements of forty-four of ancient India's greatest rishis (sages), scientists, mystics and heroes. Among them, he includes the sages Veda Vyas, the author of many thousands of verses of Hindu sacred texts, and Charak, the famed Ayurvedic physician. Not only does Sadhu Mukundcharandas introduce us to ancient India's great mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers, but he also takes us inside the lives of some of India's greatest mystics. We meet Narsinh Mehta, whose divine vision has produced thousands of poetic verses still sung today; Surdas, a blind poet who wrote beautiful verses describing the play of the Lord; and Kabir, whose harmonious blend of Hinduism and Islam resonates in his every verse.

Each five to ten page profile is beautifully illustrated and masterfully researched, with the author referencing over 115 scholarly books and journals and 27 Hindu scriptures to provide the reader with the most detailed and authentic portrait possible. Overall, Rishis, Mystics, and Heroes of India is an excellent introduction to an accomplished and sublime set of characters.

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Sadhu Mukundcharanadas grew up in the United Kingdom, where he studied pharmacy before ultimately deciding to dedicate his life to spiritual pursuits. A Hindu monk for the last thirty years, he has seen Hinduism through the eyes of a Westerner, embraced it wholeheartedly as a practitioner, and studied it rigorously as a scholar. Indeed, he was a star student at the Swaminarayan School of Philosophy in Gujarat, India. One of his greatest passions is sharing his learning: he has authored eight books on Hinduism.

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