Aghori : A Biographical Novel| A Book Review
Product Details –
- Pages: 288
- Genre: Biographies and Autobiographies
- Publisher: Shiv Om Sai Prakashan; 1st edition (2017)
- ISBN – 13: 978-8191092769
My Rating: 4/5 (A must read for mythological lovers)
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
“We live in an outer world, but rather prompted from our own within. Involved in all the delusionary activities, the journey of a physical being is only from birth to death. But getting away from this cycle of birth and death i.e. from Ghor to Aghor is the spiritual journey of every being.”
Revolving around this idea, the authors portray a beautiful yet startling journey of Baba Matsyendragiri with no revelation of any spiritual practices. Baba Matsyendragiri, formerly known as Ramnath, dedicated his life in Aghor. He left his home at a very young age to become a good sadhu, as his father told him. During his journey, he visited many places in India and met many Gurus, followed their teachings and through guidance, he moves step by step towards attaining the self. With breathtaking experiences and miracles, he realized that the path of Aghor focuses a lot on Shakti or the divine feminine; all the revelations of the supreme and the powers that unfold itself in him took place only with the help of Shakti. He also realized that a majority of people don’t know the actual meaning of an Aghori, who they are and what they can do! So, unlike other Aghoris, who keep their identity hidden, Baba Matsyendragiri chose to reveal himself partially to give a clear vision of Aghor and Aghoris.
What I like the most is that the author took us along the journey with him, all his experiences, physical, mental and emotional, were brilliantly explained. I get to learn a lot about Hinduism, spirituality and lots of places in India like Haridwar, Varanasi, Assam. If you have been to all these places before, you wouldn’t have experienced it in the same way it has been described in the book. There were a lot more about different vidhyas, gods and goddesses, verses of sacred scriptures and some rituals of Hinduism.
The book focuses on the experiences he had, the realizations, the misunderstandings of a human being, rather call it ignorance of the self and the gurus he met. It feels like you are on a journey with him. It teaches me and inspired me a lot for my spiritual journey in this life. The meaning of a true Aghori is beautifully twisted in words, you have to understand it.
The book is in tune with the context, though there are some typographical errors in the few chapters and English could be better. Overall, the book is amazing. The topic is well-chosen and I don’t know any other book that reveals the journey of an Aghori in such a detailed manner. If Hinduism and mythology interest you or if you ever want to know who sadhus actually are, then this book is for you.
‘Shakti is Shiv and Shiv is Shakti; All is One and One is All.’