I can still hear Vimalananda, the man who became my mentor, underscoring for me the need to be able both to remember and to forget. To remember with gratitude the good done to me, and forget the slights I am shown. To reinforce by remembering them the noble sentiments that uplift my humanity, and to weaken by forgetting them my personal human debilities, born of selfishness and insecurity. Jean Valjean carried the memory of that single incident with him for the rest of his life; it changed him permanently.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Aghora by Robert E. Written almost entirely in Vimalananda's own words, it presents events from his life, tenets of his philosophy, and highlights from his spiritual practices.
Designed partly to shock and partly to comfort, but wholly as an offering to his Beloved, Aghora is as clear a picture as possible of a man who w Aghora: At the Left Hand of God is the first book in the Aghora trilogy. Designed partly to shock and partly to comfort, but wholly as an offering to his Beloved, Aghora is as clear a picture as possible of a man who was a riddle wrapped up in an enigma.
Vimalananda insisted that this book be published only after his demise, that he might be spared pursuit by those whose curiosity might be inflamed by some of the sensational events described within. He believed in devoting his all to the pursuit of the direct perception of Reality, and advised others to be similarly dedicated to attaining personal experience of God.
To readers he offered this warning: "Don't take anything I say as gospel truth. I am human, I make mistakes. Test on yourselves what I've told you. Try it out, experience it, and then you will know whether or not I'm telling you the truth. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published June 1st by C W Daniel first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Aghora , please sign up. Is there any writing about Sree Prabhakarasiddha Yogi? Shrikanya I believe you will find more accounts in Malayalam than in English.
It will be worthwhile to check for the regional bookstores. Narasimhan Yes, Each part is better that the other i. See 2 questions about Aghora…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details.
More filters. Sort order. Aug 15, Leeanna rated it it was amazing. Robert Svoboda does a great job telling the story of his guru, while imparting invaluable knowledge. Dec 25, Ashish Iyer rated it really liked it Shelves: read , information , hinduism , favorites , spirituality , non-fiction.
Oh man! This book was something. I got some answers which i was looking for. Need to delve more into it. Now i need to be more conscious. Highly recommended. Read this book with open mind and be mature when you read this book. View 1 comment. Nov 30, Randi Hope rated it it was amazing. If you are even a little 'witchy' this book will become your bible.
It's mine. Jan 22, Felicia rated it really liked it. I wish I'd read it years back when I had been suggested the book. Brilliant book!
It is just so much more than knowledge on the Aghora cult. It is words of wisdom. By the time I reached to the end of the book, I knew of so many things we do wrong today. It also makes you realise that your karma is going to tie you to rnabandhana forever, and there's only a lucky few who'd be able to break those ties.
Will move on to Book II soon. I'm sure it will be another sort of eye opener to a foolish mortal I wish I'd read it years back when I had been suggested the book. I'm sure it will be another sort of eye opener to a foolish mortal like myself. Jul 09, Riju Ganguly rated it did not like it. Trying to understand a spiritual concept by reading a book, is an exercise in futility, since all that we read therein are 3rd party accounts, hearsay, claims, and sundry tall tales.
Expectedly, I was in for a crashing disappointment. Let me clarify. Firstly, this book is a compilati Trying to understand a spiritual concept by reading a book, is an exercise in futility, since all that we read therein are 3rd party accounts, hearsay, claims, and sundry tall tales.
Firstly, this book is a compilation of stuff narrated or recounted by Aghori Vimalananda. Secondly, since this book was written primarily for Western readers, it is obsessively preoccupied with sex, and contains numerous errors in its depiction of various mythological stories, presented as anecdotes.
You would be pleasantly terrified, I assure you. View all 6 comments. Aug 08, Bramha Raju rated it it was amazing. Five stars for the content. I don't know what made me pick this book at TVM airport.
Whatever force it was, reading this book has given me an entire new insight on another dimension of spirituality. It is not for the faint hearted nor for the strict conservative. Cant wait to get my hands on Part II. View 2 comments. Jul 06, vandita rated it it was ok. Abandoned midway through the chapter on sex.
If I wanted to hear some guy go on about what an edgelord he is and why all women should mother men and so forth I would go to 4chan. Oct 17, Sonali Ekka rated it did not like it. This book first caught my attention at Higginbotham's, Bangalore. The title, the cover illustrations and the brief snippets caught while skimming got me curious about Aghoris, one of the most interesting but lesser known groups in India.
Robert Svoboda has written this book as a collection of narrations by Aghori Vimalananda, as well as his own commentaries from his time spent with Vimalananda. While the book has been neatly arranged in a sequence to gradually cover the various concepts of Aghor This book first caught my attention at Higginbotham's, Bangalore.
While the book has been neatly arranged in a sequence to gradually cover the various concepts of Aghori principles, they cannot be read as a serious introduction to the Aghori way. I found this book disappointing because of the immature tone it uses in its language. It seems from the very beginning, that this book has been written mostly to glamorize the Aghori path of life, among the westerners read americans , and it tries to sell itself by appeasing to one's vulgar fetish for cannibalism, necrophilia and gore and no, I am not disappointed by the book because I find these disgusting.
I find the book disappointing despite loving these gory stuff. I was also put off by the immature tone this book uses, the language is too casual and makes the writer sound like a wannabe, the tone is too condescending the typical India is great and Americans don't know anything, India is the land of spirituality and Indians know great sex while Americans are brainlessly doing it; Jesus is also a part of Hinduism etc.
I don't doubt the difficulty and strong determination required to become a true Aghori. I also believe that this way of life has its reasons and principles which are old enough, and have reasons enough to convince its followers to take up the rigid, difficult, scary and isolated life.
And maybe it gives them a satisfaction and something else in return. But a book which claims to give an insight about this small but old sect doesn't do any justice to its greatness by being so immature, inaccurate, insufficient and condescending.
Aghora: At the Left Hand of God
Designed partly to shock and partly to comfort, but wholly as an offering to his Beloved, Aghora is a picture of a man who was a riddle wrapped up in an enigma. Kundalini, the root from which all spiritual experiences sprout, has remained secret for so long because it cannot be explained, only experienced. This book recounts how Vimalananda introduced Dr. Svoboda to Kundalini, and took him step by step through the practices used to awaken Her.
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