Book Title: Guruji: Life and Spiritualism
Author: Dr. Chhabilendra Roul
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Number of Pages: 352
Date Published: Mar. 05, 2023
Price: INR 387
“Guruji: Life and Spiritualism” is a book by Dr. Chhabilendra Roul, a former Secretary to the Government of India and an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). The book delves into the teachings and life of Nirmal Singh Maharaj, also known as Guruji, a Mahapurush and a spiritual leader. Guruji was born in Dugri, a small town in Punjab, and he became a spiritual leader with a large following through constant meditation and his strong principles.
The book covers Guruji’s miracles and interactions with non-believers, who later became his most trusted disciples. It also explores the divinity of Guruji and the reasons behind it, and how it helped others within the congregation. Some chapters provide insight into Guruji’s spiritual principles and practices, which readers can incorporate into their daily lives to achieve inner peace and fulfillment.
As one of Guruji’s closest followers, Dr. Roul presents some of Guruji’s most private thoughts and ideas in the book. He emphasizes the significance of prayer, love, and listening to Shabads, Sachi Banis, and Gurbani from the Guru Granth Sahib. The book also highlights the importance of understanding God resides within oneself and serving others. By cultivating true devotion, seeking the company of the highest truth, and considering the idol as conscious and aware, one can achieve peace and fulfillment in life, according to Guruji’s teachings.
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Guruji’s sayings point to the Advaita monism of the Vedanta, which is the essence of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. The ultimate goal is to realize and constantly communicate with the Param Brahman through oneself. Guruji believed God resides in everybody, and the individual is atman – the liberation or mukti of the atman from illusion. This freedom is called Jivamukti, the realization that God is within you. Get your copy now.
The book review was first published in Storizen Magazine April 2023 Issue.