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27/04/2005

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I've read with interest your musings on God Without Religion by Sankara Saranam. I quite agree that you, in your own words, "ought to buy and read it". Then you will have a firmer knowledge base upon which to evaluate the book.

It is unlikely that Arun Ghandi, the grandson of Mahatma Ghandi would lend his name to a work which did not have considerable merit. In addition, many other highly respected names in the fields of science, spirituality and self growth e.g. Larry Dossey, Andrew Harvey, Thomas Moore etc. have given glowing reviews about this book.

Sankara Saranam has an extensive background in the field. He received his bachelor of arts degree in Religion from Columbia University, where he graduated magna cum laude, and his master’s degree in Eastern Texts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

An ascetic and mystic, Sankara was initiated in the advanced techniques of Kriya Yoga Pranayama as a monastic in the Self-Realization branch of the Swami Order founded by Paramahansa Yogananda. As you may be aware, Yogananda wrote the widely acclaimed Autobiography of a Yogi.

Although not a published author myself, I am university trained and a long time student of spiritual thought and practices. I fully embrace the universals that God Without Religion puts forth. I think that anyone on a path of spiritual inquiry would benefit from its knowledge. I think that the www.godwithoutreligion.com web site is very informative as well.


Sanyasi

Thanks for this Sanyasi, as you can see from my Blog - I am of the Christian faith so don't agree with everything on the website, but I do feel that there are things we can hear and learn from each other, after all as St Paul said, God is closer than we think! and sometimes religion places cultural hoops and obstacles in the way of spiritual quest and inquiry.

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