This is a painstaking historical research which explains why India survived its turbulent history of one thousand years’ of invasion.
The most difficult astrological portraits are that of saints. One cannot escape with glib and unconvincing explanation. No great spiritual figure ever tell any events of his life in a chronological order from some excellent reasons. He does not live in the past, which is totally dead to him. He does not speak of the struggles of his flesh, ego, want, failures and obstacles during his days of intense sadhanna. Then he does not also speak of the periods of his bliss and spiritual achievements. One has to sit long with him for many days for something to drop out of his conversation from which some events of his life can be traced without getting the right years. Yet clearest spirtual combinations become visible.
The author in this book as in others (Ups and Downs in Career, Astrology, Destiny and the Wheel of Time, Yogis,Destiny and the Wheel of Time) has kept his story-telling method alive while giving the astrological portraits of many Great Personalities like Shankaracharya, Ramanujacharya, Swami Vivekananda, Swami Yogananda etc. He has discussed these portraits against a much vaster historical, political and social landscape, without which neither astrological analysis can ever have depths nor astrologers who mistake fortune telling for astrology, will feel impelled to educate themselves more and more to understand the subtleties of Jyotisha.
Chapters include: Acharyas ( Shankaracharya, Vallabhacharya and Ramanujacharya). The inspiration that was a Bliss -- Moorkanandji. Adulterated Nationalism. Guru Golwalkar, the Yogic Spirit Radiates. Swami Vivekananda, the Spiritual Nationalist. Swami Yogananda in the USA. And many more interesting and informative Chapters.
Contents: Acharyas (Shankra, Ramanuja and Vallabha), Swami Moorkhanandji, Avdhoot Bhagwan Ram, Adulterated Nationalism, Dr. Hedgewar (Founder of RSS), Guru Golwalkar, Swami Vivekananda, Swami Yogananda in the US