- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (1982)
- ISBN-10: 0340223464
- ISBN-13: 978-0340223468
- ASIN: B004CPFOHS
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,190,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Death of a Guru Mass Market Paperback – 1982
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Rabi Maharaj's autobiography is tender and poignant, yet reads like a thriller. Rabi was born into a wealthy brahmin family in Trinidad. His father was a great yogi who never said a word to anyone, not even to his wife, during his penance for 8 years. Upon his untimely death, his young son resolves to become just like him - an Ascended Master. Rabi soon loses his mother to meditation in the temples of India - another traumatic happening.
The flavour of life as an Indian boy growing up in the Carribean comes across well. The major portion of the book details Rabi's intensely focused journey as Brahmacharya to attain Mukti (Self-realisation, union with Brahman). Some of the occult details he experienced, I have also read of by other yogis. The more deeply he meditates and travels into Hinduism, the more dissatisfied he becomes. His gods Shiva and Kali seem to be threatening and unloving. After years of struggling with his thoughts, he realises that he is not Brahman - he cannot be the Creator of the Universe. As a brahmin, he despises the lower castes, especially Christians who eat the cow (a god) and do not lead good lives.
Then two life-threatening incidents happen; a snake attacks him and in danger of his life, Rabi calls on the name of Jesus; the snake flees. Some time later his appendix ruptures and he collapses; Rabi again calls upon Jesus for help. His life is saved.
After a lot of struggle, he goes to a hated christian meeting where he asks Jesus to come into his life and become his God. He meets the real Creator of the Universe who loves him so much, that He sent His Son to die for him on the cross.Read more ›
Poojapatel has asked for hindu scriptures. The problem with that is that Hindus do NOT read scriptures like Christians read the bible. It is unfortunate as some even do not know the names of the books in hinduism.
These verses are from the basavanna vacana, one of the scriptures sacred to the dravidian lingayat sect of the shaivite Hindu religion.
Should I revere the shastras as great ?
It extols karma !
Shall I hail the veda as great ?
It preaches animal-sacrifice !
Should I consider shruti great ?
It screams without sense !
No Lord, You are nowhere within them !
-- [ Basavanna Vacana.208 in Ling, p.110 ].
Yet, I will try to answer 3 of VIN'S points using Hindu scriptures as per poojapatel's requirement.
Point 1: As per VIN, "Hindu's worship only One God - Brahman. Brahman is the only God and all the rest are just representations" : This is utterly false. If all other Gods are representations, why do they have to fight with each other? One of the strongest theological arguments against Shiva and Vishnu being both representation of god of the same religion is that these 2 beings fought each other. The Shaivites assert that Shiva killed Vishnu, while the Vaishnavites assert that Vishnu crushed Shiva! - Here are the Scriptures > "Shiva's demon Virabhadra beheaded Vishnu. Vishnu's head was then blown into the fire" [ Linga Purana cited in Wil.p.59.n8 ].Read more ›
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Completely unfair depiction of the depth and breadth of Hinduism. I am not an Indian or a Hindu but I have read enough of the Hindu scriptures to know that Rabi Maharaj does not... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Madalo
next write a book about death of a christ..! don't waste your money buying this book..Published 4 months ago by H kay
I met Rabi Maharaj years ago shortly after this book came out, when he came to speak at our church. The book is well written and gives a great defense of the Christian gospel, as... Read morePublished 4 months ago by strider97116
One of my favorite books. First read it in the early 80's. I have been able to identify with this book because of some of my negative experiences with yoga. Read morePublished 8 months ago by EM from Utah
I love this true, inspirational story of this man's life, and I give these books away as fast as I can get them. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jeanne Reid