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Death of a Guru Mass Market Paperback – 1982

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  • 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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Last night I stayed up till 2:30 am. reading this book from cover to cover. I could not put it down.
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.
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VIN and poojapatel, the reviewers before me, are living in a imaginary world, which only they both seem to practice. All my life, I have never yet seen a hindu reading vedas daily and living a life without idols and respecting cows. Maybe they both are hindus from Mars and not from my country India (that I love).

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 ].
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I enjoyed this fast moving autobiography immensely . I must stress that this book is accurate. It is written by Rabi himself. I have talked with Mr. Maharaj on the phone and know people that have known him personally, this is his story and experience. Arvind-4@msn.com has commendable national pride in India and Hindu culture, Rabi's book is not about these topics. Perhaps Arvind would find to his surprise much more agreement than he would expect were he to meet with Rabi and discuss culture and national history. Rabi has told his own journey in life, sticking to the lessons that have been most important to him. A Living relationship with the Creator God and eternal life are not tied to one culture or people, but open to all cultures and all times. I encourage you to read this book as a spiritual individual, then take its message and fullfill it within your own journey and culture. Peace to you. T.J.
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This book tells it like it is. I spent 8 years practicing yoga under a guru. I've met and meditated with many a so-called "enlightened" spiritual teacher. I read this book during that time of my life and couldn't believe how accurately it described my experiences. I know from personal experience that what is told in this book is true. There is a great difference between what is taught about mysticism and the truth. (Mysticism = the teaching that one can attain union with God through spiritual contemplation and self surrender.) This book does a great job of exposing the underlying truth that most don't discover because they don't go looking for it.
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