The book attempts to unravel the nature of mysticism in the life and teachings of Shirdi Sai in the context of various types of mysticism seen or experienced in religions and Spiritual Masters since the Vedic times. The logic and relevance of Mysticism through ages have been analysed starting from the Vedic rites to the messages of the Upanishads, Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam-Sufism, Sikkhism, Bhakti movements and other religions or spiritual paths.This book can serve as a useful document for devotees, researches and students of comparative religions, metaphysics and spiritualism.
Amulya Ratna Nanda was born in Tigiria village in Odisha State (India),did his graduate and postgraduate studies in History, Economics, Political Science and Population in Ravenshaw College,Cuttack,Allahabad University and Cardiff (U.K.) and worked as a member of Indian Administrative Service from 1965 to 2002, both in the Government of Odisha and the Central Government of India. His inner search for peace and spirituality drew him to Shirdi Sai Baba since the 1990s, and he has been writing on Sai Baba's life, teachings and philosophy as well as themes of spiritualism for the last fifteen years. He writes regularly in the journal, Heritage of Shirdi Sai.