The book attempts to unravel the nature of ‘Shirdi Path’ laid down by Shirdi Sai, in the context of messages of Veda – Vedanta – Bhagavad Gita as well as the mystical teachings of Sufism, Sikhism and Bhakti movements. The life and teachings of the Sadguru Sai have been presented or referred to, along with the ‘Shirdi Path’ which He professed as one of devotional love with firm faith, patience and perseverance (Shradhha and Saburi) as well as compassionate service. Complete surrender to one’s Sadguru who plays a macro and micro role in the cosmic scheme of things and in the life and death of the devotee is the core of the Shirdi Path. Happiness comes in one’s life, as one develops equanimity and equipoise. Mysticism of the Shirdi path is shown as the melting pot and happy combination of all known mystical paths. This book can serve as a useful document and guide for devotees, researchers and students of comparative religion, metaphysics and spiritualism.
Amulya Ratna Nanda was born in Tigiria village in Cuttack district of Odisha State (India), did his postgraduate studies in Political Science in Allahabad University, and in Population in Cardiff (UK), and worked as a member of Indian Administrative Service during 1965-2002, both in the Government of Odisha and Government of India. Among the prominent positions he held are Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India, Chairman, India Investment Centre and Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Ministry. He also worked as ED, Chairman or Board Member in a number of non-government, civil society organizations for a few years. 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 over last 20 years. Some of his earlier books are The Eternal Sai Phenomenon (2011), The Eternal Sai Consciousness (2015), Bureaucrazy: The Razor’s Edge (2016), and The Mystic Saint of Shirdi (2017). He lives New Delhi (Sarvodaya Enclave).