For those of you who found Aghora-I interesting, and even those of you who didnt, I am reading Aghora-III The Law of Karma. Its an interesting story of Vimalananda with the background of horse-racing. Very interesting, both the horse-racing part and the karma philosophy thrown in, but i am beginning to think … heck this karma thing is too complicated, better NOT to know all about it. If even eating, breathing and blinking (and pissing) involves all sorts of karma then how can one live. Anyway, i am half-way through the book, so it must be in my karma to read it through, and then spend my whole life frightened at each step as to what repurcussions each bite and blink will have, and how many lives i will have to come back to repay those karmas, and in doing so how many more millions karmic debts i will incur! Phew!
You dont wanna read this kinda stuff if you wish to live bindaas.
Update: Sorry to have to take back my words. Aghora-I (at the left hand of God) was more like AOY on steroids! Aghora-III is really interesting and inspiring. The author goes into Ayurveda quite a bit, into astrology too. But what inspired me is learning about Anjaneya (aka Hanuman), who is an avatar of Shiva, no less, and is thus also called Maharudra. He is a devotee of Rama, thus devotion to Anjaneya pleases both Shiva and Rama (Vishnu). Devotion to Anjaneya can increase one’s bhakti, as well as the many other qualities that Anjaneya had in unlimited amounts. I quote:
Hanuman is the epitome of wisdom, brahmacharya, bhakti (devotion/faith), valour, righteousness and strength. He is symbolized in Hinduism for his unwavering dedication to righteousness, unstinting performance of entrusted duties, and unfailing talents in serving his chosen master. His indispensable role in reuniting Rama with Sita is likened by some to that of a teacher helping an individual soul realise the divine. While the uninitiated may find it odd to worship “a monkey”, to believers, the idea is to revere and worship him for the astounding attributes he represents — attributes that even most humans find impossible to practice.
There is no blessing that he cannot bestow — Sita granted him the power to bestow the eight siddhis and nine types of wealth on others. However, it is believed that these pale when compared to the greatest boon one can receive from Hanuman — the uplifting spiritual qualities that Hanuman himself is known for. It is also held that while Rama did what he believed to be dharma, Hanuman acts out of compassion.
He is easily reachable — just by chanting the name ‘Ram’. Conversely, it is also held that the easiest way to attain Lord Rama is to worship Hanuman — verse 33 of the Hanuman Chalisa begins, “Tumharae bhajan Ram ko paavae”, which means “by singing hymns about You, Rama is reached”.
I thus highly recommend Aghora-III especially to those with an interest in Bhakti. And yes, the mythological stories are spell-binding.