Q1. What are some must-read books by great
saints and sages?
Saints and sages
are considered great authorities in the path of spirituality. They are
self-realized and are situated in their Swaroop. Therefore, it is very
important to follow in their footsteps. There are many Vedic books recommended
by the saints to read and absorb transcendental knowledge. Some of them are the
Bhagavad Gita, Srimad
Sri Isopanishad, Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu, Chaitanya Charitamrita (Chatinaya
Bhagavat). Ramayana and Bhagavad Gita are considered graduation syllabi, while
the other books are meant for advanced devotees. It is very important, however,
to understand spiritual subject matter under the guidance of a bona fide Sadhu.
Q2. What are some great books written by
Indian monks and saints?
India is known for its rich spiritual culture and tradition
so much so that people from the West visit the country to acquire
transcendental knowledge. Many people take to the path of devotion with all
seriousness and determination. Monks and saints, out of their compassion for
the conditioned souls, take the opportunity to pen down their spiritual
realizations in books. Some of the most important spiritual books written by
them are: ‘अन्य ग्रहों की सुगम यात्रा- Easy Travel To Other Planets’ by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila
Prabhupada, ‘कृपाबिन्दु : Krpabindu’ by Gopal Krishna Goswami, ‘श्री चैतन्य महाप्रभु की शिक्षा: Teaching of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’ by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur.
Q3. Can you suggest me some spiritual Indian
There is a long list of Indian spiritual books that you may
prefer to buy from the online store of Exotic India. ‘पूर्ण प्रश्न पूर्ण उत्तर: Prefect Questions Perfect Answers’ by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila
Prabhupada, ‘भगवन्नाम महिमा: Bhagwan Nama Mahima’ by Swami Parmananda Teerath, ‘अध्यात्म का प्रस्तावनात्मक
विवेचन: Introduction To Spirituality (Primary Level Information on the
Science of Spirituality)’ by Dr. Jayant Athavale and Dr. Kunda Jayant Athavale,
‘कुम्भ (अमृतमहोत्सव) - Kumbha Amrit Mahotsav’ by Lokanath Swami. These are some
of the books that people have found to be great guidance in their spiritual
Q4. What are Hindu saints called?
term used for Hindu saints is “Sadhu”. A Sadhu is self-realized and knows the
material world's nature very well. He is situated in transcendental knowledge
and is free from material attachments. Instead, he always remains absorbed in
the devotion of the Supreme Lord, the cause of all causes. The Vedic scriptures
emphasize the importance of associating with a Sadhu because even a moment of
this association can transform a person’s heart and begin his path of
Q5. Who is the greatest saint
Although India has had many great saints and sages
appear in its land of religion or Dharma. One such saint is Shri Madhvacharya
who appeared in South India and was known for his extraordinary intellectual
power and influence. He proposed the “Dvaita” (dualism) philosophy over the
“Advaita” (non-dualism) aspect given by Shankaracharya. Madhvacharya defeated
thousands and lakhs of Mayavadis in debates over these two aspects. According
to him, Jiva (the living entity) and Ishvara (God) have their own individuality
and Jiva always remains dependent on Ishvara.
was the first saint in Hinduism?
It is very difficult to tell who the first saint was
but as far as the Bhakti movement is concerned, Shri Ramanujacharya was the
earliest exponent. Ramanujacharya appeared in South India and developed the
influence of the “Sri Vaishnava” tradition or Sampradaya. His major proposition
was to propose the Vishishtadvaita Vedanta philosophy, according to which, the
Jiva (soul) and Brahman (the Absolute Truth) have their individuality but the
Jivas have the potential to merge into the Brahman after attaining liberation.
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