Shunya: A Novel
He appears out of nowhere in a sleepy little neighbourhood in suburban Kerala. He calls himself Shunya, the zero. Who is he? A lunatic? A dark magician? A fraud? Or an avadhuta, an enlightened soul?
Saami—as they call him—settles into a small cottage in the backyard of the local toddy shop. Here he spins parables, blesses, curses, drinks endless glasses of black tea and lives in total freedom. On rare occasions, he plays soul-stirring melodies on his old, bamboo-reed flute.
Then, just as mysteriously as he arrived, Shunya vanishes, setting the path for a new avadhuta, a new era.
This first novel by Sri M is a meditation on the void which collapses the wall between reality and make-believe, the limited and the infinite. With its spare storytelling and profound wisdom, it leads us into the realm of ‘shunya’, the nothingness of profound and lasting peace, the beginning and end of all things
Yatra Nirantar: by Sri M (Author), Rekha Udayan (Translator)
A Sequel to Himalayani Mahayogina Sharane - Language - Gujarati
Nirantar Safar - by Sri M (Author), Manoj Ambikey (Translator)
A Sequel to Himalyavasi Guruchya Yogi Shishyache Atmakahta - Language - Marathi
The Journey continues - by Sri M
A book with mind blowing information that defies the essence of modern science, which is struggling to pinpoint the abode of consciousness and the mystic world of Mind. The fascinating experiences of the Living Yogi is a rich tribute and undeniable testimony to the unfathomable power, ability and expanse of the “Brain-Mind Complex” that can reform the bridge of Neuroscience, Quantum Physics and Spirituality. After three decades of surgical exploration of the Crown Jewel I remain unnerved as a mere priest in the Temple of Brain.
Dr Venkataramana N K, Neurosurgeon
Founder - Bangalore Regenerative
Advanced Institute of Neurosciences (BRAINS)
The Upanishads - by Sri M
Kathopanishad comes from the Yajurveda. It is the story of Nachiketas, son of Vajashravas, discussing the important question of Death and immortality with Yama the Lord of Death. This ancient story, mentioned in various other scriptures, is discussed in the Kathopanishad in detail. Kathopanishad is one of the ten principal Upanishads.
As the name indicates, it is an Upanishad that questions everything, including the concept of the Guru and Disciple. A great rishi proclaims to his students that of they abide with him for sometime, at the end of that period he would teach them the Truth if he himself has understood it. Adi Shankara has written an excellent commentary on Prashna which is again one of the principal Upanishads.
The Mundaka Upanishad too is one of the principal Upanishads and derives its name from the shaven head of the renunciant. Therefore the central theme of the Upanishad is the Brahman, the Supreme Truth and the only Reality, and how to understand it. Paraa vidya or the science of Reality is discussed in contrast to Aparaa vidya, knowledge of the illusory, material world. The path to the Truth is described to be akin to walking on the razor's edge.
Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi's Autobiography by Sri M
The author Sri ‘M’ is an extraordinary individual. His uniqueness lies not only in the fact that at the young age of 19 and a half, he travelled to snow clad Himalayas from Kerala, and there he met and lived for several years with a ‘real-time’ yogi, Babaji, but also that he should undertake such an unusual and adventurous exploration, given his non-Hindu birth and antecedents.
The metamorphosis of Mumtaz Ali Khan into Sri ‘M’, a yogi with profound knowledge of the Upanishads and deep personal insights, born of first hand experiences with higher levels of consciousness is indeed a fascinating story.
The bonus for those interested in the secrets of yoga, meditation and sankhyan metaphysics is that Sri ‘M’ is still living and easily reachable. He leads a normal life, married with two children, wears no special robes and conducts himself without pomp or paraphernalia.
Someone who met him recently said, “I expected a flashy godman and instead I saw a jean clad gentleman with a smile of his face, ready to discuss my problems. In five minutes flat, I said to myself, this is no ordinary man. The peace and tranquility that enters your system is tangible”.
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Kailash Yatra - Satsang with Sri M
Kailash Yatra - A Journey with Sri M
A travelogue by Dr. Nayana Kashyap
Sri M lived a normal life, working for a living, fulfilling his social commitments and at the same time preparing himself to teach all that he had learnt and experienced.
At a signal from his Master he entered the teaching phase of his life. Today, he travels all over the world to share his experiences and knowledge.
Equally at home in the religious teachings of most major religions, Sri M, born as Mumtaz Ali Khan, often says "Go to the core. Theories are of no use".
How to Levitate and Other Great Secrets of Magic by James Talbot (Sri M)
Sri M, the author of the best-seller Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi's Autobiography, now reveals the age old secrets of magic in How to Levitate and Other Great Secrets of Magic. He writes under the pen name James Talbot. A treat for the young and the old.
When God Bowls a Googly by Ashwath Aiyappa
A very tiny percentage of aspiring sportspeople actually make it to the big league. While some manage to play for their state and salvage a bit of pride, the rest languish in sporting hell. Ashwath Aiyappa shares his story of how he was able to look beyond societal conditioning and face his own psychological demons. In this book, he shows how all the skill in the world is useless if the mind does not allow that skill to be expressed.Ashwath writes of an intelligence that brings about a balance between thinking, feeling and being in the moment. An intelligence that could perhaps lead not only to peak performance states, but also change the way one looks at the world and one’s role in it. An intelligence that is spiritual, indigenous and considered a part of this nation’s bloodstream, yet somehow remains hidden. And how the game he loved most would be instrumental in revealing it.
Wisdom of the Rishis by Sri M
The Upanishads do not concern themselves with mere theories. They raise direct questions regarding the source of thought, the essence of our being and are as relevant today as they were 2000 years ago.
The Isavasya proclaims the all-pervasiveness of the totality of consciousness which is here called Isha, the Lord, and urges one to let go the narrow and self-centered identity we are caught up in and rejoice in the flow of the infinite wholeness of Life.
The word Kena means Who. This Upanishad concerns itself with the question of ones ID. Is there a separate I or is it merely a term used to describe the totality of cognizance. Is there an I beyond the limited, self-centered ID?
The Mandukya examines the same idea but in a different way, exploring the states of consciousness all human beings experience namely, the waking state, the dream state and the deep sleep state, and postulates that there is a common experiencer in all these states, a witness, not affected by the states and which is the totality of consciousness called Turiya represented by the Pranava, OM.
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Jewel in the Lotus: Deeper Aspects of Hinduism by Sri M
What is Hinduism? What forms its essence and what are its teachings? How does one best practice its various cultural externals? With its vast, ancient literature and deep metaphysics, at the core of which lie the Vedanta Sutras of Vyasa, the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads known together as prasthana traya, Hinduism strives to explore truth and the true nature of reality. Yet the questions remain; how does one practice Hinduism today under the neon glare of modernity? And is there any contradiction in the practice of Hinduism and our roles in modern life?
Like the lotus that grows in water whose leaves and petals remain dry, the yogi derives nourishment from the material world but remains undefiled and untouched by its seductions. In this way, one who wishes to lead a spiritual life can simultaneously perform the role of a responsible member of modern society; neither necessarily compromises the other. With care, practice and knowledge one can reap the benefits of both worlds - to be spiritual you do not have to run away from the world. This book examines the philosophy, spiritual teachings, metaphysics and cultural practices of Hinduism- known collectively as the Sanatana Dharma- and attempts to give one a grasp of its true essence.
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Little guide to glory and happiness by Sri. M
Sri M was born in Trivandrum, Kerala. At the age of nineteen and a half, attracted by a strange and irresistible urge to go to the Himalayas, he left home.
At the Vyasa Cave, beyond the Himalayan shrine of Badrinath, he met his Master and lived with him for three and a half years, wandering freely, the length and breadth of the snow clad Himalayan region. What he learnt from his Master Maheshwarnath Babaji, transformed his consciousness totally.
Back in the plains, he, as instructed by his Master, lived a normal life, working for a living, fulfilling his social commitments and at the same time preparing himself to teach all that he had learnt and experienced. At a signal from his Master he entered the teaching phase of his life. Today, he travels all over the world to share his experiences and knowledge.
Equally at home in the religious teachings of most major religions, Sri M, born as Mumtaz Ali Khan, often says "Go to the core. Theories are of no use"
Sri M is married and has two children. He leads a simple life – teaching and heading the Satsang Foundation, a charitable concern promoting excellence in education. At present he lives in Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh, just three hours from Bangalore.