Bhakti sans Religion – Dilemmas in the Search of One’s True Inner Self

By Mallikarjun B. Mulimani

There is only one God. Unfortunately he is surrounded by infinite veils of sophisticated lies and subtle misdirections, Maya. These veils are harder to shred since we have been conditioned to adapt to the materialistic world with its innumerable religions which preach kowtowing to different external gods as salvation to our horrendous internal needs.But the reality is that, only faith and platonic unconditional love, both of which together result in devotion, are sufficient to attain bliss if that devotion is concentrated upon an aesthetic object of devotion, without letting even a single stray thought to enter into the peace within oneself, until the object of devotion becomes one with one’s true inner self, which is nothing but the reflection of Brahman, the Atman, which in a rightful spiritual manner becomes one with the Absolute.

Mallikarjun B. Mulimani
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"Mallikarjun B. Mulimani is a young Electronics and Communication Engineer turned writer. He initially wrote poems; later took up to writing short stories, novellas, and novels. So far he has contributed to eight books viz.; ‘Abstractions’, ‘Buddha in a Mercedes’, ‘The Holy Plumber and Other Stories’, ‘Operation EpiphanyGod’s Journey on Earth’, ‘Victims Incorporated-Circles of Sub-consciousness’, ‘Dams Across the Flow’, ‘What Happened to my Creativity?’, and ‘Star Ride to Nirvana’. Four of these books have been published by Writers Workshop, Kolkata; one by S. Chand & Company Ltd. New Delhi; another by Current Publications, Agra; one was Self-published by CreateSpace; and his latest novella, ‘Star Ride to Nirvana’ was published by Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd. The author’s style is one in which he feels that brevity is of the essence. In his work, the author wrestles with the aspects of life, love, sex, death, God, religion, realization of self and God, and other serious issues. The author touches upon the metaphysical side of all the above-mentioned issues whenever he deals with them in his work. He is a serious writer, who also has a very subtle sarcastic wit about him. Even though he is still young, many eminent persons including the late Prof. U. R. Ananthamurthy have appreciated him."