Book Review: Bhakti Sans Religion

Author: Mallikarjun B. Mulimani

Publisher: Leadstart Publishing

Price: Rs 150

Pages: 138

Is money enough to guarantee contentment? Can you achieve peace without faith and love? Is it necessary to have a religious tag to attain spiritual enlightenment? How important it is to forgive ourselves?

Author Mallikarjun B. Mulimani has explored these questions in his spiritual novel, Bhakti Sans Religion. The book is more like a pleasing ride that enlightens and overwhelms you and at the same time, keeps you engaged.

It tells the fictional tale of two individuals from diverse parts of the world. Hailing from the US, Christine is a lawyer who is deeply in love with her profession. Her super successful stint in the legal world is dream-like. But deep inside there’s a void that needs to be filled.


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Rudra’s rise from extreme poverty to the high ranks of corporate world is almost miraculous. But his life is far from perfect. Destiny brings Christine and Rudra together. Will they find answers to the serious questions lurking in their minds?

The title of the book, Bhakti Sans Religion, sounds too philosophical. That is not quite the case with the content though. Of course, there is enlightenment and the exploration of a lot of deep questions. The manner in which faith and love is created in two individuals is convincing. People from urban areas who are only involved in work would surely be able to relate with the tale.

But the book can also be enjoyed by those interested in fiction and are not much into spirituality. The fast pace and the very short length makes it appealing to a larger audience. Although the character of guruji is that of a spiritual preacher, he is entertaining. What’s also pleasantly surprising is the romantic angle, which is truly heartwarming.

However, the following points fall in the negative zone:-

– The story of Christine in the first 38 pages is narrated too hurriedly. The author should have been more elaborate during the important life events of the character. Also, in these portions the writing is too simplistic at times.

– It’s good to have shorter books in today’s era. But this one should have been at least a bit lengthier. Elaborating Christine’s story would have helped in this aspect too.

– There is slight lack of conviction on a couple of occasions (can’t reveal much to avoid spoiler).

Overall: Bhakti Sans Religion has its heart at the right place. It’s an honest, well-intentioned saga that is enlightening and heartwarming.


Bhakti Sans Religion Book Review

Bhakti Sans Religion – Dilemmas in the Search of One’s True Inner Self by Mallikarjun B. Mulimani is a really wonderful book, simple but incisive that is not just a book of knowledge, but also a manual to overcome our limitations and to better enjoy our lives, written in clear, discursive style that explains the pitfalls and suggests good exercises to become familiar with it and overcome them.

The basic theme of the book is the quest, the unconditional principle which is beyond all determination and quality, but from which everything emanates, and that is the foundation of everything. Such research is understood both as a theoretical knowledge of the Absolute, which as aimed at liberating experience.

The ultimate reality is made of a principled conscience that is the Brahman, the unmanifested Absolute. It is said that this principle is in all things, but it cannot be touched in any way by something that is more to it, because all that is not it has its illusory existence. It is imperishable, changeless, formless, full of bliss, without action, inclusive, without volition given to individual circumstances.

What supreme reality, the Brahman transcends every aspect of phenomena, yet it is the foundation of every created reality and includes everything and yet it is beyond everything.

The book suggests an idea about the soul here representing the becoming, or the chaotic current of thought, which man can escape, dissolving the ordinary identification with it, thus finding its centre. The human pain comes from the ignorance of this identity that can only be overcome through the right knowledge of Brahman.

The individual self is identical to the universal self thus excluding any dualism. As the air contained in the jug is not a transformation, or a part outside it, so the individual self is neither a transformation nor a part of the universal self. But the veil of maya, the phenomenal world leads to a false representation of the atman in higher intellect imagining the individual soul. It is the nature of pure consciousness and bliss that gives the individuality and intelligent nature that animates the world of matter rather than being a product.

This beautiful enlightening book has the advantage of being able to leave something in the reader, with great simplicity and humility that will help you to face your fears and overcome them, and will make you think a lot about conditioning our lives from our fears.

The authors with this text want to take the reader in the process of awareness and analysis of their own insecurities and fears through contact with their childish side or rather their inner child that often brings us to react in a short sound way. The reading is pleasant and informative that puts in front of really tough challenges with great skill and wisdom.

The author deals with this subject delicately, bringing you to understand your subconscious self and above all, to feel the fear as something absolutely natural to care and not as something to be fought.

Despite being written together in fact the narration is done by an author with very interesting ideas and highly recommended to give to sceptical and rational men in a book that can make you deeply understand how great and limiting our fears are as long as you do not admit it, and from there we can start a new path of awareness and deep joy.

A book that provides much food for thought, it illustrates the simple reality that unfortunately often escapes or we are unable to grasp.

Format: Paperback ♥ Publisher: Leadstart ♥ Pages: 138 ♥ Published: February 2016 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-9352015801

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Title : Bhakti Sans Religion

Subtitle : Dilemmas in the Search of One’s True Inner Self

Author : Mallikarjun B. Mulimani
Blurb : “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.

My view : 

When life goes meaningless
Hook onto it
Because it is your moment
To discover the purpose of your life.
Bhakti Sans Religions covers the journey of two individuals who caught under severe circumstances walks side by side in search of peace. Their ride to attain peace in life and to give a meaning to it, leads them to such a destination where both of them gets to know about each other and get a chance to fall for each other. It’s  a story of Rudra and Christine, their bad experience with life, and how they find a purpose to carry on their respective lives.
The story can be partitioned into three phases- Christine’s life, Rudra’s life, and the part where they both walk towards Guruji’s place to attain peace. The first phase discusses about the turmoil of Christine’s life and how she deals with it.As author wants to discuss the chapters in a way precise manner, he provides glimpses of her life in few words which in turn becomes an easy task for reader to complete the journey in hardly an hour.As her story keeps on trudging, the reader can find content dispersed in equilibrium.Her story grabs reader’s attention till the very last phase of it.Even after compromising with the quantity of words, author , in this section, doesn’t compromises with the quality of content.Coming towards Rudra’s section- Lights flashed on Rudra’s life doesn’t convince reader much as compared to that of Christine’s. In Rudra’s case, the same feelings and scenarios are kept on repeating mode in such a manner that in such a story which is meant to be told in a precise manner fails to provide an impacting impression on reader’s mind.Talking about the last phase- when their journeys strike , the momentum that their stories contain comes together and becomes the average of both of them.This phase is neither up to the mark nor completely disoriented.This section somehow manages to conclude the story.
It was a nice read considering the amount of time reader has to offer to this book.Where beginning makes reader all set to discover the life of the protagonist, the oomph vanishes as reader progress ahead.

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