are figures that have millions devotees and whose words have revelatory and evidentiary status. Two : Speculations Around and About Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Ramana Maharishi, by Arun Shourie Harper Collins, Rs 515 Arun Shourie’s new book, Two , is an intriguing and, often, fascinating journey into the minds and two particularly revered saints in India — Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Ramana Maharishi. But is far from your typical hagiography. Instead, Shourie focuses on interpreting mystical and spiritual experiences in the modern neurology and psychology. These are figures that have millions devotees and whose words have revelatory and evidentiary status. What say, so it be. Two Saints, however, is an in-depth narrative and analysis of what are referred to as “out of body”, “near-death” experiences, altered states of consciousness, and the mesmeric power these men held over their disciples. While careful not to cross lines that could be construed as critical of these much-revered figures, Shourie’s primary interest is clearly along the lines of rational, scientific investigation of these phenomena. While acknowledges the possibility that these experiences could be the result of mental ailments, neurological damage, and other psychologically […]

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