Overview for The Autobiography of an Indian Monk
Shri Purohit Swami was of the line of Swami Vivekananda, Swami Ramatirtha and Shri Aurobindo, and was a true son of the Indian Renascence. This account of his own life, written in 1932 and published in India now for the first time, represents the first autobiography (in the modern sense of the word) of a yogi. Purohit Swami's account of his own life moves rapidly, covers a great variety of material, is unsentimental, and is at once eminently readable and inspiring. It adds up to a powerful testament of the truth of yoga, and whoever follows it is not likely to think of the life of a sannyasin as one of escape. An Indian Monk cuts across divisions of taste and may be read and enjoyed at many levels. It provides a vivid record of a form of society fast disappearing from our midst. It may be read as a book of the supernatural and is full of stories of miracles. It is also a narrative of adventure which grips us as we move from episode to episode. But it is written, above all, for the spiritual seeker for whom it will prove a veritable treasure-house of knowledge and wisdom.
Shri Purohit Swami (Author)
Shri Purohit Swami received his education at Morris College, Nagpur; Deccan College, Pune, and at Bombay University. He had a flair for learning languages and showed great promise as a writer of Marathi. He was also a fervent nationalist, and his defence of Tilak was proscribed by the British Government. After becoming a sannyasin, he went to the West in 1930 to interpret India's ancient wisdom to the world at large. His books and translations include: Song of Silence; An Indian Monk; The Geeta; The Holy Mountain; Ten Principal Upanishads (with W.B. Yeats); Patanjali's Aphorisms of Yoga; Avadhoota Gita.