Overview for Jnaneshvar: The Life and Works of the Celebrated Thirteenth Century Indian Mystic-Poet
Jnaneshvar: The Life And Works tells the story of the life and career of Jnaneshvar, who emerges as one of the most brilliant poets, sublime mystics, and fascinating figures in all of Medieval Indian history. At an age when most men have scarcely begun their life's work, Jnaneshvar, who lived from 127 to 1296, a mere span of twenty-five years, had ended his; but not before having built an everlasting monument to his memory in the written masterpieces he left behind. In so few years, he had established a legacy that was to revitalize his culture, his language, his religious tradition, and make a place for himself as an enduring presence in the hearts of his countrymen for all time.
The reason for his enduring popularity in his own homeland becomes evident when one discovers his written works. Even in English translation, the profundity of his thought, the rich profusity of his imagery, and the unmistakeable style of his homespun wisdom at so tender an age, distinguish his work as those of a unique genius.
S. Abhayananda (Author)
Swami Abhayananda was born Stan Trout in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 14, 1938. After service in the Navy, he settled in northern California, where he pursued his studies in philosophy and literature. In June of 1966, he became acquainted with the philosophy of mysticism, and experienced a strong desire to realize God. Abandoning all other pursuits, he retired to a solitary life in a secluded cabin in the mountain forests near Santa Cruz, California; and, on Novermber 18, of that same year, became enlightened by the grace of God. He spent four more years in his isloated cabin, and subsequently met Swami Muktananda who visited Santa Cruz in 1970. Shortly thereafter, he joined Muktananda in India, as his disciple, and later lived and worked in Muktananda's Oakland, California ashram. In May of 1978, he returned to India and was initiated by his master into the ancient Order of sannyas,and given the monastic name, "Swami Abhayananda," which, in Sanskrit, means "the blissof fearlessness." Abhayananda was then assigned to teach the knowledge of the Self of New York, then in Philadelphia, chicage, and Oklahoma city. In 1981, he left Muktananda's organization, and went into retreat once again, this time for seven years, in upstate New York. It was during this time that all of Abhayananda's books were written, and Atma Books was founded to publish them. At present, Swami abhayananda is residing in the Olympia area of western Washington state, where he continues to teach, write, and publish his works on the knowledge of the self.