Even though Advaita as a doctrine was extracted from the Upanishads by Sree Sankara, the 8th century sage and philosopher, it was Sree Narayana Guru who transformed the Advaita philosophy from an elite theoretical doctrine into a relevant principle of practical applicability. Thereby, he expanded its scope to effect phenomenal social changes, and enabled one of the most profound yet bloodless social revolution in history.The defining theme of his vast philosophical writings is the oneness of human race transcending all peripheral differences. His earnest call for mutual respect and understanding among all religions is a lesson that is still to be learned. The intention of this well-researched and lucidly-written book is introduce to readers the illustrious life of the sage, Sree Narayana Guru, who emerged as the conscience of Kerala in the twentieth century.
Asokan Vengassery Krishnan hails from a small village near Changanassery in the district of Kottayam, Kerala. After finishing high school, he earned a BS degree in Mathematics from the University of Kerala. While working for the Kerala government's Department of Education, he immigrated to USA in 1985 and continued his education there. He took a BS degree in Accounting and MBA from Widener University, Pennsylvania. He also attended the University of Pennsylvania and other institutions in the region and studied English Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Western History, Ethics, etc. Asokan currently lives in Philadelphia, USA and he frequently visits India. Philosophy and History have been his passion.
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