Before reading this book I never knew that India had such a great saint who could see through the future and predict future events with high end accuracy! Veerabrahmendra, a saint who lived in 13th Century, had authored a book of prophecies called 'Kalagyanam'. It reveals a secret that Veerabrahmam was the forerunner of Kalki and came on earth to establish Dharma.
His life story reveals many divine teachings on Yoga viz. Sankhyam, Tarakam, Amanaskha, and meditation techniques like Lakshyatriambakam. Mainly his preaching on "Atma bodha' and ‘Advaita’ are awesome. Shat-Chakra Yoga (Kundalini), Drukkatma, Chaya Purusha, Swara Pareeksha kind of divine Yogic secrets of Self Realization, have been taught beautifully with granular and finer details. I doubt if such preaching(s) exist today elsewhere. Apart from being a Guru, he had also shown his divinity through many miracles like; making dead men alive, drinking hot molten iron, curing leprosy instantly, and lighting oil lamps with Water etc.
World War-I, II, Tsunami of 2004, San Francisco Earthquake of 1902, Super Typhoon Nina of China, Famine of 1974 in Bangladesh, British rule on India, Mahatma Gandhi, Invention of Electricity & Automobiles, Democracy replacing Monarchy in India, Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984; If these really happened and they aren't fiction, then I must say that these were predicted 700+ yrs ago itself. After reading his life history I personally rate Sri Veerabrahmendra as one of the Sadgurus like Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Ramana Maharshi, and Adi Shankaracharya. I'm happy that the life history of such a great saint has been brought to the limelight.
Coming to the author, I would say that his story telling skills are appreciable, the way his narration & screenplay goes; it looks as if one is watching a movie. He has also put his own commentary as ‘Footnotes’ in many chapters which reveal many additional secrets of Hinduism. It was a nice reading experience and I'm sure whosoever reads this, would hold the same opinion.
I wish all the best to Mr. Santosh Ayalasomayajula and hope he becomes successful in his aim of bringing that hidden Saint to the front stage!
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