Now there is an extensive university complex, a speciality hospital, and two museums: the Sanathana Samskruti or Eternal Heritage Museum, sometimes called the Museum of All Religions, and the Chaitanya Jyoti, devoted exclusively to the life and teachings of Sai Baba; the latter has won several international awards for its architectural design. Yeddyurappa have been official guests at the ashram in Puttaparthi. In the summer he often left for his other ashram, Brindavan, in Kadugodi, Whitefield , a town on the outskirts of Bangalore. Occasionally he visited his Sai Shruti ashram in Kodaikanal. Babb, of the Amherst College in Massachusetts, labelled Sai Baba movement as a cult in the s, calling it "deeply and authentically Hindu
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Start your review of Sathya Sothanai Write a review Shelves: non-fiction , 2-star-reads , biography Gandhi has no energy whatsoever. I think the main problem with him writing his own autobiography is his complete lack of ego. He is too modest. He is too accommodating. And he is too good. Wonderful characteristics for sure; they clearly served him well in his role as a civil rights leader, though they make him rather ill-equipped to write his own story.
There is absolutely no passion within his writing, no fire, no strength and certainly no sense of long term goals or aspirations within the Gandhi has no energy whatsoever. There is absolutely no passion within his writing, no fire, no strength and certainly no sense of long term goals or aspirations within the first few hundred pages. He begins with telling the tale of his youth, a rather non-descript and ordinary upbringing.
Gandhi the leader, Gandhi the man who has inspired thousands, did not come across in much of the writing here. He is narrating his life retrospectively, from a position of success and influence, yet this Gandhi does not appear in the pages. There is no sense of an older, wiser, Gandhi looking at the actions of his youth and appraising or criticising his own actions. He does not evaluate the past, but tells it a bland impersonal manner with little emotion.
All in all, I found it extremely hard to connect with on any level. There is no rhetoric or argument to any actual effect. Certainly, he speaks of following a pure and truthful life, though after reading his words I was never convinced with the reasons he puts forth.
The merits of such a life speak for themselves, but Gandhi did not convey it here. There is a certain lack of emotion within the entire work. It feels cold. It is, of course, worth mentioning that I greatly admire Gandhi. His approach to life was benevolent and inspiring. Humanity has a lot to learn from him; he was an exemplifier of human values we all ought to strive for.
This was his personality, influenced by his culture. Not everyone is a motivational speaker :p While I have just started reading into the book, and have also found it extremely un engaging with respect to a lot of other work in the same space. But after reading into your review, I am really excited to read it faster n weave into a more pluralistic opinion.
Gandhi, apart from a great leader of a formidable nation; also held a uniqueness into his nature, which is observing reality as it is.
Sathya Sai Baba