BENGALURU: Social reformer, educationist and spiritual guide Sri M recently released his book ‘The Journey Continues’, a sequel to his autobiography at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
The book explores the idea of human consciousness, venturing beyond what is known through neuroscience and quantum physics. The author, who runs many social programmes like a school for underprivileged children and free medical service through his Andhra Pradesh-based Satsang Foundation, says, “The book has conversations with my master Maheshwarnath Babaji and a few chapters that delve into my past birth. This was put in after a lot of deliberation because I know it is hard to swallow... It can open the mind of the non-believers if judgement is suspended.”
Neurosurgeon Dr. Venkataramana NK says, “Sri M’s book furthers modern science by defying it. Modern science has been struggling to pinpoint where consciousness resides.”. Sri M adds, “Spirituality is a science in itself, not in the empirical sense.”
Sri M, born Mumtaz Ali Khan, attempts to bring people of all faiths together and his discourses are not confined to yoga and Upanishads. He quotes extensively from the religious traditions of Buddhists, Christians, Jews and the Sufis. Sri M’s most noted feat is a 15-month walk of 7500 km, from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, spreading the message for peace.
His most recent social initiative is Mythri, for reforestation.
The Journey... is a sequel to his autobiography Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master. The first part too chronicled his strange life experiences, which he hopes will help the reader believe in the existence of “higher spiritual planes”.
The sequel is marketed as a book of hope for a happier life, again explained through the narration of his extraordinary experiences. “People can live a better and stress free life if they function on the basis of spiritual science,” he says. “I do not believe that a person has to retire and leave behind worldly matters to learn about spirituality. ”