OCEAN IN A TEACUP; The Story of Sree Sree Thakur Anukul Chandra by
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OCEAN IN A TEACUP; The Story of Sree Sree Thakur Anukul Chandra

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Don't start this book if your time is limited, for it is very hard to put it down. This is a combination biography and autobiography. Ray Hauserman's World War II assignment took him to India, and, when the War was over, he was on the verge of embarking for the United States when a friend invited him to an Ashram at which the central figure was an Indian saint, Dr. Anakul, who began with the healing of bodies and ended with the healing of thousands of souls. The saint made a better Christian out of Hauserman, even as he made better Hindus or Moslems out of other followers. The American went to see the Satsangees, as Dr. Anakul's followers were called, out of curiosity, and he never did get home except for very brief visits. Rather, he found peace and meaning in a community of the spirit. Thakur Anakul Chandra has a real message for our world. He rejects the materialism of the West, while yet embracing our science and invention. He also rejected Gandhi's non-cooperation, while embracing the basic spirituality which made that approach possible. The story is told with such charm and simplicity that a high school library might well have it, and yet it embodies ideas so powerful and so challenging that people with strings of degrees will find themselves thinking about this holy man again and again. Even a non-religious person will find this story an excellent introduction to India and its recent history.

Pub Date: June 20th, 1962
Publisher: Harper