Sarah Tomlinson

What an inspiring read this is. I have recommended it to my friends and students already. I take many trips to India with my students to give them a glimpse into what is possible when doubt (from our western mindset) drops away and the faith so pervasive in India confronts us. In this book about the journey a scientist takes into the forays of the spiritual world we see how faith can vividly stir up the inner workings of our spiritual dimensions. The experiences that are shared in these pages are a powerful reminder to each of us that the mystical is an intrinsic part of the every day world if we have the eyes to see it.

I loved this book, it reminded me of the vicarious ecstasy gained from reading Autobiography Of A Yogi so many years ago. For those of you ready for a refresher, here it is.

An amazing read. Flows and reads effortlessly. For anyone interested in learning about the Sri Vidya tradition in its most resplendent form, Guruji's life and stories are an essential guide post and map, [here told in the] true form and in spirit of Guruji's teachings. A real blessing from Mother to read and enjoy...

This Book is the most ablest representation of the Master!

I was blessed to be in the company of the Master and while going through the book, I could feel his most benign presence in every page I turned. The Author has beautifully brought out the essence of the Master through vivid recounts right from the unknown blissful days as a Seeker, to the almost heart wrenching times as a Teacher and Guide, where he would be deluged amidst scores of people all the time, tirelessly doing the work of the Mother with a smile, never even complaining once of the hardships and trials.

A truly spiritually uplifting and heart touching book, with rare and beautiful picture plates, bringing to life, a phenomenon we once fondly knew as Sri Amrita Guruji - The Nectar Giving Master.

This is a compelling and engaging biography that works precisely the kind of magic a biography should: by the time you finish reading the book, you feel as if you knew its subject, Amritananda, almost as intimately as one who was acquainted with him personally.

I will leave to others the technical aspects of reviewing the writing and narrative style of the author – suffice it to say it is a pleasant, gripping and fast-moving read. What I can better discuss is what I took away from The Goddess and the Guru.

My own spiritual journey began with books on Ramakrishna Paramahansa and Swami Vivekananda. They opened me up to the possibility that what we see is not all that is – that there are many more dimensions to this world than we realize. Those books got my spiritual pilot light going, so to speak. Many years later, I stumbled upon the Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda, and that lit the fire. It created a sense of urgency to establish an intimate relationship with the divine. The journey continued with its inherent ups and downs, and then very recently I read The Goddess and the Guru.

What a fascinating story! The first-hand accounts of Amritananda’s direct conversations with the Goddess are intriguing and revealing. They give a glimpse of the divine in such a direct manner – it kind of unveils the mysticism that keeps us thirsting to know more, and yet no one says it in such a direct and compelling manner as does Amritananda. I love how he was so open to sharing it with everyone in such a matter of fact manner.

And yet, Amritananda is also faced with many life challenges, just like any ordinary person. He is tested like any ordinary person. What makes him extraordinary is his resolute nature; his sheer will power to do what he set out to do. As we read his story we realize that the ‘mystical’ magic comes only at the end of his each very human struggle … nothing is served to us on a platter. So while this is certainly a book about magic and miracles – it is, perhaps more importantly, about what one has to do and even more importantly, how one has to be to unravel that layer of existence.

The message is clear: we have the freedom to do what we like – but if we want to experience the magic of that “other” dimension that we call divine, we cannot simply rest on the excuse that we are but mere human beings. We have to bring our own personal best to the table. Surrender is not about being lazy; surrender is about sweat and blood. It is not transactional; it does not look for rewards – and yet they come, and they come unfailingly and without measure.

I am so glad I read this book. Amritananda teaches us what real love for God/dess is all about. Oh, there is this added bonus for fans of the Aghora series by Robert Svoboda: not only do we get to learn more about Junior Guruji Maharaj (who happened to be a good friend of Amritananda) but we also get to see his photo! Finally! This indicates that the Aghora accounts are real and not just some fascinating work of fiction. I had always wondered about that!

This is such a beautiful and inspring biography to read. It's like reading Autobiography of a Yogi or a similar biography of a Saint, but there is also a realism and an authenticity that you see here that you don't usually get. Amritananda seems like both an incredibly Realized Soul and a totally down to Earth person, whose spiritual journey we can all relate to.