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Overview Descended from a long line of Brahman priests Maharaj with bestselling author Dave Hunt, trace his difficult search for meaning, and his struggle to choose between Hinduism and Christ.
Rabi R. Maharaj came from a long line of Brahmin priests and gurus and trained as a yogi. He meditated for many hours each day, but gradually disillusionment set in. He describes Hindu life and custom, vividly and honestly tracing his difficult search for meaning and his struggle to choose between Hinduism and Christianity.
At a time when Eastern mysticism, religion, and philosophy fascinate many in the West, Maharaj offers fresh and important insights from the perspective of his own experience.
"A unique revelation of the inward struggles of a Hindu and the ultimate triumph over death that he discovered. I found it challenging and inspiring. Must reading."--Hal Lindsey
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.04" Width: 5.35" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 1984
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
ISBN 0890814341 ISBN13 9780890814345
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More About Rabi Maharaj & Dave Hunt
Rabi R. Maharaj was descended from a long line of Brahmin priests and gurus and trained as a Yogi. He meditated for many hours each day, but gradually disillusionment set in. He describes vividly and honestly Hindu life and customs, tracing his difficult search for meaning and his struggle to choose between Hinduism and Christ.
Dave Hunt is an internationally known author and lecturer. He has authored over 30 books with combined sales of more than 4 million copies. Among his bestselling titles are A Cup of Trembling, Global Peace and the Rise of the Antichrist, The Seduction of Christianity, and The God Makers. His monthly newsletter, The Berean Call, has a readership of more than 200,000 people.
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Death of a Guru Book review Jun 13, 2008
This is a very good book! I was very touched and amazed how the author describes his experiences vividly and informatively. This book depicts the author's familiarity with Hinduism and his conversion to Christianity. It opens your understanding of other religious cultures because it is not a textual presentation of Christianity and Hinduism but a true testimony of Mr. Maharaj's search for the truth.
Highly recommended especially for people searching for the truth behind Hinduism and Christianity.
Another example of Amazing Grace Jan 22, 2008
Stumbled acrosss this book about 20 years ago and couldn't put it down. Shared it with several Christian friends who also raved about it. Can't recommend it highly enough.
EXCELLENT! An interesting read. Dec 10, 2007
A true story documenting one man's path from his childhood as a (rabidly anti-Christian) member of the brahmin ("highest") caste in Hinduism, to his disillusionment with the fear and inconsistencies inherent in the religion, to his conversion to and freedom found in Christianity.
This book is a page-turner, detailing the deceptive lures of Hinduism, exposing the evil behind it, and how it has permeated the West. The author manages this in a flowing, easy-to-read style.
I've just finished reading Death of a Guru and will now be handing it over to my 14-yr-old son to read.
Clearly evangelical propaganda... Sep 3, 2007
First, the book has a clear bias against Hinduism and has been written in a style to promote conversion. The use of slight negatives, which you may not notice on a first read, in the first chapters lead to the introduction to Christianity which of course is portrayed in positive language. The book is clearly written for someone who has little understanding of Hinduism. It is one thing to know the different names of the gods, ceremonies, names of scriptures, and local superstition then to truly understand the underlying principles of any religion.
The author does a good job of making the reader interested in the story he builds but the knowledge he bestows upon the reader of his lifelong pursuit of his religion is a farce. It is like a child who first learns to add, 1+1=2, 2+2=4, 3+3=6. The child sees an arrangement of numbers and lines and remembers them. If the child is asked to tell you what 2+1 equals, he is lost. He does not know, he only knows what he has memorized based on the pictures his teachers had drawn on the slate/board. That is the level of understanding the author has of his religion which he supposedly pursued all his life.
Anyone who has read a simple translation of the Bhagavad Gita (e.g. Eknath Easwaran) should be able to point out all the errors (giving him the benefit of the doubt) the author has made on Hinduism.
And to D. Raj's comments, shall you have non-Christians interpret your Bible for you as you so easily are interpreting a religion for which you show little aptitude.
"ekam sad vipra bahudha vadanty" "Truth is one, the wise call it by many names" -Rig Veda
"Superstition is a great enemy of man, but bigotry is worse. Why does a Christian go to church? Why is the cross holy? Why is the face turned toward the sky in prayer? Why are there so many images in the Catholic Church? Why are there so many images in the minds of Protestants when they pray? My brethren, we can no more think about anything without a mental image than we can live without breathing. By the law of association, the material image calls up the mental idea and vice versa. This is why the Hindu uses an external symbol when he worships. He will tell you, it helps to keep his mind fixed on the Being to whom he prays. He knows as well as you do that the image is not God, is not omnipresent. After all, how much does omnipresence mean to almost the whole world? It stands merely as a word, a symbol. Has God superficial area? If not, when we repeat that word 'omnipresent', we think of the extended sky or of space, that is all.
As we find that somehow or other, by the laws of our mental constitution, we have to associate our ideas of infinity with the image of the blue sky, or of the sea, so we naturally connect our idea of holiness with the image of a church, a mosque, or a cross. The Hindus have associated the idea of holiness, purity, truth, omnipresence, and such other ideas with different images and forms. But with this difference that while some people devote their whole lives to their idol of a church and never rise higher, because with them religion means an intellectual assent to certain doctrines and doing good to their fellows, the whole religion of the Hindu is centered in realization. Man is to become divine by realizing the divine. Idols or temples or churches or books are only the supports, the helps, of his spiritual childhood: but on and on he must progress.
If a man can realize his divine nature with the help of an image, would it be right to call that a sin? Nor even when he has passed that stage, should he call it an error. To the Hindu, man is not traveling from error to truth, but from truth to truth, from lower to higher truth. To him all the religions, from the lowest fetishism to the highest absolutism, mean so many attempts of the human soul to grasp and realize the Infinite, each determined by the conditions of its birth and association, and each of these marks a stage of progress; and every soul is a young eagle soaring higher and higher, gathering more and more strength, till it reaches the Glorious Sun.
One thing I must tell you. Idolatry in India does not mean anything horrible. It is not the mother of harlots. On the other hand, it is the attempt of undeveloped minds to grasp high spiritual truths. The Hindus have their faults, they sometimes have their exceptions; but mark this, they are always for punishing their own bodies, and never for cutting the throats of their neighbours. If the Hindu fanatic burns himself on the pyre, he never lights the fire of Inquisition. And even this cannot be laid at the door of his religion any more than the burning of witches can be laid at the door of Christianity.
Unity in variety is the plan of nature, and the Hindu has recognised it. Every other religion lays down certain fixed dogmas, and tries to force society to adopt them. It places before society only one coat which must fit Jack and John and Henry, all alike. If it does not fit John or Henry, he must go without a coat to cover his body."
-Swami Vivekananda at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago January 12, 1893.
Edgar in Virginia May 26, 2007
A significant warning to naive Western World thinking regarding the "innocent" world of spirit. It is a first person, well written account by one who grew up to be a Guru within the highest caste. A real page-turner that is easy reading. I highly recommend this book.