A Cry in the Wilderness : The Works of Narayana Guru (Paperback )– by Narayana Guru , Vinaya Chaitanya


A Cry in the Wilderness : The Works of Narayana Guru (Paperback )– by Narayana Guru , Vinaya Chaitanya

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins (24 August 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9356290350
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9356290358
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 260 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.3 x 25.4 x 4.7 cm



What is your name, from where,

of which caste, what job, how old?

One who is free from such questions,

his alone is beatitude.

In the verdant countryside of south-west India, at the turn of the last century, lived the great poet-seer Narayana Guru. His message was very simple: 'Man is of one caste, one religion and one God / Of one same womb, one same form, with no difference at all.'

Grounded in the mystical depths of life, he wandered across the landscape, gently proclaiming justice and equality for all, interacting with the multitudes who came to meet him, electrifying them to be at their best, and galvanizing a peaceful movement to eliminate oppression in all its forms. Stalwarts like Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi sought his counsel. He inspired social reformers such as Sahodaran Ayyappan, Mahatma Ayyankali, Pandit Karuppan, V.T. Bhattathiripad, among others.

Along the way, he composed a compact body of writing in prose and verse of exceptional potency. These are stimulating, deep and original explorations, entryways into a profound appreciation of the human condition.

A Cry in the Wilderness: The Works of Narayana Guru collects his oeuvre in one volume, in a lucid translation from the Malayalam, Tamil and Sanskrit by Vinaya Chaitanya.

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