The story of a sage Ashtavakra and his disciple King Janaka is one of the most gripping yet unknown episodes from the Ramayana.
A young boy Ashtavakra goes to King Janaka’s court to debate the kingdom’s most learned sages but is ridiculed by the courtiers for his deformed body. After the boy triumphs in the debate, King Janaka realizes the boy is extraordinary and becomes his disciple. While Janaka becomes obsessed in his quest for spiritual liberation, inside the secretive world of the palace, a treacherous plan unfolds. Very soon war clouds gather on the horizons of Mithila, but Janaka devotes more and more time with the young sage. Even though the whole world believes a calamity is imminent, Janaka stays on the spiritual path. With Rishi Ashtavakra’s guidance, the king enters the realms of a new world that alters the reality for him and his kingdom.
Targeted Age Group:: 20 and above
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
It was about 17 years ago, I had a chance to attend Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Ashtavakra video lessons, which was organized by the Art of Living Group in Dubai. I found roots of many philosophies I have studied, such as: new age science, self-help studies, theory of law of attraction, existentialism and theory of quantum physics in it. When I found the profound message of Ashtavakra Gita, an idea was born in my mind to write about it. It was then that the seed was planted in my mind.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
This is a story from the Ramayan of King Janaka, the father of Sita. My story depicts a man who maintains equanimity during every crises and dives deep within himselfin order to find the solutions to his problems. .
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