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From the author of the acclaimed first novel, The Ascetic of Desire, comes a book that is "subtle yet deeply tantalizing" (Asian Age). Sudhir Kakar, a renowned psychoanalyst, brings a penetrating understanding of the human psyche to his new novel while exploring the nuances of philosophy and religion. Gopal-or Ram Das Baba, as his devotees refer to him-is the son of a devout Brahmin family who has spent a lifetime seeking the ultimate truth of spiritual knowledge. His journey as a mystic is filled with illuminating visions, severe tribulations, and an unwavering faith, and he fulfills his destiny as a highly evolved Sadhu through ordeals of monastic bliss, tantric awakening, madness, and transexuality. As his life nears its end he meets a young man who belongs to a very different India. A profound relationship develops. In an age that dismisses divine vision as hallucination, and the desire for a union with God as a symptom of mental illness, Sudhir Kakar's richly detailed novel explores the mind-bending issues that plague the life of the modern thinker. Here are the struggles between emotion and reason; faith and logic-the fundamental questions that carry one from agony to ecstasy and back more

Product details

  • Hardback | 251 pages
  • 141.2 x 209.3 x 25.7mm | 417.31g
  • Overlook Press
  • English
  • 1585672106
  • 9781585672103
  • 647,144

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"One of the great strengths of this novel is its ability to show how mystical experiences intersect with everyday life. . . . With sensitivity and intelligence, "Ecstasy" offers a poetic view of the place where spirit and flesh meet." ("Seattle Post-Intelligencer")show more

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