Praises for The Age of Ananda
“In The Age of Ananda, Kumar Sharma gives us a purana for the 21st Century – lucid spiritual lessons wrapped in an imaginative story with memorable characters. Ranging from the symbolism of Hindu mythology to the pithy brilliance of the Upanishadic sages to the integral synthesis of Sri Aurobindo to the radical implications of quantum physics, Sharma presents the universal wisdom of India’s sanatana dharma in plain, accurate, absorbable language. Those teachings are as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago, when they were first apprehended by Vedic seers. We would do well to pay attention.”
Philip Goldberg, author of American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles
to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West
“Kumar Sharma’s The Age of Ananda is a most original book. The narrative, representing transmissions from the city of SiddhaPuri in the Himalayas, looks at the deepest scientific and spiritual problems of our times and it provides the essence of the Vedic wisdom in a lively style. I enjoyed the author’s many insights like the explanation for the story of Ganesha’s origin. The need for an integral Vedic and Tantric transformation is stressed in the book. I recommend it very strongly.”
Subhash Kak, Regents Professor, Oklahoma State University
author of The Prajna Sutras, The Gods Within
“In The Age of Ananda, Kumar Sharma has digested spiritual wisdom from the Hindu traditions and returned it to its original ‘anandic’ form through blissful storytelling. The book does not merely explain bliss as the ultimate source and meaning of existence, it embodies it. Spiritual seekers of any background will find this book rewarding, as it charts pathways to the goal that lies beyond all religious forms and doctrines.”
David Sander, Professor of Religious Studies, Stonehill College
“Far too often matters of the spirit and consciousness are clad in robes of solemnity, bedecked with the weighty ornaments of dogma and dour pedagogy. How fresh then to happen upon The Age of Ananda, a serious spiritual book clad in lighthearted fiction and holding in her hand the scepter of hope, indeed a promise of our shared future on the Earth. Kumar Sharma has told a tale that is just plain fun, yet behind the story are truths which he cannot conceal. In fact, they are the story’s purpose. Protagonists are marshaled to serve Sharma’s higher purpose, to lead us to an understanding of our individual and shared human destiny. You may want to subscribe to an Internet radio station and listen for instructions.”
Paramacharya Palaniswami, Editor in Chief, Hinduism Today
“After a long long time comes a book that left me speechless and wonderstruck. Kumar Sharma is a master Truth-teller. Never have I read the highest Indian spirituality and wisdom explained with so much verve and that too in an entertaining fiction format with smart, sassy characters and a backdrop of a simply divine city (Siddhapuri) that makes you want to get beamed-up there instantly.
“As fabulous, delicious ideas on consciousness and the Anandic (Blissful) nature of reality rolled out page after page, I realised in Kumar Sharma the world has another possible JK Rowling exuberantly spinning out magic, this, of the finest spiritual kind! His fecund imagination (inspiration) seems like a voluminous wellspring emerging from the very womb of the Goddess he describes with childlike reverence.
“If you think Indian spirituality is archaic and dense and 2012 means doom and gloom, then Age of Ananda busts both these myths in one skillful stroke. If you believe in yourself, humanity and this planet, and are wanting a rocket lit under your seat to wake you up and get going on living your dreams and fulfilling our collective potential, then get your copy as soon as you can!
“Why loiter when we can as Kumar says, ‘live joyously, evolve consciously’! Our Life Divine awaits.”
Nilima Bhat, co-author of My Cancer Is Me