To spread the significance and message of Advaita Vedanta
Each one of us is a product of life’s experiences, past and present. Circumstances of our birth and childhood mould our persona as adults and continue to influence our relationships and interactions with others.
Born in Burma to a religious Hindu family, Gian Kumar’s life began as a paradox. He went on to study in a boarding school which observed strict Christian practices. Diametrically opposite were the Hindu traditions and customs which became the norm once he was home for the holidays. Being a thinker, the inherent confusion and dogmas underlying religion drove him further away from his former beliefs towards spirituality. He is grateful for this journey filled with opportunities to learn about ‘who am I, what is my purpose in life and is God an illusion;’ and hopes to impart as much of his experiential learning to his readers through his books. The earlier confusion and chaos underlying religion (which he found dogmatic) gradually propelled him towards spirituality. This proved to be a revelation and provided him with inner peace and tranquillity.
He pondered what to do – whether to go towards religion or continue as he was, submerged in the various intoxicants of life. In spite of running a successful business and enjoying all the comforts with his family, he yet kept asking himself, why is it that I want more and more? Why am I not content? What is the reason for my insecurity and doubts about the shallowness of my existence?