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|Number of Pages||322 Pages|
What is karma and how does it govern one's life? The word karma is often used but little understood. Karma is the spiritual application of Newton's third law - for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The aghoris are practitioners of the Tantra philosophy. They frequent places that are normally considered taboo, places that people avoid unless necessary, like cremation or burial grounds. They smear themselves with ashes and practice fierce austerities in order to attain the ultimate wisdom. They are fierce monists, who believe that there is ultimately only one reality and that life and this world itself are all but dreams. When the souls that are fragments of the dream attain true knowledge, they merge with the one divine force. This book, the third in the Aghora trilogy which is retold in the words of the great Aghori Vimalananda, uses the Bombay race tracks as an allegory for life. The vibrant setting of the racecourse, where destinies are decided and fortunes are won or lost in a matter of minutes is used to explain the game of life itself. Weaving a colorful tale involving various interesting characters like jockeys, owners, trainers, the horses and various other personalities of the race track, Vimalananda reveals deep profound truths using every trivial and significant event on the racetrack. Using this entertaining and vivid backdrop, the author provides a window into the philosophy of karmic bond, the repeated cycle of births and deaths and repeating and interwoven relationships, which are all the result of the laws of cause and effect. About Robert Svoboda Robert Svoboda is an American Ayurvedic practitioner and writer. Other books by Svoboda are AGHORA, At the Left Hand of God, and AGHORA II: Kundalini. His books explain the Aghora philosophy and tradition. Robert Svoboda is considered to be the first westerner to be fully trained in a college of Ayurveda and gain the licence to practice in India. During his medical training, he was also trained in allied subjects like tantra, jyotish, and yoga by his guru, the Aghori Vimalananda. He is on the faculty and also on the board of directors of the Ayurvedic Institute of Albuquerque, New Mexico.