Author: Sudhir Kakar
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0670911585
A richly layered and revelatory book about the great theme of humankind: religion, Ecstasy is a story about the making of a mystic and his astonishing experiences on the spiritual path in an age that dismisses divine visions as hallucinations, and desire for a union with God as a symptom of mental illness.
It is also the story of the rare relationship between two very different men brought together by a fateful meeting. The older man, steeped in the mystical ,mood of complete surrender and devotion, becomes the unlikely guru of the younger , who has grown up on a diet of Western rationalism and the belief that man is the master of his own fate.
The guru opens for his disciple a window to the Soul, and in the process triggers a difficult private battle - between emotion and reason; faith and logic; the spirit of submission that is the hallmark of bhakti and the militancy of religious pride.