Sunday, August 16, 2009

Yegdagella Aithe - A Spiritual Book by Belagere Krishna Shastri

Read this article in Kannada here.

'Yegdagella Aithe' in Kannada means 'Everything is there in Yoga'. Kannada book 'Yegdagella Aithe' by Belagere Krishna Shastri is a memoir of Shree Mukundooru Swamiji. As the author says Swamiji used to use this phrase, 'Yegdagella Aithe' more often in his talks, hence the name of the book.Yegdagella Aithe, a book by Belagere Krishna ShastriBelagere Krishna Shastri is witness to several miracles performed by Shree Mukundooru Swamiji. While reading the book you may face questions like 'What?', 'Whether it is real/possible?' Your logical mind, which is used to scientific explainations may refuse to accept the events described here. But, we having not seen such supernatural events does not mean that they are fake. Also, those phenomena for which we cannot give any scientific explaination just means those are the areas, which need to be explored. Even the author himself did not believe initially what people were saying about the miracles Swamiji performed. But if you keep your logical thinking aside and read Krishna Shastri's experiences as your own you will be amazed. In addition, there are instances in the book about how Swamiji used to explain ordinary people about spirituality using the language they understand better.

In 1949, Krishna Shastri came to Devanooru village in Kadur taluk of Chikmagalur district to work as a teacher. There he met Swamiji and his interactions with Swamiji is the content of the book. Mukundooru Swamiji, who never wanted publicity, also remained modest of his miracles. He acted as if he had not performed those at all. In the book, there are sayings, idioms in particular dialect of Kannada which is common to malnad and surrounding regions of Karnataka. So, if you are not from these places, you may find it new/difficult. But even then, this book is a good read for an amazing spiritual experience.

[Belagere Krishna Shastri now runs Shree Sharada Mandira Educational Institution in Belagere, Challakere taluk, Chitradurga District and is involved in social work. In 2004, Karnataka Government honoured him with Rajyotsava Award in recognition of his work.]

26 comments:

  1. Yes, Very Nice book. thank you.

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  2. This book was recommended by two of my good friends at different times during the last 2 years. The 3rd inspiration came from the discourse of Shatavadhani Ganesh in which he makes a refernce to this book and Mukundoor Swamy. This is the time I decided to read this book. I purchased this book on 6-10-09 from Sapna Book stall and for the first time in my life (55years) I read the book on the same day (the day I purchased the book). Indeed this was an exciting and a delightful spiritual experience reading this book. It gives a new dimension to our original understanding of what God may be. The hero of the book (Mukundoor Swamy) is amazingly simple and a treasure of spritual knowledge. His ability to enlighten the common villager of what God means. Hats off to Belagere Krishna Shastri who has brought this book through which we are able to know the kind of people lived around us. It is a great service to society at large.
    This is a must read book for many of spritualistic people. The swamy clearly guides people from ritualistic to spritualistic path without mentioning it.
    Please read it immediately if not already done so.
    Manjunath.S

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  3. BELUR KASTURI KESHAVA BHAGAWANTuesday, June 15, 2010 8:18:00 PM

    I got the book accidentally read it thoroughly. I just want to convey my cordial namaskarams to sri belegere krishnasastry. Can you give his address. I shall make it a point to meet him in person

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  4. Hi BELUR KASTURI KESHAVA BHAGAWAN,

    I dont have his address details.

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  5. <"Yegdagella Aithe" is a rare and beautifully written book by Sri. Belagere Krishnashastry. I got this book at Ankita Bookstall at Gandhi Bazar accidentally. Now I am a fan of Shastriji. His exact address I don't know. But as per the description in his book "Mareyalaadeete", he stays at Sharada Mandira School, Belagere Village, Challakere Taluk, Chitradurga District. I have an ambition to meet him. The speciality in his writings is the truth. He is able to present the situations in a true, simple and beautiful way. The writers who have collected and compiled/written his talks/memories as books, are blessed. I want to read a new book of him "Ele mareya aralu".>

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  6. Hi Subbanna,

    Thanks for mentioning of his new book - Ele mareya aralu.

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  7. I want belagere krishna shastri phone number

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  8. Hi Parameshwar,

    I don't have the phone number.

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  9. It was a very nice book, I liked the way author has narrated the entire thing & also loved the swamiji's way of intrepreting ramayana & mahabarata etc in spiruitual way. I lost this book when I had read half. Can someone tell me where I can buy this book (even online download is fine with me) plz contact me on arunkgs@gmail.com if you have any info.

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  10. Ani,

    Book should be available in Sapna Book House in various branches in Bangalore.

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  11. hello BELUR KASTURI KESHAV BHAGAVAN..
    im from the same village (belegere)
    if u want to meet SHASTRI JI.... u 've to go to either hiriyur or challakere (both r in chitradurga district) from there... u 'll get dirct buses to belegere...
    u 've to get down @ belegere RANGANATHA SWAMY TEMPLE which is very nearer to the place where SHASTRI JI lives...

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  12. It is very nice book which relaxed my mind from stress and work load. I would like to visit Shree Mukundooru Swamiji Matha can any one of you guide me?

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  13. Met Sastry at his home town and chated and had great time. also visited Mukundoor Swamy Math near Banawar,

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  14. Hi Raju Avinash, glad to hear that you met Belagere Krishna Shastry. Can you provide the contact details ?

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  15. I watched the Kannada play "Yegdagella aite" today. I watched for second time. We feel like watching it again and again. It was very nicely directed and acted as Muundoor swamiji by Shankaranarayana Upadhyaya. Interested ones can contact Samskara Bharati.

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  16. Thanks a lot for the info Pramod. Can you provide more details about the play Yegdagella Aithe?

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  17. A good play, people who cannot go to Belegere can meet Belegre Krishna Shastriji in this CD. A very simple play, those who have read the book "Yegdagella Aithe", they will certainly enjoy the play.Swamiji's concept "Entire world is in YOGA", really hits the right chords in a person. I wonder if such personalities exist to this day or do we fail to recognize them.

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  18. Hi Chitti,

    Can you provide more details about the CD - name and where one can get that?

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  19. Today morning 23.03.2013 Mr. Belagere Krishna Sastry left his mortal body. A great soul indeed which was lucky to have seen- experienced Mukundoor swamiji. A very contented and meaninful life has come to an end. But he shall continue to inspire the future generations through his deeds and simplicity. May his soul rest in peace.
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  20. To day morning 23.03.2013 Mr. Belagere Krishna Sastry left his mortal body today morning. I was lucky to have a glimse of his body. Indeed a great soul and a lucky soul to have experienced Mukundoor swamiji during his younger days. He led a contented, simple and meaningful life. He will be remembered for the great work he has carried out during his prime time. He shall continue to be inspirational to the coming generations through his work. May his soul rest in peace.

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  21. Ravi, My condolences for Krishna Shastri's death. I wish I had met him. Is the book Yegdagella Aithe available in Tamil?

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  22. I don't know whether there is any Tamil translation of this book.

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