The story behind the set of these three books that together make The Trail to Enlightenment cannot easily be put into words. Amitabha Ray, Fiona Smith, Moushumi Bhattacharjee and Harimohan Pillai have been like four pillars and these books wouldn’t have found support without them.
None of them knew much about Jiddu Krishnamurti before they put in their time and efforts to make this book successful. They were located in four different places and have neither met nor they know each other. Yet the book is an evidence of how they were charged with passion to work as a team, complimenting each other unknowingly, for a team that probably came together in the invisible worlds.
Harimohan Pillai is a chemistry graduate, architect and academician with PhD in architecture from IIT Kharagpur. Having undergone a perplexing spiritual experience and an awakening of consciousness in his younger years, he is now deeply interested in philosophical discourses about human existence in the universe and reasons thereof. He is a voracious reader too apart from his current profession as an architect.
“I believe that this life is only a passage in an immortal life of self (atman) in this universe. The Story of Jiddu Krishnamurti brought to life by good old IIT days friend Shuvendu Patnaik, became a catalyst for rapid churning of thoughts leading to a trail to enlightenment for myself, through continuous late night chats online with Shuvendu. And today I have in hand the three volumes of The Trail to Enlightenment on Life and Teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti, by Shuvendu Patnaik… a must read for all.”
Amitabha Ray is graduate in Computer Science from NIT Warangal. He has studied in various residential schools run by Ramakrishna Mission in Purulia and Belur Math. He has grown up imbibing the teaching and philosophies of the great Saint, Ramakrishna Parmahamsa, which has made him a free thinking from his early life. He likes to keep an open mind to learn the new. An avid reader, he reads thrillers, books by management gurus, contemporary philosophers like Alain De Botton, and also Ramana Maharshi, Swami Vivekananda, and others.
“It was sheer luck that in the course of my professional work with the author, I first came to know about Theosophy – the science of spirituality. At first Theosophy seemed very abstract and dense. A paragraph would take several days of discussion with the author to understand and appreciate the subtlety that it possessed. Gradually, over several months if not years, I developed a liking for the subject. But it is the life and teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti, which had a profound impact on me. A philosopher, whose writings and lectures are so simple and lucid that they border on poetry. Being a person, who oscillates between being an agnostic and a theist, I found his teachings carry different layers of meanings and each time I read or listen to his teachings, it throws a new light- a fresh discovery. The journey with this book has been just that – a series of discoveries, which let us see things in fresh perspective. This book, like Science, does not let us believe in something just because it written in some scriptures or holy book but inspires us to undertake the fascinating journey to the mountaintop of evolved consciousness.”
Moushumi Bhattacharjee is a Convent educated girl, born and raised in Cuttack, in Odisha. She is an educationist too, with a M.Sc. degree in Physics and B.Ed NELTS, who chose to devote her career to her first love, to teach English language to senior school students. She is an avid reader, keen quizzer and an enthusiastic debater. She now devotes herself to professional editing and proof reading assignments for books, magazines and periodicals, for which she puts in, all her mind and heart.
“In my vast teaching career I had been intricately involved in the editorial board of school magazines. When the author Shuvendu Patnaik bestowed his trust in me and offered me the mammoth task of copy-editing his books, I hesitantly accepted the undaunted challenge of venturing into an unknown territory. Primarily, because it was set in the backdrop of my home state Odisha and subsequently, due to the encouraging guidance of Shuvendu. Albeit an entirely alien genre for me, the pages unfolded a new learning experience and I discovered myself being drawn into the depth of Jiddu Krishnamurthy’s philosophy. I am sure these 3 volumes will ENLIGHTEN several others as they have done to me.
“Happy Reading !!!”
Fiona is an anthropology graduate from Cambridge University. She grew-up in countryside in Scotland and England, but has largely been in India in the guise of various employments since her teenage years, researching, filming, sourcing, and writing. She is also mother to a four-year-old, whose father is Italian and they enjoy spending family time, particularly in Himachal, where they visit a hatha yoga teacher they met sometime back. Her on-going experiences of human unity in an extraordinarily diverse world have been rich food.
“I’d been curious about Theosophy, Annie Besant, Madam Blavatsky, Krishnamurti for a little while. Reading Shuvendu’s book was a wonderful experience. At times deeply relaxing, to ponder for hours, line by line, and at others, page-turningly gripping. I think this is a feast of knowledge, yet Shuvendu has a light, sun-filled tone of making a humble, and easily accessible offering. I found it as valuable to observe the author’s journey, as it was to learn more about Krishnamurti and others. A thoroughly fascinating and highly-significant resource to come back to again and again.”