Nirmal Kumar is one-man bridge between the east and the west. His writings aim at projecting that the Indian and the Western literature, philosophy, psychology and culture project the same truth in different ways. Where they differ, the differences are because they are two halves of human knowledge that have to integrate to express the truth; and that truth, too, would be only a fraction of the knowable Truth, not to mention the unknowable. He blends the Indian and Western heritage in such a way that it looks to be the development of a single mind, not two opposite currents (the twain that would meet never – Rudyard Kipling). His writings are proof that if the two currents have never met historically, they have met in his mind, and this could not have happened had they not met somewhere in God.
Times of India has written, “Nirmal Kumar has emerged as one of the greatest modern thinkers. Another popular daily Hindustan Times wries, “Nirmal Kumar draws rare psychological insights from Indian epics. They may baffle many modern psychologists who swear by Freud.” The Deccan Herald daily writes, “Nirmal Kumar’s argument indicates the originality of his thinking. He has the courage to think for himself” The great novelist Jainendra Kumar, wrote, “His art is like a cataract, innocent, joyous and ever-new. Nirmal is a rare boon to literature.”
Regarding his poetic genius, Bachchan writes “His poetry has profound depth and power. It emanates from the sincerity with which he has looked upon nature and life.”
He believes that the Indian culture is Indian by accident; in truth, it is the culture of all humanity, since it is born of the innocence and the untutored emotions of every infant heart. He calls these two channels as God’s direct communication to man, without the intervention of any priest or prophet.
His mind is dissimilar to the minds of the modern clairvoyants and prophets of doom. He does not resist the maddening waves of modern life. It lets them hit and shatter it. It neutralizes all those quakes against each other and creates out of them every time new models of a better and stronger humanity before which the diabolic surrenders. He proves that inside the core of honest and innocent humanism lies hidden the omnipotent and the omniscient God. Man has no need of collaborating with the devil for success, since the omnipotent and the omniscient are only the other faces of his fragile looking innocence and spontaneous love. Each of his hero in his novels, “Burning Sands of Sind”, “Call of the Yeti” “Kharvel” and “Six Friend Of The Sun” faces a new crisis and solves it only with love and innocence. His heroes use these delicate human powers in such a way that the omnipotent and the omniscient hidden in them pick up the gauntlet.
In ‘Tao of Psychology’ he draws attention to two processes of thinking, one half, the other full and the former not the lisp of the latter. They are different and equal, in spite of the immense difference in measurement, one being half and the other full. His message is, “Do not give up humanity under any circumstance. What you see as your weakness has the omnipotence and the omniscience of God hidden in it.”
In ‘Psychology Beyond Freud’ he frees the human mind of the cult of Freud and its error. He says that the psyche is not the soul. It is a veil on the soul. He then shows the profound way of self-sacrifice that is required to lift a psychological veil from consciousness.
His novel ‘Burning Sands of Sind’ brings humanity face to face with barbarism, not a victim but an equal. The tyrant deserves pity, not hatred. The inhuman has tricked and enslaved him by arousing in him the desire to subdue the human.
Now his latest work ‘Culture and Mathematics’ aims at freeing man of the domination of modern consciousness by mathematics. He says that modern stress, tension and neural disorders are results of the subjugation of the human consciousness by mathematics. Even the affluent cannot enter the spiritual world from the material world, in spite of so much leisure, because of the slavery of the nerves to mathematics.
He does not give you dejection for being human in an inhuman world. He does not show, like Dostoevsky, that the destiny of the human is the lunatic asylum.
He does not say, like Nietzsche, that in order to experience the joy of being you must get rid of your humanity. He says that by giving up humanity and by becoming a superman you give up the human apparatus that alone can experience the joy of sheer being. This joy is not accessible to any kind of being fabricated out of the human.
In ‘Psychology Beyond Freud’ he was the first man to free mankind of the cult of Freud and its error intellectually. He brought people’s attention to the reality and the human soul that was mistaken by psychoanalysts as the self. Mental diseases were made spiritual by the identification of the two.
His novel ‘Burning Sands of Sind’ brings humanity face to face with barbarism, not a victim but an equal, if not superior. It is free of prejudice and a real example of charity for all. Even the tyrant is to be pitied as much as his victim. They are both human enrolled and tricked by the Inhuman. His aim is to remind both, the Arabs and the Indians, that they were both human who betrayed their allegiance to humanity and became soldiers of the Inhuman.
Now his latest work ‘Culture and Mathematics’ aims at freeing man of Mathematical domination of modern consciousness, even the affluent cannot enjoy leisure due to mathematical obsessions. He has crumpled it.
He says that between two conservationists, there is always God as the Third party. Unless we recognize him as the third party, we cannot reach decisions that help humanity, no matter who wins. He was placed with Vyas for his work ‘Philosophy of Being Human’ as one who met the new crisis. But the latest ‘Culture and Mathematics’ shows that he is as much a Vyas to the West as to India.
Nirmal Kumar is the fulcrum for modern Indian thought. His writings are aimed at freeing the Indian psyche of slavery, and uniting the human and the spiritual values beyond religion. He believes that eternal philosophic truths can be imbibed through practice in everyday life.
Times of India, quotes: “Nirmal Kumar has emerged as one of the greatest modern thinkers”.
His published works started appearing in National dailies and Philosophical journals from the age of sixteen. He has written over 24 titles in Hindi and 7 in English in the form of novels, plays, poems, short stories, philosophical and psychological works on Sanatan Dharma, and treatise on religion, especially Jainism and Sikhism, through several prominent publishers, like Sterling, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Rupa, IBA and Amazon. He is the author of widely received titles on Literature, History, Psychology, Aesthetics, Culture, Religion and Indian Philosophy. His works draw from the Indian epics rare psychological insights that can be applied to the problems of modern times.
In writings spanning over four decades, he has enabled his readers to drink ambrosia from the ‘The Stream of Indian Culture’ in contemporary prose, taken them on a journey beyond the continuum of time and space in the verse of `Pankhadiya’ & `Abhisaar’, and offered an hereto unexplored interpretation of the Advaita-Vedanta in highly enjoyable ‘The Burning Sands of Sindh’ in English and ‘Rituraj’ in Hindi for the modern readers. He is equally keen to enquire upon the aspects of harmony and strife between “Culture and Mathematics” and the implications for civilisation. In the words of a noted Hindi novelist, Nirmal Kumar is ‘What Rilke, Keats, Goethe and Pushkin had given to their languages, Nirmal has given, all alone, to Hindi. Undoubtedly, he is the greatest living writer of Hindi.’
His tenure with the distinguished Indian Administrative service facilitated his deep understanding of the Indian spirit. As a civil servant he took up cudgels against the lime-quarrying mafias in the Himalayan foothills of Mussorie, collaborated with the Eco Task Force to reforest the denuded Mussoorie hills, reinstated calm in the riot-hit Moradabad city during the year 1980, engaged farmers in western Uttar Pradesh to purge age-old fallacies in bringing about record crop productions. He demonstrated sharp entrepreneurial acumen by reviving the insolvent `Billari Sugar mills’, mostly through tripartite dialogue with management, workers and local farmers, and helped increase the government’s revenue.
He has been active in the International Lecture circuit with US Universities like Nevada, with Indian Colleges and Academic institutions like University of Punjab, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, who describe him as the writer “who gives a reverse message of re-structure of a better humanity. He belongs to a lineage of our greater forefathers, like Vyas, Valmiki and Kalidas.”
Forever in awe of Mother Nature, he believes that Nature distills its own wisdom directly to anyone who connects with her and that learning self-sacrifice (atma-yagya) techniques will liberate soul from evil and redeem humanity. His publication in print for 2015 is “Vyas Vishnu Rupaaye”, a homage to the Great Writer of Mahabharata. He is currently working on “Law and Culture”, which will bring a fresh new perspective to humans for modern day living. He lives with his family in Dehradoon, the capital of the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand.