COMMENT OF SWAMI OM OF SRI SITARAM ASHRAM,
Burning Sands of Sind
is a textbook for humanity for all times. This noble
effervescence of mythology, history and the art of rendering
them into a novel will, one day, take on board, all of us,
the heretic and the conservative, the liberal and the
sectarian, the infidel and the barbarian and the believer,
all alike. Nirmal is a sage and a seer. Posterity shall
honor this rishi, this chosen soul, who walked on
earth when needed most...... Through him have spoken,
collectively, Vyas and Valmiki, Yagyavalka and Maitreyi,
Buddha and Mahaveer, Jesus and Mohammed, Socrates and
Burning Sands Of Sind" should be translated in all
languages. It should be made available to our children.
They should not be denied their freedom for
this trans-religious journey in the open sky of the Truth.
This book should be a part of our prayers. It will put heart
in all our actions.
Shankar, Nirmal is destined to bring all humanity together.
He is the savior of the soul of humans. He will leave behind
his footprints on the sands of time. We are blessed, indeed,
to have seen him in flesh and blood.
Burning Sands of Sind is the story of every man or woman who
chooses to walk in the faint but sure light of their soul,
and shun both choosing and submitting to the vagaries of
chance or destiny. Far above the sphere where destiny
operates on human life, blows the wind that helps us walk on
the path that the light of the soul reveals, step by step.
story is set in the eighth century, when the Arabs invaded
India. It was not an ordinary invasion, like the earlier
invasions of the Iranians, the Greeks, the Shakas and the
Huns. All earlier invasions were born of greed or adventure.
The Arab invasion was armed with a sinister mission. It
aimed at wiping out the civilization of the Indus valley
that had graduated from being a sophisticated settlement
into a spiritual culture. It was an extraordinary experiment
for the time and age whereby a culture strived to nurture
humanity by its intrinsic values, without taking any help
from deceit, cunning and cruelty. It aimed at giving total
spiritual freedom to every individual. The Arabs wanted to
change the very structure of the natural personality of the
Indians. In order to fit the world to their newly discovered
model of man and society, the Arabs did not care while
chopping and tailoring parts of the human personality they
believed to be in excess of the measurements that their code
approved. They indulged their appetite and massacred in the
most populated cities of Sind, like Brahmanabad and Multan.
They genuinely believed that they were doing so to improve
humanity so that it came up to the standards of their
gory event in India's history coincided with the brief life
span of Shankaracharya, who remains arguably one of the
world's greatest rationalists. He was, however, not a sworn
rationalist, like Hume or Hegel, for he found that when
judged rationally, everything seemed transitory and unreal.
He did not strain his mind to take rationalism beyond its
frontiers with superhuman efforts. He found that if one
waited patiently, when the intellect stopped taking oneself
any step further, a deeper faculty called Pragya grew
in the mind. It grew only after the soul sacrificed itself
to the Absolute. Every self-sacrifice strengthens the soul,
since it is immortal. Self-sacrifice only increases its
courage. Finally, it dared to face the terror that the Arabs
had perpetrated in Sind. It gave the people the secret
of conquering fear and all negative emotions.
I had met Shri Nirmal Kumar as back as 1967 wandering like a
Philosopher but meticulously dressed which is unlike a
Philosopher. I met him again after a very long time in 1987
in the Chief Secretary office neatly dressed and same
philosophical aura. At that time I did not know that he has
unfolded the soul of Indian culture and civilization. After
some time I retired and settled in Vasant Vihar, Dehradun.
There one day while walking I saw Shri Nirmal Kumar in
philosophic mood and suddenly wishing somebody. I then
became curious to know him. I asked him did he know that
person. He told no. I wished him because of Narain seated in
him. He then talked of Narain Hari guiding him and it is
Narain Hari who is guiding him daily to write a book “The
Burning Sands of Sind”. I found Shri Nirmal Kumar one who in
the midst of the crowd keeps, with perfect sweetness, the
independence of solitude. Shri Nirmal Kumar believes that
what he has written is under the guidance of Narain Hari and
that he is engaged in every activity for the grace of God. I
found him writing all his books with this motto of engaging
himself for the grace of Narain Hari.
And this I realized when I had gone through his book “The
Burning Sands of Sind”. I could never have imagined that
this book can be about Shri Sankracharya whose Mahabhashya I
have studied for my M.A Degree in Sanskrit and for which I
was rewarded gold medal. I did not know nothing about that
Sankaracharya whom people correctly say “God! Yeh to Bhagwan
hain”. Without the book of Shri Nirmal Kumar we could never
have known that Sankracharya was a great social reformer. He
raised hopes in that century in the minds of physically
molested women in Sind during invasion;that he fought for
the stopping of Nar Bali and Pashu Bali; that he fought for
“India” at that time by establishing four Mathas and he gave
his body to Sankara in Kedarnath when he found four
Sankaracharya fighting for their supremacy as we find today.
The book written by Shri Nirmal Kumar has opened our eyes to
the true religion Sanatan Dharma.
He has done a great service to the country by opening our
eyes to the fact that “India” is not a new thing in the
world. ”INDIA”, as we call it now, was brought into
existence by Shri Sankracharya ,who people of India still
worship by visiting Chardham for Moksha once in the
lifetime. I have no words to praise Shri Nirmal Kumar. He is
superb in thought in the English language. Lively, smoothly
written, soul touching, it is the best and the only book by
far on this Great Saint of India,. It is, indeed, a great
contribution to Humanity. His all other works are profound
and stimulating, the product of a great mind. His books
bring to us the picture of India and its great civilization.
The books written by him are mandatory reading for our
generation to know about this great country ‘India’ and its
saints of all religions who made this Great country and
every Indian should read his works.
No writer in free India has written about India’s culture,
philosophy and human values so convincingly as Shri Nirmal
Kumar has done. To read his works is to feel the heart of
Mother India within one’s heart. Talking of ‘Burning Sands
of Sind’, the characters he draws are live sketches and the
story makes one so inspired by his remaining close to truth
in his heart that all my acquaintances who have read it say,
“It must have happened so.” This book of about 600 pages is
based upon the very scanty information that is available
about Sankaracharya. The fact that the live details of his
life have come from Shri Nirmal Kumar’s imagination, shows
that not only his ideas, emotions and sensations, his
imagination, too, all his powers have but one common source
– Truth. It is not in vain that he says that all his 35
published books and his unpublished books too are the
writings of the Divine. His role is only that of a steno.
With a firm belief that soon one day he shall be given the
highest award and honour that are long his due,
Suresh Kumar Sharma
Ret. I A S
176,, Phase – 2, Vasant Vihar
Dehradun – 248006
Tel. 0i35 - 2763785
The Burning Sands of Sindh is the story of the beginning of
India’s decline, and enslavement of a thousand years, set in
the eighth century. It contains a vast range of human
experiences and emotions from the bizarre to the sublime. It
is the story of every man and woman who chooses to walk in
the faint but sure light of the atman. It is the story of
those that do not want to live by the vagaries of chance or
destiny. The modern rationalists have confined reason to a
combination of sense-observations and logic. It is a neat
method adopted by genuine seekers of knowledge, yet it lacks
the joy that knowledge brings to the human heart. The
expectation of the heart is not a whim, for nobody suffers
more due to lack of this joy than those that lie in the
Procrustean bed of empirical knowledge.
Intellect of Indian philosophers was not only empirical. It
evolved from Dhi (empirical) to Medha, i.e. the intellect
aware of sources other than empirical, to Pragya, i.e. the
intellect intimate with immortality, to Ritambhara, i.e. the
intellect that integrates the other three and discovers
nature of the material truth in the mundane world. Beyond
these lie the transcendental truth that includes everything
– the material and the transcendental – and satisfies the
mind completely. Man needs to investigate the way to
happiness. Nirmal Kumar has offered in this book a way to
it, which may fit in the definition of rationality of a
majority of the modern people.
This story is set in the eighth century, when the Arabs
invaded India and enforced Islam for the first time. It was
not like the earlier invasions of the Iranians, the Greeks,
the Shakas and the Huns. The Arab invasion aimed at wiping
out India’s spiritual culture, which did not use deceit,
cunning and cruelty. The invaders aimed at changing the
human personality from natural to artificial. They wanted
humans to fit in the measurements of their newfound faith.
They wiped out the most populated cities of Sind that
resisted them. This gory event in India's history coincided
with the brief life span of Shankaracharya, one of the
world's great rationalists.He taught that when the intellect
stops taking one further towards truth, a deeper faculty,
Pragya intellect brings intimations of immortality to the
mind. It grows only after the soul sacrifices itself to the
Absolute. After Pragya, the Ritambhara intellect grows. It
integrates the mortal body and the immortal soul.
Self-sacrifice only introduces the soul to its immortality.
It gave the people the secret of conquering fear and all
negative emotions in those troubled times.