Selected Book Reviews
Review by Janet K. Brennan
This philosophical and ecclesiastic poem by Dr Santosh Kumar is a life´s quest in the working of a mind that understands the present nature of the world, terrorism, its causes and possible solutions.
In this Theological Odyssey, not unlike the great works of Dante Alighieri´s "The Divine Comedy," Milton´s "Paradise Lost," St. Thomas Aquinas´ "Summa Theologica," and, more recently, Kahlil Gibran´s "The Prophet," we are taken through a dream with "The Poet" who is accompanied by Aaron, son of Moses and led by God Himself. They are shown that only through the rose of love planted in the hearts of all mankind by the Holy Spirit, can survival be possible in the wake of terrorism as well as a holocaust of sin and destruction at the hands of those criminals who yearn to see humanity end.
We need only look back through history to know what leads to acts of terrorism and genocide. Adolph Hitler established the Nazi party which overthrew the Weimar Republic, the German democratic government from 1919 to 1934, formed after Germany 's defeat in World War I. Hitler went on to commit murder of Jews whom he believed to be enemies of the state. In his desire for a pure Aryan race, he terrorized and killed over six million Jews.
Terrorist pines for violence, dire catastrophe
Kumar asks the question, "Where are the Verde, Upanishads, and Bible in these days of deep trouble?" These books of scripture, guidelines for moral living for Buddhists and Christians which so excellently guided us in the past, are now all but forgotten. Temples, Churches, and Mosques are empty. No one in the world is praying. No one is reading the holy books of life.
Blissful twins-Faith and Grace
War is akin to hell. At all costs we must avoid it. By citing past wars, Dr. Kumar shows that there can be no doubt that we are in World War III and that it began with the destruction of the World Trade Centers on September 11, 2001. He declares that, although war can be profitable, the tip of the humanity scale by the blood of mankind far outweighs any profit gendered by corrupt government. By citing the WWI Battle of Verdun , which typically symbolizes the horror of war, as well as the Battle of Gallipoli for Australian and New Zealand, and The Battle of Gettysburg in America , Kumar demonstrates that war is absolute in its horrific cannibalistic nature where lives are lost and spirits are destroyed in the aftermath. He expounds that a fine mixture of "philosophy and love" is the ultimate cocktail. Without those two things we cannot protect and survive what will be our own future. By studying past mistakes, and learning from them, we can forge ahead.
Dr. Kumar constantly pleads with us in this enlightening poem not to forget about the power of prayer and the omnipresent role that God plays in our lives and the future of His own creation, the world. He is the ultimate answer to everything and, by embracing His love and taking it into our very blood, we can fight the evil that exists in the world and rise above it. Without Christ, it is impossible. He is indeed the beginning and the end.
If we are, in fact, headed for a holocaust such as the world has never seen before, Kumar asks if civilization is ready for such atrocity. Have we progressed? Indeed, but with this progression has come the advent of many new and terrorizing weapons of mass destruction including smart bombs and chemical warfare. Destruction of all such weapons could save our world, however mankind, prideful as it is, will not allow such a destruction of what it has worked so hard to create.
Dr. Kumar puts forth the age old ideals of love and compassion, feeding the sick, clothing the homeless, much as Mother Teresa did. These basic ideals are essential in the revamping of a world that cares for its fellow man and abhors destruction. He goes on to say that the virtuous and saintly Mother Theresa was the perfect example of a daughter of God, sent for just such a purpose and that, with her own death, she has become stronger as she constantly influences the citizens of the world through prayer and her holy example while she lived.
Dr. Kumar details a frightening scenario of destruction and annihilation by nuclear weapons where the world is completely destroyed. He asks us to imagine a hideous world filled with hatred and pain. Gone are the beautiful green fields and crisp, sparkling rivers. It would appear that evil has won! However, in the second coming of Christ, Dr. Kumar´s metaphor for a world that will eventually be rebuilt, humanity will desperately need restoration through "Love and Philosophy." Good must triumph over evil. By embracing the ideals of love, compassion, and disarmament or, in Dr. Kumar´s brilliant words "Love, Truth and Non-violence," the new trinity, we can rebuild our world or, perhaps, save the world before it is too late.
Dr. Santosh Kumar has written a beautiful, frightening, and yet uplifting prophesy. This book should be planted within the hearts of every human, a seedling that will grow and become a beautiful rose, if we but listen to the words of this fine Prophet.
-- Janet K. Brennan