“True Story of Secret India” written by Shreepal Singh can be justly described as a mini encyclopaedia enshrining the immensity of the most relevant facts celebrating the glories, attainments and wonders achieved by the ancient Indians in realms of science, morality, religion, abstract philosophy, architecture, social organization, political philosophy, law, jurisprudence, logic, medicine, surgery letters, literature and many others, in an astonishingly admirable brevity. He has virtually captured and imprisoned the vastness of the world in brevity (immensitas gentium in brevitate). The book is a most desirable desideratum for every lover of ancient India and her civilization, especially in modern times, since no one seems to be possessed of sufficient time for carrying on penetrating investigation by rummaging a huge number of volumes and tracts written by Indian and foreign authors. The book, I sincerely believe, is most likely to serve as an intellectual companion to every admirer of India’s great ancient civilization. Shreepal Singh has amazingly succeeded in presenting the immeasurably vast panorama of India’s unsurpassed greatness, unexcelled magnificence, cultural brilliance, immortal philosophical truths and the dizzy heights of her glorious civilization, as it were, in a capsule – a task and a feat requiring immense patience, inexhaustible perseverance, prodigious amount of indefatigable labor, unflagging enthusiasm, passionate devotion and unswerving dedication, apart from an extensive research which is quite evident from the bibliography given at the end of the book. I am sure that he must have been divinely possessed, while writing the book. Nemo aliquid umquam facere potest, sine adflatu divino. He has paid respectful homage to the ancient Sages, and Rishis of India whose divine utterances of eternal spiritual truths and values formed the firmest foundations on which was built the noblest structure of her spiritual greatness and magnificence. Specially, some pretty little intimate vignettes about very personal incidents in the lives of these prodigious spiritual giants of ancient India, such as the conversation between Lord Buddha and his disciple Anand during the last hours of his life, is highly touching. I am reminded of a similar discourse Lord Jesus gave to his disciples at the Last Supper. His comprehensive vision would not be satisfied unless he included in the the biography of India her journey across her middle ages down to the present times, and that is what he has accomplished with a thoroughness expected of him, a man of admirable insights, a passionate love of truth and uncompromising integrity of thought and deed. He is a citizen of the world, intellectually, spiritually and philosophically as evident from his dispassionate treatment in his book of the political, economic, philosophical, cultural ideas and thoughts, institutions and movements which flourished and thrived among the European nations ab initio usque ad nunc.
Mar 22, 2012