Whip of the Wild God is an epic novel set in a time reminiscent of the Indus Valley Civilization. The “Wild God” is Rudra, precursor to the great God Shiva, while “whip” refers to the suffering inflicted by this paradoxical deity on gifted souls who stray into sensual and ethical weaknesses arising from primal ignorance. As this saga ingeniously reveals, it is intense suffering that dissolves the ego, even as it unfurls the petals of the spiritual heart-leading the seeker to the undying bliss of theSelf.
The novel’s protagonist is Ishvari, an angry and spirited girl plucked out of abject rural poverty on the advice of a royal astrologer. Meticulously groomed by venerable tantric monks, Ishvari is sent to serve as spiritual consort to a powerful but corrupt monarch. Narrated in vivid cinematic style, Ishvari’s tumultuous journey-from terrified peasant to High Tantrika of the sacred city of Melukhha in the year 1839 BCE-spins the reader through a gripping tale into which yogic, tantric and other high teachings are brilliantly woven. Altogether a magnificent work of visionary fiction you will find impossible to put down!
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I have read every word and absolutely loved it! Ishvari is a compelling protagonist who I really “felt” as I read of her incredible adventures and personal journey….all of the yoga, tantra and higher teachings are so well presented and woven into the plot. I couldn’t put the book down. I worked in book publishing for seventeen years, at major houses where we published many historical novels, and this is among the best I’ve read….after the first fifty pages, I realized that this is a book that gives me that tingling spine.
~Jo Sgammato, New York Times bestselling author; General Manager of the Integral Yoga Institute of New York
Whip of the Wild God is a magical novel, an exquisite work that lacks nothing, a wild ride into ancient India—enriching, heartening and inspiring. Richly sprinkled with spiritual gems, this is a lyrical saga which throws a clear light on the ancient practices of yoga, tantra and atma vichara (Self-investigation). And yet it will also drag you through the depths of despair, force you to confront your own darkness, enrage you with the heartless cruelty of man and the bitter fight for survival—then drench out the flames with love, truth and mercy. God, how I love this book!
~Jen Wilson, language teacher and yogini
Mira Prabhu, artist/storyteller par excellence, plays on heartstrings, taking a reader through a profound primal experience reminiscent of the undying classics; yet this work is new and unique. Nothing is left out; one can experience life from full fall to transfiguration. It is a ‘mover and shaker’ read, a Great Book, one of the best I’ve ever read, and it will make a fantastic motion picture.
~Joneve McCormick, creative writing guru, poet and writer
Imagine my delight to find Whip of the Wild God to be both a page-turning adventure as well as a book of profound spiritual wisdom! I savored every single page—the craft of the writing and the author’s depth of understanding—and yet I couldn’t wait to get to the next page. Mira Prabhu has produced a rare gem!
~Swami Asokananda, President, Integral Yoga Institute of New York