Name of book: Duggar ki Pravidhya
Name of author: Shiv Nirmohi
Publisher: Akshay Prakashan, Ansari Road, New Delhi
Price : Rs 240.00
No of pages: 132
‘Is there any life after death?’ This question has baffled the human mind for centuries together with no convincing answer so far.As such,this topic has not been discussed or deliberated so prominently, especially in Duggar,as other topics.’Duggar ki Pravidhya’ is perhaps the first book of its type ever written in Duggar in which the author Prof.Shiv Nirmohi,Padma Shri awardee, exhibits the courage to discuss this new topic.According to the writer, he got inspired to write this book while attending a seminar at Indira Gandhi Human Museum, at Shaktisthal, Chintapurni ( H. P) from Jan 21 to Jan 23, 2002.A large number of scientists, tantriks and experts in folklores participated in this seminar. This seminar was organised to discuss, in a scientific manner,the divergent views of diverse religions and philosophies on ‘life after death’.
This compact but useful book has been divided into 11 chapters in all.The introductory chapter deals with the growth and development of human body. According to the scientists, human body shows slow and gradual development which begins at birth and ends at death. The second chapter is devoted to the important topic ‘life after death’. The scientists as well as philosophers, are divided over this issue. The atheists don’t believe in life after death while material sciences assert that a person ceases to exist once he dies. Intellectualism on the other hand, says that what is invisible is imaginary and nothing else.Yet Para psychologists believe that life continues to exist even after one dies and nothing is destroyed though an object may change from one form to another.
In the third lesson, the writer discusses spirits and ghosts. Some people say that ghosts are mere illusions while others believe in them. The fourth lesson is based on mortals in flesh and bones and those who are bodiless and invisible. An effort has been made to distinguish between a ghost and a ‘Pret’. The fifth lesson is dedicated to the theory of rebirth. Indian philosophy believes in the theory of Karma and rebirth. Budhists too believe in rebirth though not in atma or soul. The sixth chapter is dedicated to those great souls (devta) who do no harm to anybody and help everybody while the the seventh chapter is based on evil souls ( Duratma) who are hellbent on causing troubles to the mortals.
The eighth chapter deals with ‘Masaan’ who is also known as ‘ Shadow Human Being’. The ninth chapter is devoted to ‘ Sidhis and Sadhnas’- the techniques to control supernatural forces/ spirits and get the desired task(s) done by them.The tenth chapter deals with ‘Anushthans’ while in the last chapter, there is discussion on various Yantras, Mantras and Tantras. On the whole, the writer has delved deep into the parapsycholgical practices followed in Duggar.
The writer has also discussed in detail the growth and development of human body and incorporated views of many scholars and writers on ‘life after death’. According to the writer, he developed interest in Para Pyschology when he got the opportunity of studying many books on Parapsychology during his posting at Govt College of Education, Jammu. So, he decided to write what he had read and experienced. This book will be highly useful to the scholars who are interested in pursuing research on Para Psychology. Therefore, it ought to be purchased by the libraries of colleges and universities so that the teachers and the students can read and develop interest in Para Psychology for further research.