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Sages of Ancient India: The Holy Lives of Dhruva and Prahlad

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The two famous stories of Dhruva and Prahlad tell of the difficulties of the spiritual path and the determination necessary to achieve self-realization. They contain universal truths applicable to all times and ages, inspiring people to pursue an authentic spiritual life. The stories of Dhruva and Prahlad are well known to adults and children throughout India. Dhruva was a young, first-born prince, who was neglected by his father, the king. Dhruva resolves to attain an elevated position in the universe not even his father or grandfather could aspire to. He transforms his wounded pride into genuine self-realization. Prahlad was a saintly boy who happened to be born the son of a powerful demon king, Hiranyakashipu. Though the demon king tried everything to convert the boy, Prahlad held fast to his faith in Vishnu. Includes b&w illustrations and a Sanskrit pronunciation guide and glossary.