Spinoza is an unacknowledged father of modern man who traversed many difficult paths of questioning and creativity. He challenged us to go beyond dogma and despair. There is a world-wide revival of Spinoza now as our friend and fellow traveler as we are searching for new ways of self, social and planetary renewal. Benedict Spinoza: An Appreciation by Chitta Ranjan Das who, like Spinoza, is a meditative thinker and experimenter, is an outstanding contribution to our contemporary dialogue with Spinoza and search for a new humane future. It presents a lucid exposition of Spinoza's philosophy as well as his exemplary life. It also discusses Spinoza's work along with philosophers and sages in both Western and Eastern traditions. The book is a remarkable example of creative philosophical engagement embodying pearls of wisdom and invitations for transformative action. It will be of interest to students of philosophy, literature, social sciences and all seeking souls all around the world.
Chitta Ranjan Das based in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India is an educator, writer and thinker and has now written and translated more than two hundred books on different aspects of our collective human journey and strivings for transformations. Some of his books are: Jeevana Vidyalaya [The School of Life], Sukara O Sorcrates [Socrates and the Pig], Purna Ekatara Yoga [Towards A Yoga of Fuller Unity], Sataku Sata Ma [Truly A Mother], Bira Yodha Kari [Being a Heroic Warrior], Letters from the Forest, A Glimpse into Oriya Literature, Kristen Kold: A Revolutionary in Education and A Pioneer of Danish Folk High School Movement, and Manaku Stiri Besa Kari [Making Our Mind a Woman]. Now in his mid-eighties, Das continues his creative strivings in literature, education and social transformation.