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Dr. Devdas Menon is a professor of structural engineering at IIT Madras, and a successful consultant. He is well-versed in the various spiritual traditions of Vedanta, Taoism, Buddhism, Zen, Christianity and Sufism. His brilliant and popular lectures are peppered with some of the ideas he has put forth in this book. At the age of twenty-five, he underwent a profound inner transformation that was to leave an enduring impression on him. He withdrew from the material world for a brief period and, under the guidance of some Himalayan Masters, came to realize that there was no need at all to ‘renounce’ the world. On their advice, he chose to remain in and practice the profession for which he had been trained. He later added the dimension of education, for which he found he had a natural calling. He advocates a holistic approach to education and life in which ‘awakening’ has a central role to play.