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A journey turned spiritual – Matthew Zschoche to Ananda Mathews


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Happiness can come in many forms, and the meaning of happiness hence differs for each individual, but despite taking discrete shapes, it also brings along a single certainty- happiness is transient. In today’s modern yet turbulent times, everyone is in pursuit of this happiness and contentment, and even if it is found, it always proves to be short-lived.

But what if, the key to permanent peace and happiness finds your way, with your fingers simply flipping the soft pages of a book, which turns out to be your stepping stone to a serene inner transformation journey?

The book, ‘In Quest of Guru’, reveals a universal transformation journey, inspiring global youth and spiritual seekers towards enlightenment through a modern approach to Sanatana Dharma and Vedic principles for contented joyful living.

In this groundbreaking book, ‘In Quest of Guru’, author Ananda Mathews, an American-born cinematographer settled in Goa, Bharat, presents the human search for universal truth and knowledge in simple contemporary language, easily relatable by today’s youth and traditional spiritual seekers.

‘In Quest of Guru’ marks a significant milestone as the first book of its kind to refer to our nation as ‘Bharat’, presenting a modern approach to Sanatana Dharma and Vedic principles for joyful living. The book takes the readers through Ananda Mathews’ self-realisation and spiritual churning while working in Hollywood and Bollywood entertainment industries to seamlessly communicate a contemporary approach to Sanatana Dharma and enlightenment, offering a unique perspective to inspire global youth on their spiritual journey.

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‘In Quest of Guru’ author Ananda Mathews

‘In Quest of Guru’ examines Ananda Mathews’ challenging childhood, igniting his quest to seek answers to life mysteries and illuminating his eventual transformative journey in the spiritual nation, Bharat. His quest for inner peace and understanding of the secrets of human existence led him to a profound encounter with his Guru Ji, spiritualist Divine Colonel – Ashok Kini Ji, who has Goan-Konkani cultural roots.

Under Guru Ji’s guidance, Ananda Mathews embraced his true potential and divinely received through his Guru Ji, a mission to share Bharat’s profound spiritual wisdom with the global youth and spiritual aspirants.

The book’s co-author, Ananda Mathew’s Guru Ji, Divine Colonel- Ashok Kini Ji, earned the esteemed title of ‘Divine Colonel’ from the late President of Bharat, Bharat Ratna, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, during his tenure as advisor and comptroller of the president’s household at the Rashtra Pati Bhavan. Later, he continued his national service as an advisor in the defence ministry before transitioning into a life devoted entirely to spiritual seva, becoming a guiding light of ‘spiritual wisdom’ for seekers worldwide.

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‘In Quest of Guru’ co-author, Divine Colonel-Ashok Kini Ji

Empowered by the divine, Divine Colonel – Ashok Kini Ji adeptly addresses the most intricate spiritual cases that puzzle both doctors and astrologers. His spiritual awakening occurred during the Kargil War while tending to the martyrs’ bodies, laying the foundation for a life committed to spiritual seva. Quietly guiding seekers across the globe, he eases their suffering and imparts fresh divine wisdom. Even spending a few moments in his presence can significantly impact an individual’s soul.

Numerous individuals who were acquainted with Ananda Mathews, when he was known as Matthew Zschoche, emphatically assert that he is an entirely different person today. They contend that the young man they once saw and knew could never have penned this transformative book.

Ananda Mathews’ sister, Ruth, one of the editors of the book, based out of the United States, alongside Preetha TK from Kerala in Bharat, took a symbolic step in solidarity–Ruth shaved off her hair after reading the book, convinced that her brother could not have written it without undergoing a profound transformation.

“My Guru Ji, Divine Colonel – Ashok Kini Ji, respects, and spiritually connects with all spiritual masters and divine entities in their spiritual form, transcending religious boundaries. He is a unique spiritual personality who works in disguise for the well-being of society (Lok Kalyana) and selfless service to humanity (Jana Seva). Under his close guidance and protection, he has empowered and connected me for similar service to humanity.”, shares Anand Mathews, who found fascination and spiritual connection with his Guru Ji, Divine Colonel – Ashok Kini Ji.

“Guru Ji underwent a profound spiritual transformation during the Kargil War, where he tended to the mortal remains of the nation’s soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the nation. His experience is similar to what happened with King Ashoka after the historical Kalinga War; similarly, Divine Colonel – Ashok Kini Ji’s transformation unfolded after the Kargil War.”, added Ananda Mathews.

“Satya, Dharma, Prema, and Seva are the pillars of Sanatana Dharma which I try to teach everyone who comes to me for spiritual guidance. I ask them to follow these principles and practice in their life to experience the divinity.”, says Divine Colonel – Ashok Kini Ji, who has been in spiritual service for over 23 years in Bharat and abroad by following an everyday Sankalp for the welfare of humanity and Bharat’s security and prosperity.

‘In Quest of Guru’ is already proving to be a catalyst for healing and transformation. Numerous individuals have attested to avoiding suicide and overcoming serious addictions to alcohol and drugs after being touched by the book. Those who were once mired in suffering have found relief, transitioning to lives of joy and dedicating themselves to selfless service (seva), inspired by the tireless humanitarian efforts of Ananda Mathews and Divine Colonel – Ashok Kini Ji.

The impact of the book is resonating with individuals worldwide, marking the beginning of a transformative journey towards self-discovery and inner peace.

Published by Motilal Banarsidass (MLBD), Bharat’s oldest publisher with over a century of cultural promotion, ‘In Quest of Guru’ conveys a profoundly positive and peaceful message to youths worldwide. Ananda Mathews and Divine Colonel – Ashok Kini Ji envision Bharat as ‘Vishwa Guru’, and this book represents a humble ‘squirrels’ effort’ towards this mission by both the authors. Transcripts of spiritual dialogue between both authors documented in the book are worth reading as these directly came down from higher spiritual sources.

With a foreword by Dharma Pracharak, Major General Dr GD Bakshi and blessing notes from Vedic scholar, David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri Ji) and global spiritual leader, Brahma Rishi Mohan Ji, ‘In Quest of Guru’ is set to spark a spiritual revolution, encouraging youth globally to explore the universal values of Sanatana Dharma and embark on their own transformative journey.

The book was recently released by the Governor of Maharashtra, Ramesh Bais, with Major General GD Bakshi, Brahma Rishi Mohan Ji, and Dr Nishith K. Bhandarkar, of Vishwa Samvad Kendra in attendance along with author Ananda Mathews and his Guru Ji, Divine Colonel – Ashok Kini Ji.

‘In Quest of Guru’ is available on Amazon in Bharat, the UK, and the US with global access through the publisher’s website. Seekers can connect with Ananda Mathews through all major social media platforms or by writing to [email protected].

If Ananda Mathews can transform, so can every youth, man, and woman of Bharat and the world. Let us all start a transformation journey today. One flame can light many; let the voyage to the self- start in each of us today. Jai Vishwa Guru Bharat.

Sonakshi Datta
Sonakshi Datta
Journalist who wants to cover the truth which others look the other way from.

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