‘M’ (Mumtaz Ali), as he prefers to be called and is popularly known, is a genuinely secular voice that has assimilated the essence of all religions and is committedly engaged in passing on his understanding of the oneness of all religious paths to spiritual seekers.
Born into a muslim family in Kerala in 1949, ‘M’ nurtured keen interest towards spiritual pursuit since childhood. Even as a lad he spent time reading books on yoga, vedanta and vedic scriptures. At twenty, he could no longer subdue his strong attraction towards the Himalayas where he met his great master. Emulating the teachings and life of his guru, ‘M’ strongly asserts that one has to live like the lotus, which, while growing in water and deriving its nourishment from it, still does not let water wet its petals. He shuns the pseudo outer shell of all formal religions, yet cognizes their inner mysticism that can nourish the innate goodness in all human being.
To all those who seek clarifications, guidance and help in spiritual matters he is available with matchless compassion and unconditional love. He lives in a valley on the outskirts of Madanapalli in Andra Pradesh but is often on the move travelling far and wide for lectures. He writes and paints when he is not away from his house “Snow White” in Madanpalli. Although not formally trained in music, ‘m’ sings beautiful bhajans in mellifluous tunes. He is a ‘grihasta’ not a monk, and has a wife and two children.
“Go to the core” he says, “Theories are unless”.
Nearly 2000 years ago, in the forest academies of ancient India the search for the ultimate meaning of life, the ‘Truth’ behind the phantasmagoria of sorrow and suffering, that marks the human beings’ fleeting existence, had reached its Himalayan summit.The non-denominational, non sectarian, investigation-oriented Upanishads were the cream of this enquiry into the essence of life and search for peace, bliss and tranquillity. Even today as one pursues the study of the Upanishads, this ancient teaching is as relevant as it was in antiquity. Sri ‘M’ tries to sum up the essence of the Upanishads in this talk.
*Cover painting of Himalayas by Sri ‘M’