Gandhi and Applied Spirituality by K.R. Rao is not just another book on the life and thoughts of M.K.Gandhi. It is a scientific assessment of the spiritual foundations of Gandhian philosophy, its practices and relevance to today's terror stricken world and a psychological model of the life and practices of the Mahatma. This can be considered as a spiritual book which does a fantastic job at addressing and resolving the falsely and widely held notion that science and spirituality cannot co-exist. According to Dr. K. Ramakrishna Rao, science and spirituality are, in fact, parallel to each other as they are both in search of knowledge and the ultimate truth in their own ways. Hailed as one of the few books that discusses Gandhi's philosophy and spirituality extensively, Gandhi and Applied Spirituality is a must read.
The book deals with various concepts in Gandhian philosophy such as identity, conflict, violence, pragmatism, Satyagraha (truth), ahimsa (non-violence) which are all very relevant to the current times. Gandhi's actions and thoughts show that we are also spiritual beings, in addition to being rational and emotional . Dr. Rao hails Gandhi as a Yogin since truth and non-violence are the most important teachings in Yoga philosophy, and that Satyagraha is fool proof and better than any other corrupt methods of conflict resolution. There is a lot of evidence in support of Gandhian ideology of Satya and Ahimsa, truth and non-violence, respectively, which is rooted in the Indian mindset. Recent research in the field of yoga and psychic phenomena shows a scientific base for spirituality and Mahatma Gandhi's spiritual convictions.