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Book Review: “Dhruva” is a Masterclass in Relationship Wisdom
By Kulavati Krishnapriya Devi Dasi, ISKCON News Staff Writer   |  Окт 04, 2023

Gauranga Darshan Das, an educator, TEDx speaker, and spiritual author of over 32 books, has recently published “Dhruva: Relationship & Success Sutras from the Story of a Celebrated Prince” under the Penguin Ananda banner from Penguin Random House. The book has received immense appreciation from authors and motivational speakers. It explores the intricacies of dealing with relationship problems with wisdom and knowledge.

In one of the testimonials mentioned, HH Sacinandan Swami said, “In “Dhruva” you will find wisdom that breathes or is alive with potency handed down and preserved by the saints of the past who are known as true well-wishers of humanity. When you step forward, you will get something, but when you step backward and discover the wealth of the wisdom of Prince Dhruva, you may get everything. After all, Dhruva’s material as well as spiritual attainments are still unprecedented in the history of humanity. Gauranga Darshan’s “Dhruva” is certainly a book that needs to be read with the mind of a Treasure hunter.” 

As one navigates the labyrinth of human emotions, relationships, and life’s uncertainties, “Dhruva” emerges as a beacon of hope and guidance. It introduces the readers to the art of “philosophical counseling,” a treasure trove of wisdom passed down through the ages. Its compelling narration and straightforward approach will satisfy the readers’ thirst for knowledge. At the end of each chapter, bullet points give readers tips for having successful and enlivening relationships in their lives.

“Dhruva” sets the stage for understanding relationship dynamics. The book explores the role of communication in relationships. It was the harsh words of his father that drove Dhruva to seek his ambition. The book, therefore, focuses on speech as a double-edged sword that can make or break a relationship. It teaches strategies for effective communication in relationships. It also shows the means of healing and reconciliation through steps to resolve misunderstandings and conflicts.

The main characters in the story are Suniti, Suruchi, Uttanapada, Narada Muni, Svayambhuva Manu, Kuvera, and Lord Vishnu. They all reveal several formulas for good relationships, including an “analysis of common human emotions.” The book consists of 16 chapters divided into two sections. A summary of the whole book is offered below.

Section One – A Determined Prince

Being Neglected:

Born to Queen Suniti, Dhruva was overshadowed by the favored second wife of King Uttanapada, Queen Suruchi. The harsh words of his father wounded the heart of the five-year-old prince.

Dhruva’s Ambition and the Forest Odyssey:

Despite his tender age, Dhruva harbored a profound ambition—to earn his father’s love and secure his rightful place in the kingdom. This burning desire fueled his determination to embark on an extraordinary journey.

Guidance of a Guru:

Only a spiritually elevated Guru can enlighten spiritual seekers like Dhruva. Narada Muni appeared to show him the path. He started his meditation to see Lord Vishnu.

Providence and Divine Support:

Divine providence was pivotal as Lord Vishnu recognized his determination and blessed him.

An Exemplary Mother of a Hero:

‘The benevolent nature of Suniti and the change in Uttanapada’s conduct brought a positive transformation in Suruchi.’ Dhruva returned home.

Section Two – An Efficient Emperor

Emperor Dhruva:

His rule of 36,000 years was marked by dedication and an unyielding commitment to his subjects.

Emotional Outburst:

When a Yaksha killed his brother, Dhruva was tested on his emotional resilience and leadership qualities.

Confronting Illusions:

Initially victorious in a fierce battle against the Yakshas, Dhruva faced a profound crisis when they overpowered him with illusions.

Guiding Influence:

Dhruva sought the guidance of wise mentors and sages, including Svayambhuva Manu and Kuvera. Their influence played a crucial role in shaping his leadership style.

Exemplary Retirement:

Dhruva left everything and retired to a holy place called Badrikashram.

On The Way to Dhruva Loka:

The messengers of the Lord came to take Dhruva, who went with them after offering his respect to the sages at Badrikashram. He was very grateful to his mother and wanted to take her also. The Lord fulfilled his desire, and he eternally lives in Dhruva Loka, situated even higher than the planets of the seven great sages.


Dhruva’s journey from neglect and pain to success and love is a testament to the power of determination and the importance of family bonds. The book and the sutras for success will inspire generations, reminding them that even the most profound ambitions can be realized with unwavering resolve.

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