What if an ancient Sanskrit text holds the key to solving today’s deepest problems? That’s the question Justin Davis is faced with as he embarks on a hero’s journey to save the world in this thrilling spiritual fantasy.
Justin Davis is a brilliant but greatly troubled West Virginia teen, struggling with his father’s brutal murder and his once wealthy family’s loss of money, status, dignity, and hope. Broken, angry, and bitter, Justin has all but given up on life. But then, on his fifteenth birthday, his mother presents him with a mysterious gift: a copy of The First Avatara, a lush, beautifully illustrated book relating the immemorial legend of Krsna. When evil Asura forces attacked the idyllic planet of Bhu-loka and threatened to enslave its inhabitants, Krsna, the first Avatara, descended to that world in its darkest hour and fought to save its people and preserve its way of life.
Enthralled by the tale, Justin enters the story as much more than just a reader, and is challenged to undertake a hero’s journey of his own, not just through time, but also into the depths of his own soul. In the process, he will experience love, loss, courage, and sacrifice that compel him to cast aside a life of self-pity and indulgence, and heroically confront a startling evil that threatens his family, and the world.
Dr. Howard Resnick, also known as H. D. Goswami, is a world-renowned teacher of the bhakti-yoga tradition. Dr. Resnick received his Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard University. Specializing in South Asia’s history of philosophy and religion, he has lectured at leading universities around the world and published articles with Harvard, Columbia, and the University of California Presses.