Junglezen Sheru

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The book Junglezen Sheru written by Samarpan (Swami Samarpanananda) is the story of the physical, mental and emotional growth of an orphan lion cub who refuses to accept, till last, that he is a lion.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

The book is being used in seminars of management courses at IIMA and in discussions of spirituality forums.[7][8][9][10]

It is a layered story with different implications.Each chapter of the book is preceded by teachings taken from The Bible, Acharya Shankara, Kathopanishad, Swami Vivekananda and Chhandogya Upanishad.In the book, these teachings brings forth three messages for mankind.

  1. Tat Tvam Asi which means 'You are that supreme reality'.Muktak, the elephant is the mentor of Sheru, who gives the lion cub, this message throughout the story . Shuka, the empty headed parrot, shouts this message out, but Sheru continues to ignore it.[11]
  2. Strength, humility, individuality, leadership and perfection can be attained only when one has faith in oneself.
  3. The story describes Ethology and its similarity to our human world.
Junglezen Sheru
Author : Samarpan
Cover Design : Black Innovation
Subject : Fiction, Spirituality
Publisher : Pan Macmillan India
Pages : 168
ISBN 978-93-82616-28-3

Major Characters

  • Sheru - the lion, young, gullible and the only survivor of the royal family. Sheru lost his family, in the hands of poachers. As Sheru, starts to learn the ways of forest life, he believes in every animal whom he meets.But the forest being without a king, most of the animals turn hungry for power, making the forest scenario turn political. The fight for power becomes so intense that Sheru is made to suffer by working on a lettuce firm.[12][13]
  • Muktak - The wise elephant, who constantly tries to convince Sheru that he is the rightful and worthy ruler of the forest.But Sheru ignores his words.[14]
  • Kapi - A monkey and the newly elected leader of the forest who introduces the concept of right to equality in the forest, and coins the term" Junglezen ", only to keep his own position as a ruler, secure.But in times of crisis, Kapi shows what a coward he is.[15][16][17]
  • Kurma - The wise and sagely tortoise, who visits the forest, once in a while, to give knowledge to the worthy.[18]


  1. ^ Samarpan,. Junglezen Sheru. ISBN 9789382616283. OCLC 904956479.
  2. ^ "Panmacmillan India". www.panmacmillan.co.in. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  3. ^ Samarpanananda, Swami. Junglezen Sheru. pp. 167–168.
  4. ^ "Forests for Humans and Beasts: Othering, Mothering and Smothering". old.thebookreviewindia.org. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  5. ^ "'Junglezen Sheru' by Samarpan is a delightful read". News18. 2014-08-03. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  6. ^ "Book Review: Junglezen Sheru | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. 2014-05-25. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  7. ^ Ahmedabad, VSL Team, Vikram Sarabhai Library, IIM. "Photo of | | Vikram Sarabhai Library, IIM Ahmedabad". library.iima.ac.in. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  8. ^ "SHELF LIFE ANIMAL TALK". www.speakingtree.in. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  9. ^ "Google Groups". groups.google.com. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  10. ^ "14-07-2014". studylib.net. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  11. ^ Chhandogya Upanishad.
  12. ^ Junglezen Sheru. pp. 3–4.
  13. ^ Junglezen Sheru. pp. 15–17.
  14. ^ Junglezen Sheru. pp. 6–7.
  15. ^ Junglezen Sheru. p. 27.
  16. ^ Junglezen Sheru. pp. 11–12.
  17. ^ Kathopanishad.
  18. ^ Junglezen Sheru. p. 130.
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