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Author: Arundhathi Subramaniam
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143421122
This is the extraordinary story of Sadhguru—a young agnostic who turned yogi, a wild motorcyclist who turned mystic, a sceptic who turned spiritual guide. Pulsating with his razor-sharp intelligence, bracing wit and modern-day vocabulary, the book empowers you to explore your spiritual self and could well change your life.
It seeks to re-create the life journey of a man who combines rationality with mysticism, irreverence with compassion, ancient wisdom with a provocatively contemporary outlook and a deep knowledge of the self with a contagious love of life. Described as ‘a profound mystic, visionary humanitarian and prominent spiritual leader of our times', he is equally at home in a satsangh in rural Tamil Nadu as at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
In his early years, Jaggi Vasudev (or Sadhguru as he is now known) was a chronic truant, a boisterous prankster, and later a lover of motorbikes and fast cars. It is evident that the same urgency, passion and vitality echo in his spiritual pursuits to this day, from his creation of the historic Dhyanalinga—the mission of three lifetimes—to his approach as a guru.
In Sadhguru's view, faith and reason, spirituality and science, the sacred and the material, cannot be divided into easy binaries. He sees people as ‘spiritual beings dabbling with the material rather than the reverse’, and liberation as the fundamental longing in every form of life. Truth for him is a living experience instead of a destination, a conclusion, or a matter of metaphysical speculation. The possibility of self-realization, he strongly believes, is available to all.
Drawing upon extended conversations with Sadhguru, interviews with Isha colleagues and fellow meditators, poet Arundhathi Subramaniam presents an evocative portrait of a contemporary mystic and guru—a man who seems to pack the intensity and adventure of several lifetimes into a single one.
‘The thirst to be boundless is not created by you; it is just life longing for itself.’
He is a living proof of an afterlife. --- Deepak Chopra
A delicious read. Not to be missed.-- Life Positive
BR>Nothing less than a thriller. After the first page, I couldn't put it down.-- Jerry Pinto, Writer
An incisive, insightful, brutally honest book. -- Prahlad Kakar, Film Maker
1. ‘Pure Awareness and Madness – The Beginning of the Journey
2. Falling Upwards – Lifetimes Three
3. This One Will Graze Who Turned Shepherd
4. The Man who went up and never come down – from Motorcyclist to Mystic
5. Compassion as Conspiracy – Preparing for Harvest
6. When the Divine Descends, You Just Accommodate – The Deepening Pilgrimage, the Darkening Night
7. If You Drop Your Fruit Willingly, Stone Can be Minimized – Countdown, Crisis, Denouement
8. Time to Graze the Valleys of Life – The Masters, the Man and his Message
9. The Ball Game and Beyond – the Master Plan