Go on a Journey
The 60s and 70s were times of great emancipation; heaven knows what planetary influences had ushered us into this soul-searching venture. The Beatles’s trip to India had certainly set the pace for thousands of hippies on the road to Asia. Philosophers, authors, and poets, too, had channeled us into unfamiliar ways of seeing the world. Some, like Timothy Leary and Aldous Huxley, promoted the use of mind-expanding substances, leading to unchallenged states-of-mind. Others, like Alan Watts and Allen Ginsburg, championed Eastern spirituality, which brought about a most fulfilling merger of East and West. And let us not forget the countless rock stars and rock bands who turned the world upside down, enrapturing us with psychedelic sounds and transcendental poetry. HIV was unheard of. It was a time of great sexual liberation. The Nixon administration and the Vietnam War were in full swing. Yes, the times they were a-changing, as Bob Dylan once sang out. At no other time or place in these last few centuries has the world gone through such unique,
radical, and harmonious changes—as one big family united under the banners of peace and love. We were wishful thinkers with high goals in mind. Yet this did not interfere with my own quest for the Absolute, which began in the mid-70s, when I was an audacious hippie traveling through Asia in search of the meaning of life. Through yoga I came to have an experience of direct Nirvikalpa Samadhi, a mystical union with the Supreme Consciousness—known in India as Brahman, the everlasting Soul. I was initiated into yoga in 1975 by masters in India, and through the years I persevered in my practice with an iron will. I can now say with humility that I know who I am. Immortality does exist. This is a true story; this is how it happened.
Overview of book
In the mid-1970s, during the hippie counterculture revolution, the author embarks on a spiritual journey from Istanbul to India along the hippie trail, and then from India to Southeast Asia and the Far East. While in South India, he is initiated into Hatha Yoga by the late Swami Gitananda, which changes his life forever. Shortly afterwards, he begins to experience supernatural powers—known as Siddhis in yoga—with premonitory dreams, past-life experiences, visions of goddesses, and out-of-body experiences in supra mundane worlds. Traveling back and forth between India and the West, he deepens his yoga practice through advanced lessons with Swami Vishnudevananda at Sivananda Ashram in the Laurentians, north of Montreal, and, later on, with an Indian yogi named Ambu, from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, India who becomes his guide in interpreting his extraordinary experiences. After more than 20 years of unrelenting practice, in 1997, the author has a profound and mystical experience of Nirvikalpa Samadhi—an experience of the Eternal Self—which is recounted in vivid detail. This is a true story of self-realization.Read more