Baba : Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Yogi by Rampuri (2005, Hardcover)
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- SynopsisAlthough this book often reads like a fast-paced adventure story, it is the true account of a nineteen-year-old American (the son of a Beverly Hills pediatric surgeon) who in the late 1960s, after experimenting with drugs, sex, and political activism, set off for India in search of the truth. He arrived with twenty dollars in his pocket and, enchanted by the extraordinary world he found there, explored the country until he stumbled into the presence of Hari Puri Baba, a yogi in the ancient tradition of the Renunciates of the Ten Names. Hari Puri proceeded to shave the young stranger's head and initiate him into his order. Now called Rampuri, the young man embarked on a discipleship unlike anything he had ever imagined. He had to learn Hindi and Sanskrit, overcome opposition as an outsider, and deal with the battle that raged within him as he attempted to reconcile the Western view of India with the reality of its culture and beliefs. Despite overwhelming odds and the mysterious death of his guru, he stayed the course and has remained in India to this day. As Rampuri reveals the teachings he received and describes the rituals and pilgrimages in which he participated, it becomes clear that this is an unprecedented telling of one man's sacred initiation and training and a must-read for any serious seeker.
- Number Of Pages256 pages
- Publication Date2005-01-25
- PublisherCrown Publishing Group
- Copyright Date2005
- Weight13.8 Oz
- Height0.9 In.
- Width5.7 In.
- Length8.5 In.
- LC Classification NumberBL1175.R34295A3 2005
- Dewey Decimal294.5/092 B
- Dewey Edition22
- Reviews"This book will entertain and enlighten you. A bold journey that explores the true intersections of Eastern and Western thought." Deepak Chopra, author ofThe Book of Secrets "Rampuri's search has carried him into the very depths of one of the great ancient wisdom lineages of India. He has gone where very few Westerners have gone." Krishna Das, "Chant Master of American Yoga" (New York Times) "An authentic and fascinating account of a Western yogi who has made India his home for his body and his spirit.Babais bound to challenge your view of reality and the spiritual life. It is not just the story of a personal quest but of a journey beyond the Western civilization mind-set to the real India of the yogis, where the limitations of both our cultural ideas and our egos are continually exposed. An adventure into a different kind of reality." David Frawley, author ofYoga and AyurvedaandYoga and the Sacred Fireand director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies
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- sterlingvetMar 04, 2011by
The book captures the essence of the struggle of the Western man's ability to comprehend Eastern culture while dialoging a Californian's journey for truth in India. The book is well written and captivating. It offers a sneak peak into the worlds of Hinduism, yoga and Sanskrit. I bought the book to satisfy a requirement for a class but have recommended it to everyone I know that has even the scantest interest in Eastern philosophy.
- alexanderhorn10...Mar 06, 2010by
Very interesting view of a different world from here in the western hemisphere.
The book is well written and really draws you in. A real page turner that you can't wait to get back to.