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Autobiography of a Sadhu: A Journey Into Mystic India

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The first insider account of an ancient and secretive tradition andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; By the first foreigner to become a member, and later an elder, of the Juna Akhara, the oldest and largest grouping of Naga Babas andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Filled with true accounts of magic, miracles, ghosts, and austerities andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; With lessons on Hindu gods, ayurveda, and Indian culture woven throughout andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;After traveling at age 18 from his native California to India in 1969, Rampuri was drawn to the Naga Babas, an ancient and wild order of naked yogis whom he calls the andldquo;Hellandrsquo;s Angels of Indian Spirituality.andrdquo; Organized into a sect by Adi Shankara in the 5th century BC, the Naga Babas see themselves as the ultimate protectors of the Sanatan Dharma, or what we call the Hindu religion. Rampuri became a disciple of a Naga Baba--a master shaman sadhu--from Rajasthan and, as foretold by astrological prophecy, soon found himself the first foreigner to become an initiate of the Juna Akhara, the oldest and largest grouping of Naga Babas with more than 50,000 sadhu members. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;From drinking the andldquo;Nectar of Immortalityandrdquo; at the source of the Ganges River to allegations of tantric murder, this autobiography is filled with true accounts of magic, miracles, ghosts, and austerities, with lessons on Hindu gods, ayurveda, mantra, and Indian culture woven throughout. Through his journey of extremes, Rampuri takes us into the mystic heart of India.

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This autobiography is filled with true accounts of magic, miracles, ghosts, and austerities. Rampuri is the first foreigner to become a Naga Baba, an ancient and wild order of naked sadhus whom he calls the "Hell's Angels of Indian Spirituality."

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Rampuri is the first foreigner to be initiated into the ancient society of yogis and shamans known as the Renunciates of the Ten Names, or Sannyasis. He has been a Naga Baba since 1970. A yogi and teacher who gives workshops and retreats around the world, he established the Hari Puri Ashram, in Hardwar in northern India in 1984, where he continues the oral tradition of his lineage. In 2004 he was admitted to the Council of Elders of Datt Akhara in Ujjain, India. He lives in India.

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andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Acknowledgments andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Introduction andlt;BRandgt;andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;1andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Meeting Cartouche andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;2andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; I Dream India into Existence andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;3andnbsp;andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp; Hari Puri Baba andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;4andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Becoming Rampuri andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;5andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; andldquo;I Can Only Show You a Pathandrdquo; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;6andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; What Is Remembered andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;7andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Kashi: The City of Liberation andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;8andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Kumbh Mela andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;9andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; andlt;Iandgt;Angrezandlt;/Iandgt;: Foreigner andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;10andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Tantric Attack andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;11andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; The Healing Mantra andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;12andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; A Question of Paths andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;13andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Hari Puriandrsquo;s Miraculous Return andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;14andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Gangotri Baba andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;15andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; The Ghost of Hari Puri Baba andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;16andnbsp;andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp; The Process of Un-Becoming andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;17andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Possession andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;18andnbsp;andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp; Deconstruction andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;19andlt;/Bandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; The Nectar of Immortality andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;Afterword andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Glossary andlt;/Bandgt;

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gingerone, May 30, 2010 (view all comments by gingerone)
Rampuri was the first foreigner to be initiated into the ancient Indian society of yogis and shamans known as the Renunciates of the Ten Names, or Sannyasis. He has been a Naga Baba since 1970. The sect was organized in the 5th century B.C., and they see themselves as the ultimate protectors of the Sanatan Dharma or what we call Hinduism.
The author grew up in Beverley Hills and kept hidden his yearning for secret knowledge, magic, and buried treasure. He drops out of high school and sets off on a quest for truth. On a voyage from Karachi, Pakistan, to India, he meets a young man named Cartouche who recommends that he get in touch with Hari Puri Baba, a guru who speaks English and knows how to read the world. Landing in India, the American feels like he is meeting a blood relative. He is fascinated by ascetics called sadhus and sannyasis, marginal characters who have dropped out of society and spend most of their time practicing various spiritual practices and disciplines.

In his first encounter with Hari Puri Baba, the author is astonished to learn that this holy man has been expecting him and has prepared a homecoming celebration for him. Hari Puri Baba has achieved mastery over a handful of intellectual and spiritual traditions including astrology and is considered by many of his peers as a genius in language and mantra. He renames the American Rampuri and promises him that he will teach him so that he may be initiated in the Tradition of Knowledge. It is a long and arduous process, and the author takes us through it step-by-step. Rampuri also shares his experiences at his first Kumbh Mela (a religious fair for Hindus that is held every 12 years), his efforts to discipline his body, his duties as keeper of the dhuni (fire), his troubles with some sadhu members who oppose him joining their order since he is not from India, his learning to give up attachments, and his pilgrimage to the source of the Ganges.
Rampuri seeks the ability to read the book of the world but there are too many obstacles in his way. He marvels at the way Hari Puri Baba talks the language of crows and doles out advice, cures, and blessings to the people who come to him. After his guru's death, Rampuri feels that he has possessed him. At the end of this compelling the author says that he hopes readers will be edified and entertained by his quest for Truth and his adventures in the Extraordinary World. We are.
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adrianapuri, May 30, 2010 (view all comments by adrianapuri)
Magic happens where worlds meet, as Baba Rampuri is fond of saying in his masterful book. Deepak Chopra wrote: "This book will entertain and enlighten you. A bold journey that explores the true intersections of Eastern and Western thought." I found this to be true as I felt a connection with the Yoga Tradition as I have never had before. Baba Rampuri talks about his travels in India, making pilgrimages to a 'crossing point between worlds', the hidden entrances to these other worlds, the meaning of 'darshan' the beholding, achieving immortality, the alchemical contribution to the world, expanding one's vocabulary, Hindu scriptures and words such as 'karma' and 'nirvana' and their relevance to the experience of living, Indian culture and the oral tradition of naga babas, the 'yogi shamans', the search for new meanings, Indian cannabis use, gurus and their communication of self-knowledge, the distortion of Hinduism by India's colonizers, the "book of the world," the Mother Goddess and her fruits spread across the world, the uncluttered mind of the yogi, his connection with the Goddess, and Amrita the Elixir of Immortality.
As an American teenager, fuelled by the naïve exuberance of the Sixties, Rampuri is “pulled” deep into India, into an ancient order of yogis, where he is initiated and eventually possessed by a master shaman, a baba. But the spiritual path isn’t quite what the young Rampuri expected, as the tantric murder of his guru presents a riddle to the young man that he must solve, requiring an inner journey of self-discovery, in order to know who he really is.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Yoga, India, Spirituality, Self Knowledge, and Esoteric Knowledge. But that aside, for any reader of good literature, it's a great adventure story that leaves the reader anxious for his next book!
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adrianapuri, May 30, 2010 (view all comments by adrianapuri)
Magic happens where worlds meet, as Baba Rampuri is fond of saying in his masterful book. Deepak Chopra wrote: "This book will entertain and enlighten you. A bold journey that explores the true intersections of Eastern and Western thought." I found this to be true as I felt a connection with the Yoga Tradition as I have never had before. Baba Rampuri talks about his travels in India, making pilgrimages to a 'crossing point between worlds', the hidden entrances to these other worlds, the meaning of 'darshan' the beholding, achieving immortality, the alchemical contribution to the world, expanding one's vocabulary, Hindu scriptures and words such as 'karma' and 'nirvana' and their relevance to the experience of living, Indian culture and the oral tradition of naga babas, the 'yogi shamans', the search for new meanings, Indian cannabis use, gurus and their communication of self-knowledge, the distortion of Hinduism by India's colonizers, the "book of the world," the Mother Goddess and her fruits spread across the world, the uncluttered mind of the yogi, his connection with the Goddess, and Amrita the Elixir of Immortality.
As an American teenager, fuelled by the naïve exuberance of the Sixties, Rampuri is “pulled” deep into India, into an ancient order of yogis, where he is initiated and eventually possessed by a master shaman, a baba. But the spiritual path isn’t quite what the young Rampuri expected, as the tantric murder of his guru presents a riddle to the young man that he must solve, requiring an inner journey of self-discovery, in order to know who he really is.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Yoga, India, Spirituality, Self Knowledge, and Esoteric Knowledge. But that aside, for any reader of good literature, it's a great adventure story that leaves the reader anxious for his next book!
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ISBN:
9781594773303
Author:
Rampuri
Publisher:
Destiny Books
Subject:
Mysticism
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Inspiration & Personal Growth
Subject:
Hinduism - General
Subject:
Yogis - India
Subject:
Yogis - United States
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
SPIRITUALITY;EASTERN PHILOSOPHY;EASTERN RELIGION;EASTERN STUDIES;MEMOIR;MYSTICISM;NEW AGE;PERSONAL GROWTH;AUTOBIOGRAPHY
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Edition Description:
2nd Edition, First Paperback Edition
Publication Date:
20100331
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
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Includes 16-page color insert
Pages:
256
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9 x 6 x 0.5 in 14.84 oz

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