Sadhu excerpts taken from Baba Rampuri’s classic autobiographical novel, Autobiography of a Sadhu, insider’s account of the Naga Babas wisdom tradition. Autobiography of a Sadhu has ratings and 19 reviews. Adriana said: Magic happens where worlds meet, as Baba Rampuri is fond of saying in his masterfu. In the late s, an American teen did what so many of us only fantasized about : he traveled to India in search of a guru who could show him the path to.
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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks wutobiography telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Autobiography of a Sadhu by Baba Rampuri. Autobiography of a Sadhu: After traveling at age 18 from his native California to India inRampuri was drawn to the Naga Babas, an ancient and wild order of naked yogis whom he calls the “Hell’s Angels of Indian Spirituality.
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Baba Rampuri talks about his travels in India, making pilgrimages to a ‘crossing point ssadhu worlds’, the hidden entrances to these other worlds, the meaning Magic happens where worlds meet, as Baba Rampuri is fond of saying in his ov book.
Baba Rampuri talks about his travels in India, making pilgrimages to a ‘crossing point between worlds’, the hidden entrances to pf other worlds, the meaning of ‘darshan’ the beholding, achieving immortality, the alchemical contribution to the world, expanding one’s sadu, 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 Ramppuri.
But that aside, for any reader of good literature, it’s a great adventure story that leaves the reader anxious for his next book! Rampuri narrates and describes his life under his Guru, his subsequent wanderings through India and his encounters with other gurus, and often the ways in which their spiritual development endo Auto.
Autobiography of a Sadhu – Baba Rampuri
Rampuri narrates and describes his life under his Rampuir, his subsequent wanderings through India and his encounters with other gurus, and often the ways in which their spiritual development endowed them with powers siddhis that can only be described as miraculous. Having just read Yogananda’s Rampudi of a Yogi, I autobioography worried about redundancy, but thankfully, while many of his experiences with various Seekers were similar to Yogananda’s, Rampuri’s Autobiography of a Sadhu is told from the viewpoint of a Westerner and possibly because of this, his choice of words and his relatively less emotionally charged prose made such encounters easier to digest.
Whether you believe what you read in his narratives or not, he writes well and tells his story on a level that seems very natural even though so many such encounters are laced with rampuei elements that Ramapuri, like so many other Indian mystics, offer raampuri any explanation.
While that can be difficult to difficult to digest sometimes, it can be, at least for me, inspiring. Jan 24, Panda rated it really liked it. I enjoyed reading this book and found it light to read. I also acknowledge that others may find it hard to read.
Of the pages there oc two pages that particularly piqued my interest and these contained the discussions around the number of nadis in the human body. From my personal point of view I would have loved some more depth around nadis.
This book is a great tool in illustrating the web of illusions that we tend to create for ourselves. An example given is of an enlightened soul that c I enjoyed reading this book and found it light to read. An example given is of an enlightened soul that crosses our path. Depending on our level of awareness, often the new teachings that are given may be gridded back into old belief frameworks and translated autobiorgaphy that they can be understood.
By doing this we ultimately undermine the essence of the teaching. This book is about letting go, and not just on the mental or physical level.
It goes a lot deeper than that and I feel that this is what Ramuri is hinting at in more than one occasion in this excellent book.
It is a book that almost requires one to read it without expectations, and by doing do so you become part of the narrative rrampuri of the author. Jul 12, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: I could not put this book down once it got rolling. An excellent view of Indian mysticism from an American perspective. He has a slight flavor of Don Juan and Carlos Casteneda, as it shows how an American view is so limited to the unlimited world of the spirit.
He devotion to his guru is reminiscent of Paramahansa Yogananda from his autobiography. This I could not put this book down once it got rolling.
This is a must-read for anyone who is looking into an Indian path of spiritualism. His is one of Bhakti, devotional service, and also of complete renounciation – but he learns that it much more than just abandoning things of physcial attachment. I really enjoyed it! Feb 01, Zuzana rated it did not like it Shelves: Jun 12, Sai Nandan Reddy rated it really liked it.
This book takes you into the life of a young american fascinated by Indian mysticism and journeys to India to become a renunciate. He takes us into what it is to become a baba, and the initial resistance he faces by his fellow renunciates for being a foreigner.
Autobiography of a Sadhu : A Journey into Mystic India
Events are well narrated without any exaggeration and you feel as if you are in the authors shoes. He talks about his gurus,chelas,juna akharamystical teachings ,tradition of guru shishya parampara, Kumbmela,etc. All together its a fasc This book takes you into the life of a young american fascinated by Indian mysticism and journeys to India to become a renunciate. All together its a fascinating read for everyone and specially for spiritual enthusiasts. This man had an opportunity to tell us of the day to day lives of babas, tell us about great happenings in detail, and he absolutely glossed over everything.
Aug 30, Ludo rated it really liked it Shelves: Very subjective rating, since I was in India in and met an Australian and an American, the latter whom was the disciple of a baba. We were not alone, since we had, being invited by the American, joined his baba and a few dozen other sadhus that were staying in a temporary tent camp in some field in the middle of nowhere. The meeting was meant for the inauguration of a tiny temple a few miles outside of a village.
This special occasion lasted for about a week, where I shared a tent, the brahm Very subjective rating, since I was in India in and met an Australian and an American, the latter whom was the disciple of a baba. This special occasion lasted for about a week, where I shared a tent, the brahmin food, the river bathing etc.
There was also one baba everybody there referred to as “godman”. I was only 17 and didn’t quite know what to think about the whole happening, but realized it would probably be a once in a lifetime experience. Baba Rampuri’s book showed me some insights with his story, about the sadhus’ way of life, that I was unaware of.
Completely unexpected, his story also had some fascinating turns and cliff-hangers, which I couldn’t ignore, but had to read more about immediately. It was a pleasure to read.
PS Adi Shankaracharya was mentioned a few times, placing him 2. Nitpicking ;- and not important in the context of this book. Jun 17, Jack Oughton rated it really liked it. I learned a lot about the crazy world of Indian Sadhus – and it is crazy. This is an amazing book I would say. A book or rather a biography of this nature would be expected to be filled up of a lots and lots of philosophical concepts and exchanges.
However, this book is more of the author’s life told in the humorous way. The philosophical aspects are covered in just the right dose so as not to bore the reader. The book also opens up the otherwise not commonly known world of ‘Babas’. Baba Rampuri has written this book in a way as if he is telling a fiction and not a pe This is an amazing book I would say. Baba Rampuri has written this book in a way as if he is telling a fiction and not a personalized account.
Jul 11, Rajesh rated it liked it Recommends it for: A story of a man who made a heroic choice in the tender years of life when the rest of the world goes a pleasure seeking. It is even comforting that the character maintains his convictions without returning to his deep cultural colours.
A story relating honest experiments and experiences together with innocent enthusiasm. Willl surely promise the reader entertainment and inspiration of newer sort in a modern era Jun 16, Mike rated it liked it. A Californian teenager goes to India to hang out with the naked babas. He becomes a naked baba.
He gets possessed by a naked baba. He tells tales of the naked babas. All of this is certainly interesting, but I couldn’t help but wonder what his family in America must have been thinking while he was traipsing stark bollock naked around the Indian subcontinent.
Autobiography of a Sadhu Excerpts – Baba Rampuri
Might they have been rampui little May 25, Samir rated it it was amazing. Never thought a autobiography can be so thrilling to read! Started the book just to had little understanding of real Sanyasy’s life, but OMG this was better than any fiction Glad that I read. Jun 09, Adrian Jones rated it it was amazing.
A very well-written and entertaining book. I found out so much about the mentality and lifestyle of the sadhus.