Book Reviews - A Spiritual Adventure
by Megha Bajaj
A spiritual adventure Although this book is a true life story of one seeker, walking through the path of self-discovery, it could easily be mistaken for a fictional thriller. Out of body experiences, divine interventions, miraculous healings, vivid past-life experiences – glimpses that sadhaks yearn for lifetimes, seem to be everyday happenings in the author's life. The beauty of these experiences lie in the fact that none are written with any trace of arrogance – rather as matter-of-fact events unfolding into her life. The surrender this disciple feels for her guru – Gurunath, a disciple blessed by Mahavatar Shiv Gorakshanath Babaji – is so complete that every experience is welcomed with total acceptance and therefore there exists not a trace of fear or even ego through it all. She shares an intimate relationship with her guru – loving him, being guided by him and sometimes even feeling childish anger towards him. Jyotii reveals her self and her life with so much honesty that any reader can connect to it. Her story is our story. She speaks openly of all the topics, including the ones generally seen as taboo in our society – like her traumatic relationship with her husband, her extra-marital dalliances, the abortions she went through in her desire to bear a male child. And yet, one can at no point judge her because every experience seems to have taught her, cleansed her, prepared her for meeting her guru. The meeting itself was extraordinary. Sitting in a hot room at Chandigarh for some spiritual workshop, Jyotii had an image of her guru – powerful looking with a white lion-like mane around his calm face – beckoning her. Surprisingly, she had never met him before. And yet, his description fitted none other than Gurunath. One meeting after the other, Gurunath cleansed her – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Gurunath's ashram in Pune, claims Jyotii, is one whose very soil has acquired healing properties. She writes, "Many disciples, after their first night at the ashram, exclaim how an excruciating pain, an irritating rash, or a recurring symptom has miraculously vanished!" For Jyotii, the quaint ashram is sacred – for it brought her life-changing experiences, and moved her closer to herself, to her guru and his wife, and to the Highest Being. Jyoti appears, from the beginning to the end, like a fun-loving child who plays in the mud and also plays amidst flowers – but strangely remains untouched by it all. She appears free, happy, loving. This book is an exciting read for anyone who wants to know how faith, acceptance and compassion can transform an ordinary woman into first an extraordinary seeker, then disciple and finally a teacher.
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