Autobiography of a Sadhu: A Journey Into Mystic India

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Feb 22, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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The first insider account of an ancient and secretive tradition

• By the first foreigner to become a member, and later an elder, of the Juna Akhara, the oldest and largest grouping of Naga Babas

• Filled with true accounts of magic, miracles, ghosts, and austerities

• With lessons on Hindu gods, ayurveda, and Indian culture woven throughout

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 “Hell’s Angels of Indian Spirituality.” 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.

From drinking the “Nectar of Immortality” 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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An enchanting story by a captivating storyteller

User Review  - YoganandaPuri - Borders

A rare and fascinating story of a young mans journey to the unknown in his search for knowledge. One of the few books and maybe even the only one, about Naga Babas (sadhus) and the magical world they ... Read full review

Magic happens where worlds meet

User Review  - Anonymous - Borders

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 ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Meeting Cartouche
5
2 I Dream India into Existence
11
3 Hari Puri Baba
22
4 Becoming Rampuri
35
5 I Can Only Show You a Path
49
6 What Is Remembered
63
The City of Liberation
79
12 A Question of Paths
132
13 Hari Puris Miraculous Return
137
14 Gangotri Baba
149
15 The Ghost of Hari Puri Baba
158
16 The Process of UnBecoming
168
17 Possession
180
18 Deconstruction
194
19 The Nectar of Immortality
213

8 Kumbh Mela
90
Photo Insert
104
Foreigner
109
10 Tantric Attack
121
11 The Healing Mantra
128
Afterword
225
Glossary
230
Backcover
233
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About the author (2010)

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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