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Autobiography of a Sadhu

A Journey into Mystic India



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Autobiography of a Sadhu by Rampuri
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"Best spiritual book ever!!!"
5 stars"

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!


After travelling 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. . 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

Author Biography

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.
Release date Australia
February 22nd, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Destiny Books,U.S.
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