WHY I AM NOT ENLIGHTENED
BY ELIEZER SOBEL
PUBLISHER: REALITY SANDWICH SINGLES
PUBLICATION DATE: OCTOBER 25, 2012
PRINT LENGTH: 45 PAGES
Enlightenment is not for the faint of heart, or as Eliezer Sobel makes clear, for those without a sense of humor. Why I Am Not Enlightened is a penetrating, insightful, and –above all – genuinely funny meditation on the quest for gnosis and its discontents.
Where does the spiritual path take us? What does "enlightenment" mean, really? In this concise recounting of his personal journey along the highways and byways of the spiritual search, Eliezer pursues these questions while calling on 30 years of study with a remarkable array of teachers, gurus, shamans, healers, channelers, yogis, and more.
"I personally met Satchidananda, Krishnananda, Kriyananda, Muktananda, the whole Ananda family," he writes. "I sat in reverence before Sai Baba, Baba Muktananda, Adi Da Samraj the Ruchira Avatar, the Dalai Lama, Adyashanti, Poonjaji, Ammachi, Master Nome (pronounced "No-Me," get it?) Siddhi Ma, Guru Mayi, and Harold Klemp the Eck master of Eckankar.... So don't ever accuse me of not making an effort."
The wisdom that Eliezer has gleaned from these encounters shines through in this thoroughly enjoyable reflection on the wonders and ironies of the spiritual life. You might even find it enlightening.
Eliezer Sobel is the author of four books, including his just-released Blue Sky, White Clouds: A Book for Memory-Challenged Adults, and Minyan: Ten Jewish Men in a World That is Heartbroken, selected by National Book Award winner John Casey as the winner of the prestigious Peter Taylor Prize For the Novel.
Praise for Why I Am Not Enlightened:
"Eliezer Sobel is living proof that the New Age disease of self-improvement is incurable. Thankfully, Sobel's utter failure to get enlightened is chronicled with laughter, irreverence, insight and raw truth." — Gabrielle Roth, author of Sweat Your Prayers
"It's said that Socrates was the wisest man in Athens, since only he knew he didn't know anything. This is why I believe Eliezer Sobel to be the most enlightened teacher in America. If you're tired of neo-shamanic know-it-alls and soft-spoken yoga divas telling you how awakened they are, and want to know what the spiritual path is *really* like, download this book, read it, and laugh. Or cry. Or both." – Jay Michaelson, author of Everything Is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism
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