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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Iuniverse Inc (June 14 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145023013X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450230131
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,170,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A courageous Journey...from the spiritual to the personal July 17 2011
By Carol L. Day - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read with fascination the story of Marcia, as she moved into an organization of deep convictions and spirituality, and gradually allowed the other shoe to drop. For me, I can see all the markings of what happens in many spiritual is never as perfect as we want to believe. And what we do to deceive ourselves and others is amazing...
The book is well written, and so gripping that I read most of it in two days, wanting to see what happens next. This woman shows so much courage and so much devotion all at the same time...that she is truly remarkable to do what she did, and then to be able to feel her feelings and know that it was time to leave the organization? What a difficult journey that must have been.
The saying...there by the grace of God go quite applicable here. I too have been on the spiritual path for 20 years, and I too could have made the journey Marcia made...This book is a must for all spiritual is a must to see both sides of the coin, the beautiful devotion and community that is possible, as well as the dangers of the community and the losing of self. And the question still on my this a cult, or a legitimate organization? This is a deep and personal story that will haunt me for awhile, so well written and expressed, page by page, emotional and spiritual and personal, all at the same time. My deepest compliments to the author for a job well done...Carol Day
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Fascinating Read June 21 2011
By K. Geist - Published on
Format: Paperback
When I took my first yoga class, there were more than one starry-eyed student who intended to become enlightened, and maybe even a yogic monk or nun. (Me, I just wanted to limber up tight joints). Marsha Low gives the lowdown on exactly what is involved in becoming a yogic nun - why someone would leave their family, their country, life as they know it, and join a strict order devoted to teaching yoga, meditation, and the teachings of their guru.
This is no fluffy "Eat,Pray,Love" but rather the real nitty-gritty. Read it, and feel along with Marsha the embracing of the guru's teachings, then the years of intense dedication, desires, delusions, disappointments, regrets, and finally the lessons learned.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
What about the Ideology? July 20 2014
By Eliot Lee - Published on
Format: Paperback
I too am an Ananda Margi and have travelled the world for 14 years as a missionary, although about 10 years later. I hope the author will cherish her bliss and positive experience which wasn't emphasised enough in what I had read. She had such wonderful experiences with the Baba that no one else of today could because He left the world in 1990.
Granted as a human organization and a biased Indian one at that, there could be better leadership which might explain the chasm in the group of today that didn't exist when Baba was alive.
The ideology is supreme I hope Ms. Low cherishes. Compare Brahma'cakra with the Big Bang Theory for example.
I hope Ms. Low reactivates her passion for service and ideology. She certainly has nothing to regret. None of us can not think of our parents and loved one with some regrets. I want to thank her for the service that she did do as an Ananda Marga nun and I am sure she will grow in a her new role as a householder.
Some of the conduct rules were written in Indian english and may not apply to us westerners as well, but our objective adjustment shows that there is clear rationality in them. I am sure Ms. Low can tell the difference in eating food prepared in a bad environment with food prepared by people who are loving for example.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
How I got "Catholic" to rhyme with "Orange." April 22 2013
By leerread - Published on
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Like some of the other reviewers, I read this book compulsively and I read it on the heels of completing AN UNQUENCHABLE THIRST by Mary Johnson, who was a nun with the Mother Teresa-led Missionaries of Charity for 20 years before leaving and writing a book.

I think I waited all of my life to read these books. As a child, I was fascinated by nuns. Even as an adult when I saw one in a habit I'd get a little breathless. (My kids would say, "Mom just had a Nun Sighting!") Like Ms. Low I grew up in the 1970s and recall seeing what were known as the "Hari Krishnas" in their robes, but I don't believe I ever saw a Margii, or a yogic follower of S.S. Anandamurti.

Reading these two books was spellbinding. They are tales of courage, of heartbreak, of raw honesty, world travel in the non-vacation/exploration sense, unique viewpoints on humanity's varying levels of personal comfort and spiritual understanding.

What I appreciate most from the vantage point of my boring, but comfortable life is that these women came full circle in their understanding of what the word LOVE really means--across the heart, across the board, across the world. They gave of their minds, bodies and spirits and then they found time to share their experiences via the power of words. Then, they got married. Like I said--a full circle of love that most of us never get to come close to understanding.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Inspirational and Spell-Binding Sept. 19 2011
By V. Morello - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As a novel, this book is a first-rate read and hard to put down. Yet, being on a Spiritual Path myself with the dessire to attain enlightenment, I relate so strongly to Ms. Low's persistence and perseverance on her spiritual journey despite overwhelming obstacles.
Rarely has a writer given such a candid and down-to-earth description of her personal struggles in dealing with the intense pressure coming from within and without a cultish spiritual group. Anyone who has grown up in the 1960s/1970s will relate to the trials and tribuations
Ms. Low experienced in leaving her family, home, and country in pursuit of her dreams of being with her Guru and seeking a high level of spiritual attainment. Her indomitable courage in one-pointedly seeking her goal is heartwarming and admirable. A close friend of mine stayed up all night long reading this book, so readers should expect they will easily identify with Ms. Low and will read this book cover to cover.