This book seeks to convey the best side of the search for enlightenment that many were on in the 1960s. Most accounts stress the hedonistic aspects of the sixties; that is why the anthem "Sex, Drugs, and Rock-'n'-Roll" is what people may think about that whole era, but there is much more. There are all the individuals on the path to free thinking, living, and acting within a very confused, materialistic, and violent culture.
This book is also full of collected wisdom from the Great Spirit and the Universal Mind brought through the conduits of holymen and holywomen. The author learns Lakota cosmology from Black Elk's grandson and hatha-yoga from Sivaya Subramuniya swami of the Himalayan Academy. His passionate and continuous search ultimately resolves itself ecstatically in his meeting with Swami A. C. Bhaktivedanta, who becomes Roger's lifelong spiritual teacher and guide.
In these memoirs, Roger Siegel depicts a particular trajectory, counterculture and radical. Like his fellow travelers Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, and George Harrison, Roger is the original Beat turned hippie turned divinity. His journey starts from a disillusioned 1950s suburban childhood, to New York City's Lower East Side and Harlem, through Mexico, San Francisco, London, and finally to India.
Roger Siegel, also known as Gurudas, shares the entertaining and touching memories of temple life in San Francisco, the first Rathayatra, the start of the Hare Krishna movement in London, and recording with the Beatles, along with many other memories.
Softbound, 461 pages, black & white photographs, 5.5" x8.5".
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