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5.0 out of 5 stars
The Search for Spiritual Belonging, 3 May 2012
The honest and eloquently told story of a misfit's search for her place in the world. Sometimes funny, sometimes heart-wrenching but always completely engaging. Sumangali takes us on a journey through her childhood struggles to define her sense of "differentness".
Born into a family of atheists where God is a taboo subject, she asks the question "But what comes after the sky, And after space? What happens to people when they die?" Not satisfied with "Nobody knows" for an answer she determines to find that Someone or Something for herself.
Brief glimpses of the extraordinary in nature- an autumn leaf, a tadpole turning into a frog, an underwater landscape are met with "There You are!"
The tortuous pathway of a sensitive soul through the brutal teenage years sees her bullied and humiliated. Later she attempts to plug the holes in her life with alcohol, drugs, relationships, the pursuit of wealth and fame but still none of it is enough.
A near death experience starts her on a path of meditation that eventually leads her to find her spiritual guide in Sri Chinmoy: "There You are!" Through his teachings she finds fulfillment, happiness and a sense of her true self.
Sumangali has a rare aptitude for evoking the interior world of spirituality, its emotions and sensations. Each sentence is exquisitely crafted and reads like poetry but at the same time it's warm and accessible.
She gives us a unique insight into the sweet relationship between a modern-day master and his disciple.
A very inspiring life story, beautifully told which will resonate in the heart of any spiritually-inclined person.
I've read it twice and I highly recommend it.