By the time of her death, in , it was being practiced everywhere, from Brooklyn to Berlin to Ulaanbaatar. In The Goddess Pose, New York Times best-selling author Michelle Goldberg traces the life of the incredible woman who brought yoga to the West and in so doing paints a sweeping picture of the twentieth century. Born into the minor aristocracy as Eugenia Peterson , Devi grew up in the midst of one of the most turbulent times in human history. Forced to flee the Russian Revolution as a teenager, she joined a famous Berlin cabaret troupe, dove into the vibrant prewar spiritualist movement, and, at a time when it was nearly unthinkable for a young European woman to travel alone, followed the charismatic Theosophical leader Jiddu Krishnamurti to India. Once on the subcontinent, she performed in Indian silent cinema and hobnobbed with the leaders of the independence movement. But her greatest coup was convincing a recalcitrant master yogi to train her in the secrets of his art.
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Sep 25, Arun Divakar rated it liked it Men and women who seek to know their true self travel far and wide, read everything they can lay their hands on and in that insatiable thirst for knowledge the luckier among such a crowd find a guide who like a signpost, shows them a path. Not everyone among us is a seeker for it takes immense amounts of patience, self control and an inner fire that never simmers down even in the most dire of circumstances.
In my limited view of the world, I have seen a few people whose plain of thought is on a Men and women who seek to know their true self travel far and wide, read everything they can lay their hands on and in that insatiable thirst for knowledge the luckier among such a crowd find a guide who like a signpost, shows them a path.
In my limited view of the world, I have seen a few people whose plain of thought is on a different dimension totally and yet to all external appearances they appear to be eccentric. These thoughts and little snippets of observation being on my mind, I could easily identify with the central character. A young man from the southernmost tip of the subcontinent in an upsurge of wanderlust travels to the northernmost tip to reach the Himalayas.
After a lot of false starts, he identifies his guru with whom he shares a relation that transcends the cycle of rebirths. However the execution of the book was not something I was fully convinced with in terms of the material included. The approach has mostly to do with this being a travelogue and observation on personalities than sinking in deeper into Indian philosophy or spirituality.
This perhaps was the approach the author wanted too for the arcane and priceless knowledge he might have come across might be precious to be imparted in such a common way.
My other point of contention was on the apparently supernatural phenomena that happens during the course of the narrative. To me, it served more to dampen the feel of the tale rather than build up the momentum but fortunately such occurences are not great in number. It was to me an average book which served only one true purpose. I am now curious to read more about J. Krishnamurti and his view of the world he lived in!
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