Spirituality touches everyone. Those who abandon the traditional path in its favor are a curiosity to those of us who remain more attached to the material world. Learning the life history of a swami seemed like a fascinating tale, and so I expected.
It was fascinating as he went on a name dropping (Mother Teresa, etc) tour of the spiritual who's who of India and met the players. He described his rites of passage into the spiritual world. But the slice we get to see was narrow...just a brief time in his youth. A very short description in the last few pages outlines a life that is full of accomplishment and growth.
We see a young man ready for adventure, always afraid someone or something is about to kill him (amazing how many times he expects to die in a year), diving into religious practice. We know that this youth matures into a swami whose life accomplishments are significant and charitable, so it is of interest to know a piece of his history. However, we're not to get to know the man in his mature state or hear his questions, his work, or his depth. Maybe another chapter, reflecting the mature state of the swami will be forthcoming.
But read this if you have interest in Eastern religion, India, and adventurous travel across challenging cultures and terrain (including areas now war torn with Taliban). It's well written and the photos included are fascinating. He did what many idly consider. He endured the hardships and worked to find his guru. This is a work that will hold a place on the bookseller's shelves until there are no shelves...and will live on electronically from there.