|About the Book|
Born in 1948, Jay Latham grew up with the post-World War Two ‘baby boom’ generation. He was raised in an upper middle class family and shared in the societal belief that the American dream of material prosperity was the greatest opportunity in theMoreBorn in 1948, Jay Latham grew up with the post-World War Two ‘baby boom’ generation. He was raised in an upper middle class family and shared in the societal belief that the American dream of material prosperity was the greatest opportunity in the world. Like his father, he joined the military—for adventure, and to serve his country. And it was here, in the Marine Corps, that he discovered a dark side to life, hidden just beneath the polished veneer of contemporary American society. This is where the authors unique journey begins—in the Marine Corps, at Parris Island and on Okinawa during the Vietnam War. It is a journey that begins in darkness, but ascends through the clouds of modern-day collective ignorance and into the light of divine consciousness—where the author entered an ancient realm, a ‘galaxy’, as it were, lit up with the warm ‘fire’ of knowledge and love.Few seekers have the drive to do whatever it takes to find the ‘real’ in life. Jay Lathams story is about ‘arriving’. From each powerful experience along the way, he gets a ‘life lesson learned’ that brings each of us closer to that which is deep and meaningful to the human experience. This is the riveting, true-life adventure of a man who looked for answers anywhere he could find them—in his love affair with an exotic, Asian beauty on Okinawa- on one of the most revealing and mind-expanding LSD experiences imaginable- in his teacher, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who opened him to blazing spiritual experiences that are, in essence, unknown to the world- and, perhaps most penetratingly of all, in the woman he loved, the woman who betrayed him and brought him to the brink of suicide, or a life sentence in prison.This is not the story of a seeker finding answers to the problems of life within his own Western culture, which, for Latham, felt to be sterile and emasculating—promoting ‘small thinking’ and ‘rules’ instead of genuine spiritual experience. Its about breaking through—pursuing knowledge, love, and world adventure in unexplored realms and foreign places, in India, where the oldest and most spiritually powerful culture on earth still resides. It is here that the author got solid answers concerning the deepest questions of life and love, or to be more exact, the emptiness of love he experienced in the West.Through highly-secret spiritual practices, pilgrimage to remote, ancient temples, taking solitude (‘the only blessedness’), and reconnecting with nature in the most awe-inspiring places on earth—the Garhwal Himalayas of India, the author takes the reader on a wild inner and outer journey to freedom, and to God.