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Coming Back to Earth: The Central Park Guru Becomes an Old City Jew Kindle Edition

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How many books can one read that are not only inspiring, but also entertaining, that make you laugh and cry? --Israel National Radio

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  • File Size: 902 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Mystical Paths eBooks; Kindle Edition 1.0 edition (September 14, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005N80S0G
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Rabbi Yonassan Gershom VINE VOICE on July 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Ever wonder what happened to the "Silent Guru" of Central Park? Back in 1972-73, he sat on a bench on the corner of 86th Street and Central Park West, every day, rain or shine, meditiating in total silence. It is said that he radiated an aura of peace and tranquility. Certainly he attracted quite a following. People of all walks of life came to sit in his presence. He was written up by the New York Times and other publications. He was occasionally mentioned in New Age books on meditation and spirtuality. But who was he? And where is he now?

His name is Gil Locks, and he is now a Hasidic Jew who lives in Jerusalem. He spends a lot of his time at the Western Wall, encouraging fellow Jews to put on tefillin (phylacteries) and get in touch with their own Jewish roots. But he doesn't cram the Torah down their throats like some rabbis do. Rather, he listens compassionately to their questions and spiritual struggles, because he, too, has been there. This book is his autobiography -- a very honest, often amusing account of how he traveled to India, lived on ashrams, meditated with various gurus, returned to the USA, traveled around the country in an old bus with "Yea God" painted on it, was guided to sit in Central Park, later tried and rejected the "Jesus trip"... and eventually found authentic spirituality in Hasidic/kabbalistic Judaism.

Parts of the book are hysterically funny. When, on the beach in Hawaii, he suddenly decides to become an observant Jew, he jumps in head first -- but has no local rabbi to guide him as to how things should be done.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Y. Weiss on June 6, 2005
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i did not want to sleep until i finished the book! read how Gil in his real life story (and i know people who know him) travels to Japan, India for 8 years!, and all over the US, searching for freedom and truth. a real spritual rollercoaster! i felt like i was going back in time to the crazy 50's, 60's and crazier 70's! at parts i cried, at parts i laughed, but one thing is forsure - it changed me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ella on February 19, 2013
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I loved the book so much. It is 360 pages of reading. I loved every single page I read of it. The book is easy to read because of the way it is written. It is divided into chapters that are also divided inside. So if you decided to stop, you just read till the next separation.

As far as the book content. You will laugh at the funny things, you will be amused at other and sometimes you will just not know why in the world Gil did the things he did or the people he encountered. He comes from a family where he didn't get any Jewish background and is looking for something spiritual in his life. He goes through a long meditation process in Buddhist practice. During which we learn a lot about the people and the area in India and the gurus. Later on, about half the book through he tries Christianity , which only works for half a year and decides to go back to Ten Commandments. It is very interesting though, because he travels to many countries and back to US. Gil goes to Mexico and has adventures. Few times he gets arrested and even ends up in psychiatric ward, as he is misunderstood.

All I can say , is it is like watching an amazing film, but you are reading it, so it is even better. You'll laugh and sometimes may be cry. He is very unusual though, and a bit pushy in his beliefs at times, but it is what makes him and this book unique.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Parry on December 1, 2013
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I laughed and cried reading guttman locks amazing story. A true seeker in every sense of the word. Was inspired to buy a copy and send it to a poly-theistic leaning friend. Well written, too!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Isaac H on August 23, 2010
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This book truly belongs to the category of divine inspired. No mere mortal could of written such a masterpiece. A sceptic just has to watch 'guru gil' in action on [...]and will be immediately convinced.
I have read many, many books, and none captivated me as this one. I literally could not put it down! Tears of laughter were rolling down my cheeks, i was hollering at the stories, totally taken over by this read. If you have one book to read - make it this one!
The magic of this book inspired the next category - The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible- a pity the ex-nephew isn't as devoted to the truth as this amazing author.
It is rare to have the opportunity to just walk in on such an amazing personality's house and be served a meal - but 'guru gil' has an open house in Jerusalem for all. Truly unbelievable!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JGo on January 12, 2007
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I based my purchase of this book based on some of the reviews and no idea quite what I was getting. With that having been said, I found much of Gil Locks' mystical experiences unbelievable and fanciful. Beyond that, he had a lot of good messages about Judaism and day-to-day living which I found refreshing.

I had to keep reminding myself Mr. Locks' is following the Chabad teachings and I came from a slightly-right side (or would it have been left) of traditional Jewish teachings. He spends much time on mysticism and a spiritual based Judaism. I grew up being taught Judaism is not a faith-based religion, but a way of life. Sometimes these two clashed while reading his book.

Regardless of my feelings towards Mr. Locks' experiences, I intend to send this book to my son who is finally showing interest in his heritage as I think it might actually appeal to him. To date, he has been a misguided youth and this might actually inspire him to treat people differently. One of the most repeated messages in Mr. Locks' book and one I wholly approve of.
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