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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144952415X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449524159
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,661,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Shyam Dodge was raised in his parents' ashram as a Hindu Monastic. He teaches yoga and meditation all over the world and once co-owned a restaurant in south India. Shyam now lives and writes in Venice, CA. Shyam is also the author of "Sweetened Condensed Milk: Sacred Stories from many Cultures".

More About the Author

Shyam Dodge is a Harvard educated former monk. Raised in an ashram, he has been practicing and teaching meditation, Asian philosophy, and yoga for over 20 years. His books include a memoir, a collection of teaching stories, and a forthcoming war narrative of Hawaii. Shyam is an active critic of, and contributor to, the understanding of contemporary Buddhism and yoga in North America. In addition to his work as a scholar and critic, he is a fiction writer, satirist, and pop culture essayist.

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Dodge on October 26, 2009
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Hmm. There is a "book review" posted in which the reviewer not only has NOT read the book, but proceeds to lay out a personal verbal attack on the author. Would it be correct to surmise that the one commentator is a follower of the "religious group" in question? This seems to validate the book Shyam has written; this and the fact that members of his family agree with him, including me.

This book is awesome, we couldn't put it down from the first words until the last. Bravo to the author, Shyam Dodge! It takes real courage to speak truth to power, and real faith to keep honestly seeking in the face of disapproval by the community one has grown up in. Thank you for speaking your truth, Shyam. Your example lights the path for all of us seekers.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Iris Arco on July 22, 2010
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This book is an act of self-healing. I believe its special contribution is its focus on how, why, and when this young man, thoroughly socialized into a restrictive community, became aware that he had the power to "become human," as he puts it: to feel and think for himself. Memoirs more often dwell on how painful it is when a charismatic leader abuses his or her power; this one focuses on what it takes to leave.
Because the book was written quickly as a stream of consciousness, it requires some work on the part of the reader. The various grammatical and/or punctuation errors are distracting, but I found that the work really paid off. I love this book. I am not a member of the author's family, nor an ex-member of the same community. However, I've joined and left a cult-like group, and I think this is a brilliant description of what that feels like.
This story could be helpful to anyone considering leaving an oppressive, closed group, or anyone who has already left but has not yet figured it out. And finally, Wet Hot and Wild (a deliberately silly title for a serious little book) describes an authentic spiritual journey.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leo Delgado on November 30, 2009
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I found the authors writing skills very impressive. I have not read any author lately, that have captured the "Pulp" style of underground writing as this author did. It is refreshing to see this style in its honest form. I felt as if I was reading a screenplay, the author knows how to bring each part of the book alive with great detail; he knows how to cut through words and get you to the story. I am looking forward to his next work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Williams on October 28, 2009
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I have concluded this is the author's honest intepretation of his experiences. So if there are no underlying problems with the story structure or writing style, who are we to judge someone else's experience? What I did find was a deep connection and love the author has for his father, and that is something everyone can celebrate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AlchemistGeorge VINE VOICE on January 28, 2014
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The book is kind of a mess. Its almost simultaneously about 3 generations of his family, and a half dozen different spiritual paths, it does talk clearly about some of the very destructive authoritarian aspects of the whole guru system, and the lack of quality control on gurus.

Its almost stream of consciousness, some of it is very poetic, and the story / stories in the book are not that easy to follow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Extreme Immunity on August 20, 2013
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While the book wasn't among the best written that I've read, it did keep me interested. Partly because I followed Sai, after he became Hare Krishna Siddha Swarup Ananda Goswami. Unfortunately, those are years I will never get back. It was rumored that the author of this book received death threats after writing it. I wouldn't be surprised. Sai's followers are quite fanatical. Anyway, I enjoyed Shyam's honesty regarding the whole guru business, and how he could have easily followed rank and received his own guru groupies, along with their gifts and money. He was honorable enough to turn his back on all that and write about his journey. People should read this book at least to get a glimpse into what lurks behind the curtain. I think it could have been more hard-hitting. I know that their are a lot of stories that make Shyam's stories rather tame.
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By Just a bum on October 14, 2014
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was ok, not what I expected, a bit shallow and self centered
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