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The Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky: The Creator of <i>El Topo</i> Paperback – May 27, 2008
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From the Back Cover
In 1970, John Lennon introduced to the world Alejandro Jodorowsky and his movie El Topo, which the filmmaker wrote, starred in, and directed. The movie and its author instantly became a counterculture icon. The New York Times said it “demands to be seen,” and Newsweek called it “An Extraordinary Movie!” But that was only the beginning of the story and the controversy of El Topo and the journey of its brilliant creator. His spiritual quest began with the Japanese master Ejo Takata, the man who introduced him to the practice of meditation, Zen Buddhism, and the wisdom of the koans. Yet in this auto-biographical account of his spiritual journey, Jodorowsky reveals that it was a small group of wisewomen, far removed from the world of Buddhism, who initiated him and taught him how to put the wisdom he had learned from his master into practice.
At the direction of Takata, Jodorowsky became a student of the surrealist painter Leonora Carrington, thus beginning a journey in which vital spiritual lessons were transmitted to him by various women who were masters of their particular crafts. These women included doña Magdalena, who taught him “initiatic” or spiritual massage; the powerful Mexican actress known as La Tigresa (the Tigress); and Reyna D’Assia, daughter of the famed spiritual teacher G. I. Gurdjieff. Other important wisewomen on Jodorowsky’s spiritual path include María Sabina, the priestess of the sacred mushrooms; the healer Pachita; and the Chilean singer Violeta Parra. The teachings of these women enabled him to discard his emotional armor and advance on the path to spiritual awareness and enlightenment.
ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY is a playwright, filmmaker, composer, mime, psychotherapist, and author of many books on spirituality and tarot and over thirty comic books and graphic novels. He has directed several films, including The Rainbow Thief and the cult classics El Topo and The Holy Mountain. He lives in France.
Top Customer Reviews
Jodorowsky's mentor, Ejo Takata is a wise and funny Zen master and his teachings steer the book, but it is life itself - often in the guise of "wise women" (or raving nutters) (or both) - who supply the lessons. Jodorowsky's encounters with these women - including doña Magdalena, La Tigresa (the Tigress), Reyna D'Assia (Gurdjieff's daughter), mushroom shaman María Sabina, the rather brilliant healer Pachita, and the Chilean crazy singer Violeta Parra are often hilarious, surreal and meaningless in themselves - like most things in life - until, that is we (or, in this case, Jodo) finds meaning in them. The final conclusion of course is that life "is what it is", its only purpose being to live it. This is the real route to spiritual awareness and enlightenment, not sticking angel-charged crystals from the Pleiades up our seventh chakras.
A brilliant book which I read in one sitting during a san pedro ceremony in Spain. Just to make sure I went back and read it again when I was no longer cactified and it was still brilliant. Really really recommended.
This really is a brilliant documentation about a man's spiritual journey. True or not -- I learned a lot. His investigation into Koans was mind-bending, in the best of ways.
Regardless of what you think about his filmmaking, this book stands on its own.
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His story is breathtaking, fantastic and mosly inspiring to love and be loved and explore life to its maximum.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a life! So inspiring, what a master. A must read. As good as his movies! Jodorowsky is definitely one of the most creative beings of the 20th century.Published 21 months ago by Water Is Life Records LLC
This is great material for those wanting to know more about Jodorowsky's life from his perspective and some of the people who helped form it. Read morePublished on July 15, 2014 by Aaron Kelly