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Spiritual Master Paperback – August 10, 2009
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Michael Beloved (Madhvacharya das) took his current body in 1951 in Guyana. In 1965, while living in Trinidad, he instinctively began doing yoga postures and trying to make sense of the supernatural side of life. Later on, in 1970, in the Philippines, he approached a Martial Arts Master named Mr. Arthur Beverford, explaining to the teacher that he was seeking a yoga instructor. Mr. Beverford identified himself as an advanced disciple of Sri Rishi Singh Gherwal, an ashtanga yoga master. Mr. Beverford taught the traditional ashtanga yoga with stress on postures, attentive breathing and brow chakra centering meditation. In 1972, Michael entered the Denver Colorado Ashram of Kundalini Yoga Master Sri Harbhajan Singh. There he took instruction in Bhastrika Pranayama and its application to yoga postures. He was supervised mostly by Yogi Bhajan's disciple named Prem Kaur. In 1979 Michael formally entered the disciplic succession of the Brahma-Madhva Gaudiya Sampradaya through Swami Kirtanananda, who was a prominent sannyasi disciple of the Great Vaishnava Authority Sri Swami Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada, the exponent of devotion to Sri Krishna. Apart from this, Michael took instructions from proficient gurus on the astral planes. For producing this publication, Michael reviewed his diaries to gain information about spiritual masters and disciples.
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What does it take to be liberated from the material world? Is a guru necessary for the transcendence? Michael attempts to answer these questions through his own past experiences with various gurus as well as being one himself. He outlines the pitfalls and the advantages of finding the proper guru to help guide one to a higher level.
The book is also very interesting to browse, thanks to the variety of topics relevant to each of us who are seekers, from the section about the different types of spiritual masters, to their limitations and misuse of power. Michael's passion for the topic and his experienced knowledge definitely help build a bridge to understanding this still-nascent and ever-evolving spiritual life of Western culture.