India in a Mind's Eye is a deeply engaging, beautifully articulated account of a journey through India by a foreigner familiar with the terrain. As a longtime practitioner of Bhakti-yoga and student of Indian culture, the author had rare access to people, places, scenes and situations unavailable to the casual traveler, and describes it all with a clear eye, a philosophic turn of mind and a healthy sense of the surreal.
Here we meet pontificating professors and ghoulish beggars, raucous street festivals and insect infestations in cut-rate hotel rooms, unscrupulous Christian missionaries and temperamental gurus, epic traffic hells and Indian weddings, an erstwhile Maharani and a public masturbator, mad saints and beautiful Bharatanatyam dancers, young westerners in hot pursuit of enlightenment and a famous guru leaving his mortal frame.
More than a kaleidoscopic view of the strange and the sublime, the author provides rare insight into the heart and soul of a land that has intrigued, confounded and transformed generations of travelers and seekers alike.
"A thoughtful and sophisticated journey through spiritual India, as well as through [the author's] interior mindscape."
Malcolm David Eckel, Director of Religious Studies, Boston University
(Includes a Foreword by Robert S. Ellwood, Emeritus Professor of Religion, University of Southern California.)