Kripalu was a renowned master of kundalini yoga. Even though he maintained the most rigorous spiritual discipline (including 22 years spent in complete silence), he was fond of telling unforgettable, often funny and heart-warming stories as a way of making his teachings relevant to everyday life.
In 1977, Swami Kripalu surprised his thousands of Indian followers by accepting an invitation from his devoted disciples, Gurudev and Mataji, (Yogi Amrit Desai and Urmila Desai) to visit America. He was so struck by the spiritual openness of the American youth he met that he stayed more than four years. He deviated from his life of silence to deliver a series of teachings from which the stories in this book are largely derived. The stories themselves contain the essence of his deepest spiritual teachings, which still serve today as the foundation of Kripalu Yoga Center’s approach to yoga and spiritual life.
“To live near a great saint is an experience of profound grace. When Bapuji began to speak publicly, it was love alone that motivated him to speak. BapujiÕs animated speaking style was mesmerizing. When he spoke in story form, it was much more than an entertaining anecdote. Like so many great masters, he taught in parables that are actually revelations illuminating the depth of spiritual teachings. If you read deeply into his words, imagine his animated expression and feel the depth of his wisdom, you will receive the same gift of insight and love that Bapuji gave to us directly during those precious few years.” – from the preface by Yogi Amrit Desai