In his recently published book, Blessed by Mysterious Grace: The Journey of a Pilgrim, Ravi describes how his lifelong spiritual quest has been blessed by working closely with exalted spiritual sages such as Krishnamurti, George Gurdjieff’s foremost pupil, Jeanne de Salzmann, leading Zen masters and Theosophists, an Archimandrite on Mount Athos, and many other wisdom keepers. The impact of the teachings from different sources like Theosophy, Zen, Sufi, and Indian traditions as well as Esoteric Christianity is clear to see in this autobiography as Ravi carves out the trajectory of his life and search while being actively engaged as a physicist and academic.
Among the many Mysterious Forces on Ravi’s journey is the story of Zen Master Chulloong Sunim, who insisted on giving Ravi a sum of money and an antique image of the Buddha in thanksgiving for something Ravi had done for him in a previous incarnation.
In this presentation, Ravi will invite all participants to explore the Mysterious Forces running their lives. Obviously, we did not create ourselves. What Forces have created us – and wwhy?
“Ravi Ravindra has written one of the great spiritual autobiographies of our time, vividly evoking significant conversations with his principal teachers – including the great Jeanne de Salzmann – and the precious insights they conveyed to him. The book is spiced with instructive and entertaining anecdotes about the many interesting people who have crossed his path. Above all, though, it is the story of a lifelong quest to answer the question: Who am I? Essentially, not at the level of thesocially constructed ego. Readers are invited into a corresponding journey within themselves and are challenged to live a truly authentic life that makes a small contribution to the evolution of consciousness and life energy. To fall short in this task is to waste the precious gift of a human life. Truly inspiring and essential reading.”
– David Lorimer, Programme Director, Scientific and Medical Network. Editor, Paradigm Explorer, Chair, Galileo Commission
”This autobiographical memoir records the experiences of a very unique individual who combines the best of the East and the West. He has profound expertise in diverse fields of Science, Philosophy and religious scriptures. He has not only made a deep study of these fields but also taught several courses at the university in each field for several years and published several books based on his own understanding of famous religious texts. He has talked all over the world about them. We are indeed grateful to him for sharing his first hand experiences and words of wisdom with the public through this memoir.”
– P.Krishna, Trustee, Krishnamurti Foundation India, Rajghat fort, Varanasi, India
Other books by Ravi Ravindra, PhD
Ravi Ravindra, Ph.D., is an author and professor emeritus at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he served as a professor in Comparative Religion, Philosophy, and Physics. He was a member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, a fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla, and the founding director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge. He is the author of many books including The Yoga of the Christ, The Wisdom of Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras, The Bhagavd Gita: A Guide to Navigating the Battle of Life, Pilgrim Soul: A Path to the Sacred Transcending World Religions. For more information visit http://www.ravindra.ca/