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The Seeker Beautiful.Karan Bajaj has created a Hermann Hesse novel for modern times.In the age of information, anything and everything is readily available as an ATM amidst a drought and starvation in rural India With a few keystrokes on a smart phone one can answer any and all questions and learn virtually anything Who won the 1969 World Series Mets Dwarf sex ew deleting browse history How tall is Justin Bieber 5 9 I could right now buy a ticket to Kathmandu and leave tomorrow morning and have Beautiful.Karan Bajaj has created a Hermann Hesse novel for modern times.In the age of information, anything and everything is readily available as an ATM amidst a drought and starvation in rural India With a few keystrokes on a smart phone one can answer any and all questions and learn virtually anything Who won the 1969 World Series Mets Dwarf sex ew deleting browse history How tall is Justin Bieber 5 9 I could right now buy a ticket to Kathmandu and leave tomorrow morning and have a hotel room when I get there too.Bajaj demonstrates how a quest for truth in the modern age is still one of difficult mental and spiritual trials, and the search for God is as meaningful now as it has always been.Protagonist Max has had a successful time in America after a very tough upbringing A chance meeting on the street makes him set everything aside to follow his need for truth, for meaning, for an answer of WHY He has everything a successful man in America can want a great, high paying job, beautiful women the world is his oyster But he s still not happy, not fulfilled.So in a few days, Max is in the Himalayas, looking for a guru to guide him towards truth He s not the only Westerner who s made the Journey to the East looking for Siddhartha Quickly making his way through a circus of get enlightened quick plans, he then just as quickly gets in over his head and in serious danger.Bajaj leads the reader through a spiritual journey across India and into the heart of total consciousness, following Max through an epic quest towards oneness, with a total connection to all.I was captivated almost immediately and did not want to put the book down But at the same time I hung on every word, reading each word like drops of gold Bajaj has channeled the mystical charm of Hesse but fashioned his story for our age.Thank you, Mr Bajaj for this wonderful book A free copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review In the tradition of Janwillem van de Wetering s The Empty Mirror and Andrew Harvey s A Journey in Ladakh recording the journey of a young man from the West making his spiritual pilgrimage to the East, we now have a splendid new entry with The Yoga of Max s Discontent by Karan Bajaj And since we all love to read stories, we are given some added spice rather than a first person account, Bajaj s first hand experience is rendered in novel form, a third person narrative of Max, a bright, inq In the tradition of Janwillem van de Wetering s The Empty Mirror and Andrew Harvey s A Journey in Ladakh recording the journey of a young man from the West making his spiritual pilgrimage to the East, we now have a splendid new entry with The Yoga of Max s Discontent by Karan Bajaj And since we all love to read stories, we are given some added spice rather than a first person account, Bajaj s first hand experience is rendered in novel form, a third person narrative of Max, a bright, inquisitive New Yorker raised in the low income projects, educated at Harvard he won a scholarship and working as an analyst in Manhattan until he has a spiritual crisis and is off to India to seek the way of the yogis and enlightenment.To provide a reader with aspecific rasa, that is, taste of Max s various experiences, here are several quotes from the book along with my comments Incidentally, I feel a special connection with Max and also the author since, as a Westerner, I have received training under a number of outstanding teachers and have been practicing yoga and meditation for many years They want to find it Not just believe in it on faith or scripture, but see it face to face The appeal of the path of yoga and the enlightenment tradition is direct experience of the divine for the one who steps on and follows the path Max s yearning for this direct experience is the same yearning of yogis and Buddhists for the past thousands of years More discussion followed Authentic Indian and Middle Eastern restaurants, this club and that, what was so good, what was awesome, who was in the know, who wasn t, drinking, eating anddrinking Max recalled similar conversations with a date or colleagues after work and felt disgusted In a word, Max has had his fill of superficiality loads of chatter and running after pleasures like a dog chasing its tale There comes a point when a spiritual seeker rejects the common run of what passes for life in society and yearns for something deeper He barely knew anything about yoga and meditation The rational part of him still didn t know what to make of this mystical mumbo jumbo And yet he felt compelled to find out exactly where the Brazilian yogi lived There is that part of us call it consciousness, spirit, light or inner self that is beyond the rational mind Max can t explain it but he senses its reality and yearns for a guide who can show him the way He needed to take the next flight back to New York and get his shit together No stupid questions, no privileged pontifications on the meaning of life just live the life he and everyone else expected him to Ah Once in India and embarking on the spiritual path, the ordinary world calls out, so many social responsibilities and expectations demanded of each individual How authentic is Max s quest This is a challenge that must be faced by every true seeker Next he learned sun salutations, a series of stretching and bending exercises that worked every part of the body from the tops of the arms to the backs of the legs, in an elegant dance As part of the spiritual path, Max discovers the body must be completely and totally transformed Not easy, but no authentic spiritual teacher ever said the path is easy Once again paranayama worked its magic The careful, long exhalation meant an automatic long inhalation, which brought a fresh supply of revitalizing oxygen into the body He wasn t the breathless, sweaty mess he d been when he had walked from the village to the ashram On the path of yoga, the bridge from the outer world to the inner is through the breath Max has a direct experience of the power of breath a clear sign he is on the right path and future transformations await You have to work harder than ever before Only the most accomplished of yogis achieve this union, said Ramakrishna You will become the sum of all knowledge Many powers will come to you But all that has to be left behind Falling from this state is easy if you develop even a shadow of an ego After gaining great powers through the practice of yoga, the yogi faces new challenges, including not using his or her power for selfish ends Not easy That s why the path of yoga can be like walking on a razor s edge The universe is your teacher now Consciousness will guide you to merge with it, said Ramakrishna See it, hear it, feel it everywhere, within and outside everything You have nothingto learn from me Max has come a long way At some point, the accomplished yogi looks to his own inner resources as the teacher rather than relying on an external guide.Coda I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review Books on spirituality or spiritual journeys aren t usually my thing, but I have to give Karan Bajaj an enormous amount of credit because this book was so incredible that I may have to reevaluate that stance The Yoga of Max s Discontent is the story of Max, a Wall Street man who grew up in the not so great areas of New York His life has been shaped by his surroundings, by what he has and doesn t have, but after the death of his mother and a chance conversation with food cart salesman, he begins Books on spirituality or spiritual journeys aren t usually my thing, but I have to give Karan Bajaj an enormous amount of credit because this book was so incredible that I may have to reevaluate that stance The Yoga of Max s Discontent is the story of Max, a Wall Street man who grew up in the not so great areas of New York His life has been shaped by his surroundings, by what he has and doesn t have, but after the death of his mother and a chance conversation with food cart salesman, he begins to evaluate what this life he s living is really all about Taking a chance, he decides to follow some leads he s been given and head to India where he is both comforted, surprised, and deeply challenged by the journey that he has embarked upon Let me start with the title yes, this story has a lot about yoga in it, but that s not the message of the book The book is about the journey physical, mental, and spiritual that Max has found himself pulled into I went into this book, personally, knowing nothing about yoga and certainly none of the words that would typically be associated with the practice This however in no way kept me from understanding the story or the message, and I actually feel like I now have a greater grasp on the purpose behind using yoga as a meditative practice Now on to the writing Karan Bajaj has some of the most beautiful writing I ve read in a while The way the characters are portrayed is truly an art in that you feel their hunger for both food and a deeper understanding of this life But the truly brilliant thing about this writing is Karan Bajaj s ability to transport the reader to these different places throughout the world I have traveled better through this book than I have ever traveled in reality What did I think First of all, who could resist that stunning cover I absolutely adore this book This was such a fascinating read, and I too felt that I have been on a bit of a journey Do I understand this enlightenment and all that must be endured in order to achieve it No But I do know that every minute spent reading this book was well worth the while Who should read it If you have any curiosity about spiritual practices, yogis, India, or just a better understanding of life, please pick this up It s an amazing story, and one that you ll carry with you for a whileI was provided with a copy of this book in order to conduct this honest review WEBSITE TWITTER FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM Update This book is in the stores Beautiful book cover hard copy I was in the book store just the other day chatting with a woman about how wonderful this book is.while it was in her hands Its a terrific story One that will surprise people even if you ve never done yoga The storytelling is page turning Max s mother worked two jobs cleaning houses and bagging groceries late into the night just so he and his sister Sophia could go to good schools private schools , and get out of th Update This book is in the stores Beautiful book cover hard copy I was in the book store just the other day chatting with a woman about how wonderful this book is.while it was in her hands Its a terrific story One that will surprise people even if you ve never done yoga The storytelling is page turning Max s mother worked two jobs cleaning houses and bagging groceries late into the night just so he and his sister Sophia could go to good schools private schools , and get out of the protects When Max was a teenager around 12 or 13 , living in the Bronx in the housing projects, he drank with his friends, swaggered and strutted, got into petty fights, did what he had to do to survive , but back home he studied all night A horrific memory that Max lived with was the day he and his buddy, Andre, both 13 year old kids , were innocently sucking on Popsicles when punks from nowhere took shots at them Max had some teeth knocked out, but his friend Andre, would be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life His younger sister, Sophia hated the gunshots, the screams, being called white bitch or snow bunny so, it s easy to understand why both Max and Sophia worked hard in those private schools hoping that fulfilling there mother s dream would be their path to happiness too Sophia, learned to reply on herself she never fit in nor did she even try the way her brother Max always did with everyone Her mother wanted to to get a high paying job she was educated and able but Sophia followed her heart and went into counseling teen junkies in a Brooklyn treatment facility Max, a devoted son, succeed on on levels, Trinity and Harvard, a Wall Street analyst Even when he was in high school Max was making choices of sacrifice He scrubbed bathrooms early morning of a Harlem Public Bar.then would rush to his gym at Trinity to was off the smell of dried vomit and trash cansthen scub himself again and again so his classmates would never smell the Clorox or pine sol on his body He also sat hungry and watched his friends eat pizza lied and said he didn t like the taste of cheese he was starving but he didn t have the extra money to spend I was sooooo in love with MAX right from the start of this novel OH MY GOD trust me when I haven t even begun to get INTO the heart of this story yet.I was hoping to give a flavor of MAX NOT give the juicy adventure away itselfas I believe it s best to experience yourself and TRY to imagine being in Max s shoes Or Bare feet in some scenes But at SOME POINTMax will notice that he is standing between two worlds 1 death and destruction from the projects and2 Hope and life at Harvard and Trinity He realizes he was meant to discover something about suffering and why it chose those it did One night, Max meets Viveka on the streets in New York I m not giving this gem of a scene away But I will say FOR A SMALL ROLE that VIVEKA has in this bookmy heart still melts for the man the human being he is Tiny gifts come in big packages This Book is WONDERFUL WONDERFUL WONDERFUL The adventures of this story..the strugglesthe people Max meets in India, feel so real and genuine The conditions are often either scorching hot or frost bite freezing Avoiding physical discomfort in India was harder than seeing God face to face Oh my God, INDIA Ohhow gorgeous Karan Bajaj captured India ON EVERY LEVEL physical, emotionally, and spiritually ,WOW This review would be pages long if I keep reviewing it I ll skip the STORY ITSELF to allow you to enjoy but God, you have no idea how much I want to spill the beansThere are soooo many gripping details my skin was on fire If you have traveled to India like I have this book is going to resonate with you BIG TIME.if notyou will still be turning these pages knowing beyond the ENGROSSING STORYTELLING, this is a very special book Something is going on in this novel Even the attempt for Karan to write it utterly complex compelling and profound on deeper levels , is an achievement Ever wonder why the Yogis living at the top of the Himalayas really don t live in acomfortable place Ever wonder what the silence, and solitude for concentration is about Want to try to understand get a semi experience of their beliefs that the whole world exists in opposite up and down, cold and hot, darkness and light, night and day, summer and winter, growth and decay So if there is birth, age, suffering, sorrow, and death, then there must be something that is unborn, un aging,un ailing, sorrowless, and deathless immortal, as it were They want to find it Not just believe in it on faith or scripture, but see it face to face.Without being trite, Karan s story radiates a deep spiritual air of enlightenmentwhich will awaken your senses and encompass your thoughts HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend Wow Where do I begin What words can I use that will somehow sum up this transcendent and captivating book How can I express how deeply this read has affected me I can t, but I can try.This is the tale of Max Max average American citizen, brother, corporate man, good friend, straight A student, rags to riches hero His childhood was spent dividing his days attempting to fit in somewhere in the gang war territory he called home and his nights attempting to pass every test and ace every exam Wow Where do I begin What words can I use that will somehow sum up this transcendent and captivating book How can I express how deeply this read has affected me I can t, but I can try.This is the tale of Max Max average American citizen, brother, corporate man, good friend, straight A student, rags to riches hero His childhood was spent dividing his days attempting to fit in somewhere in the gang war territory he called home and his nights attempting to pass every test and ace every exam in the hopes of alleviating his social position His story has a tragic beginning but isn t an unusual one The journey he embarks on however, is Following the death of his mother Max leaves behind everything he has ever known, including his family, friends, job, responsibilities, home and even his name, in the search for spiritual enlightenment He, along with the thousands of other Westerners every year, travels to India to begin his inner journey What distinguishes him from the others is his mental strength and perseverance, and his willingness to let go of the life and world he knows in the search for peace.This story was, quite simply, beautiful I felt some sort of enlightenment just reading it Aside from being highly instructive in the art and life of the yogi subculture, reading this felt like sinking into a form of meditation the story reverberated right to the core of my very being The writing was stunning, but the story was sublime.We are, I believe, a cynical generation, who believe in little and conform to a lot What, without belief, is there to drive us forward and to and to keep us sane There is a monotony and stagnancy in the world, which Max senses and which I can identify with, that we mask with consumerism and conservative ideologies With nothing to focus on and nothing to strive to become within ourselves, we put our beliefs and aspirations in corporations and become as hard and as cold as the money we worship This message isn t directly conveyed in the book, but this was what I got from it There was a satirical and moralist edge that I felt an affinity with and it has made me view from the world from a different tilt Maybe the tilt was always there, but I amin tune with it now I can t see myself following in Max s footsteps in the path to enlightenment but I can certainly begin my own journey Then the seer dwells in His own true splendor Yoga Sutra 1.3Suffering alone exists, none who suffer The deed there is, but no doer thereof Nirvana is, but no one seeking it The Path there is, but none who travel itVisuddhimaggaI was a bit skeptical of this book at first I ve read a lot of really good novels books surrounding the Western urge for Nirvana, the allure of the East This genre of literature isn t quite a Bildungsroman, but close My search for the word has taken me from ma Then the seer dwells in His own true splendor Yoga Sutra 1.3Suffering alone exists, none who suffer The deed there is, but no doer thereof Nirvana is, but no one seeking it The Path there is, but none who travel itVisuddhimaggaI was a bit skeptical of this book at first I ve read a lot of really good novels books surrounding the Western urge for Nirvana, the allure of the East This genre of literature isn t quite a Bildungsroman, but close My search for the word has taken me from master Google to master Yahoo Certainly, there MUST exist already a perfect word for fictions of enlightenment There does exist a German word for what drives these novels or transcendental travel lit Lebenskrankheit or sickness with life Certainly there must exist in the Universe a word that covers such diverse works as 1 Hesse s Siddartha2 Matthiessen s The Snow Leopard3 Maugham s The Razor s Edge4 Harrer s Sieben Jahre in Tibet5 Wetering s The Empty Mirror 6 Harvey s A Journey in Ladakh These types of novels travel books memoirs don t just exist just in the West, obviously There are other Eastern novels that follow the same journey 1 Wu Cheng en s Monkey The Journey to the West2 Tung Y eh s The Tower of Myriad MirrorsIf there isn t a word, I will make it I will call these novels vanaprasromans, or Seeker Lit These novels aren t quite tracts for Yoga or Buddhism or even enlightenment, but artistic and often fictionalized stories about the journey away from pain and toward knowledge generally an Eastern form of knowledge.Karan Bajaj s book is a nice addition to the Vanaprasroman Seeker cannon Did I enjoy it as much as Maugham, Mathieson, or Hesse No As far as literature goes, I don t think it climbed to the same heights However, I think the Yoga of Max s Discontent worked well as bridge Bajaj is able to span the gulf between the transcendent and often impoverished East and hungry and often impoverished West fairly well This gulf is hard to travel across without falling into either kitsch or clich So, while my first impulse was to give this novel 3 stars, I don t think that adequately covers the challenge of writing fiction about enlightenment Writing without restriction about a spiritual journey is about as difficult and perilous as writing about sex Writing a spiritual narrative is definitely one of the most difficult poses to hold Stolen from Glenn Russell Sent to me by the author with no promise to read, review, etc., but Karan Bajaj was such a genuinely NICE guy I ended up purchasing another copy A violent encounter on the streets of Manhattan forces Wall Street banker Maximus Pzoras to confront questions about suffering and mortality that have dogged him since his mother s death His search for a mentor takes him to the farthest reaches of India, where he encounters a mysterious night market, almost freezes to death on a hike up the Himalayas and finally, finds himself in an ashram in a small drought stricken village in South India where strange things begin to happen to himBut are Yogis who walk on water, do impossible poses, and live agelessly foryears the stuff of fiction or fact Can a flesh and blood man ever truly achieve nirvana Max struggles to overcome his rational skepticism and the pull of family tugging him back home In a final bid for answers, he embarks on dangerous solitary meditation in a freezing Himalayan cave Will Max penetrate the truth of human suffering, or is enlightenment just a new age illusion The SEEKER is both a page turning adventure story and a journey of tremendous inner transformation, a SIDDHARTHA for our generation Why I did not finish I stalled about 30% in and when I tried to go back, found my interest waning It feels like a Coelho or a Redfield one of those novels that feelslike a concept lesson It doesn t resonate or hold my interest because of this, but I know some people really love that kind of book and are likely to enjoy it I read a bit about the author and think his story would have feltauthentic as a memoir, less dramatic maybe, but something about this lacks authenticity that Why I did not finish I stalled about 30% in and when I tried to go back, found my interest waning It feels like a Coelho or a Redfield one of those novels that feelslike a concept lesson It doesn t resonate or hold my interest because of this, but I know some people really love that kind of book and are likely to enjoy it I read a bit about the author and think his story would have feltauthentic as a memoir, less dramatic maybe, but something about this lacks authenticity that I seek even in fiction.Thanks to the author for providing a review copy Westerners love it Spiritual McDonald sAfter a conversation with a falafel vendor on a New York street corner, Max leaves his life of success to go to India and find yogis who live in caves in the Himalayas No training and very little forethought at all, he realizes his plan was fool hardy, and regroups Re seeks, as it were He meets people along the way very much a Pilgrims Progress sort of journey theme We follow Max s journey from the high Himalayas, the back alleys and markeWesterners love it Spiritual McDonald sAfter a conversation with a falafel vendor on a New York street corner, Max leaves his life of success to go to India and find yogis who live in caves in the Himalayas No training and very little forethought at all, he realizes his plan was fool hardy, and regroups Re seeks, as it were He meets people along the way very much a Pilgrims Progress sort of journey theme We follow Max s journey from the high Himalayas, the back alleys and markets of New Delhi, to the scorching south as he seeks He seeks for his own yoga There s plenty of humor, pathos, and eventually some enlightenment There s some great scenes that stick out conversations with the two students riding their motorcycles on the icy mountains, his time at Ramakrishna s ashram, and his stay at the guest house in the Himalayas encountering all sorts of characters who question him and his path This book is not perfect the writing is prosaic, and Max s past was a little too much Horatio Alger I realize what the author was doing when he described things about Max s past, but some of those details could have been edited out and it wouldn t have changed the story at all However, it was well paced and moved along fluidly, never languishing A strong story that keeps me thinking even after I finish it and I like that A chance incident leaves Wall Street banker Maximus Pzoras shaken After the incident, he starts to question himself about life, death and suffering things that have bothered him for quite some time yet he never confronted them But he finally decides to embark upon a journey to find these answers His search leads him to different corners of India From the freezing temperature of the Himalayas to the boiling hot weather of South India he travels far and wide But does our Seeker finally A chance incident leaves Wall Street banker Maximus Pzoras shaken After the incident, he starts to question himself about life, death and suffering things that have bothered him for quite some time yet he never confronted them But he finally decides to embark upon a journey to find these answers His search leads him to different corners of India From the freezing temperature of the Himalayas to the boiling hot weather of South India he travels far and wide But does our Seeker finally find what he was truly looking for I have to admit that I had read Johnny Gone Down when it had come out first and while I did enjoy it the, I really did not understand why people were going ga ga over it And, until recently I maintained that it was one of the over hyped books But then a friend of mine suggested that I should re read it now when my tastes have evolved some and that I just might like it a bitI have been meaning to do so since last couple of months and that s when The Seeker arrived I started reading this book with an open mind and yes I have thoroughly enjoyed this one.Maximus is a brilliant protagonist to know about and to follow While he takes time to warm up to the reader, he does become endearing by the end The Wall Street banker that we see is not all that Maximus is and that is soon evident as he takes on his journey towards achieving enlightenment The other character that leaves a mark on the reader is that of Ramakrishna There are a number of characters aside from these two and are as well developed and vibrant as the two main characters The plot of the book was well hatched and the narration is beautiful From what I understand, some of the experiences are almost autobiographical as the author had been on one year spiritual sabbatical He learnt Yoga, meditation and experienced living as a Buddhist Monk as well It is no wonder that when he narrates Maximus s journey, it is easy for a reader to feel like they are with Maximus at the moment seeing what he sees and feeling what he feels The language and the narration of the author was pure magic Needless to say, apart from experiencing few hours of beautiful literature, this book also offers its readers certain lessons opinions that can be utilized in every individual s life I am certainly going back and re reading Johnny Gone Down again And with A chance incident leaves Wall Street banker Maximus Pzoras shaken After the incident, he starts to question himself about life, death and suffering things that have bothered him for quite some time yet he never confronted them But he finally decides to embark upon a journey to find these answers His search leads him to different corners of India From the freezing temperature of the Himalayas to the boiling hot weather of South India he travels far and wide But does our Seeker finally find what he was truly looking for I have to admit that I had read Johnny Gone Down when it had come out first and while I did enjoy it the, I really did not understand why people were going ga ga over it And, until recently I maintained that it was one of the over hyped books But then a friend of mine suggested that I should re read it now when my tastes have evolved some and that I just might like it a bitI have been meaning to do so since last couple of months and that s when The Seeker arrived I started reading this book with an open mind and yes I have thoroughly enjoyed this one.Maximus is a brilliant protagonist to know about and to follow While he takes time to warm up to the reader, he does become endearing by the end The Wall Street banker that we see is not all that Maximus is and that is soon evident as he takes on his journey towards achieving enlightenment The other character that leaves a mark on the reader is that of Ramakrishna There are a number of characters aside from these two and are as well developed and vibrant as the two main characters The plot of the book was well hatched and the narration is beautiful From what I understand, some of the experiences are almost autobiographical as the author had been on one year spiritual sabbatical He learnt Yoga, meditation and experienced living as a Buddhist Monk as well It is no wonder that when he narrates Maximus s journey, it is easy for a reader to feel like they are with Maximus at the moment seeing what he sees and feeling what he feels The language and the narration of the author was pure magic Needless to say, apart from experiencing few hours of beautiful literature, this book also offers its readers certain lessons opinions that can be utilized in every individual s life I am certainly going back and re reading Johnny Gone Down again And with The Yoga of Max s Discontent I am one of those readers who is going ga ga over the book Go and pick up this book SOON I am one of those readers who is going ga ga over the book Go and pick up this book SOON


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