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I stay at the feet of my Enlightened Master Osho,
Swami Anand Arun, Swami Satya Vedant (Dr. Vasant Joshi), Milarepa,
my Divine Mother Amma Sri Karunamayi, and all of the Enlightened Ones.
“Lone Seeker, Many Masters” by Swami Anand Arun is a spiritual autobiography and a rare gift to humanity. It’s the first commentary of its kind to provide an encyclopedic knowledge of many enlightened ascetics, gurus, and masters, as experienced through the heart of a young engineer who became a Bodhisattva and the world’s greatest contemporary mystic. “Lone Seeker, Many Masters” reveals a kaleidoscope of enlightened possibility.
For years now, many spiritual seekers have had the soul privilege of sitting in meditation with Nepal’s Bodhisattva Swami Anand Arun, founder of Osho Tapoban in Kathmandu. To many, it seems Arun speaks only of his Master Osho and never about himself. An ardent enthusiast and lover of Osho, Arun is like a hollow bamboo for the Master, reaching hundreds of thousands of people around the world on his non-stop travels. There can be no mistake that what fuels Arun is divinely extraordinary and that his spiritual search has been total. Arun’s fiery focus is singular. Osho is his only priority, his soul center, and his very life.
Delving into Arun’s autobiographical spiritual journey, “Lone Seeker, Many Masters,” provides a series of all-encompassing revelations, not only about the Enlightened Ones who profoundly influenced Arun, but also about Arun himself, who writes, “I am well aware that not all of these stories might be justifiable to a rational mind. I am sharing them here with the hope that these accounts will give you courage to jump into the unknown and assure you that there is more to this world than meets the eye.”
This amazing book, now in English, provides a major pipeline from the East’s enlightened heritage, delivering nectar to a spiritually thirsty world. Arun shares vivid firsthand accounts of his time spent with or his connection to over thirty Awakened Ones, some of them nearing obscurity. The moving description of Arun’s relationship with god-realized souls of past and present is a gift to history. In his telling, rare beings, such as the 250-year-old Totapuri Baba and others, brighten the foreground of a quickly fading history. Reading of Arun’s personal connection to greats like Swami Vivekananda is a great joy, animating a “historical” saint in living color and bringing him that much closer.
Covering many years and terrains, “Lone Seeker, Many Masters” is the story of a seeker and the treasures he found along the way. Arun fluidly dances across past lives and weaves dimensions together, revealing a natural comfort with mysticism and miracles. It’s thrilling to trek with him from an icy cave on a Himalayan peak, to a fertile floor of a sacred jungle, to the banks of the flowing Ganga. Intense curiosity fuels the narrative across colorful, brief chapters. A mysterious discontent propels the solitary seeker forward, to find truth in the eyes of another or in the sacred place of their enlightenment.
These colorful cameos of thirty-one masters function like a kaleidoscope of enlightened possibility. Always soul-enriching, the impact of these stories accumulates and whirls the reader into a strong current of truth. It’s a rare sky that forms overhead when reading about so many enlightened beings in one sitting. “Lone Seeker, Many Masters” gives understanding, humor, compassion, and depth through this most precious and celebrated point of view.
With all the intensity of a “divine romance,” the young engineer Arun goes on a seemingly irrational path that displeases his parents. It’s a miracle that he can balance both external and internal worlds. He supervises major engineering projects in between visits with ecstatic god-realized men and women, and deftly maneuvers between dimensions where the unbelievable happens. He writes, “Spirituality is the greatest adventure but one needs great trust and understanding of the heart to pursue this path. There are depths that cannot be penetrated by a rational mind.”
While paying homage to Swami Vivekananda, Arun’s unrelenting search comes to rest fully only in the being of Osho one a magical evening in 1969. Arun writes of seeing Osho for the first time: “His long black beard and hair danced to the rhythm of the evening breeze, his radiant face blanched with the rays of the moon, emanated grace. I looked at him in disbelief. I couldn’t believe a human body could be so beautiful. My heart was filled with the loftiest sentiments. He looked like a numinous being who had just descended from the land of the rishis…My heart started to beat in violent spasms and tears rolled down my cheeks unchecked. A long forgotten chamber of my heart had opened, some long-lost beloved was remembered.”
Arun also acknowledges very rare women mystics from his life including, Indira Devi, Ma Anand Madhu, and Suvadra Mata, as well as women from the past, including Meera Bai, the lover of Krishna, and Yasodhara, the abandoned wife of Buddha. Arun’s telling of Yasodhara is a heart-wrenching tribute to her bold confrontation of the Buddha himself.
Commentaries towards the end of the 319-page book are dedicated to “all those seekers who have sacrificed their lives in search of truth.” Arun shares rare insights into the motivations of Gandhi and Carl Jung, and why they chose not to have darshan with Sri Raman Maharshi. This depth of understanding shows the real history that cannot be found anywhere in history books. The final pages offer an intense send off into the unknown by featuring three radical seekers who seem very much on the fringe and may or may not become enlightened. They live in the most extreme locales and practice harsh austerities. They all demonstrate the same intense longing Arun describes in his own search, and it seems fitting to conclude the book with respect for them as well as suspense about the unknown ahead.
Emphasizing the lasting spiritual value of the sacred places of birth, enlightenment, and death, Arun includes addresses of several sacred places as if to call us to there. Newcomers on the path will enjoy the wonderful English glossary of Sanskrit/Hindi spiritual terms for easy reference. With a beautiful design and aesthetic graphics, this profound book opens new doors in the soul, and beckons you to keep going, to find your own way, your own climate, your own place. Featuring images of diverse masters, the underlying message is that enlightenment takes many forms and reminds one to live that individual path that is yours and yours alone.
A condensed compilation about so many enlightenment beings makes us look at ourselves and our path with much greater awareness. These contrasting stories help us understand how specific requirements for realization can be. Arun adds to our understanding and tolerance by reminding us to regard each human as purely unique. Not many of us have the urge to walk all over the world, as did Shivapuri Baba who lived 136 years, or sit in an icy cave like the woman named Suvadra Mata. Only God knows our timing and the specific situation needed for waking us up. It could happen in an ice cave but it could also happen in a small apartment. Arun also emphasizes that we need to understand how an enlightened person’s prana and his or her place of awakening are inextricably linked, and must be treated with proper sanctity and special care to benefit humanity. Arun highlights his longstanding dream in the case of Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, whose body is secluded in a mortuary but should be interred in a sacred Samadhi shrine to show proper respect and to benefit visitors.
Always piercingly truthful and emotionally real, Arun balances his rational engineeering side with passionate poetry when describing the masters he loves so completely. Gratitude pours from his pen when he writes of his first yogi, a silent mystic who communicated with him by writing on a slate: “…Mastaram’s face sailed gently through my memory like a luminous star. That night and for the next three years before I met my master, his words became my pathfinder, always challenging and assuring me.”
Fulfilling Swami Vivekananda’s words from many years ago that “Arun will initiate a great spiritual movement in Nepal,” Arun has done exactly that and so much more. In fact, Swami Anand Arun has literally turned Nepal maroon, as Osho had also predicted, with 6 Osho communes and 75 Osho meditation centers, 150 centers in 59 different countries, and a commune in America. He has initiated around 100,000 people in 90 countries.
“Lone Seeker, Many Masters” is a masterwork, the masterpiece of a lifetime of seeking. This generous outpouring from Swami Anand Arun reveals the author as the most precious flowering of a life lived in total surrender and gratitude. His timeless words are rich with truth and love, and will be read and savored time and time again. “Lone Seeker, Many Masters” by Swami Anand Arun is a must-read for all seekers and a must-have for every library in the world.
â€œLone Seeker, Many Mastersâ€ by Bodhisattva Swami Anand Arun is a must-read autobiography for all seekers and a must-have for every library in the world. Fulfilling Swami Vivekanandaâ€™s words from many years ago that â€œArun will initiate a great spiritual movement in Nepal,â€ Swami Anand Arun has done exactly that and much more. Swami Arun has literally turned Nepal maroon, as Enlightened Master Osho had also predicted, with 6 Osho communes and 75 Osho meditation centers, 150 centers in 59 different countries, and a commune in America. He has initiated around 100,000 people in 90 countries. For the first time in English, Arun tells his own story through a kaleidoscope of 31 enlightened ascetics and gurus who shaped his life, some of them women. â€œLone Seeker, Many Mastersâ€ is a masterwork, the masterpiece of a lifetime of seeking. This generous outpouring from Swami Anand Arun reveals the author as the most precious flowering of a life lived in total surrender and gratitude. His timeless words are rich with truth and love, and will be read and savored time and time again for generations to come. While paying homage to Swami Vivekananda, Arunâ€™s unrelenting search comes to rest fully only in the being of Osho one a magical evening in 1969. Arun writes of seeing Osho for the first time: â€œHis long black beard and hair danced to the rhythm of the evening breeze, his radiant face blanched with the rays of the moon, emanated grace. I looked at him in disbelief. I couldnâ€™t believe a human body could be so beautiful. My heart was filled with the loftiest sentiments. He looked like a numinous being who had just descended from the land of the rishisâ€¦My heart started to beat in violent spasms and tears rolled down my cheeks unchecked. A long forgotten chamber of my heart had opened, some long-lost beloved was remembered.â€ â€œLone Seeker, Many Mastersâ€ by Swami Anand Arun is published by Osho Tapoban Publications in Kathmandu, Nepal, in 2015, under ISBN 993789669-x.