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Engag­ing, insight­ful and inspir­ing. This is con­tem­po­rary spir­i­tu­al fic­tion at its very best!

— Dada Nab­hani­ilanan­da, author of Close Your Eyes and Open Your Mind

Namaskar

 

When I began work­ing on The Jazz Mas­ter, I had already envi­sioned it as a tril­o­gy, each of the books set rough­ly twen­ty years apart. I want­ed the kind of extend­ed can­vas that would per­mit me to trace the evo­lu­tion of one man’s con­scious­ness as he seeks to find the answer to the sole ques­tion that mat­ters above all oth­ers — who are we and what are we doing here? — a search for which the unique tra­jec­to­ry of a sin­gle human life pro­vides the ulti­mate tapes­try. It is a search that demands the flow­er­ing of our spir­i­tu­al con­scious­ness if it is to come to fruition, and that spir­i­tu­al awak­en­ing, to my mind, pre­sup­pos­es the flow­er­ing of our social con­scious­ness as well, for I can­not imag­ine an awak­ened spir­i­tu­al con­scious­ness that does not rec­og­nize the sim­ple truth that we are all part of a sin­gle exis­tence, and that the gal­lop­ing injus­tice that con­tin­ues to run ram­pant on our plan­et is an ongo­ing injury to our very selves, no mat­ter how far removed it may seem from our every­day lives.

In the Land of the Saints is the sec­ond install­ment in this artis­tic endeav­or, the next lay­er on the can­vas, if you will, with the biggest chal­lenge still ahead: fol­low­ing Eli­jah into spir­i­tu­al and social matu­ri­ty.

Grow old along with me; the best is yet to be; the last of life, for which the first was made. 

— Robert Brown­ing, from “Rab­bi Ben Ezra”

This link will take you to the inter­view I did for Dada Nabhaniilananda’s Love, Wis­dom & Cre­ativ­i­ty series: