Enlightenment is not for the faint of heart, or as Eliezer Sobel makes clear, for those without a sense of humor. Why I Am Not Enlightened is a penetrating, insightful, and –above all – genuinely funny meditation on the quest for gnosis and its discontents.

Where does the spiritual path take us? What does “enlightenment” mean, really? In this concise recounting of his personal journey along the highways and byways of the spiritual search, Eliezer pursues these questions while calling on 30 years of study with a remarkable array of teachers, gurus, shamans, healers, channelers, yogis, and more.

“I personally met Satchidananda, Krishnananda, Kriyananda, Muktananda, the whole Ananda family,” he writes. “I sat in reverence before Sai Baba, Baba Muktananda, Adi Da Samraj the Ruchira Avatar, the Dalai Lama, Adyashanti, Poonjaji, Ammachi, Master Nome (pronounced “No-Me,” get it?) Siddhi Ma, Guru Mayi, and Harold Klemp the Eck master of Eckankar…. So don’t ever accuse me of not making an effort.”

The wisdom that Eliezer has gleaned from these encounters shines through in this thoroughly enjoyable reflection on the wonders and ironies of the spiritual life. You might even find it enlightening.

Eliezer Sobel (www.eliezersobel.com) is a writer, musician and teacher. His books include The 99th Monkey: A Spiritual Journalist’s Misadventures with Gurus, Messiahs, Sex, Psychedelics and Other Consciousness Raising Experiments (2009), as well as Minyan: Ten Jewish Men in a World That is Heartbroken (2004), which won the Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel, and Wild Heart Dancing (1994). He was also the Publisher and Editor of the Wild Heart Journal, the New Sun magazine, and writes online for Psychology Today and Reality Sandwich. Eliezer has led creativity and meditation retreats around the U.S. and is a certified teacher of The 5 Rhythms™ movement practice developed by Gabrielle Roth.

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