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Caravan of No Despair

A Memoir of Loss and Transformation
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Sounds True
 | 
November, 2015
ISBN:
9781622034130
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$19.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

On the day her first book came out—a new translation of Dark Night of the Soul by Saint John of the Cross—Mirabai Starr’s daughter, Jenny, was killed in a car accident. “My spiritual life began the day my daughter died,” writes Mirabai. Even with decades of spiritual practice and a deep immersion in the greatest mystical texts, she found herself utterly unprepared for “my most powerful catalyst for transformation, my fiercest and most compassionate teacher.”

With Caravan of No Despair, Mirabai shares an irreverent, uplifting, and intimate memoir of her extraordinary life journey. Through the many twists and turns of her life—including a tangled relationship with a charlatan-guru, her unexpected connection with the great Christian mystics, and the loss of her daughter—Mirabai finds the courage to remain open and defenseless before the mystery of the divine. Tragedy and trauma are not guarantees for a transformational spiritual experience, writes Mirabai Starr, but they are opportunities. They are invitations to sit in the fire and allow it to transfigure us.

When Jenny died, all my spiritual practices failed me. I could not meditate, and the very thought of silent sitting infuriated me, as if someone were offering a Band-Aid to slap over a gunshot wound… None of the tricks I had developed over decades on the spiritual path were adequate for mending my brokenness.

Meanwhile, my career as a translator of the Christian mystics began to flower. Book after book unfolded, each one reflecting some facet of Christian wisdom teachings…This was fine, except I was not a Christian. I was a Jewish agnostic with Pagan inclinations, a lifelong devotion to a Hindu guru (Neem Karoli Baba), an established Buddhist meditation practice (currently on hold), and an abiding connection with at least three Sufi orders

Everything I needed to make my way through the landscape of loss—navigating by starlight, subsisting on nettles and honey—was hidden inside the body of work I was busy trying to escape. “One day I will graduate from these Christians,” I consoled myself. “I will speak in my own voice.”

Which is what I am doing now.

Also by Mirabai Starr are Love of God and her translation of St Teresa of Avila’s The Interior Castle.

Publisher’s Description: 

On the day her fist book came outa new translation of Dark Night of the Soul by Saint John of the CrossMirabai Starrs daughter, Jenny, was killed in a car accident. My spiritual life began the day my daughter died, writes Mirabai. Even with decades of spiritual practice and a deep immersion in the greatest mystical texts, she found herself utterly unprepared for my most powerful catalyst for transformation, my fiercest and most compassionate teacher.

With Caravan of No Despair, Mirabai shares an irreverent, uplifting, and intimate memoir of her extraordinary life journey Through the many twists and turns of her lifeincluding a tangled relationship with a charlatan-guru, her unexpected connection with the great Christian mystics, and the loss of her daughterMirabai fids the courage to remain open and defenseless before the mystery of the divine. Tragedy and trauma are not guarantees for a transformational spiritual experience, writes Mirabai Starr, but they are opportunities. They are invitations to sit in the fie and allow it to transfigure us.

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