The Initiationby Donald Schnell
From the age of seven, Donald Schnell has been a student “of most things spiritual, thirsting for an understanding of my connection to God.” He became a devotee of six of the great spiritual masters of the modern era; he was the only “non-Swamy” allowed to run a Siddha Yoga ashram at the age of twenty-one. Then, in November of 1997, he answered a call to India and within days was led to a remote temple where the veils parted and he was initiated by Babaji, the immortal Yogi-Christ/Buddha of ancient lore. “Babaji works through the prophets in every era. . . to remove the conditions of war and racial and religious prejudice.” In a series of mesmerizing, dreamlike interludes, Schnell received Babaji's blessing of prema (divine love), and he was empowered to bring the master's “new spirituality” to the West, “to all people who desire to receive the grace of the Avatars.” The Initiation tells the inspiring story of one man's profound spiritual illumination. It will touch the hearts of many and move all to rededicate themselves to their own spiritual disciplines.
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If you've ever wondered what it feels like to experience divine enlightenment, THE INITIATION is the book you've been waiting for. Author Donald Schnell shares his extremely personal journey to India where he meets the immortal Babaji yogi, and describes what many would consider to be the indescribable. After all, how can one adequately convey the way the world looks when all illusion (maya) is stripped away? Yes, miracles are possible, but they are only "siddhis", or sacred gifts which are not the true essence of reality. Siddhis like manifestation, teleportation, and levitation are joyous to behold, but are not meant to distract us from seeing the miraculous nature of the universe which is present here right now. Schnell not only describes the way the world looks when one feels the joy and bliss of divine awareness, but he does so in such a way that the feeling of this loving state of consciousness is bestowed upon the reader. I felt like I had received many blessings as I read this book, and I know my life will be ever the richer for it. Schnell describes many details of how it felt to undergo a very special kind of initiation from the moment when he felt suddenly called to India, to the wondrous miracles he encountered as he traveled across India, to the culmination of his trip in his initiation into the yogic order with his new yogic name, Prema Baba Swamiji. The accounts of his meetings with Babaji are a joy to read -- Babaji appears to still be in his early twenties, in spite of the fact that he's been teaching students for hundreds of years. He grants Schnell's request for a photograph of him by materializing one. He also materializes a very beautiful and sacred crystal, which is still molten-hot and malleable when it appears in Schnell's hands out of thin air. While THE INITIATION is ostensibly an autobiographical account of one man's journey to enlightenment, this book is actually much more than that. THE INITIATION feels like it has been blessed to convey the inner vibration of love that Babaji and Prema Baba Swamiji wish for readers to feel and know. For when we come to recognize this state of blissful awareness, or Premananda, we realize that we, too, have made the journey to enlightenment.