The Soul of the Story: Meetings with Remarkable People

The Soul of the Story: Meetings with Remarkable People

by David Zeller


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The Soul of the Story: Meetings with Remarkable People by David Zeller

What Happens When Your Spiritual PathLeads You Far from Home?
Many who embark on a spiritual quest discover that the people they meet along the way ultimately point them back home, into the very soul of the religious tradition they had left behind. So it was with David Zeller, whose spiritual odyssey took him across the globe, through traditions including Zen Buddhism and Hinduism, and into relationship with some of the world’s most compelling spiritual teachers.

Thoughtful and endearing, provocative and witty, Zeller’s delightful stories recall his meetings with the likes of Carl Jung, Shlomo Carlebach, Alan Watts, Sri Pad Baba, the "Mother" (Sri Aurobindo Ashram), Carlos Castaneda and many others, well known and unknown-and the experiences and teachings that ultimately allowed him to rediscover his own spiritual heritage.

From the stimulating days of California’s Bay Area in the 1960s, to a kibbutz in Israel, to the time he spent as a sadhu in India living outdoors and bathing in rivers, these stories of Zeller’s spiritual adventures remind us all that even the most meandering path can, in the end, bring us to our true spiritual home.

No Matter How Far We Travel, We’re Never Too Far from Home-

Inspiring Stories of Personal Journey
Journey with David Zeller as he travels from student life in California to a life of voluntary poverty in the countryside and villages of India, and back again-with plenty of stops in between. Through the gift of storytelling, Zeller will inspire and entertain you as he explains how the lessons he learned first-hand from spiritual luminaries as diverse as Carl Rogers, Ram Dass, Sai Baba, Nakasono Sensei, and Reb Gedaliah Kenig, among many others, ultimately became the stepping stones that allowed him to reclaim his own spiritual heritage with more passion and conviction than he’d ever known before.

Ideal for anyone who has ever wondered how-or if-exploring other spiritual traditions can enrich one’s own, this compelling collection of Rabbi Zeller’s remarkable experiences within a variety of faiths assures us that no spiritual lesson truly learned is ever lost.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580232722
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 2.36(w) x 3.54(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Rabbi David Zeller, storyteller, teacher and musician, is a pioneer in Jewish spirituality and transpersonal psychology. He helped establish the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology; the Network of Conscious Judaism; Yakar: Center for Tradition and Creativity; and Shevet: Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation. He has produced five recordings of meditative and healing music. He travels extensively throughout the United States and Europe several times each year to teach and perform. Learn more about David Zeller, his stories and his music at

What People are Saying About This

Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

"Takes you into [Zeller’s] searching heart... Amazing stories in which the soul surprises the mind."
author of First Steps to a New Jewish Spirit

Sheila Peltz Weinberg

"A moving and heartfelt tale of a unique spiritual journey, one that is also the story of a generation of seekers. Accessible and intimate with humor and insight."
outreach director, The Institute for Jewish Spirituality

David A. Cooper

"Fascinating... Intriguing and delightful to read, and filled with the wisdom of many traditions. An important book for anyone who has seriously contemplated following a spiritual path."
author of God Is a Verb and A Heart of Stillness: A Complete Guide to Learning the Art of Meditation

Karyn Kedar

"A beautiful book, rich in wisdom and love. Rabbi Zeller’s stories awaken the sacred story in us all."
author of God Whispers: Stories of the Soul, Lessons of the Heart

Marcia Prager

"What a journey! Opens a dimension of the Jewish heart and spirituality that is rarely seen."
author of The Path of Blessing: Experiencing the Energy and Abundance of the Divine

Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

"Touches the heart. [Zeller’s] life project of unifying the spiritual and physical, the traditions of East and West, gathers force through the stories he gently tells."
author of The Beginning of Desire: Reflections on Genesis

Sylvia Boorstein

"Everyone who has loved David Zeller’s sweet and graceful singing will find his same delightful spirit illuminating these tales."
author of That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist

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