Pages: 178 pages
Size: Paperback, 6 X 9 inches
Saved From Enlightenment is the memoir of one woman's life viewed through the lens of her relationship with her spiritual teacher of over twenty years. Her candid, touching and humorous stories are told in a voice that is authentic, wry and irreverent, yet always colored with the note of longing for God that characterized her quest for something "real" from earliest childhood.
As Tarini elaborates on various stepping stones and stumbling blocks encountered on her journey—including the birth of her son, several failed relationships and her wild and highly successful ride as a national sales executive—her stories uniquely parallel the steps of any traditional spiritual path aimed at human transformation. They also help to dispel the myths and expose the assumptions about "enlightenment"—and other fantasy solutions to the hard work of simply being human—that are so common on "the Path." She does this by shedding an honest, heartfelt light on the real gifts and graces of her soul's journey—a teaching of profound wisdom, a community of other dedicated devotees, and a guru who would not let her settle for less than her own intrinsic goodness.
The author received her spiritual name from her guru—the American Baul master Lee Lozowick—at her own request. A few years into her twenty-plus-year apprenticeship with him, she was ready to make a serious break with her past and to enter into a relationship of dedicated spiritual practice and service. Her request for a new name (Tarini Bauliya translates loosely as "Mad Wind Friend") was symbolic of that transformational leap of faith. In his company, she candidly admits, she found an access point toward fulfillment of her hunger for God.
Lee Lozowick (1943-2010) was an iconoclast and founder of the Western Baul path. He was the lyricist and lead singer in a rock band and a blues band, and led his troupe all over the United States, Europe and India, sharing his "work-rock" music in street festivals and concert halls for over twenty years. When Tarini stumbled into his company, his effect on her life was both confronting and transformational. In the end, she reports, she was "saved from enlightenment" among other invaluable gifts, by the grace of God and the skillful means of a worthy teacher.