Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. THE CURVE OF THE WORLD: INTO THE SPIRITUAL HEART OF YOGA tells the story of the author's relationship with a remarkable spiritual teacher on a path grounded in meditation and service. It draws connections between spirituality and social justice, music and devotion. And, as the author eventually faces serious illness, the book explores the link between body, mind and spirit, in a journey toward self-knowledge.
"Andy Douglas's immensely readable, candid account of his seven year journey in India and Korea, four of those as an Ananda Marga monk attempts to reconcile the controversy surrounding the organization and shows how a commitment to spiritual growth and service can transform a life, regardless of politics or circumstance."—Faith Adiele, author of Meeting Faith: The Thai Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun
Author City: IOWA CITY, IA USA
Andy Douglas was born in Brazil to missionary parents; travel and spiritual practice have shaped his life ever since. He has practiced yoga and meditation for thirty years, and lived for seven years in various countries of Asia, four of those as a monk. After returning to the U. S. in 1990, he worked as a journalist and public radio announcer, before receiving a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of Iowa. In 2005, he received an MFA in Creative Writing, also from the University of Iowa, where he was the recipient of the Marcus Bach Fellowship for Writing about Religion and Culture. He is active in peace, economic justice and prison issues, and sings in a choir with prisoners. The author also translates and sings Bengali devotional songs and has recorded a CD of P. R. Sarkar's music.
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