Michael Fischman releases Stumbling Into Infinity
Posted on Jan 17 2014 | IBNS
Kolkata, Jan 17 : Founding member and former president of the USA Chapter of the Art of Living Foundation, Michael Fischman on Friday released his autobiographical sketch 'Stumbling Into Infinity: An Ordinary Man in the Sphere of Enlightenment', here at The Bengal Club.
Associated with the organization for over two decades now, Fischman narrated his personal encounter and experiences with spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar over the years and how these have shaped his life and spiritual journey.
The Art of Living Foundation is a volunteer-based, humanitarian and educational non-governmental organizations which aims to relieve individual stress, societal problems, and violence.
In an intimate account, Fischman throws light on many questions he was asked about the early days around Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Through this book, Fischman conveyed some of the magic and mystery of those early years - little-known stories, private moments with Sri Sri, and the extraordinary combination of wisdom and innocence that he saw in Gurudev.
He said that the spiritual journey has not always been easy.
Being on this path has brought out both the finest and worst qualities in him.
However, throughout this journey there has been an underlying sense of grace and many mysteries he can't explain. Fischman has offered this book in gratitude, with the hope that it will inspire others to explore a life of greater fulfilment and unconditional love.
Winner of the Nautilus Silver Award, an Eric Hoffer Prize, and a Finalist in the 'USA Best Books 2011' Awards, 'Stumbling Into Infinity', reveals the unusual chain of events that led Michael Fischman from a challenging childhood in an Orthodox Jewish household to an unexpected role as friend and helper to renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, whose Art of Living Foundation's 25th anniversary event drew more than 2 million people.
With elements of 'Eat, Pray, Love' and 'Autobiography of a Yogi', 'Stumbling Into Infinity' is a personal story that begins with the son of a Holocaust survivor, in an Orthodox Jewish household.
As an adult, Michael gives up a successful career as a Madison Avenue advertising executive and through a mysterious turn of events, ends up in the unlikely position of friend and helper to a great humanitarian and spiritual leader.
Michael re-lives inner traumas, failed attractions, a fight at an Indian ashram, glimpses of wisdom, and a blossoming of love and devotion.
Book Launch of 'STUMBLING INTO INFINITY- An Ordinary Man in the Sphere of Enlightenment' by MICHAEL FISCHMAN in Kolkata held at The Bengal Club on 17th January, 2014
It is a personal memoir that digs into the compassionate and mysterious world of an enlightened seer, and joins a long tradition of spiritual memoirs that open readers to new experiences and ways of seeing the world.
It is a compelling narrative that blends remarkable experiences with an inner struggle and the search for meaning, the author said.
Speaking about the book, Michael Fischman said, "The book is like a novel. It captures a lot of knowledge that Sri Sri gave to me, in a conversational manner, which is his style, and it allows the reader to put themselves in my place and experience Sri Sri speaking to them directly.
After I experienced the Art of Living Course in the US, Sri Sri invited me to visit his ashram in Bangalore, where I lived for 2 years. The book is about what goes on behind closed doors with a spiritual master.
People don't have problems going to a university and studying from a professor but they are apprehensive about learning from a spiritual teacher. Something as abstract as consciousness cannot be learned from a book, you need a teacher to guide you through maze of your mind.
The journey was not easy to begin with. I never thought that I would be the President of one of Sri Sri's organizations.
The inspiration behind this book is Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. I have found that readers, both novices and those who have been practicing meditation or spirituality, find that they relate to the book."
Fischman answering to what brings him to India, said, "I am here to promote my book, 'Stumbling Into Infinity', which is about a mysterious turn of events that changed my life forever.
It has already been launched in the United States and has been well received. The book is being translated into multiple languages such as Russian, Spanish, Mandarin and Hindi, as well.
And yes, in another year or two I plan to release a book about personal relationships. But that is in the future. I chose Kolkata as part of the book tour because it's The City Of Joy and I could not miss coming here.
For the last twenty years, I have dedicated my life to sharing and growing on a spiritual path that has brought fulfilment and happiness to millions of people around the world.
My message is that everybody should learn to meditate through an authentic teacher and find a path.
They should find a way that's comfortable, whether that is through the Art of Living or some other path.
I believe that most people deeply yearn to experience more happiness and explore their spiritual nature. I hope my writings are an inspiration to experience a life of greater truth, fulfilment, and love."