Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master

Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master The author Sri M is an extraordinary individual His uniqueness lies not only in the fact that at the young age of and a half he travelled to snow clad Himalayas from Kerala and there he met and l

  • Title: Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master
  • Author: Sri M.
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  • Page: 193
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  • The author Sri M is an extraordinary individual His uniqueness lies not only in the fact that at the young age of 19 and a half, he travelled to snow clad Himalayas from Kerala, and there he met and lived for several years with a real time yogi, Babaji, but also that he should undertake such an unusual and adventurous exploration, given his non Hindu birth and antecedThe author Sri M is an extraordinary individual His uniqueness lies not only in the fact that at the young age of 19 and a half, he travelled to snow clad Himalayas from Kerala, and there he met and lived for several years with a real time yogi, Babaji, but also that he should undertake such an unusual and adventurous exploration, given his non Hindu birth and antecedents.The metamorphosis of Mumtaz Ali Khan into Sri M , a yogi with profound knowledge of the Upanishads and deep personal insights, born of first hand experiences with higher levels of consciousness is indeed a fascinating story.The bonus for those interested in the secrets of yoga, meditation and sankhyan metaphysics is that Sri M is still living and easily reachable He leads a normal life, married with two children, wears no special robes and conducts himself without pomp or paraphernalia.Someone who met him recently said, I expected a flashy godman and instead I saw a jean clad gentleman with a smile of his face, ready to discuss my problems In five minutes flat, I said to myself, this is no ordinary man The peace and tranquility that enters your system is tangible.

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    About "Sri M."

    1. Sri M.

      M, who was born a Muslim, was attracted to Vedic teachings at an early age He met his Guru at the age of 9 and left home at 19 to live in the Himalayas, where he met many saints and sages before living with his Guru for three years M has been associated with the famous Rishi Valley School as a former trustee of the Krishnamurti Foundation Rather than choosing any specific religion or tradition, M teaches the universal essence of all religions.M is founder of the Satsang Foundation When asked about the Foundation and its purposes, he responded, Satsang, which in Sanskrit, translates to holy company Satsang is important because it is in keeping holy company that we overcome all circumstances and distractions, attain our true purpose of life, and uplift the world By keeping holy company, not only with saints and sages and with other sincere spiritual seekers, but most importantly and with our True Self, our own Soul, we achieve deeper access and ultimate union with the Divine Essence That is the goal of all prayer, meditation and spiritual practice, as well as all religions He is a spiritual teacher and Guru to many and he teaches Kriya Yoga, the Upanishads and Sri Vidya Upasana He lives in Madnapalle, Andhra Pradesh near Bangalore and travels around India and the World teaching and taking students on regular Yatras to sacred places.


    1. Men and women who seek to know their true self travel far and wide, read everything they can lay their hands on and in that insatiable thirst for knowledge the luckier among such a crowd find a guide who like a signpost, shows them a path. Not everyone among us is a seeker for it takes immense amounts of patience, self control and an inner fire that never simmers down even in the most dire of circumstances. In my limited view of the world, I have seen a few people whose plain of thought is on a [...]

    2. This book reminds me of "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramahansa Yogananda. Sri M (Mumtaj Ali), who is given Hindu name Madhu, describes his spiritual journey undertaken by Babaji. The description of Himalayas are quite beautiful and help us explore a world that is unknown to most of us. There are numerous stories of miracles which I fail to believe but I have no reason to disapprove it since those are unknown dimensions for more most us.The most peculiar thing about M is his ability to have fai [...]

    3. Reading Sri M’s biography has truly been an extraordinary experience for me. I feel rather inadequate to describe in words this story that sounds unbelievable at some points yet arouses faith in existence of the human soul and its transgression to a higher domain. I was intrigued by the preface and was curious to accompany the explorer on his spiritual journey. Sri M describes his experiences in a very simple and forthcoming style. It is the story of a boy born in a Muslim family in Thirunvant [...]

    4. If the experiences of the author are true, This book is an evidence that there are many things which are beyond our understanding and comprehension. The experiences that Mr. M passes through is indeed hard to believe. But like he has clearly mentioned in the foreword of this book, those people who are skeptical about these details could just ignore it and read the book just to understand the teachings of his Guru.In my opinion, this spiritual autobiography is worth the read.

    5. ‘Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master’ by Sri M, is a brave account of a Muslim boy’s journey into a world of miracles, evolved individuals, wonders of the other-worldly, and of course, the doctrines of the master he is apprenticed to.Before discussing further on the book, it would be apt to mention that this is not a conventional autobiography. The events mentioned in this book, are more bizarre than the most imaginative fictional accounts. Hence, to approach this unconventional book, we nee [...]

    6. I brought this book a year ago and for a year it was in my book-shelf. After reading autobiography of a yogi I thought I would be unable to get my hands on a book like that but I was wrong. Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master resumes from Autobiography of Yogi only in this case we are fortunate that the author SRI M is living among us. Written in a very simple language , it takes reader through a lot of examples which are a treat to read. There are some scenarios which will be difficult to compreh [...]

    7. Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master is the story of Mumtaz Ali Khan’s fascinating journey from Kerala to the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas and back. In this book we get a peek into his life- how this boy who was born in a traditional Muslim family in Kerala evolved into a yogi who is known to the world, today, as Sri M. The latter’s profound knowledge of the Upanishads is born out of his first-hand experience of meeting up with some extraordinary people in the Himalayas in the late 1960 [...]

    8. Highly recommendedI would say start readinge book without doubtinge contents. this book has lot.ofncere advice and I have never doubted a single bit. It rather motivated mere andee.possibilities to myself. I sincerely thanks Sri M give me a differentrspective towards my irregular medicationsactice. I.hope withst karma and Sri Gurus blessings I.Willy gorward in this journey. my honest recommendation isad thisok and give it a sincere thought after completingd betivated tore.

    9. A true story of humble seeker of truthA true story of humble seeker of truthA book that takes the reader through the experiences of the author and make the reader live those moments that touched the author's life and the breath smell and above all experience the serene environment of The Himalayas the Deva Bhumi. Very contemporary and easy to read book for a layman like me.H.Venkatesan

    10. The first few chapters of writer's local contacts and the last few chapters of his settling down as common man are little boring. However, his Himalayan experiences are interesting and at times hard to believe.

    11. A real life story of a Himalayan Yogi - conveying deeper dimensions of human consciousness and a oneness of all Godheads. Reading this thrilling account automatically unleashes the hidden potential of human mind to a higher dimension.

    12. A good read. As the author moves towards the end, he explains situations he goes through and at some point the book looses its impact on the reader given to the current day beliefs and today's society we live in.

    13. A must read for a spiritual seeker. Reminds one of Autobiography of a Yogi. Not in the same class but still some great insights

    14. Warning: Spoilers insideNever thought I would read a book like this one. I'd planned to gift this book to a spiritually inclined person. For some strange reason, I decided I'll read this one before gifting. Written in a very simple language, there are some moments where you feel that this is a work of fiction and not an autobiography. But that will not stop you from reading further, purely because of the earnestness with which this is written. Not to pass off anything he has written as hypotheti [...]

    15. Spellbinding : Sri M explained his mysterious journey at 19 in Himalayas in an audacious fashion.“Forty years ago, a young man of nineteen from Kerala, the southern-most state of India, was found in deep meditation in the cave of Vyasa up in the Himalayas near Badrinath, close to the Indo-Tibetan border regions. Even in those days, a teenager going away to the Himalayas to meditate was not a common occurrence. What made this case almost unbelievable was that the young man in question was not e [...]

    16. This is the book that can help a Spiritual Seeker to first search for the MASTER who will further help in enlightenment of the Seeker. I really felt like, I was with Shri M in every step that he took to reach Master and got enlightened and further how he struggled in life to come to the current stage where he himself is a Master now who can enlighten the truthful Seekers.Thank you Guruji for bringing up this wonderful Spiritual book that helps a true seeker to attain Mukthi.I really like to meet [...]

    17. You admire this book and the writer not for its literature but simply for the fascinating recounts this blessed man has witnessed and went through in his journey of life. The language is simple and very easy to understand and follow; the stories are not. One word of advice for anybody reading this book is to have an open mind because Shri M's encounters are clearly not for readers who think these stories are written just to fill up pages in this fascinating book. Happy reading guys, cheers!!

    18. Nice reading of the biography and transformation of a normal person to a spiritual being. It seems that if the nature desires and you have padt life connections then only you can evolve in spiritual path. Nice reading of the biography and transformation of a normal person to a spiritual being. It seems that if the nature desires and you have padt life connections then only you can evolve in spiritual path.

    19. An intriguing bookAn interesting book. I learnt many things from this book which I would have never come across. I liked the practical and simple manner in which Sri M tells us about his life experiences. Still I sometimes find it difficult to believe some of them.

    20. 'Thank you Sri M'. This was my immediate response on finishing the book. I truly want to to thank Sri M for sharing his experiences with the mass. Once you start reading the book it is difficult to put down until one finishes it. I highly recommend it.

    21. The story restores our faith in oneSelf!The story of Sri M is one of faith, devotion and the potential of human life to move towards higher realms of conscioisness. This story gives us hope and belief that there is so much to experience and worth living for.

    22. It's more of a fairy tale into the journey of consciousness. If you are seeking ,it's all good otherwise people won't find it easy to go through it

    23. One of the best book I have ever read. Enjoyed book from first page to last one.Great insights and pure wisdom shared.A must read

    24. Apprenticed to a Himalayan MasterWell, this M guy is not a great writer but he is able to communicate with ease and hold the reader's attention. I have been reading this kind of book since I was 16 beginning with P D Ouspensky's The Fourth Way and heading on into Gurdjieff's Meetings with Remarkable Men, Autobiography of a Yogi and so on and so forth. It seems to me that M is desperately, through this autobiographical book about his adventures with weird Yogis and ethereal beings while wandering [...]

    25. This book I found very similar in many ways to 'Autobiography of a Yogi', which is interesting. As the other reviews reflect, this story is either true, remarkable and inspiring, or well, somewhat made up. Like the author says, in these degenerate times it is unfortunately hard to know who is telling the truth and who is a real guru. And apparently if an indian man is considered 'handsome' (as he declares himself to be called many times?), he should perhaps consider becoming a guru and making mo [...]

    26. I find all books related to Kriya Yoga are magical. There are a lot of miracles mentioned and make for a good reading. The factual validity of these is another thing. The first half of the book and until Sri M comes back home is really engrossing. I lived his life in the Himalayas vicariously through all those chapters. The latter one third of the book and the section on JK was boring to say the least.I would have rated it at least a 4 but when I discussed the book with my wife she brought out s [...]

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