A debut spiritual book examines a lifelong practice of meditation and the winding road to enlightenment.
Sambalino centers his highly detailed and intensely personal account on his longtime exploration of the world of Eastern meditation in search of answers to questions he’d been asking from a very young age: “Was I really this person trapped in a small body, just waiting to grow old and die?” In 36 fast-paced and very engaging chapters, the author takes readers from his boyhood in New York and New Jersey during the 1950s to his years studying engineering at North Carolina State University, where he read a book on karate and discovered the broader world of Eastern philosophy. He then started pursuing an informal study of Zen Buddhism and the concept of enlightenment. The narrative moves on to his law school years at the University of Florida, where he met his future wife, Niki, and first encountered transcendental meditation. At first he found the technique something of a chore until he began to learn its finer points. His studies in meditation broadened to include yogic breathing practices and further dimensions of transcendence. He bounced from one master to another, always delving into new applications for his knowledge, often journeying to far-off places like Egypt and the Himalayas. Most of these applications are inward and personal, although some take the form of startling real-world anecdotes, as when Sambalino used intense meditation techniques to help him cope with the pain of a rattlesnake bite. The latter portions of the book incorporate the author’s spiritual readings as well, and the resulting narrative is both an accessible overview of various enlightenment practices and an invitingly personal search for the meaning of life. Sambalino advises his readers: “Don’t concern yourself with when you’re going to get there; just enjoy the path.” Those readers should certainly enjoy this absorbing book.
A lively and intensely readable story of one man’s use of a variety of spiritual practices to reveal the nature of reality.