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SELF: Enlightened Masters

*EDITOR'S CHOICE* -- Yoga Journal

The Odyssey of Enlightenment

The Odyssey of Enlightenment:
Rare Interviews with Enlightened Teachers of Our Time

by Berthold Madhukar Thompson

Paperback, 360 pages, Glossary
ISBN 1-931254-09-5, 2002


Table of Contents | Chapter 1 | Chapter 2

"The strength of the author's seeking elicits wisdom from the sages he visits. The wisdom comes not only from their words, but also from his path."
--Ram Dass

"Thompson's inquiry into enlightenment is the most sincere, detailed and profound I have read to date. This book is a 'must read' for all those who are passionate about waking up."
--Margot Anand, author of The Art of Everyday Ecstasy

"Here is a masterful and inspiring account of a colorful and penetrating spiritual journey. Thompson introduces us intimately to some of the great masters of our time. A fascinating read, with wisdom shining from its pages."
--Alan Cohen, author of The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Deep and transforming. The perennial wisdom of self-liberation revealed through the words of some of the most significant teachers of contemporary times."
--Peter Russell, author of Waking Up in Time and From Science to God

"The story of the author's twenty-year spiritual journey reads like a modern odyssey. . . .[Thompson] provides a set of questions and answers that will surely move readers along in their own odyssey for truth."
--Sedona Journal of Emergence

Pathways to Enlightenment --
from Masters of Nondual Spirituality

Osho  •  Papaji  •  Harish Madhukar
Gangaji  •  Annamalai Swami  •  Lakshmana Swami
Ramesh S. Balsekar  •  Dadaji  •  Kirin
UG Krishnamurti  •  Andrew Cohen  •  Gangolli

This book chronicles one man's burning quest, as he searches for--and tirelessly questions--a total of twelve spiritual teachers who are widely recognized as enlightened. Spurred on by a passionate yearning for truth, Thompson's odyssey takes him to remote parts of India where he engages in dialogues of a quality and depth rarely found in the annals of religion.


Madhukar Thompson A native of Germany, Berthold Madhukar Thompson left the West in 1980 after achieving success as a businessman, becoming a fervent disciple of Osho. After his master died in January 1990, Thompson became a student of Sri H.W.L. Poonja, and served as his personal assistant. On several occasions, Poonjaji publicly declared that Thompson had attained enlightenment, but he eventually left his teacher, believing him to be mistaken. The author has, since 1993, pursued an ever-deepening dialogue with enlightened adepts throughout India and in the U.S.