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The Guru Looked Good

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This is a personal memoir of over ten years spent in a Siddha Yoga ashram, a yogic monastery. Marta describes clearly what drew her into the movement, what working closely to the guru was like, and how she came to move away from the organization. It is a revealing behind-the-scenes look at a major international spiritual organization written with skill and artistry.
Paperback, 408 pages
Published January 30th 2009 by Tinker Street Press
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Jul 25, 2011 Elisa Winter rated it really liked it
Have you given your will over to someone or something? Did it used to feel SO GOOD, and now maybe it just doesn't feel right anymore? Or perhaps you've grown tired of second-guessing your own thoughts, motivations, desires. Suppose you started living right from the core of your thoughts, motivations and desires more often than not. What could happen? Your whole life could blossom around you. You could be who you are instead of who you think you should be. Crystal clear, unwavering in honesty, an ...more
Oct 13, 2012 Margaret rated it it was amazing
Excellent book telling the true experience of a woman living inside a subtle but destructive cult. I recommend it to any one especially those who might be drawn to groups with a strong, "all knowing" leader.
Jun 30, 2009 Will rated it it was amazing
My friend Marta has been working on this memoir for some time. What a treat to read her story in full at last. A look into a world unlike any that I've ever known.
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Really want to read this. Szabo takes on the yoga center (having lived there a year) that guru Elizabeth Gilbert had been so enamored with in India in 'Eat, Pray, Love.' Heard her interviewed on WAMC, was fascinating.
May 16, 2012 Kate rated it it was amazing
This is indeed the very best memoir I've ever read! Marta Szabo takes you on the journey and carries you trough an amazing experience! This is one of those books that you go to sleep reading at night, and start reading the minute you get up the next day! You won't be able to put this one down!
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Marta Szabo is co-director of Authentic Writing, a memoir-writing program in the Hudson Valley of New York, as well as Manhattan and across the Northeast and beyond. She is co-founder of the Woodstock Memoir Festival held every year in Woodstock, NY. She is the author of The Guru Looked Good, a personal memoir of life behind the walls of a prestigious yoga movement, and posts her current writing f ...more
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