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The Wheels of Samsara

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The Golden Age of Man is returning.
John is stuck in a rut. With no direction and plodding his way through a seemingly mundane life he is resigned to his boring existence. After being involved in a bombing on the London underground he has a near death experience in which he meets Leela, a divine being. She reveals to him that he has an important role to play in the coming s
Published June 12th 2015 by Moonbeam
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Rebecca Gransden
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
We join John as he is facing a turning point in his life. As the novel begins he is restless, enduring a job and existence that he feels is unsatisfying. He attempts to make the best of the situation, but the path he has been funnelled down increasingly presents itself as being a betrayal of what he is uncertainly longing for. Then he is involved in a violent event and its aftermath sends him at urgent speed to question the foundations of his views of the world.

There are some really evocative to
Poornima Dhiman
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
First of all, I loved the cover. It gives you a soothing feeling — very much in line with this beautifully written story. Reading it felt more than just reading, it felt like going thru a journey of spiritual unfolding. The protagonist of the story John depicts the true face of the common man, his life events drove him to shift his focus from materialistic pleasures to yoga and philosophy. It’s an entertaining and peaceful read. Great work by the author!
D. Thrush
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written and profound short novel. I also love the cover. John is a twenty something young man living in London bored with his life. It feels empty as his days are filled with work interspersed with fun with his friends. One morning, as he boards the train, he glimpses a young woman who waves at him. He feels drawn to her, and she seems vaguely familiar. Then the train is blown up by a bomb. John witnesses horrific destruction and is badly injured. He has a near death experi ...more
Eric Brown
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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An enchanting tale dealing with transformation and awakening, an in-depth delivery about a side of yoga far removed from the current rendering that promises mere physical gains.
Tim recounts deep truths about the hidden, spiritual powers of yoga in an entertaining romp through India that captures and holds the reader’s attention right up to the very end.
For me, the book could also be seen as a metaphor for the final awakening, the letting go of illusions, the ensuing dark night of the soul, and t
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
Wow! What a story that was. I'm not a religious man and I don't really get all that spiritual mumbo-jumbo, but I'm now sold on the powers of yoga. In the old days when I had money I used to go to yoga classes and I remember how relaxed I used to be afterwards, but that's all I did, I didn't do any meditations and repeating mantras, I wish I had though.

This book is about John who has a spiritual awakening after being involved in a terrorist attack... victim not perpetrator... during his recovery
Sekji Ani
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I feel that people who are interested in Hindu mysticsm and yoga maybe interested in this narrative. This is not an action packed book, so if you are looking for guns a blazing then this is not for you. It is for the most part a quiet story of a man and his quest. It feels somewhat autobiographical in nature, especially the beginning half of the book and the protagonist undergoes a major trauma. The last third of the book is much more magical in nature. But is all based in Hindu mythos, so also ...more
Peter A.
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Wheels of Samsara, by Tim Pyke, is a story of spiritual unfolding. It aptly depicts the subtle and insidious transformation that spiritual seekers ultimately perceive within themselves, though these inner changes are usually not as readily apparent to onlookers.
The author takes the reader on a relaxing internal journey with the protagonist, named John, as life events propel him to shift his life's focus from things material to things sublime.
The book provides several services to its readers,
Hannah Faulkner
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This delightful novel is an enlightening adventure through yoga philosophy, mysticism, and time travel. The author, Tim Pyke, begins with what sounds like an autobiography, but then leaves the reader questioning what really happened to the author and which part did he imagine with his main character. As a yoga teacher and yoga blog writer, I agree with his statement, “Yoga is a science, a method to realize and unite with the divine.” I like how the main character explores the concepts of practic ...more
Melanie Masterson
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read for yogis. It brings the whole yoga community and craze alive. It also helps shine light on some of the people that are seeking yoga but are not really getting it. I am a yoga teacher so this book was definitely a lot of fun for me. I recognized some of the teachings I have learned and learned some new aspects of yoga. Another fun part of the book was the travel to India. The book takes the reader to India and describes the many different scenes that one would encounter in I ...more
Elizabeth Kovar
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Although fiction, its a fun and easy to read story that almost seems like a true story. I relate to the character John as I've personally gone through situations similar to the character of enlightenment. It's fun to read and caught myself smiling and chuckling as I could relate to the introduction of spiritual topics like shamans, chakras etc. just like the part that said “Well, enlightenment is a very long process, it takes many lives, this was just your first class.”
It's a great and entertain
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book from a recommendation with no expectations of what it was all about. I'm glad I did. What a beautifully written and calming story of one mans quest to become spiritually enlightened in a world of terror and chaos.

As someone who has regularly meditated, I understood the calm that Tim was describing. However, now I quite fancy getting into it a bit more and also giving yoga a proper chance too. Not that I think it will give me the life that John sought out; I think we
Tim Pyke
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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I was born in 1976, studied Physics at university and currently work for the National Health Service in London. I live in East London with my wife and cat.

Since reading Chariots of the Gods by Eric Von Daniken when I was aged 14 I have been passionately interested in alternative and esoteric beliefs. I have been a long time subscriber to Fortean Times and avidly read a wide range of subjects cover