An autobiographical account of a yogi and his journey towards understanding his Master and spiritual destiny, Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi’s Autobiography is Sri M’s personal memoir.
Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi’s Autobiography is the memoir of Sri M – spiritual guide, social reformer and educationist. The book details the astonishing evolution of Mumtaz Ali Khan into Sri M – a yogi with insightful knowledge of the Upanishads, other scriptures and a scholastic understanding of global religions.
In the memoir, Sri M describes his life’s experiences in broad detail: the adventurous travels in the Himalayas and elsewhere; his illuminating trysts with seers and saints of various faiths; the years spent in apprenticeship with his Master – Maheshwarnath Babaji; close encounters with the inexplicable and supernatural; and his eventual spiritual transformation as Sri M.
Commencing with his childhood years, the memoir features his entrancement with mystical stories of saints and meetings with numinous individuals.Stating Sri M’s past life connection with his Master, the book elaborates further on the spiritual adventure of his teenage years and the arduous journey to the Himalayas at the age of 19 in search of his Master — Maheshwarnath Babaji.
Detailed descriptively are his Himalayan travels with his Master and the eventual spiritual progression—sequencing his spiritual initiation, his Kundalini awakening, and the subsequent meeting with the Grand Master of the Nath tradition, Sri Mahavatar Babaji. Also featured are extraordinary encounters with celestial beings and otherworldly realms—these episodes at once revelatory of dimensions beyond human understanding—written with the unbiased outlook of an observer.
Touching upon his post-Himalayan years—his pilgrimages to various holy places at the behest of his Guruji, further spiritual interactions with eminent souls like Laxman Joo and Jiddu Krishnamurti, and his various roles working with key organisations—the book outlines the evolution of Sri M’s life mission. The origins of the Satsang Foundation—Sri M’s vehicle for his teachings, activities and initiatives that bring true reformation in human minds for an inclusive and truly united world—is portrayed in rich detail.
A compelling read delving into Indian mystical traditions, higher levels of consciousness, and the transmuting path to self-fulfillment, Sri M guides the reader to the value of universal oneness and a glimpse of the Absolute Truth, that surpasses human understanding, yet is within reach of an ardent seeker.
Publication and Translations
Published in 2011 by Magenta Press, the book has also been published in Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, and German, and is available online in Kindle and e-book format.