PEOPLE Michael Fischman’s book Stumbling Into Infinity is his spiritual journey - a story that relates to all

Michael Fischman, author of Stumbling Into Infinity (Rs. 249) says, “I got a laptop and just started typing away,” and he makes writing a book sound as simple as that.

He was in the city for the launch of his book at the Oxford Bookstore. His book is an intimate and sometimes startling account of his spiritual journey. The son of a Holocaust survivor, Michael asked questions about the truth of life following a turbulent adolescence and sought out meditation in his early 20’s.

“I met Sri Sri (Ravishankar) in 1979, and in 1991 I came to Bangalore,” he gazes out of the large glass window of the coffee shop and at the teeming traffic. “Malls, coffee shops… Bangalore has changed so much. It’s a nice change, too much traffic though.” Michael is now a full time teacher of the Art of Living, conducts service projects, and teaches in prison, war veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder and stress management in schools.

“Today life is so fast paced, there are emails, messages, phone calls, the idea of a nine-to-five work culture is obsolete, and Stumbling Into Infinity is about the mechanics to control your life. It’s a simple principle to help you take control for example the Sudarshankriya teaches you to utilise your breath and empowers you to have control over your mind and emotions,” Michael explains.

The book speaks to the average person and readers are able to relate to the difficulties and challenges of everyday life like ego, family, relationships and work.

“It is really simple, casual and not highly intellectual I have made sure I kept that style so that it is easy to access.”

Michael had the unique opportunity of spending a lot of time with Sri Sri in the early days, “It was then that he said to me, ‘You are going to write a book and document what happened in the early days.’ I was there at that time and fortunate enough to have a lot of access to him. I was not the model student, just the opposite; it was his skill, love and passion that lead to my transformation.”

The author plays the role of a historian also in this book, “One aspect of the book is history where I have attempted to preserve the gurujis life, his role of a master speaking to his students imparting knowledge and wisdom,” he concludes.

CATHERINE RHEA ROY

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