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Midnights with the Mystic: A Little Guide to Freedom and Bliss

After looking into Judaism and Christianity, she investigated Islam and hobnobbed with Tibetan monks. Yet nothing "worked" for her. Cheryl still felt an insatiable thirst for answers. She knew there was more to life than what she could sensibly, tangibly see, yet neither religion nor sex nor even LSD pushed her closer to the truth—until she met Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.

Cheryl wasn’t looking for a guru and actually resisted the idea. She definitely wasn’t looking for someone to tell her what to do and felt that gurus always seemed to be surrounded by Kool-Aiddrinking cults. The last thing Cheryl needed was another self-proclaimed "master" in her life.

But when Sadhguru walked into the room, Cheryl felt like she was recognizing an old friend she had known all her life. She slowly came to know and trust him and after only three months of practicing the breathing-oriented Isha Yoga Sadhguru uses in his teachings, Cheryl Simone found her health dramatically improved. Her thyroid came back under control, her chronic fatigue vanished and she began to feel alive, aware, and engaged. Midnights with the Mystic: A Little Guide to Freedom and Bliss (Hampton Roads Publishing Co., ISBN 978-1-57174-561-3, May 2008) delivers a personal experience of enlightenment as Sadhguru answers Cheryl’s questions about money, soul mates, love, reincarnation, stress and how to achieve enlightenment. Wise, compassionate and witty, Sadhguru will teach you, as he taught Cheryl, how to realize your full potential. Enlightenment is open to everyone and Sadhguru will help you get there.

Midnights with the Mystic includes a forward written by Richard Voigt, aka "Richard from Texas," the character in Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller Eat, Pray, Love that Oprah dubbed the "surprisingly wise cowboy" when he appeared as a guest on her show.

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, a world renowned spiritual teacher, yoga master, visionary and founder of Isha Foundation has coauthored the new book, Midnights with the Mystic: ALittle Guide to Freedom and Bliss (http://midnightswiththemystic.com/) with Cheryl Simone, President, Atlanta Development Inc., who discovered a way into what she was looking for in the teachings of Sadhguru.

What makes Sadhguru so unique is his arresting blend of profundity and pragmatism. His life and work serve as a reminder that yoga is not an esoteric discipline from an outdated past but a contemporary science, vitally relevant to our times. Probing, passionate and provocative, deeply insightful, devastatingly logical and unfailingly witty, Sadhguru’s talks have earned him the reputation of a speaker and opinion-maker of international renown.

With speaking engagements that take him around the world, Sadhguru is widely sought after by prestigious global forums to address issues as diverse as human rights, business values, social, environmental and existential issues. He has been a delegate to the United Nations Millennium Peace Summit and continues to address International forums such as the World Economic Forum, Australian Leadership Retreat and the Tallberg Forum. Listeners have been ubiquitously impressed by his astute and incisive grasp of current issues and world affairs, as well as his unerringly scientific approach to the question of human wellbeing.

Founder of Isha Foundation (www.ishafoundation.org), Sadhguru has inspired the conception and execution of successful, large scale humanitarian projects such as Action for Rural Rejuvenation – enhancing living conditions in rural India, Isha Vidhya – offering quality education for rural children and Project Green Hands – reversing environmental degradation by mass tree planting.

An international, non-religious, non-profit, humanitarian organization, Isha Foundation is dedicated to enhancing physical, mental and inner wellbeing of all people. Its initiatives are empowered by over a quarter million volunteers globally; whose combined humanitarian efforts have benefited multitudes. It administers over 150 centers in India and across the world including Isha Institute of Inner Sciences in Tennessee, the main campus of the 18 centers throughout the United States. Isha Foundation is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

He was at the Hunter College - Brookdale Campus Auditorium in New York City early this month to release his book and book signings during an event that was free and open to the public. This visit to New York City was a part of the multi-city US20Tour that Sadhguru is conducting during the months of May, June and August in cities such as Atlanta, San Francisco and Washington, Detroit and Tampa Bay.

The book reached Amazon’s bestseller list within the first few days of availability. It has received widespread coverage and acclaim and has been endorsed by, amongst others, Deepak Chopra. Tour schedule and further information is available on www.IshaFoundation.org.

Deepak Chopra, author of The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore had this to say about the book: "With the elegance of simplicity, this book takes you on an exploration of consciousness, that will shift you to a higher reality.."

"Extraordinary wisdom, the insight and clarity of logic, the language of a poet. If you read this powerful book, you will discover who you really are, who we all are," said Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations with God.

"Sadhguru’s piercing logic and wit reveal the true nature of life, while the author’s riveting personal journey reveals Sadhguru, the person, and the science that frames his life’s work. The book makes a compelling argument for why every person should experience what Sadhguru has to offer," Ravi Venkatesan, Chairperson - Microsoft, India, said.

"Meeting Sadhguru has been the most profound experience of my life. After intensely searching, I have at last found a being with the clarity and vision to lead me to the ultimate. While no words can fully describe what it means to encounter such a being, this book captures the seeker’s predicament and lays bare Sadhguru’s mastery over life and his ability to engineer blissfulness. For anyone that has ever questioned the purpose of life, every page in this book will resonate with you. It is as if this book was written by you and yet for you," said Indu Jain, Chairperson of the Times of India Group.