Mr. S. N. Goenka was a multi-faceted personality. Hailing from a staunch Hindu business family, he was a successful entrepreneur in his early years with a keen interest in social reforms, the freedom of India, politics and Hindi literature. At the age of 31, he was drawn to Vipassana and became its ardent practitioner. He is a beacon of hope to many and his transformation from a businessman to a principal teacher of Vipassana meditation is awe-inspiring. . VRI has published his autobiography in two parts to motivate people by providing an ideal example of how a householder can practice Vipassana and live a happy and peaceful life.
In the second part, Mr. Goenka has gratefully portrayed personalities of people who guided him and left deep imprints on his life. This book also contains details about his first meeting with his teacher Mr. Sayagyi U Ba Khin, his experiences during first Vipassana course and how it changed his life forever. Mr. Goenka has shared details about courses in India in early days after his arrival in India, first course outside India and major milestones in the spread of Vipassana. In addition to his journey as a torchbearer of Dhamma, Mr. Goenka has also provided true meaning of certain terms related to the teachings of the Buddha to dispel the misconception surrounding them.
This book is ideal for Vipassana meditators as well as non-meditators.