Saltwater Buddha by Jaimal Yogis

As I write and record this, it is summer and I figure it’s time for some good beach reading.  No matter what the season, there are those who have always been drawn to the water.  Jaimal Yogis clearly demonstrates this in his book “Saltwater Buddha.”

“Saltwater Buddha” is a biographical account in which the writer weaves his personal history, water and zen all together into an exceptional story.  How many of us wish we had the guts to run away for an adventure at some point in our lives?  Jaimal did this while in high school.  His attachment to the sea, which he recalls from a very young age, urged him to run away from home and catch a flight to Hawaii. 

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With exquisite detail he describes the hardships of what to do with very little money, no plans for a place to stay, nothing to eat, and no transportation – and how he overcame or adjusted to these obstacles.

There is something very spiritual in demonstrating one’s intent – not only mentally, but through action.  I have no wish to spoil the story, so I’ll leave a lot out here biographically.  It wouldn’t be much of a surprise though if I tell you he learns to surf.  Actually, I was surprised to find that he went all the way to Hawaii without knowing how to surf.  That really took even more guts.

So where does the Buddha part come in now that we’ve described some of the saltwater?  Jaimal grew up in a family that meditated.  He wasn’t that much into it.  Eventually, though he finds that Zen for him is the sea. Considering many metaphors in non-duality talk about each of us being a wave in the ocean, this is a very appropriate discovery for the author.

This book is a very easy and fun book to read. This isn’t a how to manual; instead it possesses some great life lessons.  I consider it an excellent break from the textbook nature or the question-and-answer satsang type spiritual books on the market today. I would recommend this book even to non-surfing, non-spiritual people because it is an excellent story. Enlightenmentdudes.com gives “Saltwater Buddha” an 8 out of 10 on our infinity scale.

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