|About the Book|
Charlie Hayes (14 Dec 1936) was first a jazz musician, then a professional racing driver who drove for Ferrari in the early sixties, and was later named as being among the top ten racers in the world. Later he became a Ferrari dealer, but in earlyMoreCharlie Hayes (14 Dec 1936) was first a jazz musician, then a professional racing driver who drove for Ferrari in the early sixties, and was later named as being among the top ten racers in the world. Later he became a Ferrari dealer, but in early 1974 the business, his marriage failed and Charlie sepnt a month in a mental hospital with a complete nervous breakdown. Prior to that Charlie had been forced to stop racing after a serious crash that caused great physical and emotional trauma, which led to much alcohol and drug abuse through late 1973. After the hospital Charlie found himself looking for answers to what was running the show - what had made all the wild and crazy things happen in his life. He became a spiritual seeker in mid-1974 and in late 74 met the Indian Master Swami Muktananda. There was intense study and practice for over thirty years, first with Baba Muktananda, then with His successor Sri Gurmayi Chidvilasananda. He also explored Advaita Nondual Philosophy, with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Wayne Liquorman and his Teacher Ramesh Balsekar, then the British Sage Tony Parsons. In 2004 he met an American Sage named John Wheeler, and in 2005 traveled to Melbourne, Australia, to meet with Johns Teacher, Sailor Bob Adamson, who had been a student first with Muktananda, later with Sri Nisargadatta Maharj (the subject of the book I Am That.) After that trip to meet Bob, there were also many discussions with Annette Nibley, John Greven, Byron Katie, and Nathan Gill, but finally Sri Gurumayi proved to be the Unseen Guide who provided the final pointers to Charlies True Nature. Ishan lives in Southern California and offers Satsang each week. He can be reached on the web at www.awake-now.org and by phone at +1 714-708-2311. Ishan, who also teaches Reiki Healing, is happily single and has two beloved sons and three beloved grandchildren.