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Once upon a time, Jim Starr, author of “Jersey Yogi: The Unintentional Enlightenment of an Uptight Man,” pictured his future much the same as his past: an average lifestyle as an average NJ man in a cookie-cutter suburban neighborhood.
That’s why, several years later, he was amazed to find himself standing stark naked in a massage seminar, shaken out of a comfortable existence and involved in a world of New Age healing, spirituality and ashrams. In spite of himself, he was on a path.
“I was an apprehensive, cynical and pragmatic guy from New Jersey who thought all the New Age bullshit just wasn’t for me, but a debilitating back injury and associated emotional suffering triggered within me an improbable series of coincidences that shook me out of my ordinary world,” says Starr, a computer programmer and hospice volunteer.
Like so many men from his hometown of Matawan, N.J., Starr was doing his best within the confines of tradition – working for a living, paying bills, raising a family and looking forward to the weekend barbeque with friends. But his devastating sports injury would eventually transport him to exotic places, both in terms of location and mentality. He would be lead to his life-changing guru, Swami Muktananda, to the holy Ganges River in India, and, ultimately, to the Himalayan mountains and a spectacular near death experience.
“At one point in the mountains of India, I found myself with my friend, Don, barely able to comprehend the danger we were facing. But it was then I found an immutable, spiritual source within that remains with me to this day.”
“My book’s title, ‘Jersey Yogi: The Unintentional Enlightenment of an Uptight Man,’ is ultimately my own. Being Jersey Yogi reminds me of my journey – who I am. I am the guy who emerged, and I want others to know that they can, too.”
About Jim Starr
Jim Starr is an author, philosopher, certified Rolfer and avid student of the human condition. Currently residing in Colorado, he is also a computer programmer, hospice volunteer and amateur musician. A true native of New Jersey, Starr plays plenty of handball and has won the Colorado state championship in his age division numerous times. He has lived the story of the Jersey Yogi: The Unintentional Enlightenment of an Uptight Man.