A Modern Day Quest For Enlightenment: The Yoga Of Max's Discontent
What does a modern day quest for enlightenment look like? Find out on August 23 when author and striving yogi Karan Bajaj joins San Francisco Grace Cathedral’s Very Rev. Malcolm Young and yoga teacher and author Darren Main to discuss his new novel, The Yoga of Max’s Discontent. The conversation will take place at 7:45 p.m., following Grace Cathedral’s weekly donation-based yoga class with Darren. The yoga class, where hundreds of people practice yoga set to live music, begins at 6:15 p.m.
“I am very excited about my conversation with Karan about his new book,” said the Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young, dean of Grace Cathedral. “In it, he explores what it means to be on a spiritual journey in the complex world of the 21st century. And that idea is close to our heart at Grace Cathedral. We are a spiritual home for people from every conceivable walk of life as we find our way together through this beautiful complicated world. We are especially blessed by the hundreds of diverse, dynamic, engaged people who come here to Tuesday yoga.”
The Yoga of Max's Discontent invites readers on a spiritual quest with a young investment banker, Max Pzoras, from New York as he travels to India and finds himself tested physically, emotionally and spiritually. His quest takes him high in the Himalayas, reaching his goal to become a modern-day yogi.
The book was inspired partially by Karan’s own journey. Born and raised in India until the age of 22, Karan most recently has been living in New York working at consumer packaged goods company Proctor and Gamble. He said he had always wanted to write a book that combines a spiritual journey with adventure, so decided to take a year sabbatical to explore this project.
In that year, Karan went to India and completed a yoga teacher training, which changed his life significantly. “Alcohol quit me,” he said, adding that he also became a vegetarian, and most importantly, it fired up his entrenched quest for spiritual knowledge.
“I wanted to write a page-turning adventure,” he said. “I hope [readers] are up all night turning pages.” Karan said the book doesn’t have any spiritual messages in particular; his goal was to create an alternate reality that allows readers to get lost in a different world.
Karan will share his whole story at the upcoming event at Grace Cathedral. Sign up for free here. To learn more about Karan and his book, visit www.karanbajaj.com/yogamax. To learn more about the Grace Cathedral’s yoga program, and other events, click here.