What would it be like to sit fireside under the stars and ask a true spiritual master and mystic all your unanswered questions about life? asks Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev's Web site. Would the sage stroke his voluminous grey beard, smile all-knowingly, and tell you that the card in your hand is the nine of clubs? No! Thats what a magician would do. Thank God we dont rely on magicians for answers in times of extended unemployment benefits. Anyway, it was a trick question, sort of: Only a true spiritual master and mystic would know what it would be like for you to ask him all your unanswered questions about life, which is why we turn to people like Vasudev for contemporary guru-wisdom in the first place, at events like "An Evening of Wisdom, Meditation, and Bliss." Founder of the nonprofit, nonreligious, awareness-heightening Isha Center, Vasudev also boasts an impressive curriculum vitae of stuff-doing, like speaking at the World Economic Forum three years in a row and spearheading brass-tacks development programs that plant saplings and organize education in rural India. Regularly interviewed by big-ticket media outlets like the BBC, CNBC, and Newsweek, Vasudev has been known to draw crowds of more than 300,000 people for his public talks. In other words: Come for the plumbing of the depths of the yogic self, stay for the nitty-gritty on diplomacy and economic development.
Fri., March 20, 7 p.m., 2009