Larry Andrews, author of the powerful new book Secrets of the Silk Road, shares some practical ways to search for meaning – even as you live your ordinary life
Pittsburgh, PA – Most of us, whether we like to admit it or not, crave a “deeper meaning.” We long to connect with our own soul. We want reassurance that there’s more to life than the sturm und drang of daily existence. But when we hear of someone from our own Western culture going on a genuine spiritual quest, complete with amulets, gurus, and ancient monasteries, we don’t quite know how to react. The archetypal sacred journey just doesn’t jibe with the cell phones, traffic jams, and hectic workweeks of 21st century America.
Larry Andrews understands. The California native–an engineer, workshop teacher, expedition leader, and author of Secrets of the Silk Road: Finding the Lost Sacred Books of the Gobi (St. Lynn’s Press, 2006, ISBN: 0-9767631-2-5) – gets plenty of double-takes and incredulous questions when he talks about his own life-changing visit to the remote wilds of Central Asia. But he also senses a deep hunger for the kind of intense spiritual growth he underwent in the Gobi desert.
“We live in a tumultuous, challenging time,” he reflects. “The scientific knowledge we cling to in the West does very little to assuage our anxieties. And for many, the dogmas of organized religion don’t help much, either. But I’ve found that the timeless Eastern views of life resonate deeply with most people. It’s my passion to show that these perspectives on life are as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago.”
To fully grasp Andrews’ drive to share such powerful insights, one must read his book. It’s a fascinating true story of a series of mystical events that begin in the author’s boyhood and culminate, years later, in the remotest reaches of the Gobi desert. There, three teachers unveil some astounding spiritual truths, all centered on a set of ancient, secret teachings called the Song of Eternity. Profoundly changed from these events, Andrews returns to the U.S. to bring these revelations to the Western world.
Obviously, most of us here in the real world cannot and/or will not embark on the same kind of intense, transformative (and at times, harrowing) journey that Andrews experienced. That’s okay, he says. Such experiences are a matter of destiny. But each of us can embark on our own “spiritual quest” even as we live out our normal lives. Here are five suggestions:
Lest you think you are too “practical” to embark on a spiritual quest, Andrews is quick to point out that spirituality is, itself, a deeply practical matter. By getting in touch with who we really are, we become more successful in everything we do.
“The Song of Eternity is ancient, yet its message has never been more relevant,” he writes in the preface to his book. “The remarkable heart of its teaching is that there is a little-known and hidden all-pervading source of power that is available to each of us–and more importantly, that it is possible to awaken ourselves to this essential life force and to work with it to bring greater power into our everyday lives.”
Larry Andrews is an engineer and author. He teaches workshops throughout the U.S. and leads private groups on specialized expeditions to many places in the world. He lives in Northern California.
Secrets of the Silk Road: Finding the Lost Sacred Books of the Gobi (St. Lynn’s Press, 2006, ISBN: 0-9767631-2-5) is available at bookstores nationwide, major online booksellers, and at larryandrews.net.