Sharing the Quest - Reviews

He who takes his path too seriously is unlikely to arrive anywhere. Beware of grim-faced Gurus......' Muz Murray


Muz synthesises the multitude of texts out there to help us find our way through what can be a complex job wading through so many insistent perspectives. ' Eventually I found it was only the Hindu and Buddhist texts which really explored in depth every aspect of the spiritual path and showed the way—all the way—to the Source.......


From time immemorial, the sages of India have been known to have delved deepest of all into the psycho- spiritual nature of human existence, and have left a practical legacy unequalled in any other culture for achieving Oneness with the Absolute.'


These are extracts from this original and lucid text, but I think they sum up the essence of his approach: humourous and intelligent and wise. He is actually the guru of his generation and is lighting the path for the next like a true elder. This book is essential if you are a seeker.

*****

Deborah Snow

A delightfully unstuffy book that abounds in humour. As I began to read, I started to experience an increasing feeling of excitement, to realise that he has made so many discoveries of major importance. Muz Murray has pursued the way of the mystic with tremendous rigour and determination. Every page of this book bears witness to the reality of his experience. Its essence undoubtedly lies in its sense of authenticity. He quotes St.Matthew: ‘And he taught as one having authority, and not as one of the scribes.’ And it is precisely that quality that makes Sharing the Quest such an exciting and absorbing experience.

*****

Colin Wilson

Resurgence Journal

This book will be for many ‘a friend indeed in a time of need.’ It is a book for life enhancement, a practical manual for growth, a fireside companion and a renewable balm for the heart on each reading. It’s magic and lasting impression is due to the fact that (to paraphrase a popular British beer advert) it ‘touches those parts of the soul most other books don’t reach’ (or even speak about). I only intended to have a brief read before bed, but it kept me riveted until two in the morning!

Quest is truly a Sharing which evidently comes straight from the heart and a deep understanding of the spiritual life. Considering the breadth and depth of the subject matter, the writing is extremely clear and accessible, and not a paragraph is wasted on boring speculation. It is written in lively and flowing prose, touching, poetic and humorous in turn. The simple profundity of the explanations should firmly establish the author as one of the new genuine spiritual teachers now emerging in the West.

Muz Murray is an internationally known English Mystic, mantra-yogi and artist (remembered by many as the founder of Gandalf’s Garden, a popular spiritual centre and magazine which flourished in London during the ‘Flower-Power’ Era) who has spent over twenty globe-trotting years investigating spiritual traditions around the world. The results of his researches are here distilled and clarified with loving precision.

Murray’s experience and forthrightness should save many an earnest seeker from years of running after the glittering gurus of the world and losing themselves in unprofitable spiritual backwaters. He is a guide one can trust. His overall global view of the mystical life refreshingly cuts through the cloying cultist cobwebs of dogma to the essentials.

Sweeping aside the trappings, he points out the pitfalls lying in wait for the naive and unwary seeker on the Path. He has no time for ‘preciously secretive’ esotericism and fearlessly and freely gives out many of the jealously guarded secret teachings of the sects and gurus with whom he has associated.

Here is a visionary with his feet on the ground, answering the questions (taken from the letters of his students) which beset us all, with a wealth of common sense, uncommon wisdom and a spiritual discrimination as lucid as that of a Chogyam Trungpa or Krishnamurti. He covers a wide spectrum of spiritual problems, including: Choosing a Guru; Problems on the path of Action or Passivity?; On Changing the World (a glimpse into a mystic’s universe); Meditation; Mantra; Psychotherapy and the Spiritual Life (a sympathetic critique of Primal Therapy and its shortcomings); Healing the Hurts of Many Lifetimes; Opening the Third Eye; Siddhis and Seeing Through Spiritual Silliness (a salutary and humorous sideswipe at starry-eyed spiritualism); a very moving and edifying piece On The Souls of Animals, and many others.

Never Mind the Mind is a tremendously liberating chapter for those of us locked into our mental habit patterns, and the in-depth exposition of the Nature of Ego is a brilliant breakthrough in perception way in advance of the presentwestern psychological model. These two stimulating chapters alone make the book well worth having, but every section is a treasure trove of inspiration or practice, not only for yoga teachers, but for housewives and academics alike, having appeal to both the head and the heart.

The final chapter on Healing the Sickness of the Soul gives a remarkable psychological portrayal of ‘one of the most prevalent maladies on earth today, to which we are all prone on one level or another.’ Here the author is at his most endearing. In his therapeutic method of ‘Sunconsciousness’ he has rendered the profoundest practices of the sages (for experiencing God within oneself) into a deceptively simple, but eminently effective practical tool for the Western seeker bent on overcoming the stresses of the soul. The method begins to work after only a short period of practice, and I for one am grateful for it. It will prove a godsend to many soul sufferers.

In short…Quest is a book of Light and de-light. Anyone troubled in spirit will get a boost from it and the insightful confirmation that ‘All is well with the world after all’. A book no sincere spiritual aspirant can afford to miss. Highly recommended.

*****

Prof. J. Felbermeyer

Human Potential Resources Journal

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Occasionally I have reflected with total bewilderment upon which book I would select to take with me to a desert island, should I ever be faced with that famous dilemma. Now Muz Murray has come to my aid. After reading Sharing the Quest I concluded that I—or anyone else for that matter—could do a lot worse than consider this volume as a leading contender for the place of a long-term companion.

Consider its credentials: in the first place, it is a rich book, full of fascinating diversity, from stories of Muz’s own travels and spiritual progress (including meetings with many revered teachers) to practical exercises to help others over life’s hard times and promote inner development. Along the way it takes in some little known aspects of Christianity, consideration of phoney gurus and teachings...the value of mantra, ways of overcoming distractions while meditating and much, much more. (Several of the chapters are based on Muz’s thoughtful and compassionate replies to questions sent in to him through his column in the magazine Yoga Today). Rich indeed—almost a spiritual cornucopia.

Secondly, it is a wise book, imbued with the wisdom of a lifetime seeker who genuinely enjoys sharing his quest with others of like mind. Or No-Mind. “One morning in April I suddenly woke up to find my mind-flow had ceased altogether. The endless interior dialogue was no longer operating. What a wonder!” And this experience, like others, with its consequence of “pure clarity and gentle joy” stands as an inspiration to all the rest of us; not only that but because of the humility and lack of ego, the simple ‘ordinariness’ which infuses Muz’s every sentence, we are left feeling that this is not some distant, almost unattainable peak of spiritual experience, but a realisable hope for all of us.

Richness and wisdom, what more could one ask for? But there is more—practicality, aliveness and an all-pervading human warmth, amongst other things. Offhand I can think of no other book which would give one quite the same sense of no longer being alone on that desert island, but rather of having beside one a lively, laughing and above all compassionately insightful friend and guide with whom to dispute.. to commune to walk in joy, and, in every sense, to Share the Quest.

*****

Malcolm Ashworth

Spectrum British Wheel of Yoga Journal

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