Mudita Journal

In the Mail: Stephan Bodian’s “Wake Up Now”

March 21, 2008 · Filed under: Adyashanti, Buddhism, Intellectual, Mindfulness

I just received a review copy of Stephan Bodian‘s new book Wake Up Now: A Guide to the Journey of Spiritual Awakening.

Bodian is a long-time student of Adyashanti’s, but — according to a friend of mine who spoke with him — does not claim to be fully enlightened himself.

However, the book is very well blurbed by Adyashanti…

Both profound and practical, Wake Up Now guides the reader through the intricacies of awakening as only someone who has walked the walk themselves can do. The clarity and compassion it offers are both rare and welcome.

…and Adya is someone I’ve come to trust tremendously, when it comes to the topic of spiritual enlightenment.

wake-up-now.jpgHe has also convinced me gently in recent years — via his excellent audio lectures True Meditation and Spontaneous Awakening — that enlightenment is both meaningful and achievable for those who take to the spiritual path in a certain way.

I haven’t yet decided whether it’s my path, but I’ve become very interested.

In any case, I expect Bodian’s book to be a fascinating read. I’ve often wondered whether someone schooled in enlightenment, though short of the Holy Grail itself, might actually be in an even better position to explain the state to those of us who are on this side of the gate.

Perhaps, when I finish reading, I will know the answer.

Stay tuned.

  • damian

    i’ll be interested to know what you think once you start reading it. i have a copy of it sitting on my shelf, and if you really like it, perhaps i’ll start reading it myself.

  • Rainier Anacker

    Thank you Joshua.

    I already get the message to ‘wake up now’ but still appreciate your extra info.

  • Al Coleman


    What are your thoughts on the book? I flipped through it in Borders the other day. It looked interesting.