On Beyond Yoga
Frustrated with the superficiality of contemporary yoga, three
yoga students join their “half-enlightened” teacher on a two
week, magical-mystical tour through India's spiritual capitals
and end-up with a lot more than they bargained for.
Egon is a romantic, happy go lucky, Bavarian enraptured by the
exotic and material aspects of modern-day yoga. He is ecstatic
when his teacher invites him to an Indian yoga retreat hoping it
will be an extension of the spiritual shopping-spree he started
with his first yoga class eight years hence.
Franz, a successful, German businessman has a horde of physical
disorders caused by his consuming desire to excel in the
corporate world of materialism. After experiencing a radical
reversal of pain through yoga, Franz decides the yoga retreat
might offer answers to a few of the deeper questions that have
plagued him since he turned 40.
Lisette is a beautiful, Dutch dancer turned yoga teacher and
Joshua also invited to join the three men on this trip to three
of India's holiest cities.
Soon after their arrival, Egon discovers a growing erotic
attraction to Franz as Franz develops a passionate feeling of
love for Lisette. Lisette only has eyes for her mentor and
celibate yoga teacher, Joshua, who has an ongoing hate/love
relationship with God.
This "love square" irons itself out on their journey
through the sacred cities of Rishikesh, the current yoga capital
of the world; Varanasi, the oldest inhabited city of earth; and
Tiruvannamalai a holy city at the seat of Arunachala one of
India's most sacred mountains.
Through a series of philosophical discourses steeped in the
Vedic principles of "A Course in Miracles" and filtered through
the sutras of Patanjali, the ancient sage of
yoga, Joshua leads his three students through variety of
strange and mystical experiences, extraordinary encounters and
profound revelations that leaves each of them wondering about
the true nature of reality.
Eric Brown has been practicing yoga for over 40 years. He is a
student of “A Course in Miracles” since it was published in
1978, and has studied Christian mysticism, eastern philosophy,
and metaphysics since he was 20.
“On Beyond Yoga” is his second novel.
Greek To Me
A twenty-year old American show boy working in Paris has
his cultural coming out while wandering through the
rubble of ancient Greece.
Two shows a night, seven days a week in a world famous Parisian
night-club finally takes its toll on a twenty-one year American show
boy. He books a three week vacation in southern Greece hoping for
sun, fun and, the sexual adventure offered by the Club Med, a
relatively new vacation resort back in 1970. On his bus trip from
Athens to Patras he encounters a folk far removed from the
stereotype Greeks he’d come across in the streets of America. The
club is also turns out to be something different than he expected as
he discovers that one man’s Elysium can be another man’s Styx.
Inspired by the sword and sandal films of his youth, he signs up for
a week’s bus tour through the marvels of ancient Greece which turns
out to be a cultural gangbang more than the Greek equivalent to
Disneyland for which he hoped. He soon learns that ruins are a lot
more than a pile of stones, Argos is not always a name for a gay
bar, and the Acropolis isn’t just a coffee shop in New York City.
His savvy traveling companion teaches him that the ancient Greek
tragedies were a lot more complicated and captivating than modern
day soap operas, that many of the heroes, (and a few of the gods),
were switch hitters, and the athletes of old had a penchant for
running around without any clothes on.
He spends his last week on Corfu and befriends a lithe Dutch
seductress and her handsome French boyfriend who take him on a drug
induced mystery tour that almost leaves him a sexual spastic.