(Note from Lisa Selow: Today’s guest blog post is actually the Preface from Lama Marut’s book, A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life. This book will rock your rebel heat and spirit. I’ve gifted it to several of my friends and family.
Some of you who have read my book have asked, “Who is Lama Marut?” since he’s one of the kind people who agreed to check out and endorse my own book, A Rebel Chick Mystic’s Guide (Hay House, Inc.).
I’ve listened to Lama Marut’s teachings for years by podcast, along with seeing him lecture a couple of times in the metro Detroit area when he visited. What I enjoy most about Lama Marut is his humor, warmth, down-to-earth nature, and way of making complex spiritual teachings feel more accessible.
Read the Preface below and also, read further down to read more about Lama Marut in his bio.
Be sure to leave your comments and questions below for Lama Marut too.)
This book is for desperados.
It’s for those who know life is short and who are tired of
wasting day after day in low-level unhappiness as they wait for
the next high-level version. It’s a book for those who are desperate
enough to take up arms and make revolutionary inner
changes in their lives before it’s too late.
It’s a book for people who wish to be duped no longer, who
urgently want to be happy and who have figured out that the usual
methods on offer in the modern world don’t work. It’s a guide for
those tired of trying to become well-adjusted to a perverse society
and who are willing—even eager—to deviate from the norm.
It’s for those fed up with both the dead end of modern
consumer-capitalist ideology based on selfishness and greed,
and the toothless, self-absorbed navel-gazing of many contemporary
spiritual self-help books. It’s for those looking for a
hard-core, triple-x, no-nonsense, and supremely practical
guidebook to how to live the good life.
And it’s for people who believe they can do it.
It’s for those who are weary of feeling victimized and powerless.
It’s a book for heroes and heroines—people too afraid to
revert back to the old, ineffectual ways or to run away from
what might actually succeed.
This is a book for warriors. It’s for people ready to take the
bull by the horns and stop coddling their depression, anger,
endless desires, jealousy, and pride. It’s for those itching for
the big rage-in-the-cage smack-down with their own mental
afflictions, their true enemies, the demons that undermine the
happiness we all seek.
It’s for those who know that half-assed efforts bring halfassed
results—and who are prepared to go full-assed.
If you’re ready to get medieval on your suffering, this book
might be for you.
The book is for those who’ve wised up to the callowness of
being too cool to admit that we all just want to be happy—who
know the way to be truly individualistic and stand apart from
the crowd is to realize that we’re all the same.
It’s for those willing to be un-fabulous, and not for those too
trendy to see that the quest for radical contentment is not just
It’s for people who won’t be taken in by an anti-happiness
backlash, where, absurdly, being tormented and miserable is
embraced as a sign of sophistication and depth.
This book is for the truly compassionate—the big-hearted,
not the faint-hearted—the ones who have figured out that
being happy is neither superficial nor selfish but the sine qua
non, the indispensable ingredient, for living a meaningful life
of service to others.
It’s for those who have observed that if we are to save others
from drowning, we first need to learn how to swim.
It’s a book for those who realize that we don’t just stumble
upon happiness; that happiness, like everything else, doesn’t
happen without reason, nor does it arise simply by positive
thinking based on a magical law of attraction. It’s for those who
know that happiness can only be brought about through
rationality, self-discipline, and persistence, and who are willing
to roll up their sleeves and get to work.
This book is for those intelligent enough to discern what
will really be effective and what won’t, and who care about
themselves and others enough to seriously commit to creating
a sane, healthy way of life—and who know that in an insane
world, a sane person might very well appear disordered.
It’s for those desperate enough to want to make their spiritual
practice into a tiger—fast and powerful—and give the beast
some real teeth, so armed and dangerous that when the mental
afflictions like anger, pride, and jealousy see it coming, they pee
in their pants.
It’s for those who are done playing footsies under the table
with secularism, materialism, and consumerism, hoping such
flirting might lead to something more, perhaps even a meaningful
It’s for people who regard themselves as strangers in this
strange and profane land, who are like illegal aliens in a world
stripped of all values and meaning.
It’s for those whose papers are definitely not in order when
it comes to the status quo.
This book is for desperados, rebels, and insurrectionists
willing to pit themselves against a life defined by perpetual dissatisfaction,
egoism, and greed.
Is it for you?
Are you ready yet?
Are you desperate enough to really want to incite happiness
in your life?
About Lama Marut:
Who is Lama Marut?
Why did Angeleno Magazine call Lama Marut the “Go-to Guru?”
The son and grandson of Baptist ministers, a Ph.D. of Comparative Religions, motorcycle enthusiast, a former surfer, and a fully ordained Buddhist monk, Venerable Sumati Marut (a.k.a. Brian K. Smith) is a life-long teacher whose easy humor and down-to-earth style make even the most complex spiritual ideas understandable. With his unique combination of earthiness and erudition, commitment and light-heartedness, he attracts large audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Venerable Marut teaches Buddhism and Yoga philosophy, spirituality, and meditation all over the world. He is a founding Board member of the Yoga Studies Institute (YSI) and acts as the Spiritual Director of the Asian Classics Institutes of Los Angeles (ACI-LA), Cape Ann, Massachusetts (ACI-CA), and Reno, Nevada (ACI-Reno).
Venerable Marut’s personal understanding of our modern western lifestyle unites with his extensive scriptural knowledge of authentic South Asian traditions to create spiritual teachings relevant to all, providing advice on how to live happily in the modern world. Additionally, his quarterly newsletters, blog, live video teachings, weekly audio and video podcasts, and daily tweets make his teachings easily accessible to people across the globe. The path to enlightenment has never been so welcoming.
“Are you ready yet? Are you desperate enough to really want to incite happiness in your life?” -Lama Marut