... Lee sat a little ways down the street from Yogi Ramsuratkumar’s small house on the dirt and rocks in the blazing sun in the middle of garbage. Five hours later Yogi Ramsuratkumar called to Lee and said, “I know what you want. You want a guru. This beggar is no guru. There are many gurus in India. Go away and find one somewhere else.” As Lee described it, “What ego was left was pretty much in shreds, but I figured, he was my Master before this, I’ll just never see him again, but I thought to myself, he is my Master, that’s a fact.” Lee later said that, “In essence, that day in 1986 I was born, because before that day I was not a disciple. I was a student, a devotee, a worshipper, an adorer but I wasn’t a disciple.”
In the Fall of 1988, Lee Lozowick received a letter with a mysterious invitation to come to South India as the guest of Yogi Ramsuratkumar’s devotees. There was no hint of any kind as to why this invitation was being given. Lee had not heard a word from Yogi Ramsuratkumar in two years. Arriving just off the bus at 5:00 a.m., there were about 10,000 followers of Yogi Ramsuratkumar in small villages waiting for Lee’s arrival. Everywhere there were posters announcing the celebration of Yogi Ramsuratkumar’s birthday with Lee’s name printed in large letters all over them.
Afterwards, upon Lee’s two-day visit with Yogi Ramsuratkumar, he was welcomed with open arms, caresses and a profound acceptance which continues to deepen to this day, even after the Yogi’s Mahasamadhi in 2001.
Saturday, September 6th, 2.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.
"The Alchemy of Relationship"
Saturday, September 6th, 6.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m.
"Questions & Answers with Lee Lozowick"
Some words from Lee Lozowick’s writings
“Love doesn't just happen. You have to create and maintain it and repair it, when this is necessary. If passion fades a bit, you’ve got to recreate it. To enter a relationship you should recognize that the commitment must include the mutual creation of its continued existence.
“Within a relationship the content of communion tends to ebb and flow, and so there will always be hot points and cool points. If you commit yourself to a relationship, then, you shouldn't expect that things will always be hot and juicy every minute. When you hit a cool point you shouldn't think to yourself, "Hey, things used to be great between us, let’s get it back the way it was." Instead, think, "Here we are. What are we going to do now?"
“Relationship implies permission for the other to grow, to have the freedom to respond in whatever way is necessary where essential being is concerned, and to develop a deep and ultimately meaningful relationship to God. So we serve one another in relationship - but not in the fundamentalist sense in which the man dominates, controls, and abuses the woman. The patriarchy is not enlightened. The patriarchy's laws of relationship are inherently biased and unjust.
“Relationship at the level of soul or spirit, the details of everyday life, and the dark secrets of the underworld of each individual - these are all included and all get worked out in this process of "building love," since such a process is actually one of alchemical transformation.
“Sacred relationship means to create an overall environment of sanctuary for one another's spiritual work or practice. You free your partner to do the spiritual work he or she needs to do; you provide your absolute support. Sacred relationship frees the partners, rather than controls them. Relationship, in a sense, is vowing that you will never complicate your mate's spiritual path with envy, pettiness, competition, or greed.
“To build love - with mates, children, friends - is worth whatever price you have to pay, even if the price is peace of mind and physical health. To build love provides some quality of Being that does not stop, or cease, when the body-mind-complex dies. And, to build Love produces "muscles" that are useful, and even crucial, in many other areas of spiritual work. This process demands qualities that are extraordinary. But the result is extraordinary in that it raises one from the gutter of ego to the position of a devotee of God.”
After a night of invocational prayer in 1975, Lee Lozowick “woke up” into a state he described as spiritual slavery. He gave up his life as a successful businessman and founded the Hohm Community.
First and foremost a disciple of his Master, Yogi Ramsuratkumar, Lee teaches in the Baul tradition from Bengal, India. Similar to the Sufi path, the Bauls express much of their love for the divine in artistic ways, such as poetry and song.
Lee Lozowick is a master of the mind, who emphasizes a radical and irrevocable psychological transformation as an indispensible pre-requisite for authentic spirituality. Known for his “Crazy Wisdom” teaching style, he has a great capacity to shock his audience into opening their hearts and minds to higher wisdom and genuine spiritual understanding.
Lee is the author of sixteen books, is an ardent lover of oriental sacred art and embodies the artistic heritage of the Bauls as a lyricist and lead singer in both a blues and a rock & roll band.
- The Alchemy Of Love & Sex
all published at: Hohm Press, Prescott
- The Alchemy Of Transformation
- Conscious Parenting
- Getting Real
- The Only Grace Is Loving God