Mindrolling – Ep.158 – Caravan of No Despair- Mirabai Starr

Mirabai Starr

Raghu welcomes Mirabai Starr- famous for her Christian Mystic books and now her memoir- Caravan of No Despair.

Raghu asked what in the world she asked for while still in the Bardos between lives – her first few decades in this incarnation being so full of intense suffering! As if she knew what she needed to transform her being but she really asked for the full monty and managed to come through with flying colors!

At one point Mirabai talks about how she “fired” God- “…all the teachings I had once embraced I now dismissed as artifacts of magical thinking.” Of course this led to our discussion of the dark night of the soul and St John of the Cross whose book she then translated.

And in the midst of that work she had a realization. “Tragedy and trauma are not guarantees for a transformational spiritual experience, true, but they are opportunities.”
Mirabai also explains two key concepts- Radical Unknowingness and Sacred Unraveling. These two form the backbone of a spiritual path that is not pre-digested concepts but more visceral reality.

For more from Mirabai Starr, visit her website or Facebook page.
Mirabai’s Book: Caravan of No Despair

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