Nancy Patchen in scintillating style captures the life and experiences of Swami Chinmayananda; tracing his story from birth onward, through his trials and tribulations as a sadhak, until he reached the pinnacle of perfection to become a spiritual Master and world class teacher. This, the first biography of Swami Chinmayananda, retraces his journey from his boyhood in Kerala, through his carefree college days and rebellion against British imperialism, then his spiritual tutelage under Swami Shivananda and Swami Tapovan. An account is given detailing the growth of a worldwide movement under his guidance. Included are conversations with him on different subjects that demonstrate his sharp intellect, deep wisdom and quick wit. He is undoubtedly one of the outstanding and influential figures in the modern history of India.