Spiritual Philosophical Novel examines the nature of consciousness, the causes of suffering, and enlightenment

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Author B. Steven Verney writes Sam O’Connor’s intriguing and uplifting story of how spiritual evolution unfolds

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According to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation Program, "Transcendental Meditation opens the awareness to the infinite reservoir of energy, creativity, and intelligence that lies deep within everyone. By enlivening this most basic level of life, Transcendental Meditation is that one simple procedure which can raise the life of every individual and every society to its full dignity, in which problems are absent and perfect health, happiness, and a rapid pace of progress are the natural features of life."

A spiritual, philosophical novel, The Best of all Possible Worlds written by author B. Steven Verney begins in 1973 when Sam O’Connor, a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts meets and falls in love with Amy Sanders who has just finished her MFA at the university. As Sam begins to envision their life together, Amy tells him she’s leaving the following week to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Switzerland in order to become a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program. Crest fallen, Sam resigns to spend part of the summer with his Irish Catholic family in Greenwich Village working at the bakery-café his parents operate and own. Within a week, he receives a call that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has invited him to join the course. He hastily leaves the village behind and embarks on a course that will alter his life forever.

His path to enlightenment as a western man is an intriguing and uplifting story of how spiritual evolution unfolds. Despite the tragic event that occurs which temporarily leads him to retreat from public life, he once again embraces his destiny. Sam’s insight and experience of how consciousness evolves and expands leads him to share this knowledge wholeheartedly with his students and the world.

This novel will allow readers to explore the infinite wholeness that is both within us and all around us. The spiritual awakening of Transcendental Meditation experience enlivens the individual's creativity, dynamism, orderliness, and organizing power, which result in increasing effectiveness and success in daily life. Indeed, it is The Best of All Possible Worlds, after all.
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About the Author
B. Steven Verney began the Transcendental Meditation Technique in 1974 as a sophomore in college. Impressed by his experiences and excited about the knowledge of spiritual evolution as described by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, he attended the teacher-training course and was made a teacher of the TM program by Maharishi in the summer of 1976. Later, he attended Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa and graduated with a BA in Philosophy in 1981. While at the university, he met his future wife, Kay. They were married in 1982. For the next 24 years, Steve and Kay started and operated three different businesses while raising their two sons. They’ve resided in New Salem, MA and currently live in Wellfleet, MA. This is his first novel.

The Best of all Possible Worlds * by B. Steven Verney
Publication Date: June 20, 2012
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