In the tradition of Yogananda's, Autobiography of a Yogi, this is the first part of Peter Mt. Shasta's adventures on the quest for a spiritual teacher and ultimately enlightenment. It is the prequel to his unique, Adventures of a Western Mystic, about his training under the ascended masters. This volume gives the fascinating personal story of his childhood, spiritual awakening, and poignant accounts of his days in New York City in the '70s living on New York's Lower East Side, and his call to India. Inspired by Ram Dass, Peter travels to India in search for his own guru. He meets Ram Dass, Neem Karoli Baba (Maharajji), Anandamayi Ma, Sathya Sai Baba and many other saints, yogis and illumined beings. Gradually he begins to realize that the guru he is looking for is within and returns to the West. He continues to have fascinating and amusing experiences in America with Trungpa Rinpoche, Chagdud Rinpoche, Joseph Sunhawk and others. The author has written several other books and given teachings and retreats in Europe as well as the US.