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|Assesment||To his credit does not any longer consider himself "enlightened". Would seem to be a genuinely gnostic figure, but for a non-Realized being to teach "crazy wisdom" is always a bad sign.|
Author's note (27th August 2009): I wrote this page almost a year ago (18 November 2008), but didn't upload it, after coming across criticism of Lozowick, which made me revise my opinion of him. So any biography would have to include this. At the same time, I didn't relish another controversy of the sort my involvment with Sathya Sai Baba (and his slanderous devotee Gerald "Joe" Moreno) and Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet had resulted in. So I decided to sit on this page for a while. Now that I'm revising my guru pages, I looked over this page and found there was really not any really heavy stuff, and if anyone objects they are the ones with the problems. I also toned down my criticism of Andrew Cohen (who Lozowick speaks highly of) that was in the original page, as I would like to present him in a less one-sided manner. At the same time I emphasized more the excessive coverage Lozowick gets in the biography more properly about his guru. So, without further ado, here is the (slightly modified and re-edited) original page:
Lee Lozowick (b. Brooklyn (New York) on November 18, 1943), is a poet, musician (he is a lyericist and lead singer in both a blues and a rock and roll band), and spiritual teacher of the crazy wisdom type. A former Silva Mind Control teacher who experienced a spontaneous awakening in 1975, he founded the Hohm Community in Prescott, Arizona that same year. He describes himself as a "Western Baul," the Bauls being itinerant Tantric minstrels from Bengal region (now Bangladesh and West Bengal). Like the Sufis, the Bauls express their love for the Divine in poetry and song.
After his awakening, he visited India, and, unexpectedly for himself as much as for his students, became a devotee, and eventually an important disciples of Yogi Ramsuratkumar of Tiruvannamalai. The story is told in Only God: A Biography of Yogi Ramsuratkumar, an inspirational hagiography written by Regina Sara Ryan, a student of Lee. Yogi Ramsuratkumar gave Lozowick the name "Mr Lee".
According to the account in Only God, Lee was smitten after the first meeting with Yogi Ramsuratkumar, and began writing and sending him devotional poems, a number of which are included in this book. But acording to Lozowick's own words in his interview with Hal Blacker the process was more gradual - "It took the first trip, then the second trip, which was three years later, and then about a year after that I started responding to him as my teacher - and even then, very lightly. It wasn't until maybe three or four years after that, in the early to mid-eighties, that I really dedicated myself to him as my teacher, of course, without even knowing if he would accept me as a student or what would happen."
It is interesting that in Only God, perhaps in keeping with Indian hagiographic convention, Lozowick comes across as very much a devotional figure. See also this page which agrees with or is based on the book account. In the interview, in keeping with the more restrictive Western attitude which frowns on devotionalism, he comes across as a more intellectual figure. It is likely that both accounts are partial, neither account gives the full picture.
In a preface Lozowick writes highly of Andrew Cohen. However this was in 1996 or 7 (if the book was published in 1997) before a lot of Cohen's behaviour became public. Intriguingly, Lozowick himself seems to be not without criticism. Also of mention is the predominance he has in the Regina Ryan biography of Yogi Ramsuratkumar; as if he is the main disciple, which was and is very far from the case. Maybe it wasn't meant to come out that way, but that's the way it did. The reader is referred to other material for a more balanced coverage (see Yogi Ramsuratkumar biographies).
The following biograophy was deleted from Wikipedia but is still found on a Wikipedia mirror, Nation Master (url). I am copying it here in case it is also delted if that page is updated
Lee Lozowick (born 1943) is an American spiritual teacher and author from Prescott, Arizona. He has written several books on spiritual practice and parenting. Lee is the son of master lithographer Louis Lozowick. (born in Ludvinovka, Ukraine in 1892).
Lozowick began his life as a spiritual teacher in 1975. After an awakening in the mid 1970s, he took up the work of a Guru. With several of his students, he made a pilgramage to India in 1976, where he met Yogi Ramsuratkumar. Lozowick became a disciple of Yogi Ramsuratkumar, and attributed his earlier awakening, or what he refers to as a "shift in context," to Yogi Ramsuratkumar.
Personality and Teachings
Lozowick is sometimes associated with a school of thought called "crazy wisdom". He also identifies himself as, "a western Baul". He is a western Tantric Yogi, which while assuming already present enlightenment is also very practical and grounded with regard to that which impedes us in living a life of Surrender to the Will of God. So in his community there is daily discipline such as study, exercise, meditation, and diet, with emphasis on kindness, generosity and compassion. Also, Lozowick seems to feature Bhakti Yoga, or devotional practice and Karma Yoga, the practice of right action.
While Lozowick no longer refers to himself as Enlightened, he continues to teach at the Hohm Community in Arizona and serves as Guru to his students. He considers himself an example of a true disciple, although his students and contemporaries consider him to be a Master Guru. Despite his reputation for crass and provocative behavior, he has remained free of controversy and scandal.
Blacker, Hal (November 2001). Enlightenment's Divine Jester: Mr. Lee Lozowick. Enlightenment Magazine.
The following post by johnmayfield from Absolute Write and the Water Cooler message board (a writer's forum)
HP is a wonderful small publisher in Prescott, Az. They have been around for many years and are an extremely reliable, highly regarded business. It should be noted that this is a religious institution devoted to the esoteric spiritual teachings of Lee Lozowick and his Hohm Community. They are motivated by spiritual values of the devotees, not by business or financial concerns, with all the subsequent advantages and also concerns that this might suggest.
LeeLozowick.com - home page, I love the comments!
Lee Lozowick - biography
Biography articles on Yogi Ramsuratkumar - Lee Lozowick - biography from the Yogi Ramsuratkumar devotional community; the two colour photos are also in the book Only God: A Biography of Yogi Ramsuratkumar
Lee Lozowick - Path of Transformation Conference 2008 - includes short bio and excerpts
Mr. Lee Lozowick: Enlightenment's Divine Jester Mr. Lee Lozowick interview with Hal Blacker for What is Enlightenment? (WIE no.20, Fall–Winter 2001)
Festival Blues Rock Band Lee Lozowick Project - music home page.
MySpace.com - The Lee Lozowick Project - MySpace music profile for The Lee Lozowick Project with tour dates, songs, videos, pictures, blogs, band information, downloads etc
Trying to understand Lee - points out things are not as they seem! According to these pages, Lee Lozowick presents himself as the main Western devotee of Yogi Ramsuratkumar. Refrence is made to lies and misinterpretation, and hostility and jelusy towards other Western devotees of Yogi Ramsuratkumar, especially Krishna Carcelle, the author of some of these pages, who writes with humility, although also some emotional hurt at such betrayal. See this page for claims of further lies and misinterpretations by Lozowick
hohm community / sedona area / LEE LOZOWICK - Reference to recruitment attempt by Hohm Community (on anti-cult Rick Ross site - this brief mention is the only one on the site)
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