Born to the middle class, in Middle America, in the middle of the twentieth century, to middle-of-the-road republicans, Jashanananda was a fearful child. He was reluctant to make an appearance in this world and then slow to blossom. It was not until he found himself studying psychology in the “free love” sixties that he began exploring new ideas and asking questions like “What is this world?” and “Who am I?” With the help of psychedelic drugs, Jashanananda turned away from academia and began an inner quest to find what’s real. This journey led him to Eastern religions and down the path of yoga, which carried him through a twenty-year marriage, a job in corporate America, and raising three children in the mountains of Colorado. Then, one day, in the midst of his middleclass suburban life, he had an awakening and everything changed. He was back on his journey in search of his true self, the source of love, and the true nature of existence. This is his story.
I type “International Teaching Jobs” on the Google search line and find myself looking at a long list of teaching jobs all over the world. “Anything in Latin America?” my wife asks, coming into the room.. “No... but here’s one in the Congo.” “Africa!!!?” “Yea... really. They want a calculus teacher! I can do that!” “Okay,” Chantal says tentatively. “If you want.” I hit the submit button and my resume is off across the world. What follows are four action-packed years of living, working and traveling in sub-saharan Africa. This book chronicles the second, third and fourth years of these adventures, including the day-to-day life of a teacher at The American School of Kinshasa from 2007-2009 who deals with a marginal infrastructure, the everyday challenges of living in a war-torn third-world country, and has adventures in South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda and Zanzibar. This is the sequel to the book, Calculus in the Congo Book 1.