Soul Journey of a Yogi Bus Driver

Soul Journey of a Yogi Bus Driver


From Bus Driver to Yogi seems impossible, but this is the dramatic transformation that takes place in Simon’s life after his burning obsession for truth, and a strange series of events, lead him to the top of a mountain in India where he experiences a taste of enlightenment following a profound out-of-body experience

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Soul Journey of a Yogi Bus Driver tells about the dramatic transformation taking place in Simon’s life after his burning obsession for truth, and a strange series of events, lead him to the top of a mountain in India where he experiences a taste of enlightenment following a profound out-of-body experience. Deep wisdom, understanding and realisation are what begin to unravel after that fateful day of perfect synchronism. His enchanting soul journey traverses continents, relationships, healers, psychics and yogis, and brings him to a place he never would have imagined in his wildest dreams, soul consciousness… These memoirs are a humorous collection of quirky yet gritty stories shared in the form of inspiring tales, analogies and metaphors that empower the reader with skills to tackle the sometimes crazy world we find ourselves living within in today’s changing times.

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14 reviews for Soul Journey of a Yogi Bus Driver

  1. Neville Hodgkinson

    “Being Soul Conscious”
    Observations of a Bus Driver

    Love is a great power in human life, and this remarkable memoir can be seen as Simon Ralph’s lifelong search to feel and share it – first in ways that lead to degradation and loss, and then through the soul-consciousness of the title, through which he finds renewed strength and freedom.
    From a kindly but rather awkward boy who kept finding himself in minor forms of trouble, he graduates to a young man repeatedly embracing altered states of consciousness through sex, drugs, music and any other experience that would help him to “slip outside time”. Even a stomach massage takes him out of the body and gives him a glimpse of the unlimited.
    But he becomes more and more at the mercy of his desires, “raving and misbehaving”, until jobs, houses, relationships and money fall away and he ends up “left in the gutter of my own self-pity”.
    “You can’t win with those things,” he reflects on the drug-induced rushes of love. “It’s just another ball and chain around your leg.” Even the “gentle, peaceful detachment from the world” brought by marijuana, which feels in keeping with his own inner nature, makes him lazy and forgetful and trapped in antisocial behaviour.
    It is Raja Yoga meditation, which teaches a distinction between soul and body, and the experience of an inner connection with the divine, that puts him back in the driver’s seat of his life. It offers him a better road map, gradually liberating him from his desires, dependencies and negative thought patterns, so that self-respect is restored.
    “I felt I was making ground at last in understanding the self and taking control of my physical organs, like a good driver steering the bus on the straight and narrow, through storms of negativity,” he writes. “By separating the being from its actions, I am able to remain as a detached observer…and can become free from the influence of situations or people.”
    Ralph has a chatty, friendly writing style and he tells the story of his decline and fall – “I felt sex was very much part of me, if not all of me…lust governed my life for decades” – with humour, and without self-pity. He intersperses his moving tales of loss with nuggets of spiritual wisdom, until eventually we arrive at a life filled with new meaning.

    – Neville Hodgkinson

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marian ngai

    This is a book about Simon’s spiritual journey, of the dramatic transformation that takes place in Simon’s life.

    Deep wisdom, understanding and realization are what begin to unravel after the travel to the
    mountain in India where he experiences a taste of enlightenment following a profound out-of-body
    As time is coming close, many who come to do the meditation course are struggling more
    with coping with life crisis and circumstances. This book is specifically targeted to help
    people cope with life crisis, facing transition and change.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dean Lake

    I am proud to say I was lucky enough to of worked with Simon Ralph at the time of him writing this book!
    I can honestly say his book is as inspiring as the man himself, I would highly HIGHLY recommend this read.
    Simon and his extraordinary out look on life (which refelects in his book) taught me things that has changed my life forever and for that I’m eternally grateful.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Ann.Portugal

    A beautifully written account of Simons journey and struggle to find the peace tranquillity and wisdom that shines through in his book ‘Soul journey of a Yogi bus driver’ I hope there will be another book to follow this one
    I have a Kindle version also a hard copy for my personal library.Thank you.

  5. 5 out of 5


    very well written, entertaining and at the same time has it deepened my understanding of myself, life and God. it has inspired me to start with meditation.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Clark

    A lovely uplifting story, full of hidden depth and wonder. Enlightening and rich, this is a wonderful read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jamila Bernat

    Great read! Written in down to earth and accessible English language.
    The honesty and truthfulness of the author are helpful to all – new and old meditators – who are on this spiritual journey. Well done!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jamila Bernat

    Great read and inspiring to both new meditators and those who have been on a spiritual journey for a while.
    The honesty and truthfulness of the author are very encouraging, also it takes great courage to experiment physically and spiritually. Down to earth attitude and simple language help one focus on ways to improve the self rather than struggling with complicated terminology.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Suy Lopez

    Simon’s Journey is very interesting and his message is really inspiring. His words are of rare authenticity and his enthusiasm for life and spirituality is highly contagious. A great read for all curious souls.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jamila Bernat

    Great read, encouraging and inspiring. The honesty and truthfulness of the author are so real that anyone hesitating or unsure about embarking on a spiritual path would have the courage to do so. Simon Ralph has shown such determination to find the answers to his questions that he tried even things that would hurt physically and might even leave scar on the psyche. However, truth was more important than a little discomfort. Well done!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jim Ryan

    Love the Title. A light, easy and enjoyable read. Simon has a great knack as a writer in bringing you directly into his world; your travelling the same journey, driving the same bus and the magic is that his realizations, his insights somehow become yours. You too feel that you have also managed to resolve your own stuff and found a meaningful and new direction. Great driving Simon!

  12. 5 out of 5

    John McConnel, Stress Management Trainer

    This book is a very honest account of one man’s soul journey through the joys and sorrows of hedonism to the tranquility and contentment of spiritual freedom. It is full of insights and wisdom that can make a real difference in our life provided we have the courage to look in the mirror of the heart and the determination to transform what we find. Highly recommended.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Davina Lloyd

    It doesn’t matter what stop you get on the bus for the journey of becoming a wholly aware and fulfilled person – you are in a bumpy and scenic ride. With honesty and openness and a very natural way of writing, Simon shares his exhilarating trip with us. You could say he’s been addicted to extremes: the far edges of pleasure-seeking and hunting for extreme experiences, places where the normal bus-ride of people’s lives doesn’t go. And in his search for meaning and purpose in life, Simon goes to places where most angels would fear to tread – from bus depots to mountain retreats. But then, his courage and determination bring him to an extraordinary destination. Simon invites us to be fellow travelers on this scarey journey.
    This book is a remarkable mixture of unlikely passengers – humour, deep wisdom, personal fearlessness, reckless adventuring and profound revelation. We want to know where the bus goes next. Simon has achieved something quite unusual – a captivating spiritual page-turner! I thoroughly recommend you treat yourself to a window seat and get on board.

  14. 5 out of 5


    What a wonderful read. Having had my own personal struggle to find life’s purpose, this book touched me in a very special way.
    Well done to the author and thank you.

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