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Rosa Mundi by Gerald R. Stanek

A cornucopia of spiritual insight and wisdom. Be prepared to go on an adventure of inspiration and awakening.

As a hospice worker, Tanika is accustomed to the unsettling poignancy of death, but when she finds herself at the bedside of visionary self-help guru Orina Baladin, she is changed forever. Tanika gets that “falling up” feeling, and starts seeing things that others don’t see: auras, glowing orbs, the net of light underpinning all things.

Orina’s followers feel like their whole world is dying. Her grandson, biosystem engineer Bennett is taking it especially hard. Some say he’s just grieving, but even his beautiful childhood friend Willow Acharya worries his depression is so severe he is losing touch with reality.

Tanika sees something more in Bennett’s quite manner, and he seems to see something in her.

Before she passes Orina gives Bennett a centuries-old journal and whispers something in his ear about “the crossing” and “the river.” Despite his father’s protests he sets off on a mountain road trip to fulfill her dying wish. Tanika goes along, to keep him grounded.

Then a shaman appears from beyond the veil. The journal gives up its secrets. Tanika sees things she could never have imagined, and finds herself in possession of an ancient navigational instrument, and a plan to populate a new world with a new species, Homo Spiritus.

Will Willow and the others keep them from finding the place of conjunction in time?

Rosa Mundi is a hopeful meditation on the nature of reality, consciousness, and existence.

Gerald R. Stanek

As I write I seek to be an active participant in the exchange of energy and information between the mundane and ethereal worlds. My works, such as The Road to Shambhala and Contact: and Other Impressions, focus on the interplay between these realms and the effect of transcendental experience on subjective reality.

When I finished my first novel, The Eighth House, there was no such designation as Visionary Fiction in the publishing industry. The book didn’t fit the fantasy, adventure or mystery molds, and so it waited on the shelf. It dealt with expanding awareness, meditation, visioning, divination, the return of the Divine Feminine, and evolution toward a unified humanity. Since then I have studied the esoteric teachings of various traditions, and worked to become a more conscious writer.

2 reviews for Rosa Mundi by Gerald R. Stanek

  1. Jodine Turner

    If you are a spiritual seeker or have ever struggled with a spiritual calling and how to fulfill it, then Rosa Mundi is a book for you. If you feel a longing to explore multi-dimensional realities, if you sense there is something divine that you are compelled to connect with, or you welcome benevolent powers trying to connect with you, then Rosa Mundi is a book for you. Gerald Stanek’s newest novel is Visionary Fiction and spiritually themed with a definitive literary fiction slant.

    The prologue opens with a pilgrim group led by Brother Tobias over 400 years in the past who are searching for the New Galilee. Chapter One then brings us to another timeline, a dystopian near future.

    There are many characters in this novel, and one omniscient narrator named Nadanda, a spiritual mentor to Tani, who is the main character. Tani had a severe illness that left her with the desire to work as a hospice doula. We meet her as she arrives at a retreat house to assist in the end-care for a guru named Orina.

    Several of Orina’s long-time devotees are gathered at her Sanctuary to witness and aid in her passing. Orina’s son Palden is present as well, but is a disbeliever, having lost his wife to Orina’s community of spiritual followers years ago. Orina’s grandson, Palden’s son Bennett, struggles to cope with his grandmother’s imminent death.

    Orina gives Bennett a cryptic message to find a conjunction spot and to cross that bridge of Light to a new world. She also left him a book that supposedly will help on this mysterious quest. The book is the diary of Brother Tobias, one of the pilgrims we met in the prologue. The diary describes Brother Tobias’s pursuit of a portal to an upper spiritual realm for himself and his fellow group of seekers.

    On her deathbed Orina tells Tani she is beloved and ‘of the line.’ She catalyzes a remembrance within Tani of a spiritual realm of peace and love. Tani feels connected to Orina and mourns her death along with the others. She is bequeathed a mystical talisman as a keepsake, shaped like a square cross with a floral design carved in its center.

    During Orina’s funeral, Bennet is reacquainted with a childhood friend Willow, the niece of an avid elder follower of Orina’s named Charanpal. Bennett and Willow feel the romantic pull to be together, but Bennett becomes obsessed with reading Brother Tobias’s diary and deciphering what exactly Orina wanted him to do.

    The story follows Tani on her spiritual journey as she visits different spiritual dimensions in search of the paradise she caught a glimpse of in her sickbed and again while aiding Orina in her passing. Stanek does an extraordinary job of describing the dimensions and other realities Tani explores. His insight, description, and understanding of the lower, middle, and upper worlds is awe-inspiring. While the novel is somewhat informational in the beginning, it amps up with adventure and intrigue.

    As Tani pursues her quest, she encounters a Native American named Askuwheto, a shaman from centuries ago also searching for the new world that he calls the Fifth World. He turns out to be an ally who aids Tani so that he can save his people and help them achieve their spiritual destiny. Bennett and Willow take off to go in search of the portal Orina bid Bennett to find before she died. They are eventually joined by the group of devotees who had gathered at Orina’s deathbed. The group discovers they have an aligned purpose.

    Tani’s, Bennet’s, Tobias, and Askuwheto’s spiritual journeys are linked by the talismanic cross, the Rosa Mundi. Its purpose and role in the intertwined quests is revealed in surprising and fulfilling ways as the story comes to a close.

  2. Christina Tourin

    The preview sounds great of Rosa Mundi – looking forward to it.

  3. Rob

    5.0 out of 5 stars A spiritual journey awaits

    Rosa Mundi opens with a prologue that presents a spiritual mystery (and all mysteries are promises). With this short prologue set in the near past, you quickly discover you are in the hands of a storyteller who will take you to places beyond the mundane. Chapter 1 begins to fulfill the promise of the mystery as you follow modern-day Tani on her journey of spiritual self-discovery. Let this novel take you on a spiritual journey of your own as you follow the story it weaves.

  4. Maia L

    5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!

    Stunningly cinematic, this book has intriguing characters, a curious plot, and is exquisitely well written. You glide into this amazing world and don’t want to leave.

  5. Carol

    This epic tale had me totally enveloped in the pleasure of spirituality, mystery, fantasy, and believable quirky characters. Sometimes I had to stop and reread a passage just for the beauty of it. The creativity and the hopefulness of this book makes it at the top of my list to recommend.

  6. Rob

    “Rosa Mundi opens with a prologue that presents a spiritual mystery (and all mysteries are promises). With this short prologue set in the near past, you quickly discover you are in the hands of a storyteller who will take you to places beyond the mundane. Chapter 1 begins to fulfill the promise of the mystery as you follow modern-day Tani on her journey of spiritual self-discovery. Let this novel take you on a spiritual journey of your own as you follow the story it weaves.”

  7. Mary Woldering

    This is a beautiful book that explores the nature of death on one level and the desire to reach the highest level of incarnation whether it’s Heaven, Nirvana, Ascension, or the Pure Land. It’s a highly intellectual and spiritual book so a reader looking for fast, light, and entertaining might miss the connections or deeper meaning in the story of Tani, a woman who’s had a Near Death Experience and now is a doula for a hospice. Her first assignment is to help a famous seer and teacher transition.

    As she works, we meet many of the woman Orina’s descendants and followers and learn of their own struggles in coming to grips with the death of this great woman.

    Tani sees spirits, something she’s been able to do since her illness and after Orina passes away she realizes things about herself as well.
    A secondary journey involves Orina’s son and grandson as they sort through her personal effects and argue over what has secret meaning and what is rubbish. Both men must come to terms with their own beliefs or lack of belief in these levels of spirit.

    Among the artifacts are translations of a diary created by a group of religious cult members centuries earlier who were journeying through the American west in search of an interdimensional bridge to the Pure Land. Spirit guides appear to lead the reader through the story too: A Native American shaman and a big red-headed Scot who reminds me of a Falstaff-like pirate.

    Tani follows their search and continues to learn more about her own place in the Universe. It’s a wonderful story worth a slow read and many moments of breakaway reflection about the nature of reality and what worlds or existences await us outside the one we know as Earth.
    I gave it 5 stars, but readers who aren’t versed in New Age or Spiritual Lingo may find themselves pulled out of the story even though there is a glossary.

    It is a great Visionary novel and a wonderful journey into realms outside our own.

  8. Rene

    I really enjoyed bending my mind with this visionary fiction novel, it was well written and I’m thankful for the glossary at the end! I was engaged in the characters’ journeys and my own, thinking about consciousness and the afterlife. There were a few surprises that I didn’t see coming, loved how it all swirled around & came together!

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