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It contains sections on transforming habit patterns, working with negative emotions, developing strength and willpower, developing intuition, spirituality in loving relationships, learning to be your own therapist, understanding the process of meditation and more!
Each chapter addresses such challenging faith-related subjects as fearlessness, miracles of healing, and the astonishing abilities of the one-pointed mind. This is a book filled with stories of sages and saints who possess phenomenal siddhis, or supernatural powers. Some of its stories—mysterious beings who guide lost travellers in the Himalayas, a clever saga who changes one form of matter into another, a master who heals a boy suffering from small pox—will amaze you. But Swami Rama insisted that such gifts are trite. The real value of the practices are health, tranquillity, and enlightened awareness.
The author is very candid in his account of his efforts to learn from the various people he encountered. He talks not just about the great masters but also the spurious ones, the so-called mystics who just indulged in the practice of magic tricks and other such gimmicks to attract innocent seekers.
By letting the readers learn about his own mistakes and gullibility, the author makes a connection as the readers feel that he is just like one of them, prone to the same misconceptions, as themselves. This familiarity helps in drawing them deeper into his story when the author does discuss the true spiritual leaders.
Living With The Himalayan Masters also shows how the author, at the behest of his own master, learnt and practiced several different schools of yoga and spiritualism. This led him to travel across the Himalayas, indulging in different yogic practices and learning from different gurus.
Self-realization is the goal of human life. The purpose of Eastern religion, philosophy, and psychology is to fulfill that goal. Philosophy as it is understood in the East is neither a mere speculative exercise nor an intellectual adventure. The word “philosophy” is a compound of two words: philo and sophia, which mean “love for knowledge.” But this term is not applicable in the East, for those who consider the prime questions of life such as: Who am I? From where have I come? Why have I come? and Where will I go? are not interested in only the intellectual answers to these questions. The subject matter of Eastern philosophy leads the student through a systematic way of directly experiencing the truths of existence and the height of Self-realization. After realizing one’s real Self, one knows that this Self is the Self of all.
This book is an illuminating translation and commentary on one of the world's most sacred and inspiring scriptures. This edition is unique in its emphasis on applying the Gita's practical psychology to everyday life.
"One of the great spiritual classics of all time. An insider's view of hidden adepts who live outside time and space as we know it, yogis and yogis who can't possibly exist- but do!" -- Linda Johnsen, author of The Living Goddess: Reclaiming the Tradition of the Mother of the Universe