Swami Gnaneswarananda, the founder of the Vivekananda Vedanta Society in Chicago, in a clear and persuasive language, explains the four great paths to God-realization, namely, Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, Raja yoga and Jnana yoga.
Swami Bhashyananda has explained different aspects of Vedanta philosophy in this book with appropriate quotations from the Upanishads and Gita and has brought home to us the significance of this great philosophy in the context of the present edition in the world. From the standpoint of this book will serve a very useful purpose by making readers aware of their duty to themselves and to the world at large.
We are, today, right in the vortex of a crisis in human history. Fear stalks mankind from one end of the world to the other. Anxiety rules the heart of man and deprives him, everywhere, of sleep and rest and joy and laughter. Virtue has become rare and wickedness puts on respectable robes. In the family, in society, in the nation, and in the community of man, there is a pathetic cry for peace, shanti! But, we need not despair. We have a Prasanthi Nilayam, the Abode of Supreme Peace, where Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has inaugurated the process of re-establishing Prasanthi (highest spiritual peace)! His Miraculous Powers proclaim Him a God. His Omniscience astounds the pundits of science. His Omnipresence is felt even across the seven seas. His Grace is available to all, who cleanse their hearts with the tears of repentance. He is thirty-six years of age, now and He has promised to wear this human habiliment for well-nigh sixty years more. He teaches us the secret of Prasanthi in conversation, by speeches, and through His letters and writings. These last are to be found in the monthly magazine, published from the Prasanthi Nilayam, and this book is the English Translation of a series He wrote, on the subject, “Prasanthi”. Study it with devotion, dear reader, and practise its lessons, for they are from the Avatar of the Lord Himself, come to retell the ancient wisdom to men, who have lost the way.
At the 1893 Parliament of Religions in Chicago, Swami Vivekananda transformed Western thinking. He showed that, far from being an exotic novelty, Hinduism is an important, legitimate spiritual tradition with valuable lessons for the West. Pathways to Joy is a selection of 108 of his sacred teachings on Vedanta philosophy. In accessible and powerful prose, Vivekananda illuminates the four classical yoga paths — karma, bhakti, raja, and jnana — for the different natures of humankind. The messages focus on the oneness of existence; the divinity of the soul; the truth in all religions; and unifying with the Divine within. Invaluable and inspiring, the selections also explore karma, maya, rebirth, and other great revelations of Hinduism.
The main object of this book published by Advaita Ashrama, a Publication House of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math, is to discuss the science of Yoga in as simple and rational a manner as possible, and also to debunk some of the nonsense that continues to be said and believed on the subject. A must read for all those are eager to clarify their concepts about Yoga.
This book brings together Sri Ramakrishna’s ideas on the three metaphysical concepts—God, man, and universe—and allied matters. There is an urgent need today to make an in-depth study of Sri Ramakrishna’s ideas, to discover his philosophy, and to present it in a systematic format. We hope this book will be helpful to those who wish to take up this challenging task. To the common reader, this book will be of immense value, for it brings together Sri Ramakrishna’s thoughts on a wide variety of subjects The book is a set of essays originally published as editorials in the Vedanta Kesari in 1939. The material has been rearranged under suitable headings and subheadings are provided for easy reading. The essay on Religious Pluralism first appeared in 1979 as an introduction to Dharma Sagara, a Sanskrit epic poem on Sri Ramakrishna by Dr P.K. Narayana Pillai, a noted scholar. This book is compiled by Br. Srishachaitanya, a Brahmacharin of the Ramakrishna Order.
* This is the extended edition including an extensive preface by Swami Vivekananda, the chief disciple of the 19th century mystic Ramakrishna Paramahansa and the founder of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He gives us deep insights about Yoga and the Ultimate Goal of Life. Yoga is a subject which has enthralled the attention of the world from time out of mind. No one has really done justice to such a grand system, though there have been, now and then, innumerable attempts. Contents: Preface Introductory The First Steps Prana The Psychic Prana The Control Of The Psychic Prana Pratyahara And Dharana Dhyana And Samadhi Raja-Yoga In Brief Patanjali's Yoga Aphorisms Introduction Concentration: Its Spiritual Uses Concentration: Its Practice Powers Independence
Personal guidance is of great importance in spiritual life. Spiritual seekers approaching competent teachers, asking questions and getting their doubts clarified, is an ancient practice prevalent even in the Vedic period. Here is a collection of thoughtful answers given to earnest aspirants by Swami Tapasyananda whose whole life was a saga of spiritual endeavour and realization.
As interest in yoga continues to grow ever more broadly in the U.S., more and more Americans are trying out yoga and discovering its benefits. At the same time, millions of people who already practice yoga are finding that it can play many different roles in their life—from physical release to spiritual growth—and wonder how to unlock that potential fully. The Yoga Mind offers a bridge between yoga as a physical practice and yoga as a spiritual inquiry. A wide-ranging, considered investigation of the deep mind-body connection yoga promotes, it includes the best work of great yoga teachers and philosophers, as well as contemporary yoga teachers and practitioners who draw wisdom and insight from their practice. Selections include writings by Patanjali, B. K. S. Iyenger, Judith Lasater, Margot Anand, Stephen Cope, Geeta Iyengar, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Erich Schiffman, and many others. The Yoga Mind is for people who want to explore yoga's deepest potential to change and enhance their lives on the physical, emotional, and spiritual planes.
A thrilling confrontation with the Ultimate Truth, Reality. Initiation aims to bring the reader back to the eternal love of the Absolute. In clear language one is guided along several ways to enlightenment. Amazing healing secrets are revealed, such as the non-existence of time and the spiritual meaning of sexuality. It becomes clear that human suffering comes to an end when man's relationship with Reality (the Absolute) is restored. Uniquely Meijer succeeds in writing about the Absolute and answers eternal questions about the existence of God. To fathom this mystery believing in God is not enough. It is understanding we need. Initiation into Reality gives this understanding.
YOGA is the newest fad; nay, it has become the part of the life of millions of people all over the world. Yet, do they really know that yoga is much more than mere bodily postures and breath control? According to Patanjali, yoga has eight limbs aimed at total extinction of all suffering. The present book introduces the average reader to the various limbs of yoga with a view to leading him to a healthy, saner of way of life.
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