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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
* 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
The answer is yes. Am I body or soul? When we say, it is my body, it is my hand, it is my car or it is my house, etc., it means that I own these things (including my body). So I cannot be these things. So I am soul—when the soul gets out of the body at the time of death, although all its parts are present but nonfunctional. Whole body is either cremated or buried, which eventually disintegrates. Some of us believe in reincarnation or rebirth. Dr. Ian Stevenson of the Department of Psychology and Neurology, University of Virginia, has studied three thousand cases as of 1987 from all parts of the world. Each one of them said, “I remember my previous life,” and verified by Dr. Stevenson and published. (Refer it in my chapter “Rebirth,” Chapter “Characteristics of soul.”) It is self-exemplified and other quotations from Hindu scriptures. The soul, to begin with, was pure as 24-carat gold. But after when it gets in the body of living beings and especially human body, it becomes impure due to good and bad actions (karma). Then it needs to be pure again in order to be immortal. For this it needs God’s grace, prayer, meditation, and other means to mingle with God as water of Rivers merge with water of sea and become salty water as of the sea.
"Bhakthi And Health" is the second book by the author Dr. (Mrs.) Charanjit Ghooi, on the topic devotion and health; her first book being "Spirituality And Health". A synergy is brought between the two concepts to show how they can help a person lead a better and healthy life. Dr. Ghooi is a medical practitioner by profession and well qualified in the three systems of medicine – Homoeopathy, Allopathy, and Ayurveda. "Bhakthi And Health" projects an integrated account of human personality. It is not just an integrated view of medicines. A new concept of human personality, anatomy, and health is crystallised here. In these days, the therapeutic value of the ancient traditions of Yoga, Bhakthi, and Meditation is more and more realised and accepted. Dr. Ghooi adds a strong voice to this new trend. The base of her book is the various speeches of Bhagawan, painstakingly collected from the volumes of Sathya Sai Speaks, Summer Showers In Brindavan, Sanathana Sarathi, and Bhajans, but clothed in medical language. As the name suggests, the book is soaked in Bhakthi Bhava (feeling of Bhakthi). The author has herself put the concepts into practice in her life, thus enriching its value. For those, who are not exposed to the Indian tradition of Bhakthi and Spirituality, both Indian and Western readers, this book is a valuable handbook; for patients in distress, this may open up a new horizon.
The Vedanta Philosophy includes the different branches of the Science of Yoga. Four of these have already been treated at length by the Swami Vivekananda in his works on “Raja Yoga,” “Karma Yoga,” “Bhakti Yoga,” and “Jnana Yoga”; but there existed no short and consecutive survey of the science as a whole. It is to meet this need that the present volume has been written. In an introductory chapter are set forth the true province of religion and the full significance of the word “spirituality” as it is understood in India. Next follows a comprehensive definition of the term “Yoga,” with short chapters on each of the five paths to which it is applied, and their respective practices. An exhaustive exposition of the Science of Breathing and its bearing on the highest spiritual development shows the fundamental physiological principles on which the whole training of Yoga is based; while a concluding chapter, under the title “Was Christ a Yogi?” makes plain the direct relation existing between the lofty teachings of Vedanta and the religious faiths of the West.
Nonduality is a hard concept to grasp at first. The most fundamental proposition is that ”I" exist, and all else in the universe is”not I". Our conditioned awareness also expresses itself as a judgmental spectrum with negative at one pole and positive at the other. In other words, our dualistic viewpoint -- which we take for granted -- is at the root of our divisiveness, dissatisfaction, and conflicting values; in short, of our unhappiness. For millennia, teachers of nonduality have assured us that it is possible to transcend this limitation and thereby live in an awareness of dualities absence, which turns out to be: harmony, contentment and equanimity. These four texts from the Hindu tradition clearly delineate the One Reality, That-Which-Is.
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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