The heart and soul of spiritual practice

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Swami Krishananda

231 pages

This book is a compilation of lectures given by Swami Krishananda during April 1995 at the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy of the Divine Life Society. The emphasis is on Yoga and Vedanta besides various other subjects and they are covered in seventeen lectures by Swami Krishananda. Each lecture is complete yet progressive in content as it builds on the previous lecture towards the apex of understanding-the heart and soul of spiritual practice.

Table of Contents:

  1. Introductory
  2. Love of God
  3. The Approach to God
  4. The Art of Meditation on God
  5. Pulling God into Yourself
  6. A Brief Survey of Spiritual Practices
  7. The Psychology of Meditation
  8. The Quintessence of the Bhagavadgita
  9. Meditation on Cosmic Consciousness
  10. Tantra Sadhana
  11. Meditational Techniques
  12. The Totality of the Infinite
  13. The Foundation of Yoga
  14. Attaining Peace of Mind
  15. The Development of Religious Consciousness in India
  16. Parting Advice to Students
  17. The Importance of Knowledge.

About the Author:

Swami Krishnananda was born on the 25th of April, 1922 into a highly religious and orthodox Brahmin family, and was given the name Subbaraya. At an early age, he had become very well versed in the Sanskrit language and its sacred texts. The longing for seclusion pulled him to Rishikesh, where he arrived in the summer of 1944 and met Swami Sivananda, who initiated the young Subbaraya into Sannyasa on the sacred day of Makara Sankranti, the 14th of January, 1946, and gave him the name Swami Krishnananda.

Swami Krishnananda is a highly respected philosophical writer, especially on metaphysics, psychology and sociology. Swami Krishnananda's books are known the world over as excellent presentations of answers to the daily questions that arise in the day-to-day confrontations of a human being. Swami Krishnananda was the General Secretary of The Divine Life Society from 1961 until 2001. Swami Krishnananda was a direct disciple of His Holiness Swami Sivananda, founder of this Institution. Swami Krishnananda attained Mahasamadhi in 2001.