Adventures in Yoga Philosophy
Author: Hari-Kirtana Das
Publisher: Jagat-Mangala Press
If you want to understand the philosophy of yoga, this book is for you. In Search of the Highest Truth is a trip into yoga's spiritual dimension that offers readers an unconventional approach to discovering the enduring relevance of ancient yoga wisdom. This book is a must for yoga teachers who want to integrate the philosophy of yoga into their classes and yoga practitioners who want deepen their experience of yoga. Here's what you'll learn: -A brief history of yoga philosophy -The functions of yoga philosophy -The relationship of yoga and religion -The ethics of yoga -How yoga philosophy reconciles destiny and free will -Strategies for reading traditional yoga wisdom texts -How to develop spiritual vision -How to apply the principles of traditional yoga philosophy to life in the modern world. Yoga philosophy provides compelling answers to life's most important questions, offers practical solutions to life's greatest challenges, and radically transforms our experience of the world. In Search of the Highest Truth will deepen your experience of yoga and clear a joyous path to living a spiritual life in the material world. "Here is a carefully conceived book that will be appreciated by students and teachers alike as an excellent introduction to yoga philosophy." - Joshua M. Greene, author of Swami in a Strange Land: How Krishna Came to the West "Hari-kirtana das makes central ideas from the classic texts of yoga easy to grasp and, with just enough cheeky style, shows us how several commonplace 'truths' of yoga trip over their philosophical shoelaces." - Jayadvaita Swami, author of Vanity Karma: Ecclesiastes, the Bhagavad-gita, and the meaning of life "In Search of the Highest Truth is eminently readable, engaging, and definitely fills a gaping hole in the popular literature on yoga." - Carol Horton, author of Yoga, Ph.D.: Integrating the Life of the Mind and the Wisdom of the Body "This companion to the most seminal yoga texts is full of wit and clarity - an excellent resource for advanced trainings or individual study." - Beth Filla, owner and director of yoga teacher training at Yogawood in Collingswood, New Jersey
The Gospel of an Ayahuasca Vision Quest
Author: Adam Elenbaas
In the tradition of memoirs like Daniel Pinchbeck's 2012 and Jim Carroll's The Basketball Diaries, Adam Elenbaas's Fishers of Men chronicles his journey from intense self-destruction and crippling depression to self-acceptance, inner awareness, and spiritual understanding, through participation in mindexpanding-and healing ayahuasca ceremonies in South America and beyond. From his troubled and rebellious youth as a Methodist minister's son in Minnesota, to his sex and substance abuse-fueled downward spiral in Chicago and New York, culminating in a depressive breakdown, Elenbaas is plagued by a feeling of emptiness and a desperate search for meaning for most of his young life. After hitting rock bottom at his grandfather's house in rural Michigan, a chance experience with psychedelic mushrooms convinces him that he must change his ways to achieve the sense of peace that he has always desired. Several subsequent psychedelic experiences inspire him to embark on a quest to South America and take part in a shamanic ceremony, where he consumes ayahuasca, a jungle vine revered for its spiritual properties. Over the course of nearly forty ayahuasca ceremonies during four years, Elenbaas discovers the truth about his own life and past, and begins to mend himself from the inside out. Fishers of Men is the gripping, heartbreaking, and yet ultimately uplifting story of the power to transcend one's past.
A Practical Guide to Health, Happiness, And Inspiring Total Team Engagement
Author: Tarra Mitchell
Category: Business & Economics
National Indie Excellence Award Winner! Big, bold success in the world begins in the private calm of a serene consciousness. Speaking and acting with control and clarity, the best leaders inspire their organizations to thrive. They establish cultures of wellbeing and purpose. This comprehensive guide to health, wellbeing and principled leadership shows you how to clear your mind, engage your team, and find greater satisfaction in your work and life. Tarra Mitchell shares exercises to help individuals and groups create an organizational culture that works for everyone – especially Millennials. With a combination of actionable information and personal stories, Tarra demystifies time-honored, ancient teachings and shares them in a light and accessible way. Formative moments in her youth, education, and motherhood bring abstract wisdom down to earth. Her keen and touching reflections remind us of our common humanity and fundamentally similar needs. This book's approach has the power to build a generation of great, inspiring leaders, transforming lives, organizational cultures, and even societies. Deep roots in the business and yoga worlds support Tarra's unconventional but pragmatic look at what it means to be a leader, which ultimately reveals how success is intertwined with personal wellbeing. Drawing on the Upanishads, one of the world's oldest written spiritual texts, and her own rich life experience, she takes you through an examination of yourself as you create a plan that will enhance your health, happiness, and capacity to lead through principle. This focus on the whole person yields unprecedented levels of success and vitality. The Yoga of Leadership offers specific tools, techniques, and practices for: • Managing stress and improving concentration. • Refining communication and culture. • Identifying your purpose. With Tarra's guidance, you will customize personal practices that work for you. Your practices will help you strengthen your relationships and improve your health and wellbeing. You will return to her words throughout your life as you take on new roles, embrace new challenges, and inspire new constituencies. Current and future leaders, business school students, and anyone seeking inner calm and purpose cannot afford to miss this book.
The Story of a Truth Seeker
Author: Swami Amar Jyoti
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
The awe-inspiring adventures of an advanced seeker in the Himalayas and plains of India reveal profound truths about the role of the Satguru and the Yoga path to Enlightenment. This classic Story of a Truth Seeker, written as a novel, was written in the Himalayas and includes many personal experiences as well as those of seekers the author encountered. This is a sublimely inspiring account of one soul’s path to Liberation told with depth and compassion.
The Secret Spiritual Lives of Extreme Athletes-and What They Reveal About Near-D eath Experiences, Psychic Communication, and Touching the Beyond
Author: Maria Coffey
Category: Sports & Recreation
Real-life psychic, near-death, and paranormal experiences are combined with cutting-edge science and vivid adventure stories in this energetic look at why extreme athletes and mountaineers take the risks that allow them to push the limits of consciousness, and what they encounter there. In the life-or-death world of extreme adventure sports, there is one thing that athletes often keep quiet about: the “forbidden” territory of paranormal experiences. Ranging from fleeting moments of transcendence to full-blown encounters with ghosts and everything in between—visions, near-death experiences, psychic communication—many extreme athletes have experienced these moments of connection with the beyond, but have been reluctant to talk about them. In Explorers of the Infinite, award-winning outdoors journalist and lifelong adventure sports devotee Maria Coffey probes the mystical and paranormal experiences of mountaineers, snowboarders, surfers, and more. She reviews cutting-edge science, and consults the history of philosophy and spirituality to answer the question: Could the state of intense “aliveness” that is the allure of extreme sports for so many actually be a route to a connection with the beyond? Coffey investigates the scientific explanations for mystical phenomena, ranging from simple explanations to theories from consciousness studies and quantum physics, and leaves us wondering where science ends and spirituality begins. An energetic, you-are-there look at the spiritual lives of extreme athletes, Explorers of the Infinite asks why extreme athletes take the risks that allow them to push the limits of consciousness, what they encounter there, and what we can learn from them.
Tales and Teachings from the Bhagavata Purana
Author: Edwin F. Bryant
Publisher: North Point Press
From the author of what has become the standard edition of The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali, an exploration of probably the most significant tradition in Hinduism, along with a rendering of key texts and parables from that tradition Bhakti Yoga explores one of the eight “limbs” of yoga. In the simplest terms, bhakti yoga is the practice of devotion, which is the essential heart of yoga and of Hinduism in general. In recent times, the term has come to be used in a rather simplistic way to refer to the increasingly popular practice of kirtan, or chanting in a group or at large gatherings. But bhakti yoga is far more complex and ancient than today’s growing kirtan audiences are aware, and embraces many strands and practices. Edwin F. Bryant focuses on one famous and important school of bhakti and explores it in depth to show what bhakti is and how it is expressed. And he supplies his own renderings of central texts from that tradition in the form of “tales and teachings” from an important work called the Bhagavata Purana, or “The Beautiful Legend of God.” This clarifying work establishes a baseline for understanding, and will be welcomed by all serious students of the spiritual heritage of India.
A Journey of Self-Creation
Author: Jeff Brown
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Soulshaping is the inspiring memoir of an archetypal "male warrior"–a trial lawyer–who struggled to find his heart and a more authentic, soulful path. Rivetingly personal and profoundly universal, this book is for anyone who has heard a whisper of something truer calling out to them amid the distractions of modern life. Jeff Brown’s dramatic and often funny story takes readers through remarkably human experiences–emotional, physical, and economic–as he vividly recounts his troubled childhood, his success in apprenticing with Canada’s top criminal lawyer, and his ultimate decision to leave the law and begin an inner journey to discover his soul’s purpose. A work of courageous self-creation, Soulshaping reminds us that we are all truly connected, that our seemingly isolated struggles are actually part of the shared human challenge to live a life that is heart-centered and soul-driven. Both down-to-earth and magically mystical, Soulshaping will meet you where you live–and where you long to live.
A Definitive Guide to Technniques and Traditions of Meditation in Yoga and Vedanta
Author: Swami Adiswarananda
Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
Techniques explained by the masters--for today's spiritual seeker Meditation is designed to give you direct access to the spiritual. Whether it's through deep breathing during a busy day, listening to the quiet after turning off the car radio, chanting in prayer, or ten minutes of visualization exercises each morning, meditation takes many forms. But it is always a personal method of centering our spiritual self. Meditation has long been practiced in the Jewish community as a powerful tool to transcend words, personality, and ego and to directly experience the divine. Inspiring yet practical, this introduction to meditation from a Jewish perspective approaches it in a new and illuminating way: As it is personally practiced by today's most experienced Jewish meditators from around the world. A "how to" guide for both beginning and experienced meditators, Meditation from the Heart of Judaism will help you start meditating or help you enhance your practice. Meditation is a Jewish spiritual resource for today that can benefit people of all faiths and backgrounds--and help us add spiritual energy to our lives. Contributors include:
The classic work on seeking a guru
Author: Paul Brunton
Publisher: Random House
Category: Biography & Autobiography
'He found many marvelous things...But now and then a man of real spirituality set his feet on the way that finally led him to what he had looked and hoped for.' New York Times Book Review The late Paul Brunton was one of the twentieth century's greatest explorers of and writers on the spiritual traditions of the East. A Search in Secret India is the story of Paul Brunton's journey around India, living among yogis, mystics and gurus, some of whom he found convincing, others not. He finally finds the peace and tranquility which come with self-knowledge when he meets and studies with the great sage Sri Ramana Maharishi.
A Practical Guide for Spiritual Growth
Author: Terry Hunt,Paul Benedict
Publisher: Twin Star Nexus LLC
Is life simple, once we understand how it works, or is it so complicated only a nuclear physicist could understand it? The authors claim that life is simple, but only if we accept what we encounter with equanimity and are willing to replace old ideas with new ones that make more sense. Attachment, resistance, and emotional reactions are what make life difficult. Is there a personal God? Does Satan exist? Do politics have a role in the spiritual development of our world? What part does sex play in our spiritual development? This is not a "safe" book. The authors have answers for all these questions and more, but not all readers will agree with them. And that is as it should be, according to them. Their concepts of how life works, based on Ancient Wisdom teachings, will make you analyze, ponder over, and re-assess your entire belief system. The overall message is one of assurance. As one reader said, "It gave me hope. I never considered myself a spiritual person until I read this book." What is our purpose as humans? To become perfect. Perfection means graduating from the human realm to that of the Adepts or Mahatmas, becoming members of the Spiritual Hierarchy. Have you ever wished for a manual on how life works? You have found it. For some, perfection will come within a relatively short time. For others, in the far distant future. The choice is yours.
How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart
Author: Ram Dass
Publisher: Sounds True
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Sometimes illumination occurs spontaneously or, as Ram Dass experienced, in a heart-wrenching moment of opening. More commonly, it happens when we polish the mirror of the heart with daily practice—and see beyond the illusion of our transient thoughts and emotions to the vast and luminous landscape of our true nature. For five decades, Ram Dass has explored the depths of consciousness and love and brought them to life as service to others. With Polishing the Mirror, he gathers together his essential teachings for living in the eternal present, here and now. Readers will find within these pages a rich combination of perennial wisdom, humor, teaching stories, and detailed guidance on Ram Dass' own spiritual practices, including: Bhakti Yoga—opening our hearts to unconditional love Practices for living, aging, dying, and embracing the natural flow of life Karma Yoga—how selfless service can profoundly transform us Working with fear and suffering as a path to grace and freedom Step-by-step guidance in devotional chant, meditation and mantra practice, and much more For those new to Ram Dass' teachings, and for those to whom they are old friends, here is this vanguard spiritual explorer's complete guide to discovering who we are and why we are here, and how to become beacons of unconditional love.
Ecclesiastes, the Bhagavad-gita, and the meaning of life
Author: Jayadvaita Swami
Publisher: The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
What is life for? What may give it meaning? Does it have any meaning at all? A sage in ancient Israel brooded over these questions. In ancient India, too, such questions drove a despairing warrior to seek answers from his divine friend Krishna. The thoughts of the sage became the wisdom book Ecclesiastes; those of Krishna, the Bhagavad-gītā. Their wisdom speaks to our deepest concerns. In Vanity Karma, wisdom meets wisdom as these two perennial classics come together, both offering us profound understanding. And a deep and authentic spiritual understanding, we may find, can infuse our lives with meaning and with joy. Vanity Karma brings you on a journey through the full text of Ecclesiastes, a journey illuminated by traditional biblical scholarship, insights from the Bhagavad-gītā, a dash of autobiography, and a steady spiritual focus.
Stories of Transformation Through Yoga
Author: Jeannie Page,Stephen Cope
Category: Health & Fitness
Yoga is a practice of the mind, body, and spirit. It is a practice that has the power to change, heal, and transform us. Many of us who have chosen to walk the yogic path already know this. We know this because we have not only experienced our own powerful transformations, but we have also seen dramatic, and at times even miraculous, metamorphoses of the souls that walk beside us on this path. The Yoga Diaries is a powerful collection of these stories of transformation through yoga: stories of physical and emotional healing; stories of overcoming great adversity and often finding one's true purpose; stories of breath-taking, alchemical soul transformations and spiritual healing; stories from beautiful hearts and souls from all over the globe. The inspiring stories of the brave yogis within these pages will convince you that yoga is a practice for anyone ... for everyone.
Author: Darren Main
Everyday, millions of people roll out their yoga mats or sit on their meditation cushions in an effort to quiet the mind and heal the body. Some practice Iyengar yoga, while others practice vinyasa or restorative yoga—almost all who practice yoga have touched something deep within themselves and had their lives transformed by this ancient practice. In Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic, Darren Main offers a fresh, down-to-earth approach to the time-tested practice and philosophy of yoga. He shows us the way to apply the ancient wisdom of India to every aspect of life. From work and relationships, to death and dying—allowing even our busiest days to become powerful and mystical adventures, filled with all the wonder and magic that was once reserved for those living as monks and nuns. This is not a book about perfecting yoga asanas or pranayama breathing techniques. It is a book about changing the way we see the world—transforming every experience and relationship into a yoga practice unto itself. Since teachers like Swami Vivakananda and Paramahansa Yogananda brought yoga to the West, yoga students and teachers alike have sought to integrate the practice and philosophy of yoga into modern life. Find out why this best-selling yoga book has been used in yoga teacher training programs the world over and has become a modern spiritual classic.
The Adventure and Daily Practice
Author: Doug Swenson
The overall program of Pioneering Vinyasa Yoga is highly beneficial for all levels of students and teachers alike, including all ages, shapes, and sizes, from every walk of life. In this book, I present clear, updated, and easy-to-follow documentation for the practice of yoga, offered in a holistic and balanced format. By studying this book and my program, you will be inspired by the real life stories and adventures, gain an increased wisdom and awareness of the many aspects of yoga; and you will learn how to embrace yoga personally, so that its effects touch your whole life in a positive way. Everyone who makes a sincere effort to learn and practice this wonderful program will easily see how to introduce these concepts, yoga asana and philosophy into your regular routine, and by doing so will adopt a healthier and more conscious way of life.Part One: ?Seeking Food for Thought,? this consists of three chapters to discover the essential foundation of Pioneering Vinyasa Yoga which will help you in your progress and enjoyment of the over-all program.Part Two: ?Pioneering Vinyasa Yoga / The Practice,? this consists of six chapters: teaching vinyasa and yoga asana, with yoga routines and a gallery of renowned yoga teachers.Part Three: ?Finding Balance for Health and Happiness,? this consists of four chapters to complement the balance of yoga practice. You will find wonderful techniques for meditation, pranayama, enhanced nutrition and Yoga Kriyas.Part Four: ?Living the Path and Evolution of Yoga,? this consists of two chapters. In chapter fourteen, you will discover four, fun, and interesting yoga adventure stories. Chapter fifteen aims to shed the light of philosophical awareness on your yoga practice and your whole life.
In this century, so hurried, incoherent, full of riches which dominate us more than they serve, we have need of a true mastery and of the joy that comes of it. But our psychology knows yet only the surfaces of being, and our imported orientalism illumines some obscure depths which may perhaps be adequate for the cross-legged sage, but not for the beleaguered men we are. This now classic introduction to Sri Aurobindo not only tells us the story of his life-in itself a remarkable adventure-but Satprem also takes us along in a methodical exploration of Sri Aurobindo's integral yoga, showing how it leads to a divine rehabilitation of Matter and gives our painful evolution its meaning and hope. Now the time may have come at last to unveil the Mysteries and to recover the complete truth of the two poles within a third position, which is neither that of the materialists nor that of the spiritualists. Sri Aurobindo, or The Adventure of Consciousness has been written from a Western point of view and for those who yearn for a truth of Life and not only a truth with eyes closed. It presents just one aspect of Sri Aurobindo, the most practical one. We only hope it will lead the reader to explore for himself Sri Aurobindo, and perhaps, with him, find the perfect harmony of East and West, of inner freedom and outer mastery. One volume: 340 pages.
The Art of Living in a World Founded on Consciousness
Author: George Walter Chyz
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
This 330 page book offers a consciousness based view of reality that focuses on the human soul. Remarkable scientific research provides compelling support for the theory that a soul resides in the human heart. Excerpts from a wide variety of spiritual texts further endorse the age-old soul in the heart concept. Additionally, a gut-mind is included to form a novel "Triality" of human consciousness. This head-heart-gut model is used to resolve mysteries that have remained unsolved by materialistic science. For instance the superconscious-soul is shown to be the elusive source of intuition, conscience, genius, love, happiness, health, infallible wisdom and more. The keys to unlocking these treasures of the soul are; opening the heart, following the heart, and opening to love. These vague concepts are demystified using plain language, illustrative examples, and clarifying diagrams. The depth of understanding conveyed reveals how to access these inner treasures. To provide a realistic setting, a perspective of reality that's founded on consciousness is presented. With the antiquated materialistic view of reality flipped right-side-up, a consciousness-origin cosmology reveals a purpose for humanity that fits reality and solves evermore confounding mysteries. Most importantly, tools and techniques are offered for the reader to deepen their relationship between the ego-mind in their head and the superconscious-soul in their heart to enjoy the most blessed life possible. Even miraculous physical healing can be accomplished by directly and sincerely asking one's magnificent soul for assistance. Finally, the last chapter provides astonishing support from the Hopi people and a famous Hawaiian kahuna, Daddy Bray. This gripping ending draws you into the exciting awakening that George experienced on the adventure of discovery that led to this book. Praise for The Magnificent Soul: "With George's in-depth research, entertaining stories and spiritual guidance, 'The Magnificent Soul' provides a primer on how to open your heart and engage your superconscious-soul. It is enlightening, transformative and a must read for those searching for understanding and mortal joy." -Michelle Quarton, LMSW, life coach, mediator and co-founder of rediscovering-yourself.com
In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World
Author: Michael Harris
With a foreword by Nicholas Carr, author of the Pulitzer Prize–finalist The Shallows. Today, society embraces sharing like never before. Fueled by our dependence on mobile devices and social media, we have created an ecosystem of obsessive connection. Many of us now lead lives of strangely crowded isolation: we are always linked, but only shallowly so. The capacity to be alone, properly alone, is one of life’s subtlest skills. Real solitude is a powerful resource we can call upon—a crucial ingredient for a rich interior life. It inspires reflection, allows creativity to flourish, and improves our relationships with ourselves and, unexpectedly, with others. Idle hands can, in fact, produce the extraordinary. In living bigger and faster, we have forgotten the joys of silence, and undervalued how profoundly it can revolutionize our lives. This book is about discovering stillness inside the city, inside the crowd, inside our busy lives. With wit and energy, award-winning author Michael Harris weaves captivating true stories with reporting from the world’s foremost brain researchers, psychologists, and tech entrepreneurs to guide us toward a state of measured connectivity that balances quiet and companionship. Solitude is a beautiful and convincing statement on the transformative power of being alone.