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
Adventures in Yoga Philosophy
Author: Hari-Kirtana Das
Publisher: Jagat-Mangala Press
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.
The Gospel of an Ayahuasca Vision Quest
Author: Adam Elenbaas
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.
A Practical Guide to Health, Happiness, And Inspiring Total Team Engagement
Author: Tarra Mitchell
Category: Business & Economics
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.
Tales and Teachings from the Bhagavata Purana
Author: Edwin F. Bryant
Publisher: North Point Press
Are there really laws governing the universe? Or is the order we see a mere artifact of the way evolution wired the brain? And is what we call science only a set of myths in which quarks, DNA, and information fill the role once occupied by gods? These questions lie at the heart of George Johnson's audacious exploration of the border between science and religion, cosmic accident and timeless law. Northern New Mexico is home both to the most provocative new enterprises in quantum physics, information science, and the evolution of complexity and to the cosmologies of the Tewa Indians and the Catholic Penitentes. As it draws the reader into this landscape, juxtaposing the systems of belief that have taken root there, Fire in the Mind into a gripping intellectual adventure story that compels us to ask where science ends and religion begins. "A must for all those seriously interested in the key ideas at the frontier of scientific discourse."--Paul Davies From the Trade Paperback edition.
Science, Faith, and the Search for Order
Author: George Johnson
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:
A Definitive Guide to Technniques and Traditions of Meditation in Yoga and Vedanta
Author: Swami Adiswarananda
Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
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 Story of a Truth Seeker
Author: Swami Amar Jyoti
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
A follow up to Pico Iyer’s essay “The Joy of Quiet,” The Art of Stillness considers the unexpected adventure of staying put and reveals a counterintuitive truth: The more ways we have to connect, the more we seem desperate to unplug. Why might a lifelong traveler like Pico Iyer, who has journeyed from Easter Island to Ethiopia, Cuba to Kathmandu, think that sitting quietly in a room might be the ultimate adventure? Because in our madly accelerating world, our lives are crowded, chaotic and noisy. There’s never been a greater need to slow down, tune out and give ourselves permission to be still. In The Art of Stillness—a TED Books release—Iyer investigate the lives of people who have made a life seeking stillness: from Matthieu Ricard, a Frenchman with a PhD in molecular biology who left a promising scientific career to become a Tibetan monk, to revered singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, who traded the pleasures of the senses for several years of living the near-silent life of meditation as a Zen monk. Iyer also draws on his own experiences as a travel writer to explore why advances in technology are making us more likely to retreat. He reflects that this is perhaps the reason why many people—even those with no religious commitment—seem to be turning to yoga, or meditation, or seeking silent retreats. These aren't New Age fads so much as ways to rediscover the wisdom of an earlier age. Growing trends like observing an “Internet Sabbath”—turning off online connections from Friday night to Monday morning—highlight how increasingly desperate many of us are to unplug and bring stillness into our lives. The Art of Stillness paints a picture of why so many—from Marcel Proust to Mahatma Gandhi to Emily Dickinson—have found richness in stillness. Ultimately, Iyer shows that, in this age of constant movement and connectedness, perhaps staying in one place is a more exciting prospect, and a greater necessity than ever before. In 2013, Pico Iyer gave a blockbuster TED Talk. This lyrical and inspiring book expands on a new idea, offering a way forward for all those feeling affected by the frenetic pace of our modern world.
Adventures in Going Nowhere
Author: Pico Iyer
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
"Illustrated by beautiful photographs and quotations from the world's spiritual traditions, Heart Yoga presents the practice of hatha yoga as a spiritual path leading to mystical union with the divine"--Provided by publisher.
The Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism
Author: Andrew Harvey,Karuna Erickson
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Category: Health & Fitness
'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.
The classic work on seeking a guru
Author: Paul Brunton
Publisher: Random House
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Born and raised in India, Caryl Matrisciana was surrounded by a strange and mystical religion, seeing firsthand the effects Hinduism had on the people of that nation. After leaving India as a young adult, she became involved in the counter-culture hippie movement, only to find that the elements of Hinduism and the New Age were very much the same. Eventually, Caryl would discover that this same spirituality had entered not only the Western world, but the Christian church as well, unbeknownst to most people.
A True Story about the New Age Movement
Author: Caryl Matrisciana
Publisher: Lighthouse Trails Publishing Company
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Advaita and nondual teachings are about finding the Truth. This Truth is not a dogma that you study; it is the Truth about life â€ the Truth about who you really are. This Truth is discovered, not learned. It is discovered through sincerely inquiring, Who am I? What you discover is that who you are has nothing to do with self-images or roles and everything to do with what you experience when you ask this question. What you discover is that who you think of yourself as is just that â€ a thought! And beyond that thought is a great Mystery â€ an experience of nothingness, which is your true nature.Nothing Personal leads you to the experience of your true nature and helps you explore its depth. Through exposition, questions and dialogues, it brings you to a place of realization of the Truth: you are that spacious Awareness in which everything appears, including your thoughts and feelings. Your thoughts and feelings do not define you but merely appear within Consciousness along with everything else. This Consciousness is who you are.Nothing Personal offers a gentle and persistent guide to seeing the underlying truth of your ultimate nature. In this concisely edited collection of satsang talks and dialogues, you are invited to honor the limitless love that is your true nature and to enjoy the sweet richness that is revealed when you give this Truth your undivided attention.From the introduction:Unlike most books, this one is not meant to add to your knowledge or understanding. It is about the Truth that cannot be spoken or written. Although the Truth cannot be contained in this or any other book, each word written here is intended to point you toward that Truth. Many of the words and ideas may seem paradoxical or contradictory because what they point to is larger than our conceptual frameworks. Many questions are asked, which are not answered anywhere in the book. Find out what the experience is like to ask yourself these questions, even if they leave you emptier of knowledge and understanding. In this emptying, you just may discover what you are looking for.The Truth is revealed when we allow ourselves to not know, so I invite you to set aside all that you know for the time being and allow yourself to look with innocent eyes at what the words are attempting to unveil. Take the time to experience the unspoken truth in each section before moving on to the next. Resist the temptation to read these words with your mind, which is likely to rush right past the Truth. Allow the words to sink into your heart and reveal the truth of who you are.
Publisher: Endless Satsang Foundation
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.
How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart
Author: Ram Dass
Publisher: Sounds True
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
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.
Stories of Transformation Through Yoga
Author: Jeannie Page,Stephen Cope
Category: Health & Fitness
Journey to the Heart by New York Times bestselling author of Codependent No More, Beyond Codependency, and Lessons of Love, contains 365 insightful daily meditations that inspire readers to unlock their personal creativity and discover their divine purposes in life. “Melody Beattie gives you the tools to discover the magnificence and splendor of your being.” –Deepak Chopra, author of Jesus and Buddha
Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul
Author: Melody Beattie
Publisher: Harper Collins
In the summer of 2006, Aaravindha Himadra traveled deep into the interior of the Himalayan Mountains to a secret valley where he lived among the Amartya Masters—the reclusive keepers of an ancient lineage of spiritual mysticism. To answer their invitation, he endured a daunting trek across rugged, remote mountains, where he eventually came to their protected valley home, a place where our world’s most profound spiritual truths still exist in wholeness. Immortal Self is a riveting account of Aaravindha’s remarkable journey and his visit to this sacred land. Divulged here for the first time are the teachings of a legendary and secluded spiritual tradition—truths that transcend the illusion of our accepted reality and offer a beacon of hope for all seekers. Here is a transformative story that will invite you to challenge your preconceptions, open your heart, and receive the wisdom that your soul has always known: “When the last obstruction to the truth of our existence falls, but one power remains—the power of Supreme Love.”
A Journey to the Himalayan Valley of the Amartya Masters
Author: Aaravindha Himadra
Publisher: Sounds True
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.
A Practical Guide for Spiritual Growth
Author: Terry Hunt,Paul Benedict
Publisher: Twin Star Nexus LLC
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.
The Adventure and Daily Practice
Author: Doug Swenson
Yoga, Meet Life. Sometimes an hour-long yoga class is the only chance we get to connect meaningfully with our bodies and our minds during a week otherwise full of work, family, and the daily grind. Have you ever wondered how would it feel to bring that experience of awareness and calm out of the yoga studio and into your everyday life? After all, we know that practicing yoga can give us a leaner body and more sculpted limbs, but isn't its most important benefit the way it makes us feel? In Do Your Om Thing, master yoga teacher and creator of the popular blog OmGal.com Rebecca Pacheco shows us that the true practice of yoga is about much more than achieving the perfect headstand or withstanding an hour-long class in a room heated to 100 degrees. "Yoga is not about performance," she tells us, "it's about practice, on your mat and in your life. If you want to get better at anything what should you do? Practice. Confidence, compassion, awareness, joy—if you want more of these—and who doesn't?—yoga offers the skills to practice them." In her warm, personal, and often hilarious prose, Rebecca translates yogic philosophy for its twenty-first-century devotees, making ancient principles and philosophy feel accessible, relatable, and genuinely rooted in the world in which we live today. And by illuminating how the guiding principles of yoga apply to our modern lives, Rebecca shows us that the true power of a yoga practice is not physical transformation, but mental and spiritual liberation.
Bending Yoga Tradition to Fit Your Modern Life
Author: Rebecca Pacheco
Publisher: Harper Collins
Category: Health & Fitness