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In Search Of The Highest Truth

Author : Hari-Kirtana Das
ISBN : 0998077305
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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

Bhakti Yoga

Author : Edwin F. Bryant
ISBN : 9780374714390
Genre : Religion
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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 Course In Spiritual Philosophy

Author : Amanda Valiant
ISBN : 0863035507
Genre : Spiritualism
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Yoga And The Dark Night Of The Soul

Author : Simon Haas
ISBN : 9780957518520
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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In the middle of a battlefield, the warrior Arjuna, the greatest of his time, has an unexpected life crisis. The imaginary identity he has been holding on to in his story is shattered, and he is cast into a “dark night of the soul”. Arjuna turns to Krishna, his dear friend and charioteer, who teaches him the Bhagavad Gita, a classic on yoga. Instead of being a “warrior” or “hero” in his small, imagined story, Arjuna now becomes a seeker, a traveller at the beginning of his yoga journey. Yoga and the Dark Night of the Soul is a book about difficulty and darkness. Not a temporary setback or a bad day at work, but a period in our life of intense suffering. Almost all of us will go through one or more periods like this in our lifetime. We live in a society that conceals crisis or despair, that looks upon it with fear and repulsion; a society that medicates it out of sight. There’s nothing in our education to help us navigate crisis. In ancient India, soul-searching crisis was viewed as an important time of transition, a deep rite of passage. In India, such an experience was known as vishada, which in Sanskrit means “despair”. Yogis and mystics studied these descents into the crisis, regarding the journey as a system of yoga—“the yoga of despair”. They noticed common attributes of dark night experiences. These experiences were not looked upon with shame and concealed; they were regarded as potent spiritual experiences, leading to spiritual awakening. Yoga and the Dark Night of the Soul examines what deep existential crisis really is, how it unfolds, what its common features are, and how best to navigate such an experience to allow it to transform us. In doing so, it focuses specifically on the yoga teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, making these timeless teachings easily accessible for contemporary readers and yoga practitioners. Krishna’s teachings to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita can be summarized as four agreements that take us on a yoga journey of discovery. They not only help us navigate the dark night of the soul, but bestow upon us yoga’s greatest gift—sacred love. The dark night of the soul is a unique opportunity, a sacred juncture, for addressing the soul’s true need, sacred love. As the Bhagavad Gita illustrates, crisis and despair are really our call to love; and yoga is the way we get there. The purpose of this book is therefore to lead readers to sacred love, yoga’s ultimate aim.

Fishers Of Men

Author : Adam Elenbaas
ISBN : 9781101456378
Genre : Religion
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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.

Way Of The Peaceful Warrior

Author : Millman Dan
ISBN : 9780982428504
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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20th Anniversary Edition with New Afterword and Revisions by the Author Way of the Peaceful Warrior has become one of the most beloved spiritual sagas of our time. Shared among friends and families, this million-copy word-of-mouth bestseller has inspired men and women of all ages in twenty languages worldwide. Despite all his success, college student and world-champion athlete Dan Millman is haunted by a feeling that something is missing from his life. Awakened one night by dark dreams, he wanders into an all-night gas station, meets an old man named Socrates, and his world is changed forever. Guided by this eccentric old warrior, drawn to an elusive young woman named Joy, Dan begins a spiritual odyssey into realms of light and shadow, romance and mystery, toward a final confrontation that will deliver or destroy him. This classic tale, a blend of autobiographical fact and narrative fiction, told with heart and humor, speaks to the peaceful warrior in each of us. Countless readers have been moved to laughter and tears-even moments of illumination-as they rediscover life's larger meaning and purpose. Journey with Dan on the peaceful warrior's path to unreasonable happiness. Find out for yourself why this book changes lives.

The Art Of Stillness

Author : Pico Iyer
ISBN : 9781476784731
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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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.

Out Of India

Author : Caryl Matrisciana
ISBN : 0979131537
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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.

The Hidden Teaching Beyond Yoga

Author : Paul Brunton
ISBN : 9781583949115
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Inspired by his time spent with wise sages in Asia in the 1930s, Paul Brunton (1898-1981) wrote The Hidden Teaching Beyond Yoga (and its companion volume The Wisdom of the Overself) at the request of these remarkable teachers, who recognized that he had a significant role to play in the transmission of Hindu Vedanta and Buddhism to the West. Brunton's books are a profound re-creation of the teachings of those two philosophical schools of thought, informed by the insights of deep meditation. Clearly written without the specialized vocabulary found in those traditions, the books speak directly to the contemporary spiritual seeker. The Hidden Teaching Beyond Yoga is a step-by-step guide to actually experiencing the spiritual truth that reality is formed within our consciousness rather than outside us in the world of material things. Brunton's expert analysis of perception, grounded in science, is designed to awaken us to our sacred foundation and to transform our personality into a mirror of that reality. Brunton prepares us for this journey by describing the attitudes, mental disciplines, and character traits that are beneficial for success in this quest. This new edition has been updated to incorporate the author's final revisions and includes an introduction by the Paul Brunton Philosophic Foundation. Contents Foreword by The Paul Brunton Philosophic Foundation 1.Beyond Yoga 2.The Ultimate Path 3.The Religious and Mystic Grades 4.The Hidden Philosophy of India 5.The Philosophical Discipline 6.The Worship of Words 7.The Search After Truth 8.The Revelation of Relativity 9.From Thing to Thought 10. The Secret of Space and Time 11. The Magic of the Mind 12. The Downfall of Materialism Epilogue: The Philosophic Life Appendix 1: Some Misconceptions Cleared Up Appendix 2: Additional Resources from The Notebooks of Paul Brunton, Compiled by the Paul Brunton Philosophic Foundation Editors

The Yoga Of Leadership

Author : Tarra Mitchell
ISBN : 9780999508237
Genre : Business & Economics
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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.

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