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A Guide to Spiritual Life  - Spiritual Teachings of Swami Brahmananda
A Guide to Spiritual Life - Spiritual Teachings of Swami Brahmananda

A Guide to Spiritual Life - Spiritual Teachings of Swami Brahmananda

by Swami Chetanananda

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Language

English

Publisher

Advaita Ashram

ISBN

9788175054080 - Year: 2013 - Pages: 303

Binding

Paperback

Swami Chetanananda

Author: Swami Chetanananda
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Swami Chetanananda
Publisher: Advaita Ashram
Year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 303
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788175054080

Description

This is a new and full rendering of Swami Brahmananda’s spiritual conversations, originally recorded by his disciples in Bengali. The swami, who was regarded by Ramakrishna as his spiritual son, gives clear and authoritative instruction beginning from the elementary stages of meditation to the most advance states of spiritual life.

Readers will feel that these teachings have come straight from the heart of Swami Brahmananda, the spiritual son of Sri Ramakrishna. The swami was a spiritual dynamo and he taught with authority. Wherever he went he created such a holy atmosphere that people around him found themselves living in a higher realm without practicing any disciplines. Swami Vivekananda once commented, “In spirituality, Brahmananda has even surpassed me.”

Nowadays in the West there are so many teachers giving instructions according to their own understanding and knowledge that people often get confused by contradictory views. Thus, they go from one teacher to another, trying to fulfill their spiritual hunger. Shankara, the great philosopher of Vedanta, mentioned some signs of a true teacher: "A teacher is one who is deeply versed in the scriptures, pure, free from desires, a perfect knower of Brahman.

He is firmly established in Brahman, calm like the fire when its fuel is consumed, an ocean of love without any ulterior motive, a friend to those who humbly entrust themselves to him". An aspirant must be careful in selecting a teacher. Otherwise he will suffer like a patient who has been treated by a quack doctor.

Readers will find the pure spiritual tradition of Vedanta in this book. It will help them to build their inner lives, to breathe the freshness of the eternal, and to attain peace, bliss, and freedom.

Contents

Contents

Translator’s Preface

Swami Brahmananda

Spiritual Teachings of Swami Brahmananda

1. Sri Ramakrishna’s Outlook - Love - Training - Spiritual Instructions
2. Sri Ramakrishna’s Experiences and Samadhi - Ramlala - Powers
3. Sri Ramakrishna’s Way of Instructing - Visions and Reactions - the Master’s Samadhi - Longing - Swami Vivekananda
4. Holy Places - The Goal of Human Life - Swami Vivekananda - The Need of a Routine - Obstacles
5. Happiness - Give up the Toys of this World - Enjoy Mangoes - Faith - Dive Deep - Be Up and Doing - Curb Desires
6. Control of the Mind - Meditation - Food - The Kundalini - Initiation
7. Depression - Sri Ramakrishna - Mantram, Guru, Disciple - Patience
8. Time factor in Spiritual Life - Sri Ramakrishna’s Power - Sin
9. Holy Company - Renunciation - How to Conquer Lust - The Need for Spiritual Disciplines - Samadhi - Unselfish Action
10. Show of Emotion - Steadfast Devotion - Perseverance
11. Sri Ramakrishna’s Truthfulness and Powers of Perception - A Monk’s Ego
12. Ram Datta’s View of Sri Ramakrishna - Ramlal - Swami Ramakrishnananda - Sri Ramakrishna’s Merriment and Powers
13. Longing - Peace - Love - Renunciation - The Guru - Pranayama - The Real and The Unreal - Existence of God - Obstacles - Holy Company and Solitude
14. Japam and Meditation - The Guru - Holy Company - Routine - Morality
15. Self-Surrender - Be Sincere - Faith in the Guru - Grace - Hold to the Truth - God is Infinite - Knowledge - Know God Alone
16. Character-Building - The Parlor of God - Purity - Book Learning and Spiritual Life - Money - Renunciation - Three Rare Treasures - Faith - Grace - Perseverance
17. God is the Wish-Fulfilling Tree - Discrimination and Renunciation - Pray to God with Heart and Soul - Self-Effort and Divine Grace
18. Restlessness of the Mind - Meditation - Does Sri Ramakrishna Exist?
19. Sri Ramakrishna - Remembrance of God
20. Self-Control - God Is - Meditation - Earnestness - Longing
21. Free Will - Willpower - Comprehending the Infinite
22. Relief Work - Brahmacharya - Study - Work and Worship - Selfless Action
23. Regularity in Spiritual Life - The Play of Maya - Control of the Mind - Do or Die
24. Private Instructions - Faith - Brahmacharya - Control of the Tongue - Keeping Spiritual Practices a Secret - Sleep
25. Keep Your Experiences Private - The Spiritual Guide - How to Conquer Fear of Death - Have Faith in Yourself - Sin
26. Time for Meditation - The Nerve-Current - How to Control the Mind - Nonattachment - Struggle - Recollectedness - The Mystery of God
27. How to Control the Mind - Meditation - The Chosen Deity and the Mantram - Japam
28. Japam - Meditation - The Power of the Mantram - How to Control the Mind
29. Meditation - Auspicious Days for Japam - Moral Teachings - Meditation on the Guru
30. The Play of Maya - Meditation on the Formless God
31. The Nature of a Holy Person
32. Repeat the Name of the Lord - Prayer - Grace - Yearning - The Worldly Way - Surrender
33. Surrender - The Guru - Grace - Control of the Mind - Renunciation - Faith
34. The Holy City of Varanasi - Water of the Holy Ganga - The Kundalini
35. Japam and Purashcharana - Food - Methodical Disciplines - Meditation
36. Meditation - Vision - Brahmacharya - Obstacles - Grace - Hallucination vs. Vision - The Value of Rituals
37. Worship - Meditation - Samadhi - The Guru - Bliss - The Absolute and The Manifestation (the Nitya and the Lila)
38. The Kundalini - Meditation - Concentration - The Grace of the Guru
39. How to Acquire Taste for Spiritual Life - Struggle - Austerity - Faith - Self-Effort - Self - Surrender
40. Work and Worship - Brahmacharya - The Secret of Work - How to Control the Senses
41. The Advantage of Youth - Training the Mind - Where is Bliss? - Happiness and Misery - The Goal of Human Life
42. Religion in Old Age - Grace - Follow One Path - Demand from God His Vision - The Razor’s Edge - Brahmacharya
43. Forbearance - Truth and a Harsh Truth - Power of Adjustment - Dreams - Sri Ramakrishna’s Rebirth
44. Fix the Mind on God - Doubt and Faith - God is Beyond the Mind - Samadhi - The Three Gunas - How to Live in the World - How to Overcome Depression - Four Kinds of Worship - How to Conquer Bad Thoughts - Determine Your Ideal - The Validity of the Scriptures - About Food - Nonviolence
45. Austerity - Truthfulness - Lust - Desire
46. On the Divine Name
47. On Sadhana
48. Work is Worship
49. On Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda
50. Miscellaneous Teachings
51. A Letter to a Disciple

Appendix

The Guru

Glossary

Suggestions for Further Reading

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