Author: Swami YatiswaranandaPublisher: Advaita AshramYear: 2007Language: EnglishPages: 705ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175052953
This book, a compilation of class-talks given by the author to groups of earnest spiritual aspirants in Europe, the U.S.A. and India, is a practical manual of spiritual life with special emphasis on meditation. Though designed for the use of religious people in general, it is specially intended for those who sincerely practice prayer, Japa and meditation, and are eager to attain some spiritual fulfillment. The true seeker of Truth will find in it simple but valuable guidance regarding preliminary preparations, the different techniques of meditation, the various obstacles that are to be overcome, the nature of genuine spiritual experiences, and other important details of meditative life which can otherwise be gained only through intimate contact with an illumined guru.
PART 1THE SPIRITUAL IDEAL1. The spiritual Quest2. The Ideal of Super conscious Experience3. The Soul and its Destiny4. Different Conceptions about God5. Worldly Duties and Spiritual Life6. Conditions of Spiritual LifePART 2SPIRITUAL PRACTICE[i] Preparations7. Walking on the Razor’s Edge8. The Guru and Spiritual Guidance9. Association with the Wise10. Renunciation and Detachment11. Purity of Mind-A Fundamental need in Spiritual Life12. The Problem of sex in Spiritual Life13. Practice of Brahmacarya or Continence14. Strength15. Integration of Personality and Inner Poise16. Love of God17. Self-Surrender[ii] Techniques18. The Path of Yoga-Vedanta synthesis19. Essentials of Meditative Life20. Concentration and Meditation21. Some Practical Hints on Meditative Life22. Place of Prayer in Spiritual Life23. Mystic Worship24. The Power of the Divine Name25. Formless Meditation26. Practice of the Presence of GodPART IIIAPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE27. From the Unreal to the Real28. Spiritual Transformation 29. Reactions to Sadhana30. Reality of Spiritual Experience31. Spiritual Unfoldment32. The Attainment of Real Freedom in this Life33. Life in Freedom34. Footprints on the Sands of TimePART IVSPIRITUAL TITBITSINDEXIndex IIndex to Stories, Anecdotes and Psychological cases occurring in the BookIndex IIIndex to Sanskrit verses quoted in the BookIndex IIIGeneral word and subject Index