Articles in the Book Reviews Category
A Reason to Love All
Book Review: A Pilgrimage to Guadalupe: The Final Journey of the Soul, by Swami Kriyananda
Expanding our sympathies to others is the first step in becoming truly happy. The more we develop spiritually, the more we uncover within ourselves the heart’s natural love.
Bliss Is Our True Home
Book Review: God Is for Everyone Inspired by Paramhansa Yogananda; As Taught to and Understood by His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda
“God Is for Everyone” is soul nourishment for all who want to make God’s joy a higher, indeed, the highest priority in life. It is the ideal book for every earnest seeker of true values.
The sincere seeker, whatever his natural inclination, will find in “The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita” the essential teaching he needs to follow the path to God. That central teaching, Paramhansa Yogananda explained, unites all paths “even as subsidiary streams unite in a larger river.”
To this day I am profoundly grateful to Swami Kriyananda for so lucidly making available to all of us the essence of Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings on Raja Yoga. If you I want to know God, these lessons lay out with crystal clarity how to achieve that goal.
Even as Asha never wavers in showing the heroism required of the spiritual seeker, so also does she show her profound faith that God Himself is always there, reaching down to lift up that seeker, to help him or her through whatever comes.
Bharat invites us all to reconnect with the natural world and to share our connection with others. From a profound immersion in the natural world, the reader comes to the highest purpose of nature awareness—the experience of the still, joyful center of his own being.
Rightly understood, the search for the soul mate is a demanding and ultimately divinely rewarding path to freedom. The merging of twin souls leads finally to transcendence of their separate egos and a perfecting of their love in God.
Gyandev’s teaching style is a delight—conversational and informal, experiential, light-hearted and humorous, and designed to keep the reader on his toes, and actively practicing what he is learning.
Demystifying Patanjali is a book to treasure, meditate on, take into seclusion, and hold close to the very end of the spiritual journey.
Book Review: In Divine Friendship,
Letters of Counsel and Reflection from Swami Kriyananda
In Divine Friendship is a book to read slowly and meditatively. For of course these letters are addressed not only to individual seekers, asking help with individual questions and tests, but universally to all sincere seekers in need of answers to their deeper concerns. We who read Kriyananda’s letters, if we read humbly and receptively, can find answers to our own unasked questions, or can bring our deeper concerns into the light, and in doing so, strengthen our …
“A Fight for Religious Freedom” is all the more gripping for being a true story—the story of a small group of dedicated souls fighting for the right to serve their Guru and his mission, against seemingly impossible odds.
The reader is left at the end with the question, “Will you [the reader] learn to go beyond time and space, beyond ego, into true freedom and bliss?”
Generations of students have struggled with what Swami Kriyananda calls “the loss of focus on the familiar ethical and spiritual guidelines: truth, honor, and justice.”