A book for reflection and meditation consisting of selected passages from the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, the Bhagavatam, and other Vedantic scriptures arranged according to topics. The verses are presented in Devanagari script (without English transliteration) followed by English translation. The verses are arranged under the following topics: The Self and the Body; The Divine, the Soul and the Universe; The Ways of the Spiritual and the Worldly; The Threefold Nature of Men and Things; General Means to Divine Realization; Moral Culture; The Path of Selfless Activity; The Path of Devotion; The Path of Knowledge; The Path of Concentration and Meditation; Theistic Meditations on the Divine; Monistic Meditations; The Ways of the Ideal Man; The Ultimate Goal.
In the introduction, a very valuable, detailed systematic account of the theory and practice of spiritual life is given. This book forms a companion volume to the swami's "Universal Prayers" https://sfvedanta.org/books/universal-prayers/More info →
The main body of this work is taken from notes of the swami's lectures given at the Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Bangalore at various periods from 1954 to 1985. They were previously published in 30 installments in the magazine Vedanta Kesari under the title,'How to Seek God' but are here rearranged under different themes. To these are added four articles based on notes of class talks given in Germany (1934-1935) and Spiritual Teachings based on 'Reminiscences of Swami Yatiswarananda' by Pravrajika Saradaprana.More info →
A remarkably comprehensive manual of spiritual life with special emphasis on the practice of meditation. Chapters include valuable guidance regarding preliminary preparations, techniques of meditation, obstacles to be overcome, and the nature of genuine spiritual experience.
The book is structured as follows:
Spiritual Ideal: The Spiritual Quest, The Ideal of Superconscious Experience, The Soul and Its destiny, Different Conceptions About God, Worldly Duties and Spiritual Life, Conditions of Spiritual Life.
Spiritual Practice: Preparations: Walking on the Razor's Edge, The Guru and the Spiritual Guidance, Association with the Wise, Renunciation and Detachment, Purity of Mind - A Fundamental Need in Spiritual Life, The Problem of Sex in Spiritual Life, Practice of Brahacharya or Continence, Strength, Integration of Personality and Inner Poise, Love of God, Self-Surrender. Techniques: The Path of Yoga-Vedanta Synthesis, Essentials of Meditative Life, Concentration and Meditation, Some Practical Hints on Meditative Life, Place of Prayer in Spiritual Life, Mystic Worship, The Power of the Divine Name, Formless Meditation, Practice of the Presence of God.
Spiritual Experience: From the Unreal to the Real, Spiritual Transformation, Reactions to Sadhana, Reality of Spiritual Experience, Spiritual Unfoldment, The Attainment of Real Freedom in this Life, Life in Freedom, Footprints on the Sands of Time.More info →