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This is a valuable new guide to the practice of Vedanta and inner yoga: a priceless collection of spiritual instructions from Swami Ashokananda (1893-1969) to his close American disciples. Vedanta's eternal truths come alive in Swami Ashokananda's down-to-earth words of encouragement and advice. More than eight hundred passages for contemplation shed light on the spiritual path. Early chapters such as The Agony of Conflict and The Secrets of Suffering show how to cope with common problems; later chapters such as Be Calm and Meditate guide readers toward a higher state of consciousness. Shafts of Light illumines the heart of spiritual practice-its teachings can help seekers from any tradition enjoy a deeper spiritual life.Swami Ashokananda was a brilliant and accomplished spiritual teacher in the West.-HUSTON SMITH Swami Ashokananda's words ignited in his listeners the longing for realization on their own.-AMERICAN VEDANTISTSwami Ashokananda brought courage and strength to hundreds of lives.-THE BEACON
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Shafts of Light is a valuable new guide to the practice of Vedanta. More than 800 spiritual instructions—expressed in Swami Ashokananda’s engaging vernacular—illuminate the path to Self-Knowledge and bring Vedanta’s eternal truths to the modern mind.
ABOUT SWAMI ASHOKANANDA
Swami Ashokananda (1893–1969) was an illustrious monk of the Ramakrishna Order who taught his disciples practical Vedanta—the way to a higher state of being.
"Swami Ashokananda was a brilliant and accomplished spiritual teacher in the West."—HUSTON SMITH, author of The World’s Religions and Why Religion Matters
"Swami Ashokananda’s words emanated from the depths of his direct, illumined perception of the highest truths of Vedanta, and ignited in his listeners the longing for realization on their own."—American Vedantist
"Swami Ashokananda saw in his students their potential perfection. He brought courage and strength to hundreds of lives."—The BeaconAbout the Author:
SISTER GARGI (1912-2004) was a monastic of the Ramakrishna Order and a prominent literary figure in Vedanta circles worldwide. Recent books include her biography of Swami Ashokananda ("A Heart Poured Out") and her memoir ("A Disciple's Journal"). DR. SHELLEY BROWN authored "Centred in Truth: The Story of Swami Nitya-swarup-ananda," and has been Sister Gargi's editor and publisher since 2001.
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