The book, “Meditation: Searching for the Real You” came out of my experience as a meditation teacher.
Why do I meditate? I first heard about meditation in my university days and gradually understood that it could help me in various ways.
Broadly speaking, I had two reasons for beginning meditation. First, I wanted to find some direction, as I was uncertain about most aspects of my life, whether my studies, my relationships or my future. As well, I wanted to understand the meaning of life. Why are we here, what should we do with our lives, where do we go afterwards?
From books, lectures and discussions I found that yoga philosophy answers these questions. But the answers may not work if they are just ‘in the head’. To truly live the answers, one needs to Practice meditation. Meditation takes one deep into human consciousness so that we can understand and live universal truths.
This book uses the metaphor of life as a journey and gives many tools that help you throughout the spiritual journey.
These tools support a core yogic truth: every being has its essential nature (called ‘dharma’). When we live our dharma, we really live.
We say, for example, that the dharma of fire is to burn. If a flame looks like fire, but gives off no heat, then I know it’s not really fire, despite appearances.
The dharma of humans is to seek happiness. Everything we do is to, directly or indirectly, find happiness.
Meditation ‘switches’ the mind from seeking temporary, immediate happiness to seeking long-term happiness. This book shows how you can be active in the world while still finding your inner, spiritual center.
Through yogic meditation, we learn to identify our self with our deepest level of being, with our universal consciousness. Seems like a tall order, but it’s easily do-able.
While one needs a personal teacher to learn the practice, this book gives valuable guidelines, and helps you understand how to bring it into your life.
What people say about this book:
“Dada Jyotirupananda’s book “Meditation: Searching for the Real You” is a sweeping and inspired survey of the practices and philosophies that make up the classical Eastern path of yoga. Over the last 40 years in the West, yoga has mainly become equated with the practice of physical postures or asanas. Jyotirupananda’s book reveals to us the complete or integral yogic path for the total transformation of mind, body and spirit… what makes this book pertinent for all seekers is its emphasis on the perennial keys to higher evolution: discipline, passion, and the need for spiritual guidance.”
– Andrew Cohen, Spiritual Teacher and Founder of EnlightenNext magazine www.andrewcohen.org
“A clear and inspiring book that makes the idea of spiritual ‘discipline’ seem an adventure to be enjoyed rather than a drag to be endured.”
– Tim Freke stand-up philosopher and author of How Long is Now? www.timothyfreke.com
“For a book on meditation, (Dada’s book) is wonderfully edgy and uncompromising… But, in my view, that’s perfect. Who needs another ‘same old’ book on meditation…? What we really need is fresh thinking, new insights, and new direction. Jyotirupananda gives us this, helps us rethink our craft, and, with fine learning and authorship, leads us to a new understanding of what meditation might really mean in our lives and the benefits we might reap from it.”
– Ross Heaven, Author of Love’s Simple Truths: Meditations on Rumi and The Path of the Heart. www.thefourgates.com
“ ‘Meditation: Searching for the Real You’ offers clear and persuasive encouragement to those beginning or preparing to begin the practice of meditation as a tool for the acquisition of self-knowledge. Dada Jyotirupananda presents a fresh, personal and well-informed approach to the practice of meditation that is sure to appeal to many.”
– Swami Abhayananda, author of History of Mysticism & The Supreme Self.
“A wonderful introduction to the ancient philosophy of Tantra, full of gentle wisdom and humour. This book will enrich your life and guide you to a state of true well-being.”
– Steve Taylor, author of The Fall: the Insanity of the Ego in Human History and the Dawning of a New Era. www.steventaylor.talktalk.net
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