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Encounter the Enlightened (eBook)

In your life, in your many lifetimes, if you meet one live Guru you are fortunate, but
today people have half a dozen Gurus in their handbags. See, somebody may be
a Guru to somebody else, but he may not be a Guru to you as yet, because he ...

Author : Sadhguru

Release : 2012-09-01

Publisher : Isha Foundation


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Sadhguru presents a rare glimpse of undiluted truth from discourses given to seekers at the Isha Yoga Center and around the world. A tool of tremendous value in an age imprisoned by materialism and dogma, these dialogues are an essential key to inner exploration of the profound questions of humanity: Who am I? Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? The master speaks with undeniable logic and wisdom that penetrates the deepest realms of our heart and soul


A poem to that wall Once I saw you smoking against that wall. I never liked it
when you smoked. I could never breathe around you anyway. You haven't
touched that wall in years. You probably don't remember seeing me there. You
still smoke ...

Author : Kit McMenamin

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The 12-Step Buddhist 10th Anniversary Edition

I Am Not Your Guru As in you enter into the 12-Step Buddhist practice, I
recommend keeping your focus on yourself and ... For many years, followers of
Buddhism emphasized the importance of a guru, but one of the things that's
changed in the ...

Author : Darren Littlejohn

Release : 2019-11-19

Publisher : Simon and Schuster

ISBN : 1982115726

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Rediscover the classic guide for recovery with this tenth anniversary edition “that transcends genres by seamlessly integrating the 12-Step approach, Buddhist principles, and a compelling personal struggle with addiction and a quest for spiritual awakening” (Donald Altman, author of Living Kindness). The face of addiction and alcoholism is recognizable to many—it may be a celebrity, a colleague, or even a loved one. And though the 12-step program by itself can often bring initial success, many addicts find themselves relapsing back into old ways and old patterns, or replacing one addiction with another. Working with the traditional 12-step philosophy, Darren Littlejohn first shares his own journey, and how he came to find the spiritual solace that has greatly enhanced his life in recovery. Then, he details out how his work integrating Buddhism into the traditional 12-step programs validates both aspects of the recovery process. With accessible prose and in-depth research, he illustrates how each step—such as admitting there is a problem, seeking help, engaging in a thorough self-examination, making amends for harm done, and helping other addicts who want to recover—fits into the Bodhisattva path. This integration makes Buddhism accessible for addicts, and the 12 steps understandable for Buddhists who may otherwise be at a loss to help those in need. The 12-Step Buddhist is designed to be a complimentary practice to the traditional 12-step journey, not a replacement. While traditional programs help addicts become sober by removing the drug of choice and providing a spiritual path, they rarely delve deep into what causes people to suffer in the first place. In this “unique synthesis of the traditional 12-Step model and the liberating wisdom of Dharma” (Mandala Magazine), addicts can truly find a deep, spiritual liberation from all causes and conditions of suffering—for good.

The Complete Works of Swami Ramakrishnananda

He asked some Brahmins to take him but no one was willing because they
thought, he was such a little boy that he ... Now Bali's Guru, Sukracharya, looking
at Upendra thought, 'This infinitely charming being cannot be a created mortal,'
so he ...

Author : Compailation

Release : 2014-07-12

Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN : 1312349336

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Swami Ramakrishnananda popularly known as Shashi Maharaj as the torch-bearer of the message of Sri Ramakrishna worked tirelessly to spread the ideal of renunciation and service in different parts of South India. The complete collection of lectures, writings and letters of Swami Ramakrishnananda have been published in 3 Volumes of which this is the first.

Not a Guru

How on earth was I going to become a writer? In hindsight, though, I can say that
the astrologers were right on. Often we don't value our greatest talents because
they are so innate that we take them for granted. We think everyone can do what

Author : Despina Gurlides

Release : 2008-12

Publisher : iUniverse

ISBN : 1440112452

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At a recent workshop, Despina Gurlides was the only one out of 40 people who raised her hand when the leaders asked, "Who is happy?" When asked for the recipe for happiness, she replied, "Do not betray yourself." Like everyone, however, Despina had fallen into the trap of self-betrayal. At one point, she thought she was happy after climbing the corporate ladder to success and marrying a successful man, but then she realized she felt empty inside. It took a lot of maneuvering for her to break out of her material trance, but she did it. Then she fell into a spiritual trance and had to break out of that as well. Along the way, she learned the answers to some tough questions, including: How can someone feel unhappy even if she is successful? What important message does depression bring? What are the rewards of failure? What is the way Home? Follow Despina as she navigates the murky waters dominated by career, image and money until she finds the way to happiness. If you are feeling trapped and want some answers, it may be time to take some advice from someone who is Not a Guru.

Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic

The only way to avoid me was to not interfere with you.” In fact he closed his eyes
as if he was meditating. I said to him, “Nana, great! You are angry boiling, there is
fire within you, yet you sit with closed eyes as if you are meditating. Your guru ...

Author : Osho

Release : 2001-06-09

Publisher : St. Martin's Press

ISBN : 9780312274061

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Understand the life and teachings of Osho, one of the twentieth century’s most unusual gurus and philosophers, in Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic. In 1990, Osho prepared for his departure from the body that had served him for fifty-nine years—in the words of his attending physician—“as calmly as though he were packing for a weekend in the country.” Who was this man, known as the Sex Guru, the “self-appointed bhagwan” (Rajneesh), the Rolls-Royce Guru, the Rich Man’s Guru, and simply the Master? Drawn from nearly five thousand hours of Osho’s recorded talks, this is the story of his youth and education, his life as a professor of philosophy and years of travel teaching the importance of meditation, and the true legacy he sought to leave behind: a religion-less religion centered on individual awareness and responsibility and the teaching of “Zorba the Buddha,” a celebration of the whole human being. Osho challenges readers to examine and break free of the conditioned belief systems and prejudices that limit their capacity to enjoy life in all its richness. He has been described by the Sunday Times of London as one of the “1000 Makers of the 20th Century” and by Sunday Mid-Day (India) as one of the ten people—along with Gandhi, Nehru, and Buddha—who have changed the destiny of India. Since his death in 1990, the influence of his teachings continues to expand, reaching seekers of all ages in virtually every country of the world.

Encounter the Enlightened

In your life , in your many lifetimes , if you meet one live Guru you are fortunate ,
but today people have half a dozen Gurus in their handbags . See , somebody
may be a Guru to somebody else , but he may not be a Guru to you as yet ,
because ...

Author : Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Release : 2008-06

Publisher : Isha Foundation


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In a milieu where life is seen as toil, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev opens an entirely new possibility to play with life whichever way you want, to live life intensely and go through it unscarred.

My Father's Guru

I was a boy, still a small child, and she was well on her way to womanhood. It was
not that I was overcome with sexual desires at fourteen. I was not. But I definitely
was interested in girls and wanted to be with them in some as-yet-undefined ...

Author : Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Release : 2013-03-19

Publisher : Untreed Reads

ISBN : 1611875374

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As a child growing up in the Hollywood Hills during the 1950s, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson thought it was perfectly normal that a guru named Paul Brunton lived with his family and dictated everything about their daily rituals, from their diet to their travel plans to his parents' sex life. But in this extraordinary memoir, Masson reflects on just how bizarre everything about his childhood was-especially the relationship between his father and the elusive, eminent mystic he revered (and supported) for years. Writing with candor and charm, Masson describes how his father became convinced that Paul Brunton-P.B. to his familiars-was a living God who would fill his life with enlightenment and wonder. As the Masson family's personal guru, Brunton freely discussed his life on other planets, laid down strict rules on fasting and meditation, and warned them all of the imminence of World War III. For years, young Jeffrey was as ardent a disciple as his father-but with the onset of adolescence, he staged a dramatic revolt against this domestic deity and everything he stood for. Filled with absurdist humor and intimate confessions, My Father's Guru is the spellbinding coming-of-age story of one of our most brilliant writers. REVIEWS "An uncompromising yet compassionate book . . . A coming-of-age memoir unlike any other." -The Toronto Star "AN EXTRAORDINARY CAUTIONARY TALE .... about the enduring human impulse to imbue charismatic individuals with superhuman attributes." -San Francisco Chronicle "Told with a mixture of humor and compassion. . . . Throughout this confessional book a grown man tells of an unusual, even weird childhood and the blind submission that consumed his family's life." -ROBERT COLES The New York Times Book Review "My Father's Guru is an interesting account of a warped upbringing made fascinating by the insight it provides into Masson's adult life. He makes no excuses: in initially revering Freud and other authority figures, Masson realizes he was seeking new and better gurus that Brunton-and was fated to reject them pitilessly when they showed themselves, like Brunton, to be merely human." -Los Angeles Times Book Review "Beneath the guru-bashing, the book is Masson's poignant and loving indictment of his parents, worth reading for his psychological portrait of coming-of-age disillusionment." -Seattle Weekly

Hymns of Guru Nanak

Although Nanak admitted of no other guru for himself save God and claimed to
be God ' s mouthpiece , he was careful to ... The guru is mortal , not divine ; he is
to be loved , respected and consulted but not worshipped ; he is essentially a ...

Author : Khushwant Singh, Nānak

Release : 1991

Publisher : Orient Blackswan

ISBN : 9788125011613

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In this translation of some of Guru Nanak s finest devotional poems, the fifteenth century founder of the Sikh religion points the way to self-realisation by love, devotion, and service to man and God. The hymns have as direct and strong a message today as they did when they were first composed. The elements of faith and passion are sensitively brought out in Arpita Singh s paintings which, in colour and inspired drawing, heighten the aesthetic and spiritual dimensions of Guru Nanak s divine verse.


Your Guru is not any particular person alive now , but a transmission , a stream of
wisdom energy that ' s been passed down through the centuries by living men
and women as they chant the words first spoken by enlightened masters long
ago ...

Author : Linda Johnsen

Release : 2007

Publisher : Yes International Publishers

ISBN : 9780936663432

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Eight top singers talk about chanting, the new cultural phenomenon sweeping from coast to coast in the US.

The Truth About Me

She contemplated telling her guru, but feared living with her in her house. All she
could do was wail, 'Oh, ... Yet we continue with our lives. Shakuntala wanted to
leave Mumbai and go away to her parents, if they did not mind having her back.

Author : A Revathi

Release : 2010-07-10

Publisher : Penguin UK

ISBN : 8184752717

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We got stared at a lot. People asked out loudly—some out of curiosity, others out of malice—whether we were men or women or ‘number nines’ or devadasis. Several men made bold to touch us, on our backs, on our shoulders. Some attempted to grab our breasts. ‘Original or duplicate?’ they shouted and hooted. At such moments I felt despair and wondered if there would ever be a way for us to live with dignity and make a decent living. Revathi was born a boy, but felt and behaved like a girl. In telling her life story, Revathi evokes marvellously the deep unease of being in the wrong body that plagued her from childhood. To be true to herself, to escape the constant violence visited upon her by her family and community, the village-born Revathi ran away to Delhi to join a house of hijras. Her life became an incredible series of dangerous physical and emotional journeys to become a woman and to find love. The Truth about Me is the unflinchingly courageous and moving autobiography of a hijra who fought ridicule, persecution and violence both within her home and outside to find a life of dignity.

The Bliss of Inner Fire

negative karma by reciting the Vajrasattva mantra, I can simply answer by giving
a relevant quotation from ... Although Guru Vajradhara is not your father or
mother, not your husband or wife, not your boyfriend or girlfriend, he is still greatly

Author : Thubten Yeshe

Release : 2005-06-10

Publisher : Simon and Schuster

ISBN : 0861719786

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In the classic bestseller, Introduction to Tantra, Lama Yeshe offered a profound and wonderfully clear glimpse into the sophisticated practices of Tibetan Buddhist tantra. This present book, the last major teachings of this great lama, opens up the world of advanced practices for Highest Yoga Tantra initiates in much the same way his earlier work opened up the world of tantra in general. Following Je Tsongkhapa's (1357-1419 C.E.) text Having the Three Convictions, Lama Yeshe introduces the renowned Six Yogas of Naropa, focusing mainly on the first of these six, the practice of inner fire (tummo). Mastery of inner fire quickly brings the mind to its most refined and penetrating state--the experience of clear light, an extra-ordinarily powerful state of mind that is unequaled in its ability to directly realize ultimate reality. Lama Yeshe felt that twentieth-century Westerners could easily grasp the often misunderstood ideas of this esoteric tradition: "We really need tantra these days because there is a tremendous explosion of delusion and distraction.and we need the atomic energy of inner fire to blast us out of our delusion." Lama Yeshe's aim was for his students to actually taste the experience of inner fire rather than merely gain an intellectual understanding. Lama's own realization of the transformative power of these practices comes through, inspiring his students to discover for themselves their own capacity for inexhaustible bliss.

Still the Mind

You may not realize what it may involve if you wish for a glass to be changed into
gold, for instance. ... know what is going to happen, and therefore I would not
presume to say that you ought to be different than the way you are. I am not a
guru, ...

Author : Alan Watts

Release : 2002-01-01

Publisher : New World Library

ISBN : 1577312147

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Written by the son of the Episcopalian priest and a meditation expert, this guide to achieving inner wisdom draws heavily on the work and words of Alan Watts. Original.

5 Minute Tales of Wisdom

But as Karna's guru Parashurama was in deep sleep , he did not wish to disturb
him with his cries of pain ! Karna did not even dare move , lest he wake up his
guru . But , nature played its own little game ! The warm blood from Karna's
wound ...

Author : Kiran Agarwal

Release : 2009

Publisher : Popular Prakashan

ISBN : 9788179915530

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Retelling of popular tales from India.

The Essential Sangharakshita

the guru is not a substitute for a father where the father has been lacking, or
where he is still required. Neither should a guru be taken for a problem-solver.
This brings us to a distinction that I find it helpful to draw between a problem and
a ...

Author : Urgyen Sangharakshita

Release : 2009-01-06

Publisher : Simon and Schuster

ISBN : 0861715853

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Profoundly knowledgeable and articulate, and equally at home with science, philosophy, myth, art, and poetry, Urgyen Sangharakshita uses every inner avenue to communicate the timeless Dharma to the Western mind. Engaging both the intellect and the heart countless times in a single chapter, the author draws remarkably apt examples from sources as diverse as Orwell, Aeschylus, and Jane Austen. This distilled volume is a primer to the breadth and depth of Buddhist thought and practice.

Ken Wilber

Yet as far as he is concerned, he has no choice: "Those who are allowed to see
are simultaneously burdened with the obligation to ... 31 "I'M A PANDIT, NOT A
GURU" Wilber makes no apologies for his intellectual approach to spirituality.

Author : Frank Visser

Release : 2003-09-11

Publisher : SUNY Press

ISBN : 9780791458150

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The first comprehensive overview of the life and thought of the American philosopher Ken Wilber.

A Guru in the Nursery

mm OKAY, YoU'RE THINKING, “How can housework be spiritual?” I don't mean
the “cleanliness next to Godliness” thing here, either. It's not the task, but it's how
you go about it. First, express gratitude for having a home to clean in the first ...

Author : Dawn M. Staszak

Release : 2013-01-08

Publisher : BalboaPress

ISBN : 1452565880

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Find your center amid the chaos! Motherhood is the most rewarding and yet challenging job there is. Being “on the path” is a ful?lling experience, but when little ones come along, your world is completely changed! How can you “get your spiritual groove back” while feeding little mouths and washing dozens of onesies? A Guru in the Nursery is a follow-up to A Guru in the O?ce, in which author Dawn M. Staszak tackled the challenge of bridging the gap between business and spirituality. In A Guru in the Nursery, Staszak tackles the challenge of being on the spiritual path while caring for little ones. Motherhood is always an adventure, and these ideas and activities have helped her get back to center and feel more peaceful, thereby giving her a leg up on being a better mom—and isn’t that what every parent strives for? When you don’t have time to shower, much less attend life-enhancing seminars, A Guru in the Nursery is your go-to guide for sanity-saving tips and tricks to bring you back to the best parent you can be. Namaste, Mama!


Didst hear of Bhotiyal (Tibet)? I am no Khitai, but a Bhotiya (Tibetan), since you
must know—a lama*—or, say a guru in your tongue.' 'A guru from Tibet,' said Kim.
'I have not seen such a man. They be Hindus in Tibet, then?' 'We be followers of ...

Author : Rudyard Kipling

Release : 2008-06-12

Publisher : OUP Oxford

ISBN : 0191504319

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Kim (1901) is one of Kipling's masterpieces. Through the story of the young orphan Kimball O'Hara, and his vocation in the Secret Service, Kipling presents a vivid picture of India, its teeming populations, religions, and superstitions, and the life of the bazaars and the road. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Puranas

A great Muni ( sage ) . He had three disciples , Āruņi , Upamanyu and Veda . He
belonged to Pāñcāla , and once his guru deputed him to construct embankments
in the field . But , his to construct embankments did not succeed . Finally he lay ...

Author : Swami Parmeshwaranand

Release : 2001

Publisher : Sarup & Sons

ISBN : 9788176252263

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Astadala Yogamala Volume-1

At that time yogis were very few, their numbers could be counted on the fingertips
. No one replied. I wrote several times to my guru, though he regularly answered
all my letters, he never touched upon my problem. I felt that they might not have ...

Author : B.K.S Iyengar

Release : 2000-06-19

Publisher : Allied Publishers

ISBN : 8177640461

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Collected works on Yoga, Hatḥa Yoga etc.