The greatness of a spiritual teacher is only partially revealed by the work of his own hands.
The rest of the story is one he cannot tell for himself. It is the influence of his consciousness on those who come in contact with him—whether for a brief moment, or for a lifetime of spiritual training. This is the story told here.
Swami Kriyananda, a foremost disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda (author of Autobiography of a Yogi) has been prodigiously creative in his service to his Guru. His books are available in 28 languages in 100 countries. His music is performed around the world. In India, millions of people watch his daily television show. He has founded schools and retreats, and communities on three continents. He speaks eight languages, and has circled the globe dozens of times lecturing and teaching.
In this "biography of consciousness," Swami Kriyananda's remarkable qualities are revealed with breathtaking clarity—love for God, divinely guided strength, joy in the face of adversity, humor, wisdom, compassion, and unconditional love.
A true teacher, however, does not incarnate merely to show the world how great he is. He comes to illuminate for others the pathway to greatness we all must follow.
Here, in some two hundred stories spanning more than forty years, personal reminiscences and private moments with this master teacher become universal life lessons for us all.
Dimensions: 6" x 9"
Details: Paperback, 451 pages
Author: Asha Praver
"A remarkable collection of personal stories that reveal Swami Kriyananda's inner character as a master teacher and spiritual guide."
—The Rev. Canon Charles B. Atcheson, Episcopal Priest (ret.).
"Swami Kriyananda is a wise teacher, whose words convey love and compassion. Read. and listen, and allow your life to change."
—Dr. Larry Dossey, author of Healing Words
"Through this loving gathering of many hearts and voices, many will come to know not. only the greatness of Swami Kriyananda, but also, through his example, the essence of the. teachings of his Guru, Paramhansa Yogananda."
—Nischala Joy Devi, author of The Healing Path of Yoga and The Secret Power of Yoga
"This book is a must for anyone even remotely interested in spirituality. Kriyananda. has been an ideal disciple of a great Master."
—D.R. Kaarthikeyan, Former Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (India), National Human Rights Commission
"So many profoundly moving stories of selfless love, miraculous healings, adherence to. dharma in the face of overwhelming challenges. No need to extrapolate spiritual lessons from a time and culture far different from our own. Here is a twentieth century. American man who is also one of the most renowned spiritual teachers of our time."
—Shanti Rubenstone, M.D., formerly Clinical Instructor, Stanford University School of Medicine
"To read this book is to spend intimate time in Swami Kriyananda's presence; afterwards it's impossible to look at life in the same way. One's understanding has been. raised... to a higher sphere."
—Richard Salva, author of Soul Journey: from Lincoln to Lindbergh
"Profoundly moving stories... a book to reread indefinitely."
—Anandi Cornell, writer, editor
About Asha Praver
Sometimes the course of a lifetime is determined by a single moment. For Asha Praver, it was her first meeting with Swami Kriyananda in November 1969 at a lecture he gave at Stanford University. Soon after, she moved to the fledging Ananda community in Northern California where Swami Kriyananda lived, to study with him full-time.
Working closely with Swami Kriyananda ever since, Asha has served at various times as his cook, secretary, and personal assistant, as well as head of publications, marketing, and public relations for Ananda. In the mid-1970s, Swami Kriyananda asked her to begin teaching and lecturing, first at Ananda's Meditation Retreat, and later throughout the United States.
Asha is a gifted storyteller and a much-respected teacher. Bringing together nearly forty years of close observation to detail (and copious note-taking), she shares with us here some of her most inspired moments with Swami Kriyananda, observed either in person or related to her by others, each one told with her unique blend of sensitive insight, courage and joy. Asha and her husband David are the spiritual directors of Ananda in Palo Alto, California, where they have been teaching and serving the public since 1987.
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