Sunday, 3 January 2021

Awaken to Superconscious by Swami Kriyananda aka J. Donald Walters

It is not surprising to notice people from Italy being influenced by Indian personalities. No. Not that. I am talking about Paramhansa Yogananda's direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, who was born in Italy but the fragrance of Hindu religion, a Hindu Guru and depth of the philosophy of the world's oldest or the most scientific religion, Hinduism, attracted him to adopt this name. J. Donald Walters has written many books and all of them are wonderfully received worldwide. However, the book that I am discussing today is Awaken to Superconscious, by Swami Kriyananda. This book focuses on telling the readers or seekers how to use Mediation for inner peace and awareness.

There are three parts in the book and there are 18 chapters. The first part is called Divine Memory, the second part is called The Process and the third and final part is called Superconscious living. All these parts are designed in a progressive manner and you can, as a reader, see things developing in a rising or an increasing order. You move from a to b to c to do... in chapter three, the author, Swami Kriyananda, has detailed different type of Yogas to his readers. Raja Yoga, Gyana Yoga, Karma Yoga and Bhakti Yoga.

The book primarily aims at making spiritual practices simple for the common readers who cannot participate in the complex level of thinking and practice. Pandit Vamdev Shashtri or Dr David Frawley, who is a well-known Ayurvedic and Vedic Scholar from the USA, has written very well that Swami Kriyananda makes complex theories simple and wonderful so that anyone with no essential Yogic background can also understand the riches and depths of the great Indian ancient heritage and make his or her life wonderful by practising these meditative exercises.

At the end of every chapter, the readers will also find a Yogic Exercise or a meditation activity or Kriya that they can practise with the help of given instructions and understand how these things impact one's internal and external being.

The book, throughout the length, draws the inspiration from the depths of the Hindu texts like Gita, Mahabharata, and other Vedic and Upanishadik texts and the analogies from the same. Anyone who is a little invested in Hindu philosophy will understand the value of the texts and also the wonderful selections by the author, Swami Kriyananda, who has made things really comprehensive for the readers.

You can get a copy from Amazon India and enjoy reading the same.

All the best!

Review by Rupesh for Book Reviews Web

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