compiled and edited by Sister Gargi and Shelley Brown
- 192 pages US paperback
Vedanta’s eternal truths come alive in Swami Ashokananda’s down-to-earth words of encouragement and advice. More than eight hundred passages shed light on the spiritual path.
Early chapters show how to cope with negative attitudes by strengthening inner resources; later chapters such as “Be Calm“ and “Meditate” guide readers toward a higher state of consciousness. “Whatever the topic for contemplation, the Swami’s lessons hit their mark in ways both witty and wise—“God doesn’t care a fig whether you meditate on Him or not,” he told his students, freeing them to practice from the depths of their own needs
About Swami Ashokananda
“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 VEDANTIST
“Swami Ashokananda brought courage and strength to hundreds of lives.”—THE BEACON
SISTER GARGI (1912–2004) was a prominent literary figure and a respected monastic in the Ramakrishna Order. She wrote (as Marie Louise Burke) the six-volume classic Swami Vivekananda in the West: New Discoveries; recent books include her biography of Swami Ashokananda, A Heart Poured Out, and her spiritual memoir, A Disciple’s Journal.
SHELLEY BROWN, M.D. has edited and published Sister Gargi’s books since 2001. Dr. Brown is the author of Centred in
Truth: The Story of Swami Nitya-swarup-ananda. She is a well-known Vedantist who lives in New York.
I've read the book four times, so you can tell I'm a fan of the book.
The material is culled from letters Swami Ashokananda wrote to his disciples about problems they encounter in spiritual life - back in the days when people wrote letters.
You'll find spiritual instructions and words of inspiration that you don't see elsewhere. This is a vital contribution to spiritual literature for Vedanta devotees..