This book will guide you as you become established in this tried and true ancient practice. Shelves: meditation , spirituality. A good, straightforward instruction manual on the history, uses and practice of the mantra m. As ever, Easwaran is clear and does an excellent job of elucidating the philosophies behind mantra practice; those who are completely new to the concept will be able to approach this for the first time and not feel intimidated by Sanskrit terminologies or the more esoteric parts of Eastern spirituality.
I have found this book a wonderful way to restart my japa practice and also to enrich my understandi A good, straightforward instruction manual on the history, uses and practice of the mantra m. I have found this book a wonderful way to restart my japa practice and also to enrich my understanding of how exactly the mantra works and how one can make the most effective use of it. It is also an excellent aid to those who are interested in taking up meditation or japa practice to calm the mind in times of unrest or uncertainty.
It has helped me greatly and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone. Om namah Shivaya. Mar 30, Angela rated it it was amazing. I will recommend this as a companion to The Calm Technique for people who are interested in learning mantra practice but don't for whatever reason want to go to a teacher for a mantra.
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The Calm Technique is really good on But it lacks the cultural context and the sweet devotional feeling that this book adds to the subject. I enjoyed learning a bit more about Easwaran, having been exposed to his work on sacred texts without knowing so much about his background. His experience Lovely. His experience of growing up Hindu in Kerala state, then later going to Catholic school where Hindus were seen as inferior and most fellow students had more preparation in English, becoming beguiled by western culture and rationality to the point of becoming a teacher of English, and then much later as an adult returning to the devotional values of his family His erudition and generosity of spirit are not, of course, explained by his life experience This really feels like a voice from the late s - Easwaran takes pains to credit a variety of religious traditions, making the argument that there is a common core in all faiths.
I suppose he had a lot of hippie readers who were alienated from Christianity, or Christian readers alienated from eastern faiths Not such a popular project these days. It's really enjoyable to read an author who can so easily draw from Ramakrishna or the Old Testament from page to page.
His section on various sources Greek, Russian, North African of the Jesus prayer was wonderful, and great learning for me. For people who do well with mantra meditation, this will be a loverly resource, especially because it's easy to read, leaves you with a sweet taste, and gives a good level of context on the topic.
Later teachers have been more precise about technique. This is where I'd say The Calm Technique is an especially good resource - systematically setting a person up for precision in practice and answering common questions. Shinzen Young's work on what he calls "mindful mantra" is also good, particularly helping people who are more self-taught avoid just spacing out or just hypnotizing themselves. Easwaran anticipates these exact technical issues too, as would anyone who has been around a lot of mantra practitioners I suppose.
But people who really do a mantra practice for life will probably benefit from more support in the long run - and the ability to talk directly to experienced teachers - to make sure it's not having these common unintended effects. Aug 30, James E rated it really liked it. This book is an easy read, but I am still struggling with picking out the right mantram for me.
This book is the perfect companion to Passage Meditation. There is some overlap, but most of the material is different.
I look forward to putting this into practice. Jun 28, Colleen rated it really liked it Shelves: being-and-spirituality. A very simple solution for complex problems! I love the way Eknath writes. Very clear. I like how all his ideas seem to grow out of this vast body of religious literature. What Joe Campbell did with finding thematic connections within wide expanses of mythological and philosophical material, Eknath does with a much narrower, albeit still varied body of material, primarily ancient eastern texts, sufi poets and Christian mystics.
As with any wide ranging comparative approach it can be criticised as being too subjective, too based on one's ow I love the way Eknath writes. As with any wide ranging comparative approach it can be criticised as being too subjective, too based on one's own conclusions, but for me, I have to say I like pretty much everything he has to say, it all makes a lot of sense to me.
I guess the way that we live our lives and the way that we know we ought to live our lives are two different things. We have moments of sobriety, where we view things with a reasonably clear lens and see how we should proceed. After such moments, we either fail to implement these approaches because we doubt that we have the willpower to stick with them, or we leap back into life with the best intentions and end up getting swept off down the currents of life and forgetting all our resolutions. This analogy of presenting the average human being as a figure lost in a tumultuous ocean, trying to deal with the crashing waves is one of which Eknath is particularly fond.
The mantram as presented here is one of a number of methods he suggests to help us steady ourselves on the ocean, to learn to ride the waves instead of getting swept this way and that. It is a way of constantly connecting ourselves with, reminding ourselves of our principles, our good intentions, a wider perspective that can allow us to hover above our trials rather than being trapped beneath them.
It is a way of saying to ourselves "wait a minute, I said I wasn't going to do this any more Eknath seems to have written numerous books each detailing individual elements of his overall method whilst still briefly mentioning all the other parts of his method. This is not an ideal way to present your life's work. It means that readers are faced with the problem of either reading one of his books about one of his methods and largely missing out on the other methods, or reading several of his books and consequently having to repeatedly re-read the elements that are included in all of them.
I don't know if I could recommend any one book by Eknath but I will say that he is a fascinating and very readable writer and well worth checking out for anyone who is into this whole "spirituality" thing. Mar 21, Mary Follis rated it really liked it. Easy to read, helpful. I have found this book very valuable.
A touchstone book! Worth of followed else just another spiritual book dwelling in mysticism. Eloquent evocative call to acquiring, believing and chanting a mantra for peace, healing and clarity.
A must read for anyone who is 'too busy' to read or relax. Written in Easwaran's trademark style - simple, direct, forceful. Linda rated it it was amazing Jan 03, Basheer Palakkad rated it it was ok Nov 08, Akshay Bodhade rated it did not like it Feb 02, Ellen rated it it was amazing Jun 02, Sean rated it really liked it Feb 23, John rated it liked it Jun 03, Deana rated it liked it Feb 01, Image Unavailable Image not available for Colour:.
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Mantram also called Mantra repetition has been a big part of my spiritual program for a long time. For me, repeating my Mantram is Devotional.
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I found Eknath's book very spiritually inspiring. If your new to Mantram Practice; this book will give you all the basic information on the history of Mantram Practice, the benefits of Mantram Practice, how to chose a Mantram that is right for you, how to get started repeating a Mantram, and much more. Eknath spent many years repeating a Mantram himself; and he shares what he learned in his process of Mantram Practice in this book. Eknath explains in-depth how Mantram repetition can be beneficial spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
I'm repeating my Mantram as I write this review. It went into a lot more detail than The Montram handbook was excellent! It went into a lot more detail than the mantram information in the book "passage meditation" by the same author. It has been very beneficial to practice my mantram using information from the book!