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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Siddha Yoga Publications; 2nd edition (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911307451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911307450
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Swami Muktananda introduced the Siddha Yoga path all over the world, creating what he called a "meditation revolution." He is the author of Play of Consciousness, his spiritual autobiography.

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Every soul keeps hoping for a divine life. But as a person moves through this world, he gradually forgets his own greatness. He forgets more and more. Then he needs a true path, he needs a Guru, to help him know the greatness of the Self. Without the Guru, it is very difficult to discover that inner state. Shree Gurudev Nityananda was able to give seekers a life that was divine.

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Life Changing ... an extraordinary BEing ... Beautifully written.
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To experience the universal love revealed in this memoir, is to experience the awareness of freedom which is our birthright.
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I have read it many times and every time it brings tears of devotion to my eyes.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By "omnient" on May 27, 1999
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The author, Swami Muktananda, was a great yogic master renowned for his ability to awaken the Kundalini in seekers, thereby enabling them to embark on the journey towards God realization. He established Siddha Yoga in the West at the behest of his Guru, Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri. In this lively work, Swami Muktananda recounts the life of his Guru, a saint who attained God realization and who unceasingly worked to help others achieve the same goal. It is a story filled with miracles, love, devotion to God, the power of Siddha Yoga, and in particular the author's expressions of indebtedness to the man who made him what he was. This reader is left deeply moved.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Laura De Giorgio on October 8, 2009
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What I expected when I got this book was to read Nityananda's biography - however, the book is written more in a form of Muktananda's adoration of his guru, and in between the lines of Muktananda's outpouring of love for his guru, Muktananda inserts a little bit of information about Nityananda's life and teachings. Whatever little of that information is offered it is still priceless. Nityananda urged everyone to meditate on the immortal, eternal, universal Self.

"Nityananda loved solitude and he lived alone. He usually travelled on foot, moving through the woods and mountains with lightning speed. People say he could move from one place to another at the speed of thought."

"He built many caves and houses without taking money from anyone. He would tell the workers to take their wages from under any stone in the jungle, and they used to get the right amount.

When the ashram was being built in Kanhangad, the police came to investigate. They wanted to know where Gurudev (Nityananda) was getting the money. He led the police through the wild jungle to a lake full of crocodiles, jumped into the water, and pulled out bundle after bundle of brand-new rupee notes, which he tossed to the police. Frightened and astonished, the policed bowed to him and ran away."

"Occasionally Gurudev would get on a tain. If he was asked for a ticket, he would produce thousands of tickets from his loincloth. If he was asked to get off, the train would stop and not run anymore."

"Local people saw him walking on the waters of the Pavanja River. Many times he fed thousands of people with sweets, and no one had the slightest idea where the sweets came from."

Nityananda thought that one should cultivate the purity of mind, the purity of feeling and faith in God.

"One becomes exactly what one's mind dwells on intensely and with firm resolve."
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hanuman V on November 29, 2010
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The author, Swami Muktananda did a great job in sharing his stories and love of his guru. I love this book. It is very well put together. It is definately a page turner. I have a ton of books on yoga, and it's Saints of India. This book about Shree Gurudev (Bhagawan Nityanada) is amazing. With in every paragraph you learn so much. Every page holds it's own. It was an enjoyable read but most of all it was an education. I still can't believe how much is shared about Shree Gurudev in this book. No stone is left unturned. Shree Gurudev is all and all is given to you in this easy to read and powerful book about an amazing Sage. If you are thinking about getting this book, don't think, just get it!
Om Namo Bhagawan Nityananda.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward P. Coggins on July 31, 2011
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This book is stunning. I have read it many times and every time it brings tears of devotion to my eyes. Get a copy and enjoy the love of a devotee for his guru
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 24, 2014
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Muktananda (1908-1982) was an Indian guru and the founder of Siddha Yoga. He wrote a number of books, such as Play of Consciousness: A Spiritual Autobiography, I Am That: The Science of Hamsa from the Vijnana Bhairava, Where Are You Going?: A Guide to the Spiritual Journey, etc. He was a disciple of Nityananda (1897-1961), another Indian guru, and the subject of Muktananda's book. He was also accused of improper sexual relations with some of his female disciples. His "Siddna Yoga" is now carried on by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda.

He wrote in the first chapter of this 1972 book, "Time and again saints and enlightened ones come into our midst and uplift humanity... the poor and the helpless derive full measure of peace, solace and contentment from them. It is for this purpose that the compassionate Lord incarnates Himself in the form of sages and seers from time to time. One such divine embodiment descended on Ganeshpuri to fulfil an extraordinary spiritual mission. All the devotees knew him as Bhagawan Nityananda." (Pg. 2-3)

He states, "One must keep in mind that Sri Gurudev was not consciously performing any miracles himself; he was no miracle-monger. As a matter of fact, Sri Gurudev had achieved complete identity with Brahman; he was literally saturated with the all-pervading Reality. He visualised the same Essence in himself as everywhere." (Pg.
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