Review for Close Your Eyes and Open Your Mind New Renaissance Magazine, U.K. by Amal Jacobson As Dada Nabhaniilananda says in the introduction to Close Your Eyes and Open Your Mind, yoga and meditation have become trendy. Embraced by the wondrous Camelot that is Hollywood, now the rich, the famous and the beautiful can be seen meditating blissfully on the pages of every celeb-junkie s favorite tabloid; what once was considered an obscure oriental occultism is now used to sell international products, from White Castle to NatWest Bank to Burger King. But what is meditation about? How is it done and who does it? Dada is quick to point out that for all the advertising we see in which meditation is used, for all the media hype and new age hipness associated with it, very few people actually practice meditation, and perhaps even fewer understand what it is all about to begin with. In Close Your Eyes and Open Your Mind, it is utterly clear that Dada has an uncommon wealth of wisdom to tap into, with years of practical teaching experience. Dada dispenses with the trendy gimmicks of what is commonly associated with meditation such as relaxation or stress-relief, and cuts to the core of what this mystical tradition is all about: the connection and communion with the Deepest Self. Relaxation and stress relief, Dada says, are not the be-all and end-all of meditation, but simply a side-effect on the journey towards the highest and most ambitious goal of all: self-realization. This all may sound pretty intimidating here, I m sure, but Dada has a rare quality of conveying some of the world s deepest truths in simple, clear language as well as through amusing and inspiring anecdotes. Dada takes us into the depths of a rich world of deeper spiritual realities, but he always takes us by the hand so we never stray too far from its eloquently simple message; it is this balance that Dada strikes which makes this book a must-read for anyone even remotely interested in the pra --New Renaissance Magazine - UK
About the Author
Dada Nabhaniilananda was born in New Zealand in 1955. He was studying music and literature but at age 20 changed direction and adopted the path of Yoga and Meditation. In 1979 he was ordained as a monk of the Ananda Marga Yoga Society, after training in India and Nepal. Since then he has been teaching meditation and yoga as well as writing and performing his original songs. He has appeared as a speaker and performer in countries in every continent save Antarctica and is now dedicating more of his time to writing.