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Close Your Eyes and Open Your Mind - A Practical Guide to Spiritual Meditation Paperback – January, 2009

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: InnerWorld Publications (January 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881717070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881717072
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,039,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dada Nabhaniilananda, aka The Monk Dude, was born in 1955 in New Zealand. In addition to being an author of both fiction and non-fiction he is a yoga monk, a musician, and a keynote speaker.
During his first year at University studying English literature and music Dada developed a deep interest in oriental mysticism and decided to become a yogi. In 1979 he was ordained in India as a monk and an Acarya (spiritual teacher) of the spiritual movement Ananda Marga (the Path of Bliss).
Dada has won several international song writing awards, recorded eight musical albums and performed and spoken in more than forty countries, including playing to more than 10,000 people at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit where he appeared onstage with the Dalai Lama.
His book on meditation has been translated into eleven languages and is a standard text for meditation teachers all over the world.
Dada lives in California where he continues to write and teaches meditation at UC Berkeley.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Claudia E. Matta on July 22, 2007
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What a relief to find a book about meditation that is easy to understand, yet deep enough to give me the feeling that I'm learning something really valuable. It takes great skill and wisdom to make difficult subjects simple, and Dada Nabhaniilananda has certainly achieved this. His stories of his personal experiences, and his often humorous anecdotes make the writing both charming and profound. Difficult to put down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jody Wright on July 27, 2007
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I found "Close Your Eyes and Open Your Mind" to be authentic, practical and inspiring. Dada Nabhanilananda is a monk who has dedicated his life to his spiritual practices and work. Yet he is also a musician, a world traveler, and one who fights for justice, environmental protection and social change. He shares spiritual practices that have personally worked for him and for others he knows. He is authenic.

The book is full of practical exercises and suggestions that you can do immediately - and suggestions of where to go when you need more guidance.

And when you read the stories, think through the ideas, and actually sit down and try the meditation, that is inspirational!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Ochoa on July 29, 2007
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Nabhanillananda's introduction to meditation is a wonderful gift for Westeners who want to learn Eastern meditation techniques. Nabhanillananda, a New Zealander, is able to translate his passion for and deep understanding of the yogic practices he describes into a vernacular that speaks to the Western ear, without diluting the message that he wants to share. This book both inspires and challenges -- Nabhanillananda's joy is infectious and makes you want to keep reading, and by the end of the book you feel you have no excuses left for not trying meditation for yourself. It's a great introduction for anyone who has wondered what meditation is all about and why it's worth pursuing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pokeberry Farm Boy on March 19, 2008
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Dada Nabhaniilananda has done a wonderful job of making the ancient practice of meditation accessible to everyone in an enjoyable yet highly informative book. The beginner will find exactly what he or she needs to understand what meditation is, how to get started and stay with it without being discouraged. The experienced meditator will find renewed inspiration and new ideas of how to inspire others. This book should be read by and on the shelf of every yogi and meditator of any stripe.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald Acosta on July 11, 2007
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One of the best books I've seen for beginners or even oldtimers like myself who could use a chance to step away from their practice and look at it with fresh eyes. Dada does a nice job of demystifying what is often seen as mysterious and mystical without losing any of the magic associated with meditation. I really like the answers he gives to common questions and doubts that many of us may have or have had. A great title doesn't hurt either, but then I wouldn't expect anything less from such a book. Definitely worth a spot on your bookshelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TIgerFrank on May 29, 2014
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I happen to get the book in a bookstore in Mt view, CA, and listen to Dada's live workshop, he is a wonderful speaker, check him out on Tedtalk, at [...]
This book is more than just about Meditation. To me, I read many self help and personal development books, this book is an extension of what I've learned about "Positive Thinking", "Law of Attraction", because I have quite deeper understanding about myself, the "EGO" and more. And I get reconfirmed that one of the best solution is "Spiritual Meditation"...
BTW, Dada is a great musician, he will provide great Mediation music in the book as well. Me and my wife listen almost daily, it does make a difference....
If you are trying to get to know yourself and your thoughts deeply, and try to practice Mediation, this is a must read!!
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