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Gurumayi Chidvilasananda is a spiritual teacher, author, musician, and the head of the Siddha lineage of meditation masters in the ancient yogic tradition of India.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Siddha Yoga Publications (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911307524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911307528
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1998
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One of the most wonderful things about Gurumayi Chidvilasananda's books and teachings is the vision she has of the world and her absolute conviction that each and every person's true nature is good, is, indeed, divine. As a result of reading Gurumayi's books, including Enthusiasm, I have changed from a pessimistic cynic to a person who really loves my life and I would say that I am filled with enthusiasm most of the time. As she says in the book, and I thought about this alot while reading it, enthusiasm isn't a burst of energy or spectacular displays of happiness. Enthusiasm, the way I experience it, is like love. In fact, I think it is love. It gives me strength and energy and allows me to enjoy myself, other people, the world. Even when faced with challenges.
The topics in the book include overcoming envy, the true Compansion within, and discarding the burden of self-hatred. These particular chapters have helped me a lot. Gurumayi writes about these things in a way that allows me to see envy, for example, for what it is. I don't feel guilty or bad about myself any more when it comes up. I just notice it and remember what I have learned from her. And the main thing that I have learned is that I do have a True Companion within my own heart, that I am, bottom-line, full of love and goodness. I KNOW that now.
Gurumayi's teachings are for people who genuinely want to know who they are and are willing to look unwaveringly at themselves. It's for people who are convinced somewhere within their own soul that love really is the foundation of creation. It's hard to maintain this belief when life is coming at you full speed, it's difficult not to be cynical, but if you read and reread Gurumayi, you will find support and happiness in yourself.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By felipe_jain@brown.edu on January 19, 1999
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What particularly amazes me about this book is the way in which I can open it any day, at any time, and continue my life with renewed inspiration and vigor. I find Gurumayi's chapter on selfless service, or guruseva, particularly useful as I gain new insight into my studies, and, indeed, every action I perform. Her elucidation of the five criteria, which reveal the depth of a person's offering of selfless service, gives me the knowledge I need to remove the stress from my studies and my extracurricular activities.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Divine Flux on January 25, 2011
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This is such a sweet book on Gurumayi's talks on enthusiasm. Each time I pick this book up, my heart soars! Simply spend a minute reading a passage from this delightful book and your mood will change for the better. Easy to read and very uplifting.
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