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By God's Grace: The Life And Teachings of Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati Hardcover – July 31, 2012

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About the Author

American-born Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, PhD, moved to India in 1996. She was officially ordained by Pujya Swamiji into the tradition of sanyas and lives at Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh, where she serves Pujya Swamiji's humanitarian projects, teaches meditation, gives discourses, and counsels individuals and families. She lives in Rishikesh, India.

His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the Dalai Lama, was born on July 6, 1935, in the small village of Taktser in northeastern Tibet. By age two he was recognized as the fourteenth incarnation of the Dalai Lama. He is the spiritual leader of Tibet, a Buddhist monk, and a prolific scholar. He is respected internationally as an environmentalist and as an advocate of compassion and universal responsibility. He inspires people worldwide with his grace, compassion, and ability to embrace the integrity of other faith traditions. He is the most traveled Dalai Lama in history and in 1989 was awarded the Nobel Prize for peace. He lives in Dharamshala, India.

Rabbi David Rosen is international director of interreligious affairs of the American Jewish Committee, former chief rabbi of Ireland, and copresident of the World Conference of Religions for Peace. He lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mandala Publishing (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160887141X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608871414
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 10 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Arielle Ford on July 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
We have been blessed to meet Swamiji in person both in India and in San Diego and he's the real deal, a true holy man who is committed to love and service. His life story is simply amazing and for me, very reminiscent of Autobiography of A Yogi, one of my all time favorite books. The rich and detailed stories of his childhood, from meeting his Guru at age 8, to the strict regimens he followed for many, many years, including living alone in the jungle with not even shoes or a shawl, provide much insight into his path to enlightenment. I am in awe of the many huge projects Swamiji has committed his life to... from raising hundreds of orphans, to massive projects to clean up the Ganges (with his holiness the Dalai Lama and other leaders) to his commitment for a "green" India. The writing is engaging and elegant and has a very rare and special quality to it.....you can feel Swamiji's grace and blessings infuse you as you read the book! Love is literally coded into this beautiful book. Highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Debra Poneman on July 24, 2012
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By God's Grace is more than a book, it is an experience. From the captivating images of Pujya Swamiji and the magnificent people with whom he's shared his life to the glorious and intimate photos of Mother India, the pictures are an absolute feast for the eyes as well as a catalyst for your heart to melt.

As a biography, it contains the inspirational story of a man whose every action has only one intention: to serve the earth and all its inhabitants. Yet his life is so rich and colorful that it's difficult to put the book down as you can't wait to see what happens next!

But perhaps most stunning is how the author weaves Pujya Swamiji's beautiful quotes and profound teachings so skillfully throughout so that every page contains such enlightening wisdom that the reader will experience one epiphany after another. There is not a chance that anyone could read this masterpiece without his or her life being powerfully transformed at the deepest level.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bhava Ram on August 1, 2012
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Pujya Swamiji is among the greatest living saints in the world. In this amazing book, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati reveals the remarkable childhood and subsequent journey of a person raised in the most ancient traditions of Indian sages; living in Himalayan caves, practicing years of silence, unfolding a profound inner wisdom and grace. The narrative grips you from the onset and the photographs are utterly stunning. As a bonus, great insights into Vedic Wisdom are woven in, and Swamiji offers teachings and practices at the end of each chapter. This book is a must for anyone on a spiritual path.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wright, on July 25, 2012
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Infinite Grace is how I think of H. H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati Maharaj. I found his story, as told by Dr. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, in By god's Grace, to be a heartwarming and inspirational.

I have been blessed to experience his warmth and humanity in person. The students at Wright have been blown away by how readily his message translates to Christian, Muslim, and Jew as well as other religions. One born again Christian commented that being with Pujya Swamiji "must be what it was like to be with Christ."

Over the years, I have used Pujya Swamiji's story as a teaching example of personal responsibility and choice. His commitment at age eight and following transformation provide inspirational examples that can inform every moment of our lives. When I read the book and discovered even more examples of a human being learning profound lessons to trust the Divine and live by God's will, I was even more inspired. In addition to the compelling biography, this book has beautiful pictures and profound teaching that refreshed for me the sense of acceptance and Grace I experience when with him. Dr. Bob Wright, CEO of Wright, educator, thought leader in human emergence, and co-author of Transformed! The Science of Spectacular Living, January, 2013, Turner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natalia V. Johnsen on April 27, 2015
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First i was impressed by the size of the book. It is huge! A food for the mind, soul and...muscles, i guess. It has alot of wonderful photos and the story itself is absolutely amazing. Easy to read, just a pure joy to dive into the story of such an incredible person. I remember that Sadhvi saying that she wanted people to feel the presence of her teacher in the story. She accomplished it. I could feel him, living this story. So much warmth, kindness. Incredibly wisdom. This is book is 100% worthy of my time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By satya kalra on September 7, 2012
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Wow Wow Wow!

A must read book, "By God's grace." It is beyond words to express my gratitude to Dr. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati for putting such an inspirational masterpiece with beautiful Pujya Swamiji's spiritual messages and teachings. Pujya Swamiji is the true Karma Yogi who has only one mission, make this world a beautiful, peaceful and harmonious place to live, though unity in diversity. By reading his biography, I am already feeling transformed. I owe it to him!!!
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