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  • Series: The Master Course, Bk 2 (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 945 pages
  • Publisher: Himalayan Academy Pubns; 2 edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0945497989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0945497981
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.2 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,394,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Christian publishing, daily devotionals are a bread-and-butter staple of the market; in the tiny world of North American Hindu publishing, they're virtually nonexistent. It is therefore all the more welcome when a press comes out with something as useful and practical as Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's Living with Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Culture, a 1,000-page tome featuring 365 meditations on Hindu spirituality. Subramuniyaswami addresses issues such as worship, marriage, money, sex, child-rearing, nonviolence, caste, forgiveness, karma, nature and hospitality. Readers may not agree with all of his forthright and opinionated reflections (he opposes spanking, supports arranged marriages and has very strong words against the disintegration of the family, for example), but they will appreciate his unswerving emphasis on infusing daily life with Hindu spirituality.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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The lessons are elegantly simple, well-stated, and cross-culturally appealing --Napra Review, Jan/Feb 2002

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Once in a while on this Earth there arises a soul who, by living his tradition rightly and wholly, perfects his path and becomes a light to the world. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami was such a being, a living example of awakening and wisdom, a leader recognized worldwide as one of Hinduism's foremost ministers. In 1947, as a young man of 20, he journeyed to India and Sri Lanka and two years later was initiated into sannyasa by the renowned siddha yogi and worshiper of Siva, Jnanaguru Yogaswami of Sri Lanka, regarded as one of the 20th century's most remarkable mystics.

For over five decades Subramuniyaswami, affectionately known as Gurudeva, taught Hinduism to Hindus and seekers from all faiths. In the line of successorship, he was the 162nd Jagadacharya of the Nandinatha Sampradaya's Kailasa Parampara and Guru Mahasannidhanam of Kauai Aadheenam (also known as Kauai's Hindu Monastery), a 458-acre temple-monastery complex on Hawaii's Garden Island. From this verdant Polynesian ashram on a river bank near the foot of an extinct volcano, Gurudeva's successor, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, and the monastics live their cherished vision, following a contemplative and joyous existence, building a jewel-like white granite Siva temple, meditating together in the hours before dawn, then working, while rainbows fill the sky, to promote the Sanatana Dharma together through four areas of service:

Saiva Siddhanta Church
Himalayan Academy
Hindu Heritage Endowment
Hinduism Today international quarterly magazine

Gurudeva was lauded as one of the strictest and most traditional gurus in the world. His Hindu Church nurtures its membership and local missions on five continents. The Academy serves, personally and through its magazine, books, courses and travel/study programs, serious seekers and Hindus of all denominations. Gurudeva's mission, received from his satguru, was to protect, preserve and promote the Saivite Hindu religion as expressed through its three pillars: temples, satgurus and scripture. That mission is now carried forward by his monastic and family communities. The congregation of Saiva Siddhanta Church is a disciplined, global fellowship of family initiates, monastics and students who follow the sadhana marga, the path of inner effort, yogic striving and personal transformation. Gurudeva was the hereditary guru of 2.5 million Sri Lankan Hindus. His various institutions form a Jaffna-Tamil-based organization which has branched out from his Sri Subramuniya Ashram in Alaveddy to meet the needs of the growing Hindu diaspora of this century. He also established a seven-acre monastery in Mauritius, which includes a public Spiritual Park. Gurudeva gently oversaw more than 50 independent temples worldwide. Missionaries and teachers within the family membership provide counseling and classes in Saivism for children, youth and adults.

Hinduism Today is the influential, award-winning, international monthly magazine founded by Gurudeva in 1979. It is a public service of his monastic order, created to strengthen all Hindu traditions by uplifting and informing followers of the Sanatana Dharma everywhere. Gurudeva was author of more than 30 books unfolding unique and practical insights on Hindu metaphysics, mysticism and yoga. His Master Course lessons on Saivism, taught in many schools, are preserving the teachings among thousands of youths.

Hindu Heritage Endowment is a public service trust founded by Gurudeva in 1995. It seeks to establish and maintain permanent sources of income for Hindu institutions worldwide. In 1986, New Delhi's World Religious Parliament named Gurudeva one of five modern-day Jagadacharyas, world teachers, for his international efforts in promoting and chronicling a Hindu renaissance.

Then in 1995 it bestowed on him the title of Dharmachakra for his remarkable publications.

The Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders for Human Survival chose Subramuniyaswami as a Hindu representative at its unique conferences. Thus, at Oxford, England, in 1988, Moscow in 1990 and Rio de Janiero in 1992, he joined hundreds of religious, political and scientific leaders from all countries to discuss privately, for the first time, the future of human life on this planet. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami At Chicago's historic centenary Parliament of the World's Religions in September, 1993, Gurudeva was elected one of three presidents, along with His Holiness Swami Chidananda Saraswati of the Rishikesh-based Divine Life Society and Kerala's Ammachi, Mata Amritanandamayi Ma, to represent Hinduism at the prestigious Presidents' Assembly, a core group of 25 men and women voicing the needs of world faiths.

In 1996 Gurudeva upgraded the newspaper Hinduism Today to a magazine, a quantum leap that placed it on newsstands everywhere, alongside Newsweek, Time and India Today. In 1997 he responded to the US President's call for religious opinions on the ethics of cloning from the Hindu point of view. Later that year, he spearheaded the 125th anniversary of Satguru Yogaswami and his golden icon's diaspora pilgrimage through many of the over 75 Sri Lanka temples and societies around the globe. In 1998, the Vishva Hindu Parishad of Kerala sent an envoy to Kauai to honor and recognize Gurudeva as the "Hindu Voice of the Century."

In the last few years of his life Gurudeva was a key member of Vision Kauai 2020, a small group of community leaders that includes the Mayor, former Mayor and County Council members. They met monthly to fashion the island's future for twenty years ahead, based on moral and spiritual values. If you ask people who know Gurudeva what was so special about him, they may point to his great peace, presence and centeredness, to his incredible power to inspire others toward their highest Self, to change their lives in ways that are otherwise impossible, to be an unfailing light on their path, to be a voice of Indian spiritual life, to bring the best of the East and the best of the West together, to be a father and mother to all who draw near, a living example of the pure path taught by his guru and followed by his devoted shishyas.

In April of 1999 Gurudeva lead 45 spiritual aspirants on an Innersearch from Vancouver to Anchorage, Alaska. Their ship, the MS Noordam, journeyed for 7 days and nights as they studied meditation and the mystical life together, explored the glaciers and redefined the cruise experience along the way. In Anchorage, Gurudeva founded the first Hindu temple in that state, calling together the native American Indian leaders to participate in the event. He also initiated a powerful series of book signings in California, Washington and Alaska, introducing his newest legacy book, Merging with Siva, to thousands of seekers.

In August he traveled to Malaysia and Mauritius, where he met with the nation's leaders on several family-related topics, opened his Spiritual Park for 3,000 special guests, spent precious time with his Church members and continued the dynamic book signings, this time adding his newest book, Weaver's Wisdom, to the list.

In March and April of 2000 he lead another Innersearch Travel-Study program to the Caribbean, visiting six nations with 53 of his devotees and meeting the Hindu leadership in that remote part of the world, with special events among 4,500 Hindus who came to honor him in Trinidad.

On August 25, 2000, he received the prestigious United Nations U Thant Peace Award in New York (previously bestowed on the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa). He addressed 1,200 spiritual leaders gathered for the UN Millennium Peace Summit, with the message, "For peace in the world, stop the war in the home." Upon his return to Kauai, 350 citizens and county and state officials gathered to herald his accomplishments on the island and beyond. Governor Benjamin Cayetano wrote: "I am especially grateful for your efforts to promote moral and spiritual values in Hawaii. May our people forever embrace the message of peace you have so eloquently supported in your gracious wisdom."

In August of 2001 Gurudeva took 72 devotees on an incredible journey through Northern Europe, founding new Hindu temples along the way and visiting the Tamil communities in a dozen nations. It was a fitting end to his remarkable life. Just before departing for the European Innersearch, he completed his last legacy book, ''Living with Siva.'' Only weeks after returning from that dynamic odyssey, he attained his Maha Samadhi. Gurudeva was known to the end for spending personal time with new members, island visitors who pilgrimaged to his sacred home on Kauai and new young monks who have come to the monastery to give their life in selfless service and the Great Search for God within man. All of his work and mission, his amazing vision and all-encompassing projects now go forward under the able guidance of his successor, Bodhinatha. Aum Namasivaya!

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Osuna on October 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The books of this trilogy are great. Maybe this is the one that is hardest to understand if you are not a hindu. It talks about the hindu way of living which obviously is very different from our western standards. However it has very good advices that you can incorporate to your live even if you are not hindu.

The first book of this trilogy Dancing with Siva is a must. It explains so well the hindu philosophy that it has even help me undertand western religions. There's no doubt that the truth is one with different names.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jutikadevi Sivaraja on June 24, 2008
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I highly recommend this book to:

1.Anyone interested in exploring Hindu culture, and how Hindu culture really means how one lives with Siva- the self. Gurudeva Sivaya Subramuniyswami, has given the tools from his inner self out to the world, and Living With Siva really creates the basics of day to day life in living with a culture with some basic structure that puts one on the spiritual path of the self- Siva.

2. It is also a great assest of help for Asian Hindus who have migrated to a foreign country far away from their traditional family lineage, where these Hindu way of life is upheld everyday, from the passing of tradition through the ages. Where one is left to figure out the basics of how to live a daily life close to adhering to Hindu traditions and culture and so on without a living guide close by, then this book is definitely a treasure from the lineage of the Himalayas. Now Hindus can too live a vibrantly Hindu way of life, everyday, with this book as a guide.

As my guru teaches "you can have the world as your Guru that leads you on the downward path or you can follow me and I will lead you on the upward path on the spiritual path"

3. For those interested in learning about the Hindu way of life, that has been practised through the ages.

4. For anyone who is intrigued about the nature of beautiful Hindu culture of as it has existed in the lives of Hindus all around the world through the ages, and are interested in living and cultivating the Hindu culture in their day to day lives.

5. Second Generation Hindus interested in learning more about what it means to live and claim that you are Hindu, this is an excellent guide for that.
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By Brandon Fulbrook on July 29, 2014
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Wonderful
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8 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Trunk on August 27, 2006
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I purchased this book along with the other two in the "Master Course" series by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Being an open-minded spiritual seeker, I was very interested in what this guru would have to say. I was quite disappointed to say the least. The author makes the most absurd and far-flung claims in the most matter-of-fact tone it is almost amusing (Or at least it would be, if I hadn't shelled out so much for these books!) To cite but a few examples: putting cow dung ash on your forehead will make it easier for the gods to see you, sexual intercourse causes invisible yet literal threads to bind you to your partner over long distances, and the author claims to have "picked up," from some world beyond which he is able to tune into, a language called Shum Tyeif, in which prayers should be said. Apparently the higher beings are supposed to speak this language among themselves and don't wish to be bothered by our lowly human tongues! Naturally, the good guru provides absolutely nothing but his word as evidence for any of his sophomoric claims, and, as Thomas Paine so rightly pointed out, "Outrageous claims require outrageous proof." The guru does occasionally say something sensible, like be kind to your children, be honest, don't beat your wife...but if you can't figure that out without a guru to tell you, then spiritually you're probably beyond help anyway!:-) So, if you are looking for spiritual nourishment, this author is not the one to provide it. Save your money and your common sense.
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