Swami Ganeshananda's poetry is so viscerally and spiritually alive that it both opens my heart and brings me to tears. It is poetry so full of love and devotion that it transports me into the very states it describes. I sense that I am a different and better person after each poem I read. Bruce Joel Rubin, Screenwriter, won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay: GHOST, has also written JACOBS LADDER, DEEP IMPACT, THE TIME TRAVELER S WIFE etc. --Back cover of the book
Swami Ganeshananda's book of poems is a wonderful testament to the life of growth expressed by his forty years of spiritual practice. The sweet, soft, hauntingly beautiful voice that is the expression of his gratitude and simplicity of focus harkens back to the words of Kabir or Rumi. The sometimes crying whisper, the sometimes out-loud screams, always spoken to the God he has found inside himself, should remind us all of our own wish to know the Divine within ourselves. Swami Khecaranatha Berkeley, California, USA --Preface to the book
These poems of Swami Ganeshananda touch on the depth of all human experience. His gratitude and love for (his teacher) Rudi shines through, and his simple struggle to find clarity in the middle of a raging storm. Stuart Perrin, American spiritual teacher and author. --Back cover of the book
About the Author
Swami Ganeshananda (born Per Oskar Johansen) has established and runs Rudra Meditation center in Oslo, Norway, with associated centers and contacts in other parts of Europe. He has for more than 40 years been a daily practictioner of kundalini yoga meditation, a practice he has also taught for many years. He studied with his root guru Swami Rudrananda (Rudi) in New York from the fall of 1969 until Rudi s passing in 1973. After that he studied for many years with Swami Chetanananda in various USA locations. He has also studied Kashmir Shaivism and other Indian traditions. In addition, he has for a number of years studied chod, phowa and other ancient Tibetan Buddhist practices with Wangdu Lama Rinpoche, who has a temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. The author received the name Ganeshananda in a sanyas ceremony at The Movement Center in Portland, Oregon, USA, in the summer of 2008. Sanyas is a series of rituals in which a practitioner formally commits himself completely to spiritual practice and therefore receives the title Swami , which means one who masters himself . He has written the books Poems from the Bliss of Awareness (in English) and Freedom From the Web of Karma (in Norwegian, soon to be published in English). He has also written a number of articles about spiritual practice and growth. He has a Doctorate Degree in Education and was for five years professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA. While serving as a professor, he also ran a local meditation center. Since 1983, he has worked as a consultant and trainer in industrial companies in the USA and Europe, focusing on improvement processes and team work. He is still partly engaged in this work in Europe, while teaching meditation practice and running the Rudra Meditation Center.