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Swamini Vato: Spiritual Teachings of Aksharbrahma Gunatitanand Swami Hardcover – January 1, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Swaminarayan Aksharpith; 3rd edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 817526313X
  • ISBN-13: 978-8175263130
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,379,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AmyM on August 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Similar to quote books, this book offers small, easy-to digest bits of wisdom about a vast variety of both abstract and everyday issues from happiness and ego to social dealings and daily activities. Each piece of guidance has been translated verbatim from the words of the revered Gunatitanand Swami, himself. Much much of the advice specifically relates to practicing Hinduism and advancing along the path to liberation. I like the seemingly-paradoxical conciseness and thoroughness of each entry, which collectively develop a better understanding of Hinduism and its main principles and ideals. The entries about concepts such as "dharma," "maya," and "satsang" not only help define terms that I had already read about in my study of Hinduism, but also serve to relate them to each other and apply the textbook definitions to the real world. The book's format makes it a quick read, but Swamini Vato is definitely a book you'll want to reread to thoroughly grasp the concepts presented after you've had some time to think about them yourself and incorporate them into your own life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dmp1021 on August 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read Swamini Vato as a child and then again as an adult. The insightful teachings of Gunatitanand Swami are just as pertinent to me today as they were 25 years ago. While being motivational and educational, this book is also filled with practical wisdom for use in our spiritual and everyday lives. Swamini Vato is a wonderful book that I will read and refer to again and again.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Holy C on August 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I find these short sayings to be like 'spiritual vitamins'! Simple and pragmatic, Gunatitanand Swami drew upon the wisdom of millennia-old Hindu scriptures to provide clarity for timeless spiritual and secular life questions. Originally transcribed in Gujarati in the 1800s, I wasn't sure if the translated English version would make sense without the 'cultural context' from that day and age; however the authors of this translation did a fine job doing just that to make these talks and the analogies used therein easy to read and understand.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Archana on May 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Unlike my friend above/below who almost had a content constipation.
(Problem could be with the food eaten and could manifest in any sort of body part
malfunctioning esp. tongue and hands.) This is a product review and not a review
about the publisher or their school of thought.

The book condition was good and the arrival was on time.

The book is indeed precisely written and there has been a perfect
job of translation. The english version reflects detailed research behind it.
The characteristic of the book is its own feature of providing timeless wealth
of metaphors that apply to aspirants day to day life. Wonderful anecdotes provide
amazing insight into how an aspirant must react when met with alluring situations.

Anyone is welcome to read with unbiased viewpoint and get a feel for wonderful
spir-osophy.
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1 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Learner on February 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am sorry to inform all readers interested in researching modern man-made religions that this text published here is not the original words of Mulji Sharma but a fabricated, altered version. If you are interested in the original 5 prakan (chapter) version please see the original Vignandasji swamis (Shishya of Gunatitanand swami) hand written copy is available to view in Rajkot mandir under vadtal sect.

The additional chapters in this book are false propaganda and lies to push their own agenda and the followers of this sect choose to publish altered, unoriginal texts rather than appreciate what was originally written. Unfortunately, the vadtal sect has been plagued with sex and drug ridden scandals consistently losing their credibility almost at the same pace as this break off sect.
This book has been claimed to be original yet when compared to the actual original, you see that people will do anything to protect their interests going even if it means being outright dishonest and faithfully misrepresenting original words.

A note to bear in mind is that history has proven that all man made religions come to an inevitable end. Whether its loss of credibility, funding or through countless schisms and reinterpretations. (This sect was the first to break off and start their own causing over a dozen more to follow using similar justifications) As ones guru/gods-men is preparing for his/her pending death as this sects godsmen demise is shortly to come (Just like every other human/god/guru to come on this earth), we must realize that these frauds will do anything to make sure they are remembered through various methods, even if it means threatening them with the burden of death or reincarnation.
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