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The Art of Joyful Living: Meditation and Daily Life Paperback – November 1, 1989


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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Himalayan Inst Pr (November 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893891177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893891176
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,718,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Your culture teaches you to smile at others, but such smiles are only momentary and do not reflect your real feelings. Actually, there should be a perennial and real smile on your face all the time. To achieve that, you should have a clear concept of the meaning in life, and the philosophy of life. Then, you will start to live on a deeper level, and will begin to enjoy your life." (Swami Rama)

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Swami Rama in his books teaches you what real Yoga is.
Ashutosh K. Bahadure
This is not only beautiful, the wisdom in his words is breathtaking, and really speaks to my heart and soul.
Lynda
I really "enjoyed" reading this beautiful and very practical book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 1998
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This book can be read over a hundred times! There is always something new turn learn from it. A book for everyone seeking peace and thoughtfulness.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 1998
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This book can be understood by anyone, not just those interested in esoteric, spiritual practices. It's full of true wisdom that can be applied to daily life. It gives very sensible advice.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By François on January 19, 2006
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The more I read Swami Rama the more I have to recognize the power of simplicity and its richness. I am one of those who like to intellectualize a bit, but when I get confused enough all there is to do is go back to this very simple book. This book does not requiered any esoteric knowledge of yoga but just openess and sincerity from the reader. If you haven't read it, I almost envy you for the sweet pleasure waiting for you. Once you will have tasted Swami Rama's teachings I suggest you visit [...] , a treasure chest of informations and guidance by one of (if not the) closest disciple of Swami Rama.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aquus on August 31, 2009
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I first encountered Swami Rama years ago, while working at a spiritual bookstore. His Autobiography, "Living with the Himalayan Masters" was an inspiration and much more modern and accessible to me than many enlightened masters autobiographies. Considered a great sage and master, Swami Rama, born in 1925, was raised from childhood in a cave monastery, by a Master who allowed him to study with all the adepts in his monastery and area. By his twenties he was a famous singer, and the youngest Shankaracharya (spiritual leader) in Southern India and studied at several European universities, and taught in Japan. He also started an Ashram in India and founded The Himalayan International Institute of Yoga and Science and Philosophy. Having studied in the west and performed countless scientific experiments verifying his minds control over his body, he combines the eastern teachings with a nod to western science, philosophy and religion, making them applicable to any walk of life or philosophical system. I highly recommend all of his books but this is one of my favorites.

In this classic, he tells us how to find, know and transform our true self and live a positive life that acknowledges our humanness, while striving for perfection. This is accomplished through an understanding of ones self, negative emotions and habits, while strengthening ones willpower, memory, intuition and spirituality. He teaches us how to have spiritual and loving relationships, gives a simple no-nonsense approach to becoming your own therapist, and an example of good parenting, all through a simple basic understanding of meditation and self exploration.

A simple core lesson from this book is that we often "blame others and expect others to make us happy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ashutosh K. Bahadure on February 15, 2013
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Everyone should read this book. This is a book you would want to read and re-read to really understand and practice Swami Rama's teachings in daily life. It's full of wisdom. Swami Rama in his books teaches you what real Yoga is. Yoga is not about just practicing postures, seating around candles and (pretend to) meditate, listening to music etc. Yoga is life style; it's way of living life joyfully, free from pain and misery. As Swami Rama teaches, whole life is meditation.

I highly recommend to read other books by Swami Rama especially Meditation and Its Practice, Path of Fire and Light (Vol 2). Please also visit Swamij.com which is a website created by Swami Rama's disciple Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati. This website has documents, which you can download free, which are basically compilation of Swami Rama's teaching in systematic fashion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rose M. on July 20, 2013
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I do think it takes effort to make these practices a part of daily living but that they are the answer to a happier life.
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By Ryan on March 25, 2014
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a real read to jump start a awakened way of life.....back deep down to our past life's roots
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