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Swami Muktananda introduced the Siddha Yoga path all over the world, creating what he called a "meditation revolution."
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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Siddha Yoga Publications; 3rd edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911307818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911307818
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
It is difficult to put into words what is contaned within this book, many who have read it, myself included, find it more of an experince, than just a read. A subject that can often be laborious to comprehend, Muktananda weaves into a colorful, amazing, stimulating and often unbelievably true tale. I found myself mesmerized and willing to set the book down only when I was so saturated with his energy that I would pass out. A deffinate recommend and a great gift to anyone who is on a spiritual path..
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By Danitra on December 21, 2007
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This book is about the experience of meditation through yoga. I read this book when I was 13 and some of the concepts were a little advanced for me at that time. Nonetheless, this book helped me to understand some experiences I had with meditation when I was young.

I was raised with Siddha Yoga. Growing up, there was no place I felt safer than I did at the Siddha Yoga Ashram. For me it has been and always will be home. My spiritual journey extends beyond the confines of Siddha Yoga, but my spiritual awareness and love for God was nurtured and developed through Baba and Gurumayi's teachings, guidance, and love. I use their teachings daily.

There is concern with truth or falsity of the Guru only when the seeker is looking for someone to worship rather than for a path of growth and spiritual development. I have learned a lot from people who weren't "Gurus". The word guru means to bring from darkness "gu" into light "ru". In this sense, we are surrounded by gurus all the time. All we have to do is seek them out, and they appear.

It is Baba and Gurumayi who have taught me to search for the diamonds within the coals. When I am not in the right state of mind, I remember this simple teaching, and then I am surrounded by diamonds instead of black coals.

In reading this book, find the diamonds and pearls in Baba's words and take them with you. Then you will feel rich and you will not be disappointed.

I would also like to add that Siddha Yoga is not for everyone. The teaching of Siddha Yoga is that "God dwells within you as you". The teaching of Siddha Yoga is NOT "The Guru is your God". I have never heard Gurumayi suggest we be dependent solely on the Guru. I have on the other hand heard Gurumayi say that the Light of God dwells within us.
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By A Customer on April 19, 2004
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This book is extraordinary in that in gives a first-hand account of the journey of spiritual awakening and meditation that leads to Self-realization. Muktananda writes from both the perspectives of having been a disciple of an enlightened Master and as a Guru who has much to teach sincere aspirants on the inner path. His words carry the conviction of actual experience; this is not a theortical treatise on the ultimate meaning of life and human potential. It is rather a testament to what happens when the power of grace and the longing of a true seeker meet. The intention of this book is not to inspire a belief about the enlightened state of Muktananda; but rather to impart a description of essential truth to the reader which is meant to be verified by actual experience.
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So many of us yearn to know God, to know the Truth, to know our own Self. Yet, the way is often concealed or murky. What would we give to actually experience it? What would we give to know what to expect on the journey to the Self? Play of Consciousness is an extraordinary book. Each time I read this book, I am drawn into a deep state of meditation and experience my own inner perfection. Again and again, Play of Consciousness gives me courage to move forward in my own spiritual journey. Such is the greatness of Swami Muktananda. Not only did he live established in his own perfection, but through every word, every action, every thought, he imparted his attainment to all and encouraged us to keep progressing. Those receptive to the grace and love contained in this masterpiece, will surely experience their own true greatness and perfect love. What a blessing to humanity it is to have a detailed account of the spiritual journey and divine attainment of this extraordinary Siddha, or perfected being.
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This book is divided into two "sub-books"; 'the path of the siddhas' and the 'teachings of the siddhas'. Swami Muktananda's explanation of his meditation experiences forms the core of this book.

The way he reveals his different states of meditation experiences may be different from other saints who have reached the state of samadhi or bliss but I have no doubt that his experiences are authentic and he was not hallucinating. The point is that Muktanananda has already reached the highest states of consciousness or Nirvana during his meditations.

The reason why I gave this book a 4 star rating and not a 5 star rating is because Muktananda had failed to give a more detailed biography of his guru. If he had included a more comprehensive account of his guru, this book would deserve a perfect rating.

I would also like to recommend the "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramhansa Yogananda. This saint (who is also my guruji) had also attained the state of samamdhi.
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So many of us yearn to know God, to know the Truth, to know our own Self. Yet, the way is often concealed or murky. What would we give to actually experience it? What would we give to know what to expect on the journey to the Self? Play of Consciousness is an extraordinary book. Each time I read this book, I am drawn into a deep state of meditation and experience my own inner perfection. Again and again, Play of Consciousness gives me courage to move forward in my own spiritual journey. Such is the greatness of Swami Muktananda. Not only did he live established in his own perfection, but through every word, every action, every thought, he imparted his attainment to all and encouraged us to keep progressing. Those receptive to the grace and love contained in this masterpiece, will surely experience their own true greatness and perfect love. What a blessing to humanity it is to have a detailed account of the spiritual journey and divine attainment of this extraordinary Siddha, or perfected being.
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