Return to the Source, Collected Writings on Spiritual Life
Return to the Source, Collected Writings on Spiritual Life is an inspirational, beautiful, and practical collection of advice and comfort for spiritual seekers. The author, Swami Bhajanananda, is head priest of Kali Mandir, a Hindu temple in Laguna Beach, California. He has guided spiritual seekers for decades, providing comfort to those traversing and seeking the path of Illumination.
This book provides instructions on japa, meditation, how to correctly use a mala, and the process and meaning of true kirtan (singing to the Divine), among other spiritual topics. The swami is adept at singing kirtan and brings joy to so many who come in contact with him and the others at Kali Mandir. The Deva Shop is honored and privileged to know him personally. Visit the Ramakrishna Seminary to learn can learn about the courses that Swami Bhajanananda teaches online.
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“Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati, a monk of Shankara's Order and the main priest of Kali Mandir in Laguna Beach, is an austere traditional monk. This inspiring book, Return to the Source, reveals his devotion and passion for God, knowledge of the Hindu Scriptures and ritual, words of wisdom and practical spiritual guidance. This book originated from some of his class talks, articles, and writings, and over and above, from his sadhana and experiences. Readers will find in this book the pure spiritual tradition of Vedanta. It will help them to build their inner lives, to breathe the freshness of the eternal, and to attain peace and bliss.” - Swami Chetanananda, Vedanta Society of St. Louis, author of more than books on Sri Ramakrishna and Vedanta
Chapters include: Sri Ramakrishna and Kali in the West, Kali Puja (the Art of Seeing God), Kirtan (Singing the Divine Name), Japa Yoga, Moment by Moment Worship, Bhagavatam Meditations, Tradition (Gift of the Rishis), Seeds of Desire, and Living at the Source (Excerpts from Letters to Devotees).