Yoga Gems: A Treasury of Practical and Spiritual Wisdom from Ancient and Modern Masters
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Here is an inspirational and accessible introduction to the deep inner wisdom of yoga gathered from sources both ancient and modern by one of America’s most respected yoga scholars.
For the millions of Americans who now practice yoga regularly, here is the perfect introduction to the rich philosophical and spiritual tradition behind the exercises.
George Feuerstein has drawn short, memorable quotations from the key texts of this five-thousand-year-old legacy, with an emphasis on the wisdom of modern yoga masters.The quotations have been selected and arranged to address the needs of yoga practitioners in the twenty-first century.
Among the many themes touched on in this treasure of a book: the process of inner growth; the value of silence; how to meditate; how to infuse everyday life with joy; universal kinship; overcoming suffering; dealing with grief, loss, anger, and jealousy; remembering and cultivating one’s true inner self; developing self-discipline; and bringing out the good in all you say and do.
For both new and experienced yoga students alike, Yoga Gems is the perfect travel companion on the road to inner peace.
doubt that one day I will write that top-ten bestseller. I will keep trying against all the odds, just for her. Many thanks to Toni Burbank, senior editor at Bantam, for seeing the potential of this book and paying me for doing what I most enjoy: being in the company of great masters and their inspiring ideas and ideals. And kind thanks to the other good spirits at Bantam. INTRODUCTION WHAT IS YOGA? It is impossible to give a precise answer to this simple question, mainly because Yoga is so
best use to you, be of best use to your surroundings. If you want your house to give you joy and comfort, be joyful in it, bring to it beautiful things. If you project love to the plants in your garden, they will reward you with beautiful flowers to give you joy. If you cultivate within yourself a natural state of kindness, compassion, love, and forgiveness, you will receive a thousandfold reward from the surroundings. —Maharishi Mahesh Yogi THE JOY OF SERVICE Compassionate service helps to
Names of Vishnu (Petaluma, Calif.: Nilgiri Press, 1987), pp. 57, 59. Sickening Speed (page 69) Meher Baba, Eknath Easwaran, Meditation: A Simple Eight-Point Program for Translating Spiritual Ideals into Daily Life (Tomales, Calif.: Nilgiri Press, 1978, 1991), p. 31. Luminous Sleep (page 69) Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov, Looking into the Invisible: Intuition, Clairvoyance, Dreams (Fréjus, France: Prosveta S.A., 1989), p. 160. Nocturnal Yogi (page 70) Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a
Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy, 1989). Love and Nonattachment (page 166) Swami Vivekananda, Karma-Yoga and Bhakti-Yoga (New York: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, 1982), pp. 39–40. Chaste Love (page 166) Lewis Thompson, Mirror to the Light: Reflections on Consciousness and Experience, ed. by Richard Lannoy (London: Coventure, 1984), p. 102. 15. GREAT REALIZATIONS IN SMALL THINGS Living Yoga (page 170) Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga (Pondicherry: Sri
Nanda, ed. by Swami Lalitananda (Miami, Fla.: International Yoga Society, 1975), p. 229. Infinity (page 202) Sri Ramakrishna, cited in “M.,” The Gospel of Ramakrishna, revised edition by Swami Abhedananda (New York: Vedanta Society, 1947), pp. 421–22. I Am Neither This Nor That (page 203) Avadhuta-Gita (1.66–67). Translated from the original Sanskrit by Georg Feuerstein. The Final Account (page 203) Meher Baba, Life At Its Best (New York: Perennial Library, 1972), p. 82. YOGA GEMS All