Monday
Dec102012

The Advaita Life Practice paperback edition at Amazon

The Advaita Life Practice authored by Jayant Kalawar, now available on Amazon, offers powerful insights on how to live confidently and effectively in the twenty-first century. In this collection of essays Jayant Kalawar provides a sturdy and practical framework for a comprehensive life practice to nourish, develop resilience and sustain harmonious balance in the face of demanding relationships, financial pressures and work. Kalawar synthesizes learnings from the non-dual traditions of India, as interpreted in the Bhagavad Gita, with modern problem solving and planning methods with inspiring clarity. Discover how you can deepen your awareness potential to play your life roles excellently and always live a life of Action in Awareness.

Thursday
Sep132012

The Advaita Life Practice - Excerpt from Essay One

The Advaita Life Practice, authored by Jayant Kalawar, now available on Amazon

 

The world we live in, at the start of the second decade of the twenty-first century, calls for maximizing material wellbeing. Across the globe, there is one underlying assumption that seems to be shared in our striving for material wellbeing: All human endeavors are based on the impulse to learn how to decrease the apparent uncertainty of experience and extend continuity, and that the only way to decrease uncertainty and maintain preferred experience is by increasing material acquisition.

I will make one provocative suggestion here: when you embark on understanding the teachings of the Advaita traditions, your thoughts about the current paradigm that calls for an ever-growing acquisition of material things will be subverted. The Bhagavad Gita for instance, which serves for many as a compendium text of these teachings, calls us to move away from a singular focus on the material and towards a balance between the material and the subtle. Even the process of becoming aware of one’s breath as a very first step, when practiced in a persistent and sustained manner over a period of time, will give you peace and calm – but the probability of making that next million dollars will likely decrease as your focus changes.

The Advaita teachings are not narrowly focused on the strategic and practical; following them, as Advaita Life Coaching (ALC) guides you, is a matter of a way of life and not a simple quick-fix for occasional problems of life. It is indeed a risky venture, to be undertaken only after contemplating all the pros and cons of the commitment in the context of your life goals. Many of us who start out on this journey may end up sticking to only some of the initial practices – something you can pick up in one of the hundreds of yoga classes that have sprung up around the world – in the hope that they will assist you in managing the stresses of living in the current paradigm of material acquisition where success is defined as the size of one’s dollar net-worth. For some practitioners it may indeed help in accomplishing just that. However, such a mall yoga approach has a low probability of taking us closer to becoming deeply aware of our subtle selves and truly balanced in our practical life in the world that is the core goal of the Advaita practice and of Advaita Life Coaching. 

Thursday
Sep132012

Table of Contents: The Advaita Life Practice

The Advaita Life Practice, authored by Jayant Kalawar, now available on Amazon

 

Contents

Preface...................................................................................................................................................... 3

| One | A Provocation............................................................................................................................... 8

| Two | What Are You Acting Out? Based on Chapter Thirteen of the Bhagavad Gita...................... 23

| Three | Getting to Know Your Roles and Script Based on Chapter Four of the Bhagavad Gita...... 43

| Four |How We Deliver Our Act:It’s the Gunās Based on Chapter Fourteen of the Bhagavad Gita 50

| Five | How We Act Out Our Desires and Fears Based on Chapter Sixteen of the Bhagavad Gita...... 63

|Six| Challenge of Moving Towards Actions without Attachments Based on Chapter Seventeen of the Bhagavad Gita........................................................................................................................................... 72

| Seven | Tyāga: Making Giving Away Freely Part Of Your Act Based on Chapter Eighteen of the Bhagavad Gita........................................................................................................................................ 83

| Eight | Towards Becoming Sākshi, the Observer Based on Chapter Fifteen of the Bhagavad Gita 94

| Nine | The Advaita Life Coaching Process Synthesis of Advaita Approach with Twenty-First CenturyTools.......................................................................................................................................... 99

GLOSSARY............................................................................................................................................ 103

Bibliography.......................................................................................................................................... 109

Jayant Kalawar is the author of The Advaita Life Practice, available at Amazon.

 

Thursday
Sep132012

Early Praise for The Advaita Life Practice

The Advaita Life Practice, authored by Jayant Kalawar, now available on Amazon

 

“This is a creative and innovative book that seeks to open a new way of approaching the non-dual traditions of India as guides to life today.  It lays out the framework for a comprehensive life practice for balancing the demands of active work, relationships and financial life in the twenty first century. I wish Jayant great success in his endeavor of using principles and concepts from the non dual traditions of India in his coaching, which will surely help people move towards becoming sadhakas." Swami Shantananda, Senior Acharya, Chinmaya Mission, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

“Both as a scholar of Indian traditions and as a spiritual practitioner, I have found Jayant’s work practical and inspiring.  The depth of his understanding of the Gita and the insights and techniques he offers to bridge the gap between its refined philosophy and the demands of every day life in the twenty-first century are incomparable.  I know of no better guide to the wisdom of Advaita as actually lived and breathed today." Cleo Kearns, Ph.D, author of T. S. Eliot and Indic Traditions: A Study in Poetry and Belief 

 "This book is guide, not for liberation from the world, but liberation in the world. This is not for running away from life, its problems and challenges. On the contrary, it is to develop our capability and fortitude to accept and face them, and is unique as it not merely teaches a philosophy, but also points to a set of required practices. As Jayant insightfully observes, moralizing does not help in making a moral being. On the other hand, he has developed a set of specific practices, training in which contributes not only to adeptness and success in 'balancing work, relationship and money' in the contemporary world, but also makes for behavioural changes as an inevitable 'byproduct' in the form of moral integrity, which can be valued for its own sake. The book brings together the relevant teachings of the Gita in a strikingly contemporary language.

           The book is unique also in its creativity in interpreting traditional Sanskrit terms and explaining them in English in such a way that their full significance is brought out clearly to the present day readers. Thus, saadhanaa is interpreted as striving for the subtle. Jayant, interestingly, prefers the word 'subtle' to the usual word 'spirit', as the former avoids any split in consciousness implied in the latter. There is no split in the Advaita perspective between the material and the spiritual as both can be seen in a holistic way. Similarly, gunas are interpreted in a non-judgmental way.

           This is an extraordinary book by all means. It may appear a bit formidable in readability at least at first glance.But reading it, and contemplating and meditating on it will bring its expected reward. It is not only 'small and beautiful'  but also a rewarding book." Professor M.V. Nadkarni Ph.D, author of Hinduism, A Gandhian Perspective (New Delhi: Ane Books India, 2006) and Ethics for our Times: Essays in Gandhian Perspective, 2011,New Delhi:Oxford University Press. Retired Vice Chancellor Gulbarga University and Hon. Visiting Professor at Institute of Social and Economic Change.


"Written in a down-to-earth practical manner by a successful Indian-American business professional, this collection of essays provides pithy and incisive insights into non-dual (Advaita) traditions of India from the Bhagavad Gita that can be applied to anyone trying to balance the demands of relationships, money and work today." Kerry Kay, Reiki Master, Princeton, New Jersey

 

Jayant Kalawar is the author of The Advaita Life Practice, available at Amazon.


Thursday
Sep132012

Book Launch: The Advaita Life Practice by Jayant Kalawar

Book Summary

The Advaita Life Practice: Balancing Work, Relationships & Money in the Twenty-First Century, by Jayant Kalawar.

The main thrust of this collection of essays underscores how the concepts and tools of the Advaita (non dual) traditions of India can be effectively combined with twenty-first century American planning and strategy methods to bring about a harmonious balance in the work, relationship and money areas of life. Specifically, the book focuses and interprets the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, chapters thirteen through eighteen, in a twenty-first century idiom while providing every day examples to describe subtle concepts of how our identity develops and how the scripts evolve for the roles we play every day.

 Throughout the book's nine essays, Kalawar presents an in-depth discussion on how we can understand our roles and scripts, how our desires and fears evolve our scripts and how our attachments stop us from changing.  The essays also discuss the challenges of acting out roles in our work, relationships and the money areas of life without attachments so that we can progress towards becoming subtle strivers while, simultaneously, playing the roles of material experiencers (which is how we act most of the time.)

The Advaita Life Practice: Balancing Work, Relations & Money in the Twenty-First Century is perfect for those who wish to explore ways to bring harmonious balance in their life.  It is also especially useful for the student of Yoga who will learn how Advaita (non dual) concepts and practices can help them remain in balance in their material life.

Jayant Kalawar is the author of The Advaita Life Practice, available at Amazon.