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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.


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Eternal truths and sacred practice need regular translation into the profane currency of each generation. Jayant has done just that in outlining Advaitic self-understanding by rewording the process of coached and thoughtful introspection for the twenty-first century.

The simple explication of the Gita’s wisdom is further captured by the art work on its cover that depicts a prone figure possibly meditating on three ephemeral apparitions fluid and prone to change with recognitions gained in contemplation.

This simple must read can last a life time as one returns again and again to revisit markers of inner journey.

September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVivodh Z.J. Anand, Ph.D.

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