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CONTENTSSome Guidelines to Inner Life  

     

 

 

 

 

     Foreword

 

 

 


     These are days when we come across a plethora of literature that go to entertain but only a few to educate and much fewer to inspire. In this collection of eleven lectures by Swami Gokulananda, one will find a book that will both educate and inspire.


     The education it gives is in Para-Vidya, the science of the Spirit. The author calls the subject matter as 'Some Guidelines to Inner Life'. That goal is the attainment of liberation from the hold of the body on our Consciousness, which is called Moksha in our devotional parlance. The 'Guidelines' are the various disciplines that an aspirant must undergo for this attainment.


     Many might have treated this subject from a philosophical stance. But philosophy as such is a dry subject for most people. However, if it is expounded in an inspiring manner, it becomes a delicious intellectual and spiritual drink, a veritable sherbat for a spiritual aspirant.


     This book comprising Swamiji Gokulananda's eleven lectures is a text that answers to these requirements. It educates and inspires. Most of these lectures are based on quotations from the 'Vivekachudamani' and the 'Bhagavad Gita', both of which exhort aspirants to rise above the body consciousness - the former through the path of Jnana (discriminative wisdom) and the latter through the path of Bhakti (devotion to God and His grace). A special feature of the book is the inclusion in it of the treatment of these subjects by several saints of the West also.


     The discourses are also punctuated by quotations from the teachings of Swami Virajanandaji, the Spiritual Teacher of the author, to whom the book is dedicated. His Guru's grace is what has endowed Swami Gokulananda with the power to impart this inspirational quality to his lectures, the benefit of which was derived till now only by his Delhi audiences, but is now extended to all readers of English everywhere through this book.

 

 

 

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