Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda's latest book ''Concentration and Meditation'', in a very different setting, has retained a clear-cut identity of the high ideals of Yogic and Vedantic Meditation, thus, out of what is a seemingly limited medium of visual contact, he brings as distinct auditory sense that dominates every page of this book. Intermingled with these precious instructions is the feeling of the hand of a beloved friend. a guide with a powerful light in the unknown forests of meditation and the forceful mystic vision of a spiritual preceptor.
One might expect elaborate and complicated methods to expand the inner consciousness, but Swami Jyotirmayananda considers the capacities of the beginners as well as the monumental movements of the advanced aspirants. The entire work of ''Concentration and Meditation'' is effectively inspired by its free, rhythmical movement. As you read on, you cannot help but feel the weightless, floating quality herein, which is supported by the Sage-author's realization of divine Consciousness.
This is one of the finest literary works ever done on this subject for the modern man which has harmoniously merged the spiritual idealism with the outer activities of daily life. Although the Sage, Swami Jyotirmayananda, enjoins the students to continue regular and prolonged meditation, never does he encourage blindness towards the world, and the duties designated to every evolving soul.
His influence in stressing techniques has displaced the ideas of many that meditation is a boring process. Even the most orthodox teacher could not find fault with these profound methods which are the creative and thoughtful concepts of Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda.
The author visualizes for you the irresistible and astonishing beauty of the higher planes of meditation. The entire picture of the practice of meditation is filled with a vibrant energy that sets everything into motion. The drab drapery of past errors swirls into mist, and present painful circumstances are tossed by whirlwind into a pattern of harmony; and the author transforms the mind of the aspirant into a divine inspiration. Needless to say, this book provides a closer link to all that exists, fish and fowl, bird and beast, friend and foe, sea and sky, and the visible and the invisible.
Swami Jyotirmayananda has the dynamic power to transform humanity that has suffered the bitter cupful of life's miseries filled with a hollow emptiness of longing and despair. The mysterious, invisible power here in will in still in all a sublime inspiration.
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