Friday, February 14, 2014

The Mind of the Guru by Rajiv Mehrotra

In The Mind of the Guru, Rajiv Mehrotra presents dialogues with several contemporary sages and masters who have illumined the minds of millions around the world. 
Ranged here are gurus as diverse as B. K. S. Iyengar, who brought yoga from the world of the esoteric to our living rooms; Swami Ramdev, who has democratized yoga via television; and Mata Amritanandamayi, whose mere presence invokes an overwhelming awareness of love. 
There is Deepak Chopra discussing a quantum healing of mind and body,
Sogyal Rinpoche encouraging us to look at death so that we might live a better life and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar reaffirming each person’s right and access to happiness. 
And there is the unique and contrary voice of U. G. Krishnamurti telling us that all talk of transformation is poppycock. 
There are no grand narratives or final solutions, only guides who can show the way to the light within.
 Here you learn from voices as diverse as that of Thich Nhat Hanh, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Baba Amte and Stanislav Grof. 
Underlying the dialogues is their wisdom on how we can make ourselves unhappy – and guidance on how we can turn our lives around to achieve happiness.
[Source: Publisher's website : Hay House India  ]

My Comments:
An interesting compilation of spiritual conversations between the author and several contemporary personalities regarded as gurus. Covers a wide  thoughts and views expressed by  the gurus featured in this book.

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Table of Contents

The Wheel of Dhar­ma

  • Ocean of Wis­dom (His Ho­li­ness the Dalai Lama)
  • Through the Mir­ror of Death (So­gyal Rin­poche)
  • Being and In­ter­be­ing (Thich Nhat Hanh)
  • The Truth be­yond Thought (S. N. Goen­ka)

The Mind and the Body

  • Light on Bliss (B. K. S. Iyen­gar)
  • The Bal­ance of Mind, Body and Spir­it (T. V. K. De­sikachar)
  • The Truth Is a Jour­ney (Deep­ak Chopra)
  • The Yogi on Tele­vi­sion (Swami Ramdev)

The Play of the Di­vine

  • The Sci­ence of the Di­vine (Swami Ran­ganathanan­da)
  • With Kriya to Anan­da (Swami Kriyanan­da),
  • The Em­brace of Di­vine Love (Mata Am­ri­tanan­damayi)
  • The Art of Liv­ing (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar)
  • Trans­form­ing the Human Heart (Sis­ter Jayan­ti)

The Know­er and the Known

  • Trans­form­ing Con­scious­ness (Acharya Ma­hapragya)
  • Spir­i­tu­al Ter­ror­ism (U.G. Kr­ish­na­mur­ti)
  • The Seer and the Seek­er (Pir Vi­lay­at In­ay­at Khan)
  • In the Foot­steps of the Prophet (Maulana Wahidud­din Khan)
  • Ev­ery­thing is Con­scious­ness (Radha Burnier)
  • The End of Knowl­edge (Swami Parthasarathy)
  • The Way of the Stars (K. N. Rao)
  • Psy­chi­a­try and the Spir­it (Stanislav Grof)

The Ethics of En­gage­ment

  • Re­store Jus­tice, Seek Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion (Desmond Tutu)
  • Char­i­ty De­stroys, Work Builds (Baba Amte)
  • Cel­e­brate Di­ver­si­ty (The Aga Khan)
  • The Mod­ern Guru (Sad­hgu­ru Jaggi Va­sudev)

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