Meditation as a Way of Life

There’s that famous Buddhist proverb that goes something like “When the student is ready, the Master appears”. That goes for pretty much anything in life. The law of affinity attracts  people to us  and opens pathways when we are ready to see and use them. Here comes a very wise and useful spiritual guidebook to put into everyday practice.

 

MEDITATION AS A WAY OF LIFE: A CLASSIC YOGIC PERSPECTIVE

 

Alan Pritz‘s thoughtful, uncomplicated  guide, yet not simplistic by any means, will have newcomers as well as more practiced students of the spiritual path returning again and again for more clarity, understanding, and knowledge to apply to their daily practice. Alan touches on all faiths and paths, though his own, as a student of Yogananda, is distilled through those specific teachings. So this guidebook takes us beyond simply meditating. You will find energy -building exercises, healthy lifestyle regimens and how to’s, and an exhaustive practice guideline along with a very useful appendix.

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My recent conversation with Alan is a meditation in and of itself. WE begin with the concept of sound and end with a kirtan from Krishna Das at the end of the conversation. Here’s what Alan tells us about “kirtan”:

Every culture uses sound and song to complement its forms of worship. While aesthetically pleasing, on a deeper level, voice and music are  potent spiritual tools. As Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi explained:

Sound or vibration is the most powerful force in the universe. Music is a divine art, to be used not only for pleasure but as a path to God-Realization. Vibrations resulting from devotional singing lead to attunement with the Cosmic Vibration or the Word”.

 

 

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