By Swami Muktananda of Rishikesh
Raised as a Catholic and expert within the West, then proficient as a monk in India because the Nineteen Eighties, Canadian writer Swami Muktananda of Rishikesh is uniquely situated to carry the jap culture of Vedanta to Western non secular seekers. In Awakening to the Infinite, he solutions the everlasting query posed through philosophical seekers, "Who am I?" with trouble-free simplicity. in line with the traditional teachings of advaita or nonduality—the figuring out that, at a basic point, there's no department among ourselves and others—the solutions within the publication are drawn from the numerous conversations Swami has had through the years with members from varied backgrounds, cultures, and walks of lifestyles. overlaying more than a few matters from the religious route to daily difficulties at paintings and in relationships, sexuality, parenting, actual disorder, and social injustice, Muktananda communicates at once and compassionately, from the perspective of somebody who's anchored within the limitless yet totally involved with the area.
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Awakening to the Infinite: Essential Answers for Spiritual Seekers from the Perspective of Nonduality by Swami Muktananda of Rishikesh