Reading list

Art of Happiness, The: A Handbook for Living Dalai Lama, Howard C. Cutler

Autobiography of a Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda

Be Here Now Ram Dass

Be Love Now: The Path of the Heart Ram Dass

Bhagavadgita: The Divine Song Shyamdas

The Call of the Flute Shyamdas

Chants of a Lifetime: Searching for a Heart of Gold Krishna Das

The Eight Human Talents: Restore the Balance and Serenity within You with Kundalini Yoga
Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Cathryn Michon

Ecstatic Couplets: The Yugal Gita Shyamdas

Flow of Grace: Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa Krishna Das

Heart of Yoga, The: Developing a Personal Practice T.K.V. Desicachar

Inner Goddess Shyamdas

In Praise of Vallabh Shyamdas

The Journey Home Radhanath Swami

The Journey Home Radhanath Swami

Krishna’s Inner Circle: The Ashta Chaap Poets Shyamdas

Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali B.K.S. Iyengar

Light on Yoga: Yoga Dipika B.K.S. Iyengar

Living Yoga: Creating a Life Practice Christy Turlington

Loving Awareness Shyamdas

Malas, Mantra and Meditation Shyamdas

Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga Rolf Gates, Katrina Kenison

The Path of Grace Shyamdas

Shakti: The Feminine Power of Yoga Shiva Rae

Yoga and Vegetarianism: The Path to Greater Health and Happiness Sharon Gannon

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times Pema Chodron

The Poem Samadhi Paramhansa Yogananda

Vanished the veils of light and shade,
Lifted every vapor of sorrow,
Sailed away all dawns of fleeting joy,
Gone the dim sensory mirage.
Love, hate, health, disease, life, death,
Perished these false shadows on the screen of duality.
Waves of laughter, scyllas of sarcasm, melancholic whirlpools,
Melting in the vast sea of bliss.
The storm of maya stilled
By magic wand of intuition deep.

The universe, forgotten dream, subconsciously lurks,
Ready to invade my newly-wakened memory divine.
I live without the cosmic shadow,
But it is not, bereft of me;
As the sea exists without the waves,
But they breathe not without the sea.
Dreams, wakings, states of deep turia sleep,
Present, past, future, no more for me,
But ever-present, all-flowing I, I, everywhere.

Planets, stars, stardust, earth,
Volcanic bursts of doomsday cataclysms,
Creation’s molding furnace,
Glaciers of silent x-rays, burning electron floods,
Thoughts of all men, past, present, to come,
Every blade of grass, myself, mankind,
Each particle of universal dust,
Anger, greed, good, bad, salvation, lust,
I swallowed, transmuted all
Into a vast ocean of blood of my own one Being!
Smoldering joy, oft-puffed by meditation
Blinding my tearful eyes,
Burst into immortal flames of bliss,
Consumed my tears, my frame, my all.
Thou art I, I am Thou,
Knowing, Knower, Known, as One!

Tranquilled, unbroken thrill, eternally living, ever-new peace!
Enjoyable beyond imagination of expectancy, samadhi bliss!
Not an unconscious state
Or mental chloroform without wilful return,
Samadhi but extends my conscious realm
Beyond limits of the mortal frame
To farthest boundary of eternity
Where I, the Cosmic Sea,
Watch the little ego floating in Me.

The sparrow, each grain of sand, fall not without My sight.
All space floats like an iceberg in My mental sea.
Colossal Container, I, of all things made.
By deeper, longer, thirsty, guru-given meditation
Comes this celestial samadhi.
Mobile murmurs of atoms are heard,
The dark earth, mountains, vales, lo! molten liquid!
Flowing seas change into vapors of nebulae!
Aum blows upon vapors, opening wondrously their veils,
Oceans stand revealed, shining electrons,
Till, at last sound of the cosmic drum,
Vanish the grosser lights into eternal rays
Of all-pervading bliss.

From joy I came, for joy I live, in sacred joy I melt.
Ocean of mind, I drink all creation’s waves.
Four veils of solid, liquid, vapor, light, Lift aright.
Myself, in everything, enters the Great Myself.
Gone forever, fitful, flickering shadows of mortal memory.
Spotless is my mental sky, below, ahead, and high above.
Eternity and I, one united ray.
A tiny bubble of laughter,
I am become the Sea of Mirth Itself.

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