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Although born in America and no stranger to the rhythms of American slang, Sw. Vandana Jyothi's Western woman's body contains a decidedly mystical Eastern heart. Half her life has been spent absorbing and sharing the teachings of her remarkable--most remarkable!--guru, the late Sri Sadguru Sant Keshavadasji of India.
Sw. Vandana donates all proceeds from the sales of her books to the Foundation for Cosmic Religion, a non-profit religious organization. The goal of the Foundation, of which she currently is President, is to live and teach the underlying unity among the world's religions, that is, that there is one and only one God whose holy Names are many.
Guruji, as he was known and loved by appreciative devotees world-wide, inspired her with his vision of building a place where all the religions of the world are represented, not as a stew of traditions but as a teaching facility and holy shrine which glorifies OneGod in all His/Her/Its infinite variety. Tatastu! Amen! So be it!
a light on the Path
Sw. Vandana Jyothi
“Guru Jyothi” is a term which means “Light from one who imparts spiritual knowledge," that is, Guru, literally “the dispeller (Ru) of the darkness of ignorance (Gu).” Only light, of course, can obliterate the dark and where the light is, there is no dark. The two do not and cannot co-exist.
The word “guru” is often misused here in the West to denote simply a teacher or master of a certain thing, such as a “kitchen guru” who is a whiz at designing state of the art kitchens or maybe a great chef. But Guru is the one who relieves us of our spiritual ignorance, the very veil itself which hides our true identity from ourselves and one another.
It is the Light of Divine Knowledge, Guru, alone which has that power. When That Light, by God's grace, reflects in a stilled mind and reveals OneGod, it is what you call the “enlightenment.”
"Guru Jyothi - a light on the Path" is a series of spiritually inspiring email dialogues which Sw. Vandana exchanged over a period of years with devotees who had questions related to the Path. Whether her answers are short and humorous or long and detailed, they're always on point and full of food for thoughtful reflection. Her first book "Guru Dakshina" soars on the strength of the writings and transcribed audio recordings of her very esteemed guru--the late Sri Sadguru Sant Keshavadas. This book shines with the light of timeless wisdom he showered so generously on the world using the expressions and writings of his devoted disciple.
She offers a prayer in the Preface, "May the Light of Knowledge which Guru revealed in me and which I share here illumine your heart and mind, as well, to bring you revelation of your Self as Truth, Awareness and Bliss--Sat, Chit, Ananda."
- Publication Date:
- 0983568936 / 9780983568933
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- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.5" x 8.5"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Body, Mind & Spirit / Mysticism