Vedantic Meditation: Lighting the Flame of Awareness (Paperback)
As yoga gains popularity across the U.S., many people are becoming interested in its traditional Vedic roots. While Buddhist meditation is well represented on bookshelves, there has been little Vedantic philosophy written in lay terms until now. Author David Frawley guides readers through the challenges of cultivating awareness, calming the mind, and practicing meditation according to Vedanta and Hinduism. He examines how cultural knowledge systems in the West lead individuals to disillusionment, and speaks about how meditation can aid in understanding the true nature of one's thoughts, emotions, and perceptions. Frawley explores meditation support practices such as yoga, mantras, kundalini, and pranayama, as well as the role of gurus, and concludes with a short, more technical essay on self-inquiry.
David Frawley has been a student of Ramana Maharashi’s teachings since 1970 and has written for their magazine The Mountain Path since 1978. He is a visitng professor at the Sringeri Shankaracharya Math, the oldest vedantic center in India, and has receive the personal blessings of the Shankaracharya. He teaches at Vedantic centers in America and is one of the few Westerns recognized as an authentic Vedantic teacher by the Vishva Hindu Parisha, the largest Hindu religious organization in the world. Frawley directs the American Institute of Vedic Studies in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
"Vedantic Meditation is a major contribution to our understanding of the principles underlying the expansion of human awareness."—David Simon, M.D., author of Vital Energy"Dr. Frawley provides a dazzling introduction to the world’s most enduring meditation tradition, illuminating India’s famous 'direct path' to enlightenment."—Linda Johnsen, author of Meditation is Boring: Putting Life in Your Spiritual Practice"Dr. Frawley is one of the most important scholars of Ayurveda and Vedic Science today, a true rishi or knower of reality. I have gained great personal insight from his work."—Deepak Chopra, author of How to Know God