When you talk about books on meditation, engaging is not really a word one would use to describe them, for it’s rare to find a narrative that doesn’t drag in the middle. But the book, The Heartfulness Way: Heart-Based Meditations for Spiritual Transformations by Kamlesh D Patel also known as Daaji and Joshua Pollock is not only engaging and filled with funny relatable anecdotes, it also explains complex spiritual concepts in a simple manner, understandable to the common man.
Written as a conversation between the two authors, the book is divided into three parts and focuses on the meaning of meditation, role of a spiritual guru and the different tools of the Heartfulness practices like relaxation, cleaning and prayer. For those not familiar with the Heartfulness meditation, it is a wonderful introduction to self-development practices to find the inner peace extolled by its writers.
The first part demystifies meditation, significance of the spiritual energy behind yogic transmission, and the best meditation techniques for a beginner. Everyday issues from our life are used to relate with the practices of cleaning, prayer. For instance, the authors talk about why it’s important to allot one place for doing meditation daily, in the cleaning method. They also discuss the importance of disentangling oneself from disruptive thought patterns, and strong emotions which helps one to alter their attitude.
At the end of each chapter, there is a small box which summarises the main points of each practice, so one can go back and take a relook at the methods as well. Towards the later part, both authors delve deeper into the subject of a spiritual guru in depth and question each other on whether guru should be treated as a God or above.
The transformation described by the authors is ultimately in our hands, and the rest will follow. It’s a great read for someone who wants to begin meditation and also for those who have been doing it for a long time.
The Heartfulness Way: Heart-Based Meditations for Spiritual Transformation
By Kamlesh D Patel & Joshua Pollock
Price: Rs 299