(An extract of the message released as a part of the Book Launch event by the honorable Governor of Tamil Nadu, Shri R.N. Ravi ji in Heartfulness Center, Manapakkam, Chennai, India on Sat 29 Jan 2022)
For the last 76 years, Shri Ram Chandra Mission has been teaching meditation and yoga for the improvement of individuals first, and subsequently society. At the individual level, many today suffer severe stress-induced psychosomatic illnesses. At the social level, the biggest danger to human survival is a fall in values and ethics which seems to be accelerating every day. We are all aware that the only permanent remedy is authentic spirituality, based on fundamental values of honesty, humility, optimism, and love.
The Heartfulness Institute feels that a transfusion of values, ethics, and morals from the ancient and modern spiritual literature will help greatly in developing such a spiritual culture. We have already published Shri Vinoba Bhave’s ‘Talks on the Bhagavad Gita,’ Shri Ram Chandraji’s ‘Truth Eternal’, and James Allen’s book, ‘As a Man Thinketh’ in many languages.
‘Tales from Vedas and Upanishads’ as well as ‘The Authentic Yoga’ based on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are the latest additions to this series. Such books will provide spiritual nutrition for building a new generation of genuine and compassionate people, who can heal our planet earth.
A transfusion of values, ethics, and morals from the ancient and modern spiritual literature will help greatly in developing such a spiritual culture.
‘Tales from Vedas and Upanishads’ are stories from our ancient scriptures for the young minds, expressed in a very modern and optimistic language for the current generation’s children.
It is my fond hope and sincere aspiration that ‘Tales from the Vedas and Upanishads’ are studied in every school and college as part of the curriculum.
Most of us know that most diseases originate in human minds; it stands to reason that the cure also has to originate in human minds. To serve this purpose, Shri P.Y. Deshpande’s book on Patanjali-sutras focuses attention on the ‘truth underlying man’s being and his way of living.’ He expounds clearly, “the nature of the meditative mind, the effects of meditation on consciousness and the techniques to realize the full human potential”. Yogic psychology gives great experimental insights into the human mind, not yet realized by modern psychology.
Such books will provide spiritual nutrition for building a new generation of genuine and compassionate people, who can heal our planet earth.
At an advanced level, ‘The Authentic Yoga’ based on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is an original research work by Shri P.Y. Deshpande. It can be used as a sourcebook for advanced research in yogic psychology in our universities.
For success in yoga, a great catalyst is the ancient Pranahuti or Yogic transmission rediscovered by the founder of the Heartfulness practice. It can yet give a quantum leap to Yoga itself, as verified in the practical experience of millions today. It is a gift to humanity at a critical time.
Kindly savor these two books, digest and assimilate them, then share them with your personal and immediate community, and finally with the society at large, to facilitate a new awakening and unity based on purity.
The books mentioned by Daaji in this article can be found here:
Authentic Yoga: https://heartfulness.org/ay
Other books mentioned in this message can be found here: https://hfnlife.com/ (in India)