The Heartfulness Way
Relaxation, Meditation, and Connection on the Path to Spiritual Transformation
By Kamlesh Patel and Joshua Pollock
Heartfulness is an ideal, a spiritual way of living by and from the heart that is inclusive of all ideologies, beliefs, and religions.
Heartfulness is an ideal, a spiritual way of living by and from the heart that is inclusive of all ideologies, beliefs, and religions. In this heart-centered book, a student in conversation with his teacher, Kamlesh D. Patel affectionately known as Daaji, the fourth and current spiritual guide of the decades-old Heartfulness tradition-present a unique method of meditation with the power to facilitate an immediate, tangible spiritual experience, irrespective of your faith.
Our modern, fast-paced world can be an overwhelming place. Every day, we're bombarded with messages telling us that in order to be happy, fulfilled, and worthy, we must be better, do more, and accumulate as much material wealth as possible. Most of us move through our busy lives with our minds full of these ideas, multitasking as we strive to navigate the responsibilities and expectations we must meet just to make it through the day. But what if there were another way? What if, rather than letting the busyness of life overtake our minds, we learned to be heartful instead?
Based on Daaji's own combination of approaches and practices for the modern spiritual seeker-which draws from the teachings of the Sahaj Marg, meaning "The Natural Path," and incorporates elements of Sufism-Heartfulness is a contemporized version of the ancient Indian practice of Raja Yoga, a tradition that enables the practitioner to realize the divine self within. While many books describe refined states of consciousness and connection to a higher self, often called "enlightenment" or "nirvana," The Heartfulness Way goes further, providing a pragmatic course to experience them, which, per the book's guiding principle, is "better than knowledge."
Heartfulness meditation consists of four elements-relaxation, meditation, rejuvenation, and connection-and illuminates the ancient, defining feature of yogic transmission (or pranahuti), the utilization of divine energy for spiritual growth and transformation. Using the method, detailed practices, tips, and practical philosophy offered in this book, you'll reach new levels of attainment and learn to live a life more deeply connected to the values of the Heartfulness way-with acceptance, humility, compassion, empathy, and love.
Kamlesh Patel (Author)
Kamlesh D. Patel, also known as Daaji, is the fourth and current spiritual guide of the Heartfulness movement, which teaches a version of Raja Yoga that has been modified to suit the modern era. This lineage of spiritual guides extends back to the turn of the twentieth century. Its first guide, Ram Chandra of Fatehgarh, is widely considered to be the first non-Muslim saint in a lineage of Sufi masters that can be traced back to the sixth century. Born in Gujarat, India, Daaji showed an early interest in meditation and spiritual growth. In 1976, as a pharmacy student in Ahmedabad, he met his guide, Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur, the second spiritual guide in the Heartfulness tradition and founder and first president of Shri Ram Chandra Mission. After graduating with honors in 1980, Daaji moved to the United States and practiced pharmacy in New York City, while continuing the practice of Heartfulness. After Ram Chandra's passing, Daaji became a devoted disciple of his successor, Parthasarathi Rajagopalachari. In October 2011, Daaji was proclaimed Parthasarathi Rajagopalachari's successor. Following his guide's passing on the December 20, 2014, Daaji became the global guide for Heartfulness practitioners.
Joshua Pollock (Author)
Joshua Pollock is a student of Kamlesh D. Patel. After experimenting with various meditative practices, Pollock started practicing Heartfulness in the United States in 2002, and has taught it since 2007. He regularly teaches Heartfulness at universities, corporations, government institutions, and at public seminars. An accomplished violinist, Pollock has performed and taught all over the world. He holds a bachelor's degree in musical arts from Indiana University and two master's degrees from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
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26 Jul 2018
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