While on our quest for self-discovery and happiness, there are many books that can inspire and guide us. Here are two of our all-time favourites.
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Meditation: Man-Perfection in God-Satisfaction is an all-inclusive manual. It covers pretty much all the basic subjects of a meditative practice – ranging from the basics of “how to start”, going through “music and mantra” and “understanding your inner experiences”, all the way to “finding a spiritual master”. In more than 100 answers to questions formulated to him for over 30 years, Sri Chinmoy explains and guides beginners and advanced students of meditation alike.
The Jewels of Happiness is a treasure-chest of wisdom and joy – a compilation of short and insightful pieces of prose, practical exercises you can try and uplifting aphorisms and verse. Addressing themes such as joy, peace, enthusiasm and love, the chapters combine to create a wonderful tapestry of inspiration. Sri Chinmoy writes with such simplicity and concentrated wisdom that immediately soothes the aching heart and inspires the spirit. His easy-to-follow exercises, based on ancient wisdom, are truly pertinent for the modern era and perfectly suited to our fast-paced lifestyles. Readers need only to turn to a chapter that seems to address them at that moment, and they will find themselves richly rewarded.