Journey of a Master – Swami Chinmayananda
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Author: Nancy Patchen
Journey of a Master – Swami Chinmayananda (Biography by Nancy Patchen)
Nancy Patchen in scintillating style captures the life and experiences of Swami Chinmayananda; tracing his story from birth onward, through his trials and tribulations as a sadhak, until he reached the pinnacle of perfection to become a spiritual Master and world class teacher.
For over 40 years, Swami Chinmayananda was one of the leading interpreters and teachers of the Hindu philosophical system of Advaita Vedanta , which establishes with exact logic the identity of the Self (Atman) with the Infinite (Brahman). Through a variety of institutions and methods, particularly the jnana-yajnas, rituals of Truth, he worked to rejuvinate Hinduism by making hitherto inaccessible insights of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita available to the masses. Thereby, he was instrumental in bringing the wisdom of the Hindu heritage to everyone, regardless of caste, creed, gender, religion or nationality.
This is the first biography of Swami Chinmayananda, retraces his journey from his childhood in Kerala, through his carefree college days and rebellion against British Imperialism, then his spiritual tutelage under Swami Sivananda and Swami Tapovanam. An account is given, detailing the growth of a worldwide movement under his guidance. Included are conversations with him on different subjects that demonstrate his sharp intellect, deep wisdom and quick wit. He is undoubtedly one of the outstanding and influential figures in the modern history of India.