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Sacred Sanskrit works
For yoga, chant and meditation
Leza Lowitz and Reema Datta
Stone Bridge Press, 2005

What are the meanings and etymology of commonly used Sanskrit terms such as Ashram, Bandhas, Karma, or Nadis. Or rarer words like Amrita (a brand of ayurvedic products, but what else?), Kripalu ((the term is used for a style of yoga in the US, but where does it come from?) , or Mukti (as in, Jiva Mukti, but what does it mean?). The answers to these questions are in this small book, which covers 160 common Sanskrit terms used in yoga and meditation. The book also has a section on Chants, which covers most of the classic yoga chants that dedicated students will often have heard without knowing what they mean.
While a number of books on yoga include a glossary, this book goes much farther, and will prove invaluable to serious students of yoga, Indian philosophy, or meditation.
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Reviewed by Christophe Mouze

 

 

Footsteps to Freedom
Four spiritual masters of Kriya Yoga and a beginner,
Heidi Wyder, Kriya Source Publishing, 2003

In the Western world where yoga is now mostly seen as a fitness craze, one could be forgiven for forgetting that yoga is a technique for controlling the mind with the ultimate aim of self-realisation in the super-conscious state of Samadhi. The various techniques of Hatha yoga are no more than tools to this end, and the health and fitness benefits of the practice are no more than side effects. The Kriya yoga tradition, however, always stuck closely to this original goal of controlling the mind.
While Kriya yoga is generally known in the West through Yogananda's remarkable book "Autobiography of a Yogi" and the work of the Self realisation fellowship which he founded, no systematic exposition of the original Kriya yoga tradition has ever been written before this book.
The Kriya yoga tradition produced a number of self-realised masters, and Heidi Wyder's book interweaves accounts of some of these masters' life stories with that of her own personal spiritual journey, fuelled by a meeting with one such master. Written with complete, and at time touching honesty, this is a most refreshing book, but also a very useful one, giving straight forward answers to a number of important spiritual questions.
Highly recommended to anyone with more than a passing interest in yoga.
See
www.kriyasource.com for more information on this book or to order it directly from the publisher

Reviewed by Christophe Mouze