Read by Swami Akhandananda. Play of Consciousness is available in the Siddha Yoga Bookstore. About Swami Akhandananda. Each year, I often serve as a visiting sevite at Gurudev Siddha Peeth around this time, but this year I was not able to do so. I longed to be there so, in my heart, I traveled to Gurudev Siddha Peeth.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Play of Consciousness by Muktananda. Swami Chidvilasananda Introduction. Paul Muller-Ortega Afterword. This best selling spiritual autobiography of Swami Muktananda tells the story of his journey to self-realization under the guidance of Bhagawan Nityananda, candidly describing his extraordinary experiences.
Beginning with his spiritual initiation on August 15, , and continuing through his enlightenment nine years later, this is a guide for seekers moving toward the sam This best selling spiritual autobiography of Swami Muktananda tells the story of his journey to self-realization under the guidance of Bhagawan Nityananda, candidly describing his extraordinary experiences. Beginning with his spiritual initiation on August 15, , and continuing through his enlightenment nine years later, this is a guide for seekers moving toward the same goal.
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In the video you linked here, it is the speaker's conjecture …more There doesn't appear to be any connection between Mahendra Trivedi and Swami Muktananda. In the video you linked here, it is the speaker's conjecture only that suggests Mahendra Trivedi is the teacher "after" Gurumayi. But why would the third teacher have come when Gurumayi, who Muktananda appointed, is still living?
See 2 questions about Play of Consciousness…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 13, Sohumm rated it it was amazing. If I were asked to name just one book that any spiritual seeker must read at least once then it would definitely be 'Play of Consciousness'. My recommendation is not based just on the intellectual and spiritual content of the book, which, by the way, is exceptional, but rather on the the book's inherent ability to kick-start one's spiritual journey.
I hardly knew anything about 'Kundalini' before reading this book and I would have never believed that people can actually receive 'Shaktipat' just b If I were asked to name just one book that any spiritual seeker must read at least once then it would definitely be 'Play of Consciousness'. I hardly knew anything about 'Kundalini' before reading this book and I would have never believed that people can actually receive 'Shaktipat' just by reading this book, were it not for my own personal experience!
View 1 comment. Dec 21, Vic rated it it was amazing. Swami Muktananda lives in my heart and will forever hold the place of supreme teacher in my life.
His personal story may not be for everyone, but for anyone who is ready to meet a true teacher, even one who has been gone for the last twenty-eight years, this book may ignite an inner revolution. Swami Muktananda, known by his devotees and disciples as Baba, came to the United States in the late 's and attracted a huge following of spiritual seekers.
He was a prolific writer, master story tell Swami Muktananda lives in my heart and will forever hold the place of supreme teacher in my life. He was a prolific writer, master story teller and philosopher.
Baba was a Sadguru, a spiritual master capable of awakening the inner spiritual fire through a process known as Shaktipat, or literally the transfer of energy between himself and the seeker. He writes in his autobiography that even though he was a Swami with considerable spiritual attainment, it wasn't until he himself received Shaktipat from his Guru, Bhagawan Nityananda, that he attained full realization or the final goal.
Baba was quite a controversial figure capable of shattering all preconceived ideas about what a spiritual master should look and act like. Play of Consciousness seems to have a big following, but I wasn't too impressed after finishing the book. Most of it deals with his search for Truth and devotion to his guru.
Learned a lot about gurus, but its really not my thing. Still, Muktananda had some good things to share, such as that kriyas and other spiritual phenomena are authentic only when they occur spontaneously. So it's not about faking spiritual progression but just letting shakti energy take over. Also, shaktipat transmission w Play of Consciousness seems to have a big following, but I wasn't too impressed after finishing the book.
Also, shaktipat transmission was interesting from a Siddha Yoga perspective. As for let downs, his insights aren't anything new. But, I suppose that Truth has many experiential facets and it is always great to have an additional confirmation that transcends culture and time.
Let your own experience be the guide. Aug 28, Sean rated it it was amazing Shelves: some-of-the-best. Swami Muktananda was a great leader, and a great instigator to globalising the Siddha Yoga movement in the 's. The book was written as a guide to how the Swami became the esteemed leader and the trials and tribulations of getting there. Essential reading for those on the path in Siddha Yoga. Since his passing, the Siddha Yoga movement is led by Swami Chidvilansananda.
She has authored many, many more books, and is equally as inspiring and effective in challenging the yoga devotee. Dec 20, Sarah rated it it was amazing. It was hard to read at first. Lots of words and concepts I wasn't familiar with as a Westerner. Especially the whole "worship the guru" thing, which is a hard concept to swallow as an American. The guru thing gets explained later in the book, if you're listening.
The book got more personal and more and more spiritual until the end which was amazing. I've never read a better description of God. Jun 18, Jack rated it it was amazing. Extraordinary autobiography of a spiritual master revealing many spiritual secrets that used to be closely guarded.
Feb 04, Daniel rated it liked it. I attended Darshan with Swami Muktananda and had a meal at several Sydha yoga ashrams.. Some of the swami's Shakti is in the book. However,in the end there wasn't much for me to hold onto here. The content is very traditional with a few unexpected remarks and surprises. I look it over and reread parts of it from time to time, but I don't feel that it really changed my life.
The main idea is that you are encouraged to meditate Jul 28, Fernando rated it liked it. Interesting but difficult to read. Swami uses terms that are a bit hard to understand. From beginning to end, ups and downs.
May 22, Belinda rated it really liked it. Very beautiful. Jul 16, Josiah Miller rated it really liked it. Aug 27, Mike rated it it was amazing Shelves: to-re-read. This book changed my Sadhana. Changed my LIFE! I re-read it every time I need the sun to rise Jul 23, Dominic Lenzo rated it it was amazing. Incredibly written with the perfect amount of prose needed to deliver his message.
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