Synopses & Reviews
A guide to mantra recitation for ecstatic states, spiritual liberation, and higher consciousness
• Ideal for those looking to deepen the spirituality of their physical yoga practice
• Offers detailed instruction on the practice of mahamantra yoga and exercises to improve one’s practice and move beyond rote chanting
• Includes a CD of mahamantra yoga chants
Based on a rich and ancient tradition revived more than five hundred years ago by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in India, mahamantra yoga involves repeated recitation of a sacred phrase, such as the name of a deity, to anchor the mind and access ecstatic states, higher consciousness, and, ultimately, as you vibrate the holy names, the Divine presence in sound. Part of the bhakti devotional tradition, mahamantra yoga is considered the best path to self-realization in the current age, offering a doorway into the hidden recesses of our innermost being--the internal forest of the heart.
Citing ancient Vedic texts and the insights of perfected mahamantra yogis, Richard Whitehurst reveals the methods of mahamantra yoga and his own profound experiences based on more than 20 years of intense practice. Using the core principles of this ancient tradition, he offers mental and physical exercises--such as how to coordinate the breath, vocal cords, and mouth--to move beyond rote chanting and pursue the practice consciously and joyfully. He explains how to overcome common obstacles to successful chanting as well as purification practices to intensify your efforts. Including a CD of mahamantra yoga chants, this book is the perfect guide for those looking to deepen the spirituality of their physical yoga practice and attain the goals of spiritual life in the midst of the modern world.
This book is a guide for those looking to awaken spiritual devotion in their physical yoga practice. It shows how to coordinate the breath, vocal cords, and mouth to practice devotional chanting consciously and joyfully. Includes a CD of mahamantra chants.
About the Author
Richard Whitehurst (Sridhara Das) is an initiated disciple of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He began his practice of mahamantra yoga in 1970 while a student of psychology at the University of Florida. For 10 years he lived as a wandering monk and traveled extensively throughout the Indian subcontinent. He has lectured about the tradition of bhakti yoga and mahamantra yoga at colleges and universities in India, England, the United States, and Australia and has appeared on radio and TV. An accomplished facilitator of kirtan and bhajan, he lives in New Farm, Queensland, Australia.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Edwin F. Bryant
Foreword by Charles S. J. White
Introduction The Internal Forest
1 The Physical Foundations of Mahamantra Yoga
2 The Mental Foundations of Mahamantra Yoga
7 A Brief Sojourn within the Internal Forest
Appendix 1 Building a Context for Mahamantra Yoga
Appendix 2 Aphorisms of Mahamantra Yoga
Appendix 3 Elucidations
Appendix 4 The Ten Offenses to the Holy Names
How to Use This CD