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Sri Manah-siksa: Splendid Instructions to the Mind by [Gosvami, Raghunatha Dasa, Thakura, Bhaktivinoda]
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The Kindle edition contains everything from volumes one and two combined.

This is a 2016 edition produced by Padma, Inc. and compiled by Urmila Devi Dasi. It includes commentaries by Jayadvaita Swami, Sivarama Swami, Sacinandana Swami, and Bhaktivijnana Goswami.

The seekers of truth, with great hope, embark on the path of spiritual enlightenment. Their hearts fill with affection for guides and teachers, associates on the journey, and self-realized souls. Their aim becomes pure love of God, without even attraction for enjoying divine opulences. But the path has traps and tricksters. There is a thief who appears to be an eye-catching amorous partner, and a hungry tigress who lures with discussions of eternal light and peace. A jewel of love enables the seekers to recognize and avoid those, but will they succumb to the gang of robbers with strong ropes before they swim through the ocean of love and drink the radiant nectar that opens the door to perfection?

Many treatises on spiritual life seem to make everything seem so easy—a simple formula for instant success if one is just sincere enough. Other books cater to the hopeful who keep failing and want formulas of reassurance. Yet other authors speak to the disappointed to condemn spiritual realization as a myth, which cheaters propagate for personal gain. In contrast, Splendid Instructions to the Mind (Manah-shiksha) is at once both hopefully inspiring and blatantly honest. To read it well entails an authentic appraisal of the state of one’s heart and mind, an experience of recognition and acceptance that is at once sweet and sour, comforting and uncompromising. To read it well entails receiving many glowing gifts to triumph over our lower nature and reveal our true spiritual essence, so that all struggles and illusion become a distant dream.

Manah-shiksha helps us make sure our compass is set to the right direction, and our heart is attuned to the mood of the spiritual world. It allows us to recognize the increasingly subtle thieves and traps on the path, and employ counteracting measures, finally showing us how the fully illuminated and humble soul enters into loving perfection.

In this book, we learn about affection and attachment so we can gain genuine love of ourselves and others. Through respect and integrity, we escape the pitfalls of arrogance and deceit. These verses are a complete step-by-step guidebook on the inner, esoteric path of spontaneous love for God. Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami liberally used metaphor, poetry, and literary ornaments to unlock our full potential. Bhaktivinoda Thakura has instructed, “Shri Manah-shiksha has laid down a systematic procedure for one to enter into and become absorbed in the pastimes of Shri Shri Radha-Krishna; one should follow it without guile.”

In volume two, each of Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami’s verses is followed by commentary by Bhaktivinoda Thakura—both prose and song. This edition is the first time his song commentary has been published in English. The verses and Bhaktivinoda’s commentaries are richly illustrated with over a hundred drawings by various international artists.

Additionally, this volume contains commentaries by contemporary senior practitioners of bhakti yoga from around the globe: Jayadvaita Swami, Shivarama Swami, Shacinandana Swami, Bhaktivijnana Goswami, and Urmila Devi Dasi. Their extensive commentaries delight and entertain while inspiring and clarifying. They easily enable the modern reader to put this classic book into practice in today’s world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17545 KB
  • Print Length: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Padma Inc (30 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #506,583 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very inspiring book-set from a lifelong scholar and bhakti teacher 4 June 2016
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Very inspiring book set from a lifelong scholar and bhakti teacher. Really brings Raghunath Dasa Goswami's text alive. Love the paintings and numerous illustrations commissioned for these volumes. Very highly recommended to any bhakti yogi or Vedic reader delving into the ancient teachings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relevant and practical 27 November 2016
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This book contains very relevant, valuable and practical information for any serious practitioner of bhakti yoga. The book is well written and easy to study. Illustrations are very thoughtfully done and highlight the points from the text. I wish i had it years earlier! This is the book i will read over and over again to hopefully uncover all the layers of carefully packed realizations and eye-(heart-) openers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful translations and commentaries of these enlightening verses by Srila ... 6 January 2017
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Wonderful translations and commentaries of these enlightening verses by Srila Raghunatha das Goswami. The illustrations and first ever English publications of Bhaktivinoda Thakura's songs are a delight. Inspiring to hear contemporary bhakti-yoga practitioners insights and understandings on these essential Gaudiya Vaisnava teachings. Best English version I've read by far.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mental blocks 14 May 2017
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This is an excellent insightful book on diving deep into sincere devotional practice by overcoming the relentless obstacles presented by the mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime. Candy for the intellect 28 October 2016
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Simply breathe taking I was left spell bound on a psycho-social level. A authentic Vedic description of the mind and the soul

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