The Journey Within: Exploring the Path of Bhakti

Radhanath Swami. Mandala, $24.99 (292p) ISBN 978-1-60887-157-5
Radhanath (The Journey Home) offers a light and accessible introduction to bhakti yoga, a spiritual journey some Buddhists believe can reunite practitioners with the supreme source. According to Swami, one forgets “the love that lies dormant within,” and longings, desires, and dissatisfactions are attempts to recover that loss. Through bhakti yoga, practitioners see themselves as they really are—loving and loved by the “Supreme Beloved” through acts of devotion and compassionate service in the world. Radhanath often teaches readers through stories; his tales showcase the effect of devoting oneself to the “Supreme Beloved” and the great need for compassion in this world of suffering. By practicing yogic regulative principles such as ahimsa (nonviolence) and living compassionately through practices such as environmental care, community, chanting, and worship, one is able to “taste divine love” and serve the world and God. Radhanath’s teaching here is highly accessible and a delight to read; newcomers will feel welcome to bhakti and intrigued by his conviction and compassion. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/14/2016
Release date: 05/01/2016
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 320 pages - 978-1-68383-190-7
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