As yoga gains popularity across the U.S., many people are becoming interested in its traditional Vedic roots. While Buddhist meditation is well represented on bookshelves, there has been little Vedantic philosophy written in lay terms until now. Author David Frawley guides readers through the challenges of cultivating awareness, calming the mind, and practicing meditation according to Vedanta and Hinduism. He examines how cultural knowledge systems in the West lead individuals to disillusionment, and speaks about how meditation can aid in understanding the true nature of one's thoughts, emotions, and perceptions. Frawley explores meditation support practices such as yoga, mantras, kundalini, and pranayama, as well as the role of gurus, and concludes with a short, more technical essay on self-inquiry.
About John Douillard
Dr. John Douillard is the author of The 3-Season Diet and Body, Mind, and Sport, which has sold over 60,000 copies and has been printed in six languages. His book Perfect Health for Kids, was released early last year, followed by The Encyclopedia of Ayurvedic Massage (both in 2004, North Atlantic Books). John received his Ayurvedic training in India and holds a Ph.D. in Ayurvedic medicine from the Open International University. He is the former Director of Player Development for the New Jersey Nets in the NBA. He co-directed Deepak Chopra's Ayurvedic center for eight years and has trained over 2000 Western doctors in Ayurvedic medicine. He launched a preservative-free Ayurvedic skin care line in 1998, and an Ayurvedic herbal line for health professionals in 2003. He has been teaching Ayurvedic medicine, natural health, fitness, and nutrition internationally for seventeen years. Currently he directs the LifeSpa School of Ayurveda and practices Ayurvedic and chiropractic medicine at LifeSpa in Boulder, Colorado, where he lives with his wife and six children.
"Vedantic Meditation is a major contribution to our understanding of the principles underlying the expansion of human awareness."
—David Simon, M.D., author of Vital Energy
"Dr. Frawley provides a dazzling introduction to the world’s most enduring meditation tradition, illuminating India’s famous 'direct path' to enlightenment."
—Linda Johnsen, author of Meditation is Boring: Putting Life in Your Spiritual Practice
"Dr. Frawley is one of the most important scholars of Ayurveda and Vedic Science today, a true rishi or knower of reality. I have gained great personal insight from his work."
—Deepak Chopra, author of How to Know God