Meditation & Its Practices: A Definitive Guide to Techniques and Traditions of Meditation in Yoga and Vedanta by Swami Adiswarananda

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Filling nearly 500 pages, this authoritative new book from the minister and spiritual leader of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York sets a new standard for completeness in meditation guides, especially those written from a Vedantic perspective. In 32 chapters, Swami Adiswarananda details the key aspects, methods, and purpose of meditation; the physical, mental, and spiritual skills and resources to cultivate in order to promote concentration; signs of progress on the contemplative path; and how to overcome notable obstacles. His book is a priceless aid for those who strive to let their minds attain the stillness described in the Bhagavad Gita: "As a lamp in a windless place does not flicker."