Love Perfected, Life Divine: A Novel

Love Perfected, Life Divine: A Novel

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by Swami Kriyananda
     
 

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Inspired by Marie Corelli’s book, The Life Everlasting, Swami Kriyananda—direct disciple of the great world teacher, Paramhansa Yogananda (author of the classic Autobiography of a Yogi)—retells the dramatic story of a woman’s discovery of her twin soul—a discovery that propels her to undertake an arduous and perilous climb to the loftiest

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Inspired by Marie Corelli’s book, The Life Everlasting, Swami Kriyananda—direct disciple of the great world teacher, Paramhansa Yogananda (author of the classic Autobiography of a Yogi)—retells the dramatic story of a woman’s discovery of her twin soul—a discovery that propels her to undertake an arduous and perilous climb to the loftiest heights of spiritual awakening. Fueled by her love, the heroine must overcome harrowing challenges before she realizes the goal of her yearning in union with God. Love Perfected, Life Divine is a timeless tale that carries the reader to the heart of the inner quest.

As Swami Kriyananda wrote in his introduction:
The Life Everlasting is the only novel Paramhansa Yogananda ever finished reading. I can understand why he did so. It has a deep spiritual potential. I myself have enjoyed it, and have read it many times. I would not have undertaken this endeavor, however, if Yogananda himself had not also addressed the subject [of soul-mates] once, so obliquely as to cry for clarification. He said—and, to the best of my knowledge, once only—that everyone, before attaining oneness with God, must be united with his soul dual, even if that dual is living on another planet and the union can be achieved only in vision. . . .

The Life Everlasting . . . exerts an undeniable spell. . . . [It is] not afraid to express openly the author’s devotion to God without enclosing the reader in a narrow box of sectarianism. . . .
I have rewritten [this] story because, with all its faults, I have always loved it. I have cleared out massive amounts of excessive verbiage; introduced a note of greater kindness; cut out many pages as unnecessary and, indeed, deleterious to the lofty mood of the book. I have rewritten the book also to make it correspond to my own beliefs. I think, as you read, you will understand my reasons for the countless changes I have made. And I conclude by saying I am happy with the results. I hope you, dear reader, will be happy also.

Editorial Reviews

February 2013 - Dharmadas Schuppe
I finished the book this morning—beautiful!! And so uplifting!
February 2013 - Sahaja Simms
Yesterday I read your new book. I started in the afternoon and I simply couldn't stop, so I went on reading until midnight! It's one of the most amazing, transforming, and powerful books I've ever read in my life. I feel myself a different person.
February 2013 - Nandini Cerri
This is an amazing book , infused with divine power.
February 2013 - Hriman McGilloway
The rewrite of Corelli is an hundredfold improvement: it turns the story into a page turner.
February 2013 - Nirmala Schuppe
This book is beautiful. I read it without moving for hours and hours.
February 2013 - Devi Novak
A thrilling and beautiful tale, filled with quenchless yearning and undaunted determination to achieve final fulfillment. I enjoyed every page.
February 2013 - Brahmacharini Narayani
This book explains perfectly the reality and true purpose of soul-mates as a means of merging back into God's Infinite, eternal love. It is a book of deep wisdom, spiritual insight, human romance, and adventure. Absolutely Splendid! Fantastic! A Masterpiece!!!! Everyone should read it!!!!
February 2013 - Hansa Malik
I salute this book as a scripture! It is highly suitable for the modern age! Love Perfected, Life Divine is a gentle testimony to the greatest reality: Love , so universally misunderstood! Everyone wants to be loved, but how few people realize that they themselves, in their true Self, are LOVE! This book will enlighten many! I know of no other book that conveys such deep insights on the way to live life in the highest way!
February 2013 - Padma McGilloway
I really love this book. I have found it quite a page turner! The characters and the story offer such insight and interest. Your writing is exquisite...lots of amazing wisdom, and so eloquently phrased. Before this, I could never read the whole book—it was just too flowery for me. You’ve pruned it and enhanced it and made it thoroughly fascinating!
February 2013 - Kaveeta Kaul
To me, though it may sound blasphemous, this book is even more important than The Ramayana. It is no less than a scripture; even its physical presence emanates light.
February 2013 - Sahaja Mascia Ellero
Yesterday I read your new book. I started in the afternoon and I simply couldn't stop, so I went on reading until midnight! It's one of the most amazing, transforming, and powerful books I've ever read in my life. I feel myself a different person.
February 2013 - Narayani Jha
This book explains perfectly the reality and the true purpose of soul-mates as a means of merging back into God’s infinite and eternal love. It is full of deep wisdom, spiritual insight, human romance, and adventure. Absolutely fantastic. A masterpiece! Everyone should read it!
February 2013 - Jyotish Novak
''Love Perfected, Life Divine is one of those rare novels that is both entertaining and profound. The story draws you in with an ever-increasing force, your heart captivated by the heroine's quest to find eternal love in the midst of cynicism and materialism. The ever-deeper truths revealed in these pages seem at first mildly exotic, then familiar, and finally as if springing from your own higher self. This is a profoundly uplifting book.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565892774
Publisher:
Crystal Clarity Publishers
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.55(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

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Meet the Author

Swami Kriyananda is a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, trained by the great Indian master to spread the life-transforming teachings of Kriya Yoga around the globe. He is widely considered one of the world’s foremost experts on meditation, yoga, and spiritual practice, having authored over 140 books on these subjects.

Kriyananda is the founder of Ananda Sangha, a worldwide organization committed to the dissemination of Yogananda’s teachings. In 1968 he founded Ananda World Brotherhood Village, the first spiritual cooperative community based on Yogananda’s vision of “world brotherhood colonies.” Today Ananda includes ten spiritual communities in the U.S., Europe, and India, and over 100 meditation groups worldwide.

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Love Perfected, Life Divine: A Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first portion of the book is interesting as an object lesson in how a person of spiritual consciousness should interact (or not, as appropriate) with more worldly-minded people. The latter half rather departs from what the average spiritual seeker might experience, but it's always fun to imagine oneself in a more dramatic, romanticized version of the spiritual path. Swami Kriyananda offers us a consistently uplifting vision of it for our imaginations to enjoy.