Love Perfected, Life Divine: A Novelby Swami Kriyananda
Inspired by Marie Corelli’s book, The Life Everlasting, Swami Kriyanandadirect 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 soula discovery that propels her to undertake an arduous and perilous climb to the loftiest
Inspired by Marie Corelli’s book, The Life Everlasting, Swami Kriyanandadirect 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 soula 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 saidand, to the best of my knowledge, once onlythat 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.
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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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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.