The Heartfulness Way: Heart-Based Meditations for Spiritual Transformation

The Heartfulness Way: Heart-Based Meditations for Spiritual Transformation

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ISBN-13: 9781684031344
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 10,795
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Kamlesh D. Patel, known widely as Daaji, is the fourth and current spiritual guide of the global Heartfulness movement. His teachings arise from his personal experience on the path of Heartfulness, while reflecting his deep spirit of inquiry and respect for the world’s great spiritual traditions and scientific advancements.

Daaji practiced pharmacy in New York City, NY, for over three decades before being named the successor in a century-old lineage of spiritual masters. Fulfilling the many duties of a modern-day guru, he travels widely, extending his support to spiritual seekers everywhere. A self-professed student of spirituality, he devotes much of his time and energy to research in the field of consciousness and spirituality, approaching the subject with scientific methodology—a practical approach that stems from his own experience and mastery in the field.

Joshua Pollock is a Heartfulness trainer and practitioner from the United States. An accomplished classical violinist, he has performed and taught throughout the world, including multiple collaborations with film composer A. R. Rahman. Pollock is a dedicated spiritual aspirant, and is enthusiastic about sharing his passion for meditation, frequently lecturing at private seminars; holding practical demonstrations in corporate, educational, and governmental settings; and providing ongoing individual support to local seekers. Pollock holds a bachelor of musical arts degree from Indiana University, and two master’s degrees from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK. He currently resides in India with his wife and their two children.

Foreword writer Varun Soni, PhD, is dean of religious life at the University of Southern California, where he also serves as vice provost for Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention, adjunct professor of religion, and Annenberg Fellow of public diplomacy. He holds degrees in religion from Tufts University; Harvard University; the University of California, Santa Barbara; and the University of Cape Town; as well as a law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Afterword writer James R. Doty, MD, is professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, and founder and director of The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Explanation (CCARE). Doty is author of Into the Magic Shop, and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science.

Table of Contents

Foreword v

Preface ix

Introduction xi

Part 1 Why Heartfulness

1 The Seeker's Journey 3

2 Demystifying Meditation 15

Attitude

Yogic Transmission

Part 2 Practicing Heartfulness

3 Meditation 65

When and Where to Meditate

The Meditative Posture

Relaxation

How to Meditate

How Long to Meditate

The Meditative State

4 Cleaning 105

Doing the Cleaning

5 Prayer 129

Connecting Through Prayer

The Heartfulness Prayer

Part 3 The Guru

6 Role of the Guru 159

Conclusion 173

Afterword 179

Experience Heartfulness 183

Glossary 185

Notes 188

Interviews


Patel resides in Staten Island, NY; Monroe, NJ; and Hyderabad, Telangana, India; Pollock resides in Washington, DC.

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The Heartfulness Way: Heart-Based Meditations for Spiritual Transformation 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
M-T More than 1 year ago
Reading this book, and following the conversation in it of Master and student, was like taking a journey, inward. The book is beautifully written, lucid and deeply insightful. It gives us a way of understanding how to strive to live a life of 'effortless focus,' and balance, in the midst of our busy daily lives; I will be reading this book many times!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am beginner at meditation and my friend gifted this book to me. It is like an encyclopediq for meditation with every wiestion I had about meditation and spiritiuality answered in layman terms! You will enjoy I am sure :)
VandyYoga More than 1 year ago
In the times of information overload and pile of lifeless facts, this book touched my heart with its aliveness of wisdom. Being a yoga instructor, I have witnessed students walking into class with an innate longing to connect with themselves. However, the packaged understanding of yoga and meditation often clouds the cry of heart's longing and coerces one into what is "supposed" to be done. Daaji empathically demystifies yoga and meditation in a manner which simple, practical and logical. The book is in form of student and teacher dialogue between Joshua and Daaji. In Joshua's questions I could find voice to my own fundamental questions. Questions which, I may not even have let myself be consciously aware of but nevertheless feeling their weight silently nagging my heart for answers. I am grateful to gain answers and feel the paradigm shift in my attitude towards not only meditation but life in general. This is a book to read and validate the wisdom through one's own personal experience.
Jagadish Tadepalli More than 1 year ago
Read to Meditate! I read this book a couple of times and it really is transformative in nature. Set in an interactive revelatory style between the Master and a Disciple it elucidates how meditation can transform one's life using the Heart as an instrument. Beginners and advanced practitioners will be treated alike. Read and Enjoy!
Bookislife More than 1 year ago
I have been exposed to the practice of meditation from my childhood. It was a complex topic even though in the eastern philosophy, it has been practiced for many centuries. Now in the current day of stress and fast life, meditation provides scientific benefits and helps one calm themselves. In this book, the co-author Joshua Pollock in a conversational style with the global guide of Heartfulness Kamlesh D. Patel clearly articulates on why to meditate, how to meditate and what meditation provides. With an easy, simple conversational style, this is a breezy yet very deeply insightful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Am so glad to come across this book. The entire book content touched my Heart. It is an excellent book. I feel one should utilize the opportunity to read this book. I recently came to know that this book is number one selling in India, and it’s in top 3 in Barnes and Nobles. My sincere thanks and gratitude to the Authors.
Uday_Kumar More than 1 year ago
After a long time, a book in this genre appealed so much to me! The conversational dialog between the teacher and the disciple makes for a very interesting reading. The concept of meditation has been simplified and demystified in this book. After my first reading, I decided to underline some of the paragraphs that have so much packed into them....It's a good idea to read this at your own pace and ruminate over the dialog...that helped me enjoy this book even more...Cheers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the Masterpiece for the seeker of Modern age. I love the simplicity with which this book has been written. Several concepts of cleaning emotions like guilt, likes and dislike explained in scientific way and yogic chakra point of view. Simply an worth having it in my library for permanent reference.
balu_kunju More than 1 year ago
Why Meditate? This book nicely explains how one can transform himself/herself from restlessness to peacefulness, from selfishness to selflessness, from superficial to authentic, from imbalance to balance and etc which are very necessities in the current modern world were distractions pervades in every aspects of ones life. This book explains how a simple practice called "heartfulness" with its unique aspects, helps one to achieve a state of stillness in this constantly changing world and be in the state of observer. The author beautifully explains how this heartfulness approach is an evolved and refined version of the traditional methods of meditation and how well it suits for the modern life. The author narrates his own experiences with this practice which leaves a great confident on the reader that the spiritual transformation is within the reach...
V Murthy More than 1 year ago
The Heartfulness way book is a high quality work in the field of spirituality. It describes the journey of spiritual path from the very basics to the most advanced levels in one book. I highly recommend this book to everybody who is interested in Spirituality, Meditation, and Personal Transformation. This is a book that novices can use to get started on spirituality. Intermediate and advanced practitioners of spirituality can also learn a lot from this book. All of this is presented in an easy to read and engaging style by Kamlesh Patel, Global guide of Heartfulness and Joshua Pollock, a Heartfulness Teacher. The book starts off with basic principles of yoga and spirituality. It explains the eightfold path of yoga and benefits of meditating with the Yogic transmission. Next sections give Practical tools in the Heartfulness Practice such as Meditation, Cleaning or Rejuvenation, Prayer etc. Question and Answer style is engaging, and holds the interest of the reader, answering many of the common questions and some advanced questions in the field of spirituality.
Gyan More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the read of The Heartfulness Way, where the authors through very practical way nudges the reader to experience and experiment with different tools and techniques for personal development and joyous discovery. An enjoyable read with various inspiring quotes that put in context aspects of everyday life to a greater relevance to learn from. I personally liked simplified definitions like Meditation is effortless focus, which triggered something beneficial to my own meditation practice. Wish the authors the very best in their effort to demystify and simplify techniques that can benefit all.
GaganKumar More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best additions to my book collection, book is a conversation emanating from the heart of a teacher and guiding the disciple effortlessly . It was hard to keep this book down once I started reading. In today's internet driven, violence ridden society the method prescribed helps humanity connect through the heart and spread love.
Puneet17 More than 1 year ago
A gripping book for anyone looking for answers to the commonplace questions we have in life- our restless minds and how to make it focus better, being our best selves, overcoming obstacles, love, fulfillment, inner growth. As I read the book, answers and insights unfolded before me in an effortless way as the flow of the book which is in the form of a dialogue between a guru and disciple make it easy to comprehend but interesting at the same time. This is a book that I plan to re-read as every sentence provides wisdom that I can apply to my daily life. Kudos to the authors and heartfelt gratitude for sharing these conversations and insights with us! A must read for anyone looking to better themselves and delving into the world of meditation and realization.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Books in this genre are mostly too theoretical and somehow don’t quite resonate with me for that reason. But here the personal experiences of the authors Kamlesh Patel and Joshua Pollock, put a fresh spin on things and make it instantly relatable. I like the way the book builds up as we slowly progress through it. And the use of ample examples clarify concepts like meditation, thoughts, consciousness and many more. For example, here’s a short excerpt talking about thoughts while meditating -- “Thoughts and emotions are like waves on the surface of the ocean. They may disturb the sailor who stays upon the surface, but not the whale, which swims in the depths. In deep meditation, we sink into those depths. Even when a gale blows, it remains above the surface, and we remain unaffected.” The conversation sometimes does not flow seamlessly, with repetition of statements like "I asked" and "Daaji said", but great book overall.
Ajoy Vadlapudi More than 1 year ago
A must-read for anyone interested in learning to meditate. The book presently practical techniques suitable to modern day in a very lucid manner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is perfect book for someone who is just starting meditation or a veteran. Most of the concepts are explained in a very simple manner. After reading this book my conviction about evolution through Mediation is tripled.
NaveenDhingra More than 1 year ago
I really liked the book for its simplicity and the conversational style that makes for a very easy reading. The book very well explains the different practices under Heartfulness such as Relaxation, Meditation, Cleaning and Prayer. I couldn't help but notice a sense of purity and genuine effort from the authors to share this practice with the seekers. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to understand a simple and effective Meditation Practice.
Ashok18 More than 1 year ago
An Amazing Book for all Meditating souls and new seekers, Book answers people looking for right path for meditation. Hertfulness way meditation!! Recommends for every one. Authors had written in very simple understanding way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been practicing meditation for many years now and yet this book came as a fresh breeze, elucidating all the basic concepts of meditation. This book is not only for beginners but for seasoned practitioners as well. As I am reading the book second time now, I feel I am able to grasp those subtle suggestions hidden in simple sentences. I liked the setting of the book as well, as it is a dialogue between two authors It is also funny and there is a lot of depth to the simple stories in the book.
SAUSA More than 1 year ago
Book explained Meditation concepts in a very practical way. Very nice. Thanks to authors.
samrelaxes More than 1 year ago
This is the first time,that I ever came across something called 'Cleaning',which not only helps us get rid of unwanted thoughts from their roots in the subconscious mind but also help us prevent them from being created in the first place. I have read many self -help books in the past but none of them had practical exercises that are designed to cleanse our subconscious mind.The author is a brillaint spiritual scientist and his co-author does an excellent job of bringing out his teacher's brilliance by asking him questions that plague all of us in our daily lives. A must read for anyone that is looking to transform from the inside!
Sreejith Periyadath More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book for its simplicity in explaining seemingly-complex concepts. It also reveals new paradigm on many aspects of meditation. I have been meditating for a while now, but sometimes stumble when explaining meditation to others. The abstract concepts are to be experienced than understood, however for many, understanding is the first step to exploring and experiencing. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see how the conversations in the book naturally distills all aspects of meditation and other unique elements of Heartfulness practice. I would recommend the book to anyone, whether s/he is interested in meditation or not, practices or not, adept or new. Each one for sure is going to take away a valuable lesson or a life-changing experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book for all those who want to understand the nuances of meditation before starting the practise. Through this book, Kamlesh Patel & Joshua Pollock have demystified the subject of spirituality. What is commonly perceived to be a very difficult topic is made easy to appreciate, absorb, and assimilate in daily life. The book explains the practise of the inner search in simple terms with a step by step approach to progressively awaken the spirit of inner inquiry in the aspirant . It is written in easy conversational style, deeply in consonance with ancient Indian practises, where knowledge is often passed on by the teacher to the seeker in the form of questions and answers. In this way the seeker is encouraged to think deeply on the topics outlined in the book. A must read book for all sincere aspirants of spirituality.
Bhavesh Chauhan More than 1 year ago
I have read several books on spirituality, philosophy or mysticism like Autobiography of a Yogi, The Way of the Sufi, In Search of the Miraculous, The Way of Zen, Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master, Tao Te Ching and many more. They have all been amazing accounts of authors' own experiences or their way of thinking. Not only I enjoyed reading them, but I was also able to summon their teaching in my own life at occasions. However, when I went through The Heratfulness Way I realized what I was missing so far was to have a simple and practical way to enable myself to have such experiences that I admired from others. The book is filled with dialogues between Joshua and Kamlesh (Daaji) which are like pearls of wisdom scattered throughout the book. Through this medium of inquiry, I realized we also keep questioning our beliefs and understanding and see them in a better light. It helps in bringing more clarify and getting rid of biases that we may have accumulated consciously or subconsciously. And as they say, reading a book alone cannot transform us. When we put Heartfulness Way into practice, we realize how simple it is, especially with the aid of Yogic Transmission and we start moving forward on the path of our own experiences.
Yumeris More than 1 year ago
In English: There are so many levels to this book. If you are interested in delving into your inner self and general growth within your inner self- this book is for you. I love the idea mentioned in the beginning that everyone is already knowledgeable and skilled at meditation (when we spend a lot of time obsessing over things - we are meditating!). Yet, in this approach to meditation we learn to ennoble this act by focusing our attention on our hearts and the feeling of “light in our heart.” My 78 year mom, a U.S. immigrant from the Dominican Republic was able to try and actively practice heartfulness meditation and received a lot of benefit from it. There is so much more to learn from this book. Read it slowly, there is a lot to digest. En Español: Ello hay tanto niveles de leer este libro. Si esta interesado en ir adentro de tu corazón y crecer tu Ser - este libro es para tí. Me encanto la idea en el principio del libro que todo el mundo tiene experiencia con la meditación, cuando obsesionamos sobre difirente ideas y sufrimiento, estamos meditando! Pero en esta meditación la idea es de enfocarce en algo positivo y noble. La meditación de la mañana es en La Luz en el corazón adentro de uno mismo. Este símbolo no enfoca el día en algo muy lindo y positivo. Mi mamá, una imigrante a los Estados Unidos de la República Dominicana empezó esta meditación a los 78 años y puro sentir tanto beneficios. Ay mucho que se puede aprender de este libro. Si te interesa la meditación- cómpralo.