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Wise-Love: Bhakti and the Search for the Soul of Consciousness

Wise-Love: Bhakti and the Search for the Soul of Consciousness

by Pranada Comtois


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2019 Winner the Montaigne Medal, Eric Hoffer Book Awards.

2018 Winner Spirituality, National Indie Excellence Awards.

2018 Finalist Spirituality, Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

2018 Finalist Book of the Year Body/Mind/Spirit Foreword Indies.

We all long for boundless love as we long for home. But how can we find our home our meaning and purpose if we don't know our self? Wise-Love is an exploration of the self, or consciousness, guided through the meditative eyes of saints, sages, seers, and mystics. As we embark on the journey to the self, we discover that the self's most charming characteristic part of its eternal, unchanging nature is that it is a lover, a lover who can be satisfied only when ordinary love evolves into wise-love.

Pranada Comtois, a devoted pilgrim and teacher, illuminates bhakti's wisdom school of heartfulness and shows why mindfulness alone can never satisfy the self. Joy comes from an awakened heart and expanded consciousness, not from a controlled or stilled mind.

The first part of Wise-Love explores the nature of self/consciousness and how we interface with the world with the use of our physical body and subtle body (mind, intelligence, and ego). By understanding the distinctions between our real and false selves, we can factually answer the questions Who am I? What is my purpose? and How can I be happy? The second half of the book examines the nature of matter, the world of consciousness, karma, faith, mysticism, the efficacy of sacred sound, the maha-mantra, kirtan, humility, depth compassion, and how to culture wise-love. Each chapter unfolds with an understanding of matter and consciousness to present a key that unlocks our eternal nature so that we can experience the unbounded joy of the self in our daily lives.

When we encounter the self, we're automatically introduced to our Divine Inner Suitor and our loving relationship with him. Filled with insight and fresh perspectives, Wise-Love offers a map for the journey to our home of eternal affection, where a porch light is always lovingly lit, and a warm embrace from our Divine Other awaits.

Secretly nestled in the Upanishads and extolled in the Bhagavad Gita, bhakti yoga shines as the crown jewel on the head of India's timeless wisdom about consciousness and how to live one's meditation. Often over-simplified as devotion, bhakti is the method of experiencing the self and its Essence/Source. This concise yet comprehensive handbook exploring the meaning of bhakti's sophisticated philosophy promises to enrich you wherever you are on the spiritual path.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999665435
Publisher: Chandra Media
Publication date: 03/31/2018
Series: The Bhakti
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 565,401
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents




Prologue: A Genesis

I. Rising Consciousness

1: The Feeling Self

2: The Miracle of Us: Being, Knowing, Loving

3: The Realm of the Mind

4: Who Will Fell the False Self?

5: The Small “My” and the Big “I”

II. Peering Over the Horizon.

6: Virtual Reality

7: Intractable Karma – or Not?

8: Karma and Lila: Forced Action and the Freedom to Play

9: Horizontal and Vertical Development

10: Faith, Not Belief

11: Everybody Loves a Mystic

III. Layers of Luminosity

12: An Inconceivable Dualism and Nondualism

13. What’s Your Ideal?

14: Life After Enlightenment

15: The Yoga of Love

16: Exercises of the Heart

IV. Stellar Light

17: Seeing With Your Ears

18: Sacred Sound

19: Mantra

20: Mantra of Names

21: Theology of the Name

22: Prema-Kirtan

23: Bhakti Revivalist, Ecstatic Mystic

V. Compass Rays

24: Wise-Love

25: The Culture of Giving

26: Love’s Morals

27: Humility

28. Compassion’s Play on Love’s Scale

29. Depth Compassion

VI. Waterfall of Moonbeams

30: Independence from the Constraints of Our Humanness

31: A Home-knowing Person

32: Lifestyle of the Bhakta

33: Two Inches

VII. Full Orb of Consciousness

34: The Charming Form of the Absolute

35: The Absolute’s Life

36: God’s Existential Crisis

37: She Whom He Worships

38: Above the Ceiling of the Sky

Afterword: The Feminine Divine




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