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The Gayatri Book (Revised and extended edition)
The Gayatri book is a comprehensive manual and a source of inspiration on the mystery of the gayatri-mantras, their meaning and practice. A book not only for brahmana initiated practitioners, but for aspiring candidates as well as for inquisitive nectar seekers.
This edition includes a new section of study questions that help you test and deepen your understanding of each chapter. Also, the text has been completely re-layouted and is printed in two colors making it easy to read. A definite must in every spiritual bookshelf!
Krishna-Kshetra Swami on the Gayatri book:
“If Vaishnava culture is to take root and carry on indefinitely, surely practitioners need to have a thorough understanding of their adopted tradition. The Gayatri Book aims to fulfill this need. Those who know Sacinandana Swami personally will recognize the imprint of his expertise and concern as a teacher. The Gayatri Book is both a practical manual and a carefully woven explication, thoughtfully structured as an unfolding blossoming flower, revealing one after another the layers of significance to this important aspect of brahmana practice.”
Sacinandana Swami wrote this book on his research on the deeper dimensions and understandings of the disksa-mantra called the Gayatri-mantra. Printed on environmental healthy and thick paper this book is presenting a thorough analysis of the subjects like Diksa (Initiation), Bhagavata-marga and Pancaratrika-vidhi, the five Samskaras, Sadhana, Sambandha, Abhideya and Prayojana in the Gayatri-mantras, the Gayatri-mantras themselves, a detailed Question & Answers section as well as a list of various other Gayatri-mantras and a list of different Mula-mantras in the Appendix.
This thoroughly researched, logically presented book covers the seven Gayatri mantras chanted by brahmanas in ISKCON: what they are, the effects of chanting them, the meaning of diksha, becoming qualified to chant the mantras, the practice of chanting, the bijas, and more. The pilgrimage toward pure chanting of Gayatri requires inspiration, guidance, understanding, attention, and mercy. Minute details of chanting Gayatri are laid out systematically for each mantra.
Chapter Eight, “The Gayatri Treasury,” is a source of meditation and inspiration on Gayatri, but that’s not the only place in the book one will find nectarean inspiration for chanting and becoming more serious about the practice of chanting Sri Gayatri.
An interesting resource: there is an appendix with mula mantras for many personalities, and one about various Gayatri mantras. A full index makes this book a great reference.
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