Michael Smith is one of most devoted students of Swami Veda, since
many years ago. He has been transcribing his taped lectures for years,
and with this helped bring Swami Veda's message to many people. His
quiet and unswerving dedication can be an example for us all...
The messages from our mailings of excerpts from Swami Veda's talks
are largely results of Michael Smith's efforts -- I just copy and pass
on to you what his quiet and dedicated efforts accomplished.
This morning I got a note from him, informing about a new book that
was published with his initiative and much effort.
We take this opportunity to pass his note to you to inform you about
this new book.
I am Michael Smith, and I would like to tell you about a remarkable
book by my teacher, Swami Nijananda Bharati:
A COMMENTARY on TRUSTFUL SURRENDER to DIVINE PROVIDENCE, Volume I.
This is the first of two volumes to be published and is taken from
thirty-five lectures given by Swami Nijananda in 1991. The lectures
were based on a classic text, TRUSTFUL SURRENDER to DIVINE
PROVIDENCE, written in the 16th century two French Jesuit Fathers, Jean
Baptiste Saint Jure, S.J. and Blessed Claude De La, Colombiere. It
clarifies the essential message of Christianity admirably and gives
unique insights on daily living that would be of immense benefit for
anyone on a spiritual path, regardless of one's religion or
denomination. In my opinion, anyone who reads the COMMENTARY will
immediately recognize it as spiritual classic of the first order.
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Many people know of Swami Nijananda Bharati already, and many,
hopefully will come to know him through his COMMENTARY. Let me share
a little about him.
Swami Nijananda Bharati was born and educated in the United States.
He received the degree of Doctor of Medicine and practiced Psychiatry
throughout his professional career.
In 1969 he received his initiation into the Bharati Yoga Lineage from
his Gurudev, H.H. Swami Rama of the Himalayas. In 1989 he received
the vows of a swami and became a monk in the branch of the order of
swamis, established by Shankaracharya. In 1997, Swami Nijananda Bharati
became the Spiritual Director of The Bharati Foundation, a non-profit
organization which supports those on a spiritual path and contributes
to the dissemination of Traditional teachings.
Throughout his lifetime, Swami Nijananda has presented talks to
people on a wide range of topics. These talks went to the core of the
great religions and revealed their transcendent unity through
commentaries on some of their major spiritual writings:
Taoism with his commentary on the Hua Hu Ching;
Judaism with the Kaballah, The Thirteen Petaled Rose, and Honey from
the perennial teachings of India with the Yoga Vasishtha and the
Sufism with the teachings of Rumi, the Sufi Sheikh Nazim AI-Qubrusi,
and the writings
of Martin Lings; and
Christianity with the classic works: The Divine Names, the Mystical
Voice of the Eagle, and Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence.
In his talks, when students wanted to know how the spiritual
teachings and principles would apply to their current problems and
concerns, Swami Nijananda shared practical advice, and this is recorded
in this first commentary of the collection, to be published. Throughout
the years, many who attended these talks have told others that, because
of their experience with these teachings, their lives had been changed
in the most remarkable ways.
Before its publication, Swamiji said, "We are obliged to make the
attempt. There is definitely some value in it for a distinct
minority. But the minority needs it, because they can't get these
traditional teachings off the internet or through HBO." Knowing that he
thoroughly understood the world's great scriptural texts, and that his
purpose in life was to guide people spiritually, the enlightened
master, Swami Rama said of him: "This man is a true sage."
Mahamandeleshvara Swami Veda Bharati, the Spiritual Director, Swami
Rama's Ashram, Rishikesh, India, has written in the Preface of
"A monk, a Swami, in a meditative order has been trained into this
process of finding truth. Swami Nijananda is trained both in the
rigorous disciplines of Western rationality as well as in the equally
rigorous transcendental logic of a monk in the meditative order. He
is, therefore, doubly qualified to take us through the arguments that
support the state of mind called surrender. He has done this in his
writings, such at the present one, in a most lucid progression of
rational argument, unifying the two ends that the initial doubt
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SWAMI NIJANANDA BHARATI:
A Commentary on Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence - Volume 1
Swami Nijananda is trained in both the rigorous disciplines of
western rationality as well as in the equally rigorous transcendental
logic of a monk in a meditative order. These lectures take the reader
through the arguments that support the meditative state of mind called
Swami Nijananda's commentary on Trustful Surrender to Divine
Providence, by Father Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure, was chosen as the
first volume of lectures to be published because so many of his
students felt these lectures were of value to them long after the
lecture series ended. This volume explains and illuminates the
essential message of Christianity. "In every circumstance, without
exception," says Swami Nijananda, surrender to the Lord is the crucial
It is your task to harmonize yourself with what the Lord has
ordained and not the other way around."
This book provides the guidance to orient oneself spiritually in any
situation the world presents, however tragic.
260 Pages, Perfectbound
ISBN: 1-886513-91-0 $28.00