Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Sahaja - a new book by Christopher Greaves

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A new book of interest to seekers and Sahaja Yogis has just been published. It is called SAHAJA and is written by Christopher Greaves, an English Sahaja Yogi. The book is published by Authorhouse and is a fine production with a beautiful cover using acid-free paper throughout. It is also available as an e-book. It can be ordered from Amazon, Alibris, etc., or from Authorhouse itself.

Please note that all profits from the sale of this book will go to Sahaja projects.

To reveal a little more about this book, here is a brief interview with the author….

Q: How long have you been practicing Sahaja Yoga?

A: Since the summer of 1978, when I met Shri Mataji in London.

Q: Tell us a little more about yourself.

A: I live in Bristol, in the west of England. I’m a writer and academic. I was married in Sahaja Yoga and my wife Ruth and I have four children who are also Sahaja Yogis.

A: What’s the story behind this new book of yours?

A: A long time ago, Shri Mataji told me to write a substantial book about Sahaja Yoga, beginning with the story of my own seeking. In the mid-1990s She encouraged me by saying that although She was getting sent a lot of books about Sahaja Yoga, She was waiting for this one. It went through various stages before I finally felt happy with the approach, content and style, and SAHAJA is the result.

Q: Who is this book for?

A: Everyone. In the first place, of course, it is meant for all serious seekers of truth. It offers them a rounded understanding of Sahaja Yoga and a thorough grounding in its practice. In fact, the principal aim of the book is to provide a guide that will help those of us who have had our realisation to begin to establish ourselves in this great yoga. Beyond that, the book includes plenty of stories, prayers, invocations, and so on which will be of interest to all Sahaja Yogis and which I am sure they will find enjoyable, consoling and illuminating. Finally, this book is meant to serve as a kind of sanctuary for our attention - which, as we know only too well, gets attacked from morning to evening in present-day Western society. My idea was that, when reading it, we should feel secure, comforted, meditative - and happy.

Q: How would you describe the approach you have taken in this book?

A: It’s an integrated approach. I have tried to write it in such a way that the head and heart are combined here. As an academic, I wanted it to be intellectually sound, logically structured and clearly articulated; while as a writer, I wanted it to be as beautiful and literate as possible. What I didn’t want it to be is in any way dull, cheap or superficial. After all, we are speaking of the Mahayoga here - and therefore the style should, if possible, be a noble one, while at the same time being inviting and accessible to the reader.

Q: To finish with, what would you say is special about this book?

A: Hopefully, it’s the substantial book that Mother me asked for. Above all I have sought to write it in such a way that sensitive readers will feel at once: there is truth here. Instead of writing a book that points at Sahaja Yoga and says, ‘That’s the truth over there,’ I have tried to make this book a true example of Sahaja Yoga itself - a sahaja work of art in its own right. In other words, it is meant to be substantial in the sense of ‘substantiating the truth of Sahaja Yoga’ rather than in the sense of being jam-packed with references and information about the chakras and so on - although it is informative too, of course.

Q: Sounds like I must read it…

A: Please do, and I hope you’ll like it. In fact, I hope you’ll love it!


Thava Govender said...

Thank you for your sterling contribution . Hoping to download later today and start reading . May your book sales enlighten many many more . Jai Shri Mataji !

Cristina said...

Hi Thava, as it is unlikely that Mr Greaves sees your comment here, you might want to also leave it as a review on the amazon page of the book. It would also benefit other potential readers.