Japa Transformations by Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami
As the title of this book suggests, Japa Transformations goes more deeply into the subject than the author's first book. Transformations are deep changes for the better, personal revolutions in attitude and understanding that come about as the result of deep reflection and intense determination. As in the previous book, Goswami locates himself as both a student and a teacher - as one who continues to learn from his own guru and who aims to help others benefit from what he learns. In this book, he asks readers to spend time with him as he questions the extent and depth of his own successes and the meaning of occasional apparent set-backs in practice as he takes one through a sustained personal meditation on the eight verses of the Siksastaka, Sri Caitanya's verses that encapsulate His teachings.
In our self-obsessed times, Japa Transformations is a welcome reminder that the best way to find ourselves is to lose ourselves in loving service to the Lord's holy names. Whether Goswami is writing to chant or chanting to write, his whole life is rapt in sacred sound, as ours could be, and more than ever, his words are helpful and endearing.