By Urmila Devi Dasi
When using mantra meditation to enter the highest realms of enlightenment and spiritual realization, we can use this book as a guide to speedy, obstacle-free progress. The focus is on the Hare Krishna Mahamantra with an easy to understand and lively presentation of how to reach success in one's personal practice.
A debt of gratitude must be offered to Urmila Devi. Her delicious collection of essays makes clear what chanting is all about: how it is done, for what purpose, and how to most benefit from it. Her years of research and personal commitment to the process of sacred chanting, whether in the form of kirtan, japa, or just spreading the glories of the holy name, is evident on every page. She writes with the knowledge and expertise of an informed educator, and with the spark of one who practices what she preaches. Her voice is clear, fresh and modern, even if she follows in a long line of self-realized sages from ancient India. She's got something to say, and she says it well. Highly recommended.
Steven J.Rosen ( Satyaraja Dasa)
This compilation of articles on the holy name offers a learned, inspiring and insightful overview of the theology underlying the sonic manifestation of the divine. Especially helpful to the practitioners of mantra meditation will be the contemporary analysis of the ten offenses that comprise the primary breaks that prevent the power and pleasure of the holy name from flooding into the heart. Overall, it is a valuable contribution to the much-needed body of literature that presents the universal principles of Sanatana Dharma in a traditionally faithful yet contextually appealing way.
Chaitanya Charan Das
Softbound, 78 pages