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Play of Consciousness

A Spiritual Autobiography
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Paperback Book
January, 2000
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Play of Consciousness, here in its 30th anniversary edition, is a vivid first-person account of the spiritual journey, written by one of the great yogic masters of our time, Swami Muktananda (1908-1982).

“This is surely the most extraordinary spiritual autobiography of the 20th century. Written with fearless candor by a Yoga adept (siddha) whose spiritual genius stands unchallenged, it chronicles the inner ups and downs following the awakening of the serpent power (Kundalini-shakti). As his vivid descriptions show, Swami Muktananda experienced the whole gamut of mystical states, and his book affords one a unique glimpse into the mind of a great master in the making. Play of Consciousness reveals many secrets, clearly demonstrates the rigors of spiritual practice at the highest octave, shows the hidden alchemy of guru devotion, introduces in highly readable vignettes some of modern India’s most outstanding adepts, and is interspersed with poignant quotations from the Sanskrit scriptures. This by now classic work is a siddha’s priceless legacy for all sincere Yoga practitioners.” —Georg Feuerstein, author of The Yoga Tradition and Tantra: the Path of Ecstasy

Who knows what there is in this body! There are so many chakras just in the head, so many different springs welling with nectar, so many clusters of nerve filaments, so many kinds of musical harmonies, so many different fragrances; there are rays from so many different suns, abodes of so many different deities. Though all this is inside him, man, tragically caught in his delusion, indulges himself in the arid world outside.

There are some wonderful photographs as well, and an introduction by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, the woman who is Muktananda’s spiritual successor.

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This bes selling spiritual autobiography of Swami Muktananda tells the story of his journey to self-realization under the guidance of Bhagawan Nityananda, candidly describing his extraordinary experiences. Beginning with his spiritual initiation on August 15, 1947, and continuing through his enlightenment nine years later, this is a guide for seekers moving toward the same goal.

This best selling spiritual autobiography of Swami Muktananda tells the story of his journey to self-realization under the guidance of Bhagawan Nityananda, describing candidly his extraordinary experiences.

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