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The Recognition of Our Own Heart

Paperback Book
Babajl's Kriya Yoga Publi
August, 2019
$34.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

In The Recognition of Our Own Heart: Pratyabhijñahrdayam, non-dual yoga and meditation teacher Joan Ruvinsky offers up a beautifully illustrated interpretive translation of one of the foundational texts of Kashmiri Shaivism —twenty short verses that address fundamental and universal questions. Part poetry, part guidebook, part art, it conveys the richness and incandescence so characteristic of the lineage without losing sight of the last 400 years of philosophical inquiry, spiritual revelation, and scholarship.

In the footsteps of the Tantric masters of the medieval period —who were not only great yogis but also accomplished scholars, poets, musicians—Ruvinsky embraces the body, mind, and senses as pathways to enlightenment. In her distinctly poetic and down-to-earth fashion Ruvinsky reminds us to live directly, moment to moment, in the mystery. You already have what you need. She intones, “All contemplations are valid. There are no right answers, no dead ends, only pathways in the infinite.”

The vast emptiness of Being is inseparable from the flourish of freely, divinely inspired expression.

"With deep reverence for this 11th-century text, four women sat with all the translations they could find, chanting the Sanskrit, studying, analyzing, and finally sensing and feeling into each line until there was consensus, a mutual “ah,” and shimmer of recognition in the heart. Ruvinsky’s poetic ponderings, sourced from this deep exploration with her beloved colleagues, her own intuitive understanding, and burnished in the wisdom of pure consciousness, is her final gift to us. I am ever-grateful." – Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression

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