The Heartfulness Way
About the Book
“A must-read for anyone interested in incorporating meditation into their lifestyle.”
––Sanjay Gupta, MD, chief medical correspondent for CNN
Heartfulness is an ideal, a spiritual way of living by and from the heart that is inclusive of all ideologies, beliefs, and religions. In this heart-centered book, a student in conversation with his teacher, Kamlesh D. Patel—affectionately known as Daaji, the fourth and current spiritual guide of the century-old Heartfulness tradition—present a unique method of meditation with the power to facilitate an immediate, tangible spiritual experience, irrespective of a person’s faith.
Our modern, fast-paced world can be an overwhelming place. Every day, we’re bombarded with messages telling us that in order to be happy, fulfilled, and worthy, we must be better, do more, and accumulate as much material wealth as possible. Most of us move through our busy lives with our minds full of these ideas, multitasking as we strive to navigate the responsibilities and expectations we must meet just to make it through the day. But what if there is another way? What if, rather than letting the busyness of life overtake our minds, we learn to be heartful instead?
Based on Daaji’s own combination of approaches and practices for the modern seeker—which draws from the teachings of Sahaj Marg, meaning “Natural Path”—Heartfulness is a contemporized version of the ancient Indian practice of Raja Yoga, a tradition that enables the practitioner to realize the higher Self within. While many books describe refined states of being, The Heartfulness Way goes further, providing a pragmatic course to experience those states for oneself, which, per the book’s guiding principle, is “greater than knowledge.”
Heartfulness meditation consists of four elements—relaxation, meditation, cleaning, and prayer—and illuminates the ancient, defining feature of yogic transmission (or pranahuti), the utilization of divine energy for spiritual growth and transformation. Using the method, detailed practices, tips, and practical philosophy offered in this book, you’ll reach new levels of attainment and learn to live a life more deeply connected to the values of the Heartfulness way—with acceptance, humility, compassion, empathy, and love.
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“In this simple and elegant book, Daaji reveals the ancient secrets of Heartfulness meditation for a well-integrated life. A must-read for anyone interested in incorporating meditation into their lifestyle.”
—Sanjay Gupta, MD, neurosurgeon, Emmy® Award-winning chief medical correspondent for CNN, and bestselling author of Monday Mornings
“This book, The Heartfulness Way, is truly transformational and is going to make a big difference in the lives of so many people across the globe.”
—Pankaj Gupta, PhD, executive director, Centre for Ethics, Spirituality and Sustainability at O.P. Jindal Global University, Delhi NCR
“All of us long to belong and try to connect to the Creator and this universe in various ways. This book helps us to connect holistically, meaningfully, and more importantly, ‘simply,’ through Heartfulness meditation. Giving ourselves the space to look within for just a few minutes in a day can keep us going, growing, and glowing throughout the day. The Heartfulness Way makes the journey as enjoyable as the destination.”
—Latha Rajan, cofounder of the Chennai Literary Association, and managing director of the Ma Foi Foundation
“The Heartfulness Way represents a revolution in the field of spirituality. Spiritualism is a process of self-realization. Every individual being unique, they experience this in different ways. But all seekers can be benefited by The Heartfulness Way, including experienced meditators. A practical and inspirational guidebook, its clarion call is that personal experience is greater than any spiritual knowledge or belief can ever be. But this book goes much further than that! It provides a well-honed method for spiritual awakening. Moreover, it shows us how to receive yogic transmission, or pranahuti, which easily enables any seeker to experience states of being that were once thought to be reserved for great yogis and renunciates. Read it, try its practices, experience yogic transmission, and see for yourself!”
—Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry of India
“If you have picked up The Heartfulness Way, then you are one of the many of people looking for answers. Congratulations. You have found the key. This book will take you on a journey of self-comprehension, leading to the eventual discovery of your true potential.
Meditation is an age-old practice, and a successful one. This is perhaps the only way a person can face their own self and set themselves free. Put together from a series of conversations between teacher and student, the authors of this book have created something so powerful and profound that it makes me wonder how many lives it will potentially change.
I find immense pride in my association with Kamlesh D. Patel, and this book fills me with utmost respect for its two authors, who have embarked on the holy path of spiritual transformation. It is rare in today’s age to see people share their insight and teach from their experiences.
Om Namah Shivay.”
—C.B. Patel, owner, Gujarat Samachar; Asian Voice
“The Heartfulness Way is a truly extraordinary book, and a valuable guide to the serious spiritual seeker on the path to self-revelation. It is addressed to the heart, and if for that reason alone, cannot fail to profoundly move the reader. If approached in the right spirit, The Heartfulness Way can trigger a far-reaching, inner transformation. It is warmly recommended.”
—Ramnath Narayanswamy, IIM Bangalore
“Since 2000 when, as Beavercreek mayor, I officiated the grand opening of the Dayton Heartfulness/Natural Path Meditation Center, I have been a major supporter of this valuable community resource that provides free training in Heartfulness relaxation and meditation not just locally, but also globally! The local Heartfuness Center now services hundreds, including many of our community’s first responders. It is my hope that many more people can take advantage of this wonderful resource and learn these simple yet powerful techniques through The Heartfulness Way.”
—Rick Perales, Ohio State Representative
“The Heartfulness Way offers an eminently clear and practical path to the Divinity that lies within each of us. Highly recommended.”
—Robert Schwartz, author of Your Soul’s Plan and Your Soul’s Gift
“In my many decades as a management consultant to governments and Fortune 500 companies alike, I have realized that the external success of any organization depends on its internal health and integration. Similarly, the external success of any individual depends on their own level of personal integration and wellness. When you’re too caught up in your own problems, you can't achieve anything great! But how to achieve that crucial level of personal integration and wellness? I have personally found Heartfulness meditation to be a critical tool in this regard. Through it, the heart assumes an executive function, and all of our faculties become aligned with it. When all of our energies are aligned in their purpose and work in a single channel, we become focused and empowered. As a result, we become effective. And because we are guided by the heart, we also express a deep and natural morality in all that we do. The Heartfulness Way masterfully demonstrates how to achieve personal integration, and should be indispensable to anyone who is serious about self-development.”
—Ichak Adizes, PhD, MBA, founder and president of the Adizes Institute
“Over twenty years ago, when I was introduced to the Heartfulness meditation practice, I could not have anticipated how much it would come to mean to me with each passing day. Nor could I have anticipated the harmony and purpose that I would find in my life as a result. Whether you are ardent practioner of meditation, just curious, or perhaps even skeptical, The Heartfulness Way is a must-read. Answers leap magically from its pages, making it simple to understand meditation and its purpose. To read this book is to be immersed in a symphony of revelations.”
—Vani Kola, managing director, Kalaari Capital
“The Heartfulness Way is an invaluable addition to the vast body of literature on meditation. Its message is optimistic, pointing to the innate goodness that lies in each of our hearts, and showing us how to grow into our most authentic and best selves. As a mindfulness practitioner, I have long felt that the root of mindfulness is ‘Heartfulness,’ so I am pleased to witness this concept taking hold, and I look forward to the day that everyone aspires toward ‘heartful’ living.”
—Tim Ryan, US representative of Ohio, and author of A Mindful Nation