This volume is a textbook of the psychology and practice of the techniques to spiritual perfection. To proceed upon the spiritual life, the first requisite is that the individual should have an ideal. He should want something definite, he should aim at getting something concrete. There are ideas and ideals. The second requisite is a well-laid and well-regulated plan of procedure. After having conceived of the ideal which the aspirant wants to reach, he should chalk out a definite and well-marked program.
In order to tread the path of spiritual life, the aspirant should conceive of an ideal, put up a general program of life, have abhyasa and Vairagya, and take to a background of thought into which can take refuge at times of external stress. And for all this, the help of this book is most invaluable. There is no aspect of Sadhana which has not been dealt with, no path which has not been presented, no point of guidance that the aspirant's peculiar difficulties need, which has not been elaborately dealt with.
About the Author:
Sri Swami Sivananda, born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Sage Appayya Dikshita and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta.
He was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind. He is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read his works is to drink at the Fountain of Wisdom Supreme.