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Turning Point (Enlightening Essays on Life)

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Preface Dr. S. Radhakrishnan emphasizes the fundamental need for spiritual growth in his introduction to Mahatma Gandhi-Essays ad Reflections, "The greatest fact in the story of man on earth is not his material achievement, the empire he has built and broken, but the growth of his soul from age to age in its search for truth and goodness. Those who take part in this adventure of the soul, secure an enduring place in the history of human culture." From the cradle to the grave...

Preface

Dr. S. Radhakrishnan emphasizes the fundamental need for spiritual growth in his introduction to Mahatma Gandhi-Essays ad Reflections, "The greatest fact in the story of man on earth is not his material achievement, the empire he has built and broken, but the growth of his soul from age to age in its search for truth and goodness. Those who take part in this adventure of the soul, secure an enduring place in the history of human culture."

From the cradle to the grave man aspires for five things: (1) everlasting happiness, (2) infinite knowledge, (3) immortality, (4) sovereignity, and (5) freedom. But we script our own miseries and failures through moral misconduct, spiritual ignorance and laziness.

The eternal truths evade us because of our mundane pursuits and joys! But these truths strike a conscious note in times of tragedy, failure and illness. We are then spurred to seek the Divine for solace, happiness and the fundamental truths so essential for personal stability and growth.

Turning Point, through its wide range of enlightening and empowering essays, seeks to awaken and elevate the readers to a higher level of knowledge, wisdom and spiritual living. They provide an opportunity to reflect upon and also introduce a change in our spiritual, social and health aspects of life.

We acknowledge the divine inspiration of guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj and the labour and devotion of BAPS sadhus and devotees in contributing to this excellent publication of enlightening essays.

 

Contents

 

  Preface ix
  SPIRITUALITY  
1 Vedic Society: I 2
  Gujarati Text: Sadhu Viveksagardas  
  Translation: Sadhu Vivekjivandas  
2 Vedic Society: I 10
  Gujarati Text: Sadhu Viveksagardas  
  Translation: Sadhu Vivekjivandas  
3 Vedic Society: III 16
  Gujarati Text: Sadhu Viveksagardas  
  Translation: Sadhu Vivekjivandas  
4 Vedic Society: IV 22
  Gujarati Text: Sadhu Viveksagardas  
  Translation: Sadhu Vivekjivandas  
5 Murti Puja 31
  Sadhu Anandswarupdas  
6 Murti Puja 31
  Sadhu Atmaswarupdas  
7 God Exists: I 36
  Sadhu Atmaswarupdas  
8 God Exists: II 45
  Sadhu Atmaswarupdas  
9 God Exists: III 55
  Sadhu Atmaswarupdas  
10 Limitations of Perception 63
  Sadhu Brahmaviharidas  
11 Religion and Youth 73
  Sadhu Atmaswarupdas  
12 Nam-Jap 78
  Sadhu Shriharidas  
13 Swaminarayan Mantra 86
  Prof. Ramesh M. Dave  
14 Power of Prayer 89
  Sadhu Amrutvijaydas  
15 Humility in Life 97
  Sadhu Gnanyagnadas  
16 Prayer - Wishes Turned Godwards 101
  Sadhu Brahmaviharidas  
17 Mental Imagery, Mansi Puja and Success: I 107
  Sadhu Mukundcharandas  
18 Mansi Puja for Fitness and Health: II 114
  Sadhu Mukundcharandas  
19 The Shadow of Death 121
  Sadhu Brahmaviharidas  
  FESTIVALS  
20 Chaturmas: I 128
  Sadhu Mukundcharandas  
21 Chaturmas: II 137
  Sadhu Mukundcharandas  
22 Chaturmas: III 142
  Sadhu Mukundcharandas  
23 Rath Yatra 146
  Sadhu Mukundcharandas  
  SOCIAL  
24 Panacea for Today's Ills 156
  Sadhu Atmaswaupdas  
25 Parent and Child 161
  Sadhu Anandswarupdas  
26 Tackling Your Teenager 166
  Sadhu Anandswarupdas  
27 Double Standards 173
  Sadhu Atmaswarupdas  
28 Gossip 175
  Sadhu Vivekjivandas  
29 Fear! 182
  Sadhu Brahmaviharidas  
30 Advice about Internet 192
  Translation: Sadhu Vivekjivandas  
31 On Marriage 196
  Translation: Sadhu Vivekjivandas  
32 Greek Concept of Happiness 201
  Paresh D. Bhatt  
  PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT  
33 Character: The Home of Happiness 206
  Sadhu Paramtattvadas  
34 Teamwork 211
  Sadhu Chaitanyamurtidas  
35 Cooperation 221
  Sadhu Vivekjivandas  
36 Empty Your Cup 229
  Sadhu Vivekjivandas  
37 Pause! 233
  Sadhu Vivekjivandas  
38 Conquer Haste! 238
  Sadhu Vivekjivandas  
39 Living in the Present 243
  Sadhu Vivekjivandas  
40 A Leap to Excellence 247
  Sadhu Vivekjivandas  
41 Smash That Bad Habit! 253
  Sadhu Anandswarupdas  
42 Yogiji Maharaj's Spirit of Service 257
43 Positive Attitude 265
  Sadhu Vivekjivandas  
  HEALTH  
44 Why Vegetarianism? I 274
  Sadhu Mukundcharandas  
45 Why Vegetarianism? II 279
  Sadhu Mukundcharandas  
46 Why Vegetarianism? III 284
  Sadhu Mukundcharandas  
47 The Crack in the Egg 289
  Kaushik Joshi  
48 Where Medicines Fail, Fasting Triumphs: I 298
49 Where Medicines Fail, Fasting Triumphs: II 304
50 Defying Nature 310
  Sadhu Mukundcharandas  
  Glossary 319

 

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Item Code: IDC102 Cover: Paperback Edition: 2008 Publisher: Swaminarayan Aksharpith ISBN: 8175262690 Size: 8.4" X 5.4" Pages: 326 Other Details: Weight of the Book:366 gms
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