Mala of the Heart: 108 Sacred Poems

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Ravi Nathwani, Kate Vogt
New World Library, Feb 9, 2011 - Poetry - 153 pages
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This collection of timeless poetry celebrates the eternal spiritual truth within each heart. Since ancient times, this hidden essence has been symbolized by the number 108. There are 108 earthly desires, 108 human feelings, 108 delusions, 108 beads in the traditional meditation mala, and 108 sacred poems in this anthology. Filled with crystalline wisdom from the great poets, sages, saints, and mystics, this selection of poems is a collective expression of universal heart-filled wisdom. The poems span a wide range of cultures and civilizations — from India to Europe, Japan, and the Middle East — and each one offers a unique perspective about the path to awakening. Some of the poems express belief in a higher being. Some convey instantaneous awakening. Others lead the reader down a disciplined path of contemplation. Ordered according to a broad interpretation of the heart-centered chakra model, these remarkable poems guide the reader toward realization and offer timeless jewels of insight to spark awakening and enrich spiritual practice.
 

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Contents

Foreword
Editors Introduction
Body
Poets
Sources and Permissions Acknowledgments
Acknowledgments
Poet Index
About the Editors
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Ravi Nathwani was born into a business family in East Africa and raised in India in the Vaishnav Hindu tradition, in which Hindu rituals were integrated into daily life from a very young age. He has become a modern-day messenger of a variety of Vedic studies through his lectures and workshops. Since 1998, Ravi has been teaching at Tufts University. He also teaches Wisdom Yoga and Buddhist meditation at JFK University in California. In the Bay Area, Ravi leads satsangs and meditation groups and teaches the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita in Yoga teacher trainings. Ravi has an MBA from Boston University and has lived in Bombay, Boston, and London.

Kate Vogt grew up on a farm in western Kansas. Having lived in Luleċ, Frankfurt/Main, Copenhagen, Seattle, New York, and San Francisco, Kate gained fluency in other cultures and languages. She has been a management consultant to universities, museums, and botanical gardens. Her lifelong interest in Yoga has led to study in India with A. G. and Indra Mohan and in the United States with Georg Feuerstein. Kate teaches both classical Yoga and Yoga philosophy privately in San Francisco and Marin County and serves as an instructor of Yoga philosophy at the College of Marin Extension. She has a BA in art history from the University of Washington and an MBA from Seattle University. Kate is a founding advisor of the international Green Yoga Association.

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