Ask Asha: Heartfelt Answers to Everyday Dilemmas on the Spiritual Path (Paperback)

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A spiritual life isn't only for the elite, saintly few, or for monastics cloistered away from the rest of the world. We all wrestle with the question of how to live a good, dharmic life, no matter where we are. And we can all find ways to support our spiritual lives even in the midst of our jobs, family responsibilities, and all the trials and tribulations of modern life. Indeed, every situation in life is given to us precisely for our spiritual growth. Asha Praver has spent 40 years as a spiritual counselor and a disciple of the great saint Paramhansa Yogananda, and is adept at turning every worldly problem towards a spiritual solution. This book is compiled from actual questions from people like you and me, along with Asha's wise and caring answers.

— Tandava


Dear Asha, why is this happening to me? Sorrow and stress are universal, but difficult situations can also be opportunities life trying to guide us toward greater happiness if only we had the wisdom to follow it. To find the hidden blessings within the various situations in life, you need faith, trust . . . and sometimes, a wise friend to talk to. To many spiritual seekers, that person is Asha who through her counseling and lectures has helped thousands worldwide gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the spiritual path. Based on letters to questing souls, this book showcases the clarity, compassion, and inspiration of Asha Praver a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and a meditation teacher for over 40 years. Her responses will astound you with their universality. How to help others . . . How to see life as fair . . . How to be true to yourself. Here is an example of the practical wisdom in the pages of Ask Asha: Every apple seed contains within it the potential to become a fruit-bearing tree. It doesn t happen all at once though. It may be tiresome for the seed first to be a sprout, then a twig, then a sapling but it is the fastest, in fact the only way to become an apple tree. So it is with the soul. Self-realization is our divine destiny, but we can t get there in one leap. Perhaps your repeated failure is not caused by lack of will power but from lack of patience trying to reach the goal without first walking the path. If you reach too far beyond your actual realization, inevitably you will collapse back perhaps to a place lower than where you started, if you define yourself now by your failure. You may think you are compromising your ideals to aim lower, but in fact that may be the surest route to success. Spiritual progress is both a science and an art. The science is comprised of the divine laws of the universe; the art is to know which to apply and when.

About the Author

Through her counseling, lectures, and written works, Asha Praver has helped thousands of seekers around the world to a deeper understanding of themselves and the spiritual path. She is a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda (author of the classic Autobiography of a Yogi), a lifelong meditator, a meditation teacher and mentor for over 40 years, and a spiritual director of the Ananda Community and Temple of Palo Alto, California. She is also the author of Swami Kriyananda As We Have Known Him and Loved and Protected: Stories of Miracles and Answered Prayers.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781565892903
ISBN-10: 1565892909
Publisher: Crystal Clarity Publishers
Publication Date: October 15th, 2014
Pages: 183
Language: English