A Disciple's Journal: In the Company of Swami Ashokananda

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This is Sister Gargi s personal account of her spiritual training over two decades by Swami Ashokananda (1893-1969), the illustrious teacher of the Ramakrishna Order who headed the Vedanta Society of Northern California. Her journal starts in 1950 when the Swami started to teach her meditation in the Hindu tradition of Vedanta. Marie Louise Burke, as she was then known, went on to become an award-winning author, a major literary figure in the Vedanta movement, and a respected monastic. In this memoir, she takes readers on a powerful inner journey as she shares the riches of her spiritual quest. She also shares her struggles with self-doubt, writer s block, and divorce, along with the low points of her journey. Throughout, readers are given intimate glimpses of her development through the loving insights and scoldings of an authentic spiritual guide. Readers eavesdrop on the spontaneous moments of spiritual instruction that lift the author from uncertainty to confident possession of her own being in her joyful spiritual life. A drama unfolds between teacher and disciple that is more poignant than fiction. "This new book by Sister Gargi is the ideal companion to her notable biography of Swami Ashokananda. Its heartfelt firsthand accounts pass the impact he had on her on to her readers. Sister Gargi is to be thanked for another important entry in the archives of world spirituality." HUSTON SMITH, internationally renowned author of The World s Religions and Why Religion Matters

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How a young author in San Francisco, then Marie Louise Burke, became a leading literary figure and an honored monastic in the Hindu tradition of Vedanta. "Sister Gargi, now in her nineties, has inspired thousands with her writings."—Light of Consciousness

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"In the summer of 1949, Swami Ashokananda had said he would be my teacher," Sister Gargi begins the first chapter of A Disciple’s Journal. "Although I didn’t know exactly what that meant, I didn’t care. I was overjoyed." She not only became his disciple but also transformed her entire life into one of constant spiritual practice under the Swami’s daily direction.

It wasn’t easy. This book reveals the stark reality of what it means to devote one’s life to an established Eastern tradition under the eagle eye of an authentic spiritual guide. Sister Gargi gives the reader intimate glimpses of its ups and downs in the verbatim conversations with Swami Ashokananda that she recorded in her journal, and in the clear prose that connects her journal entries to the circumstances of her daily life.

The author never spares herself as she falls into one pitfall after another on her spiritual path; but thanks to her rigorous self-assessment and the piercing insights of her teacher, the reader can witness the process of spiritual transformation that gradually creates self-confidence and awakens true understanding.

A Disciple’s Journal is a personal memoir full of no-nonsense lessons from a woman who, after more than fifty years of spiritual practice, is uncommonly wise. Sister Gargi’s élan is a lesson in itself, for she faces every predicament with a buoyant attitude that makes spiritual life (and reading this engaging book) great fun.

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Sister Gargi (Marie Louise Burke) was a respected monastic in the Ramakrishna Order and a prominent literary figure in Vedanta circles, admired worldwide by scholars of Eastern religion. Recently acclaimed works include A Heart Poured Out, her biography of Swami Ashokananda, and A Disciple's Journal, her spiritual memoir. "Sister Gargi has inspired thousands with her writings."-LIGHT OF CONSCIOUSNESS

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