By Peter Marchand

Book : The Yoga of Truth

 

The game of Leela by Harish JohariISBN-13: 978-1-59477-165-1
ISBN: 1-59477-165-0
Quality Paperback
Page Count: 160;
6.00 (width) x 9.00 (height)
Imprint: Destiny Books
Published : May 2007

A guide to Jnana Yoga - the Way of Silent Knowledge - by direct contemplation of the Unchangeable :

In The Yoga of Truth, Peter Marchand, through a series of deceptively simple introspective questions, leads the seeker into discarding everything--body, personality, thoughts, memories, experiences--that disguises the ego's relentless masquerade as the Self. This form of contemplation, with its constant commitment to witnessing without attachment, disempowers the ego's fixation on its products, leading instead to the realization that the witnessing consciousness is, in fact, the one immutable Being within or without--the real Self, the true You.

The universal illusion rests upon space and time, body and elements, the life force, mind, intellect, ego, and Self. Jnana Yoga reveals not only the insubstantial and illusory nature of our presumptions but also our habitual commitment to the illusion of being an individual that they create. This illusion collapses like a house of cards before direct inspection. When something has form, when it can change, it cannot be the eternal with which we seek union. Witnessing consciousness stands alone as that which is without form. In The Yoga of Truth, Marchand leads us simply, and compellingly, to the truth of our nature and the peaceful bliss of true Being.


ENDORSEMENT

Swami Asokananda, President, Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Integral Yoga International :
" Peter Marchand has accomplished something unique in his new book, 'The Yoga of Truth'. He has turned Jnana Yoga, the highest non-dual philosophy, into a real page-turner. I found myself gently lifted page by page, step by step, to higher levels of understanding. Like an expert acupuncturist, Mr. Marchand's probing inquiry hits just the right areas of the psyche-releasing blockages that can keep us stuck to the superficial, ephemeral aspects of our being. I especially enjoy reading the book just before going to sleep; when I do, I find myself resting deeply and waking up each morning more connected to my unchanging Being."


REVIEWS

YOGABASICS
"Jnana yoga, the "path of knowledge," is an intellectual and introspective practice to connect with the inner Divine Self. While this Jnana yoga is considered one of the most difficult of yoga's practices, The Yoga of Truth gives us an easy start and a clear overview of this path. Marchand begins with a series of clear, straightforward questions that easily expose our ingrained false concepts of reality. With the help of simple reasoning and some basic yogic philosophy, these introspective questions guide us closer and closer to finding our true Self. Even if you are not concerned with attaining enlightenment, The Yoga of Truth will still provide a valuable context and understanding for the "play of life" and the spiritual roles of the ego, mind, intellect and consciousness."
Timothy Burgin - www.yogabasics.com

CALIFORNIA BOOKWATCH
" Seekers interested in searches for truth and Hindu spirituality will find an excellent guide in The Yoga of Truth, which uses a series of easy introspective questions to help penetrate the ego's barriers to understanding. The Yoga of Truth analyzes the steps to realization and higher consciousness, considering illusions and obstacles of ego and self. New age collections will find this engrossing."
Diane C. Donovan - www.midwestbookreview.com

LIBRARY JOURNAL
"How to throw out everything-body, thoughts, and memories-in the act of contemplation that is Jnana Yoga; from a founder of the Sanatan Society, which honors the work of Tantric scholar Harish Yohari."
Graham Christian - www.libraryjournal.com

YOGAVILLE
" Peter Marchand has accomplished something unique in his new book, 'The Yoga of Truth'. He has turned Jnana Yoga, the highest non-dual philosophy, into a real page-turner. I found myself gently lifted page by page, step by step, to higher levels of understanding. Like an expert acupuncturist, Mr. Marchand's probing inquiry hits just the right areas of the psyche-releasing blockages that can keep us stuck to the superficial, ephemeral aspects of our being. I especially enjoy reading the book just before going to sleep; when I do, I find myself resting deeply and waking up each morning more connected to my unchanging Being."
Swami Asokananda, President, Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Integral Yoga International

PHIL GARDINER
"Just wanted to pass on my congratulations on a fantastic book. My wife has it with her constantly as a source of wisdom and encouragement in many ways. The writing is fluid and certainly on the right frequency for absorbtion. Have ordered her The Yoga of the Nine Emotions for Christmas present!."

Philip Gardiner, author of Gnosis: The Secret of Solomon's Temple revealed, The Ark, The Shroud and Mary, The Shining Ones, The Serpent Grail, Secrets of the Serpent, Gateways to the Otherworld, Secret Societies, Brotherhood of the Snake. 
www.gardinersworld.com

THE CAULDRON
Peter Marchant foi estudante do antigo Jarish Johari, e este é um pequeno livro pleno de idéias profundas. Existem poucos livros que tratam do assunto 'Jnana Yoga' ou o a yoga do conhecimento, que é realmente a yoga para obtenção da própria consciência através da contemplação. Poderíamos dizer que jnana yoga é o princípio básico da maioria dos Upanishads e tantras, e também é apresentado no formato de diálogos. É exatamente a contemplação de questões que é fundamentada a jnana yoga. Com as questões introspectivas apresentadas neste livro, Peter Marchand guia o leitor na direção do descobrimento do verdadeiro Eu! Recomendado.
Marchand was a student of the late Jarish Johari and it is an insightful little book he has given us. There are few books treating the subject of jnana yoga or knowledge yoga, which is actually the yoga of obtaining selfawareness through contemplation. We might say that jnana yoga is the underlying principle of most Upanishads and tantras as it is presented in the format of dialogues-and it is exactly the contemplation of the questions that are the foundation of jnana yoga. With the introspective questions set forth in this book Marchand is guiding the reader towards the discovery of the true You! Recommended.

The Cauldron, Brasil

GOODREADS
I didn't finish this book but what I did read was very clear, clarifying and deep. Sometimes when I read really deep things, they go over my head in such a way that I fall into a deep dreamless sleep, even if I wasn't tired at all. This book had that effect on me. I intend to finish reading it at some future time.
Shashi's Goodreads


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgments

Part 1: The Truth

1 The Yoga of True Knowledge

2 Experiences

3 You

4 The Witness

5 The Universal Witness

6 Energy

7 Why?

8 Enlightenment

Part 2: The Illusion

9 Space & Time

10 Body, Elements & the Life Force

11 Mind

12 Intellect

13 Ego

14 Self

Part 3: The Path

15 Your Path

16 Your Teacher

17 Contemplation

18 Meditation

19 Your Role

20 Love & Desire

21 Other Paths

22 Be

Glossary of Sanskrit Terms

References and Recommended Reading

Index



About


Leela is the ancient vedic name for the theater of life. Life in all its forms is an illusion behind which we can find the ultimate truth of pure Being. Yet life is also a divine theater, a spiritual game played by us, the actors. Yoga allows us to hold on to the bliss of truth while playing the game. And also this yoga is a game, which we can only take seriously if we do not take ourselves and this game too seriously. That is the meaning of Leela Yoga, nothing more, nothing less. So, Leela Yoga is a vision on yoga and also a name for a simple organisation that allows me to bring this vision into practice... more about Leela Yoga & Peter Marchand

Peter Marchand Facebook page

International Leela Yoga Facebook Group

Belgium : www.leela-yoga.be

Harish Johari students sangha : www.sanatansociety.org

  in sweet memory
of Harish Johari

Quotes


As the destination is the same for all, it is easy to make the error of assuming that the path must be just as universal.

The attachment that happens in the pursuit of happiness is the main source of unhappiness.

Don't think of going somewhere, because this somewhere will come along with you wherever you go, as you are already there.

Yoga requires unity between enjoyment and suffering, between bhoga and yoga, even between attachment and detachment.

How can anyone be "good" without a choice between good and bad?

While the mind creates the illusion of the universe through the senses, the intellect creates the illusion of understanding it.

When our day has been entirely ego-centered, then our meditation will probably have similar poor quality.

When the focus on the self is held strongly enough, the flow of kundalini energy happens on its own, naturally.

Tiptoe inside, don't make a sound, don't scare away that which cannot be found.

Enlightenment is nothing more or less than the final level of the game of life.