Sadhana, The Realisation of Life, version 2

Read by Peter Yearsley

(4.6 stars; 51 reviews)

A collection of essays on the Hindu/Buddhist view of humankind's place in the universe. As the author says in his introduction: "in these papers, it may be hoped, western readers will have an opportunity of coming into touch with the ancient spirit of India as revealed in our sacred texts and manifested in the life of to-day."
Most of the essays were given as lectures before Harvard University in 1916 or before. (Summary by Peter Yearsley)

(3 hr 52 min)


Preface; The relation of the individual to the universe 32:56 Read by Peter Yearsley
Soul consciousness 31:14 Read by Peter Yearsley
The problem of evil 29:27 Read by Peter Yearsley
The problem of self 37:05 Read by Peter Yearsley
Realisation in love 37:17 Read by Peter Yearsley
Realisation in action 25:48 Read by Peter Yearsley
The realisation of beauty 12:19 Read by Peter Yearsley
The realisation of the infinite 26:40 Read by Peter Yearsley



(5 stars)

Probably the best thing I listened to on Librivox since 2005 ... over and over again.

Wonderful text, wonderfully read.

(5 stars)

The text is a marvelous illustration of the hindu/buddhist worldview/theology/philosophy. It is read in a clear, steady, calming voice. I imagine I will revisit this recording many times over the years.

enlighten ing

(4.5 stars)

I found entirely new aspects of old ideas in Tagore, this book is well worth a few listens. I wonder who was it the original Harvard lectures

India's Rich Spiritual Heritage

(5 stars)

Introduction and overview of Indian philosophy, thoughts, and beliefs. Truly a gem of a spiritual book with examples that are accessible to the West.

(4 stars)

A fine read. There is much wisdom here, but also elements I find frustrating. Next stop is to read more about Bhuddhism.

I take refuge in the in the light of wisdom...thanks good work

(4 stars)

Educational, Yet Disappointing

(3 stars)

I see from the other reviews that people enjoyed it, and I did learn a few things, but suffered thru it. I was disappointed in several ways. I've been practicing meditation for 40 years and first realized within the Oneness that he mentions in the first chapter. I later learned to take that view back into my life, into the world. The author barely mentioned meditation and even discounted those Saints who practice meditation alone. He gives no explanation of the Upanishads' origin and connection to meditation. He generalized about people from the West. I'm from USA and I know many people who have studied Eastern religions and practice meditation. He seems to me somewhat narrow and self sure. I feel there are many paths, all leading home. If all is one, we are all on the path.