Guest Author - Susan Helene Kramer
Dear readers, you are in for a special treat with Chakra Mantras by Thomas Ashley-Farrand. Subtitled Liberate Your Spiritual Genius Through Chanting, we are given rare teachings through specific mantras arising from the spinal chakras that awaken our further spirituality.
I was not able to put this book down all afternoon and evening. I felt my excitement rise from chapter to chapter as what Mr. Ashley-Farrand wrote spoke to me with the ring of - "Hey, this makes perfect sense."
The book is divided into 32 chapters under these larger headings: Part I: Cosmic Concepts; Part II: Ganesha, Shakti, and Will; Part III: The Chakras; Part IV: Divine Beings and Divine Us. Plus an Appendix titled: Summary of the Chakra Petals and Qualities, and a Glossary.
The author's writing, while imparting esoteric teachings about how we came to be on earth, and how we remain part of the greater divine substance always is in an easy to understand style of expression. I was able to follow his train of thought and get the points he was making.
And the blessed main point brought out in Chapter 28. The Spiritual Adult is that we must always keep love as the basis of our spiritual quest. In fact, I found this chapter valuable to me, as it was a reassurance that the spiritual quest is in seeing the world in a practical way as it is and dealing with it, rather than dwelling on how we wish it could be.
But back to the chakra mantras - we are given explanations, theory, and special mantras for each step of the way to self-actualization and full blossoming going from the base to the highest chakra.
Thomas Ashley-Farrand, also known as Namadeva, is a recognized authority in Sanskrit Mantra spiritual disciplines. He is a Vedic Priest and has taught at George Washington University and Chaffee College. He has been initiated or blessed by many spiritual personages including the Dalie Lama, the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Kalu Rimpoche, amongst others, and his guru was the late Sadguru Sant Keshavadas from Bangalore, India.
Namadeva has truly given us an uplifting book to inspire our meditation and mantra japa practice. Open it anywhere and that will be just where you need to be - it is that kind of book.
Details 288 page paperback; Weiser Books (August 2006); English language; ISBN: 1578633672
Review by Susan Helene Kramer