Atlanta, GA, May 29, 2018: In our modern, fast-paced world we are often told that to find happiness we need to spend our time and energy chasing status, success, and accumulating as much as possible. This approach, naturally, leaves us feeling empty, and worse, unhappier than when we started.
But what if we could learn to be heartful instead? The Heartfulness Way: Heart-Based Meditations for Spiritual Transformation (Reveal Press, June 1, 2018) offers a unique and powerful, four-part proven method for meditation that allows the readers to have an immediate, tangible spiritual experience, irrespective to their faith. In this heart-centered book, Joshua Pollock is in conversation with his teacher, Kamlesh D. Patel – affectionately known as Daaji, the fourth and current spiritual guide of the century-old Heartfulness tradition.
Based on Daaji’s own combination of approaches and practices for the modern seeker—which draws from the teachings of Sahaj Marg, meaning “Natural Path”—Heartfulness is a contemporized version of the ancient Indian practice of Raja Yoga, a tradition that enables the practitioner to realize the higher Self within. While many books describe refined states of being, The Heartfulness Way goes further, providing a pragmatic course to experience those states for oneself, which, per the book’s guiding principle, is “greater than knowledge.”
“It all starts with the simple act of meditation,” Daaji, writes. “Nothing much is required of us as we sit quietly, close our eyes, and focus within the Source of all existence in our hearts. If we can approach that act of meditation with childlike wonder and innocence, our inner universe unfolds before us naturally.”
The Heartfulness Way presents a systematic, comprehensive, and detailed understanding of Heartfulness. Regular practice of Heartfulness can improve quality of life, relieve stress, allow practitioners to sleep better, have greater concentration, and can stimulate the immune system. The method consists of four elements: relaxation, meditation, rejuvenation, and connection.
“So, listen to the heart carefully and follow it faithfully,” Pollock writes. “Let it be your inner guru. It will guide you at every step of the way and in every last detail of your life. That is heartfulness.”
Kamlesh D. Patel, also known as Daaji, is the fourth and current spiritual guide of the Heartfulness movement, which teaches a version of Raja Yoga that has been modified to suit the modern era. Born in Gujarat, India, Daaji showed an early interest in meditation and spiritual growth. In 1976, as a pharmacy student in Ahmedabad, he met his guide, Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur, the second spiritual guide in the Heartfulness tradition and founder and first president of Shri Ram Chandra Mission. After graduating with honors in 1980, Daaji moved to the United States and practiced pharmacy in New York City, while continuing the practice of Heartfulness. After Ram Chandra’s passing, Daaji became a devoted disciple of his successor, Parthasarathi Rajagopalachari. In October 2011, Daaji was proclaimed Parthasarathi Rajagopalachari’s successor. Following his guide’s passing on the December 20, 2014, Daaji became the global guide for Heartfulness practitioners.
Joshua Pollock is a student of Kamlesh D. Patel. After experimenting with various meditative practices, Pollock started practicing Heartfulness in the United States in 2002, and has taught it since 2007. He regularly teaches Heartfulness at universities, corporations, government institutions, and at public seminars. An accomplished violinist, Pollock has performed and taught all over the world.
What People Are Saying:
“In this simple and elegant book, Daaji reveals the ancient secrets of Heartfulness meditation for a well-integrated life. A must read for anyone interested in incorporating meditation into their life style” – Dr. Sanjay Gupta, A prominent neurosurgeon and CNN’s Emmy award winning chief medical correspondent
“The Heartfulness Way is an invaluable addition to the vast body of literature on meditation. Its message is optimistic, pointing to the innate goodness that lies in each of our hearts, and showing us how to grow into our most authentic and best selves. As a mindfulness practitioner, I have long felt that the root of mindfulness is ‘heartfulness,’ so I am pleased to witness this concept taking hold, and I look forward to the day that everyone aspires toward ‘heartful’ living.” —Tim Ryan, U.S. Representative for Ohio
“Over twenty years ago, when I was introduced to the Heartfulness meditation practice, I could not have anticipated how much it would come to mean to me with each passing day. Nor could I have anticipated the harmony and purpose that I would find in my life as a result. Whether you are ardent practioner of meditation, just curious, or perhaps even skeptical, The Heartfulness Way is a must-read. Answers leap magically from its pages, making it simple to understand meditation and its purpose. To read this book is to be immersed in a symphony of revelations.” —Vani Kola, Managing Director, Kalaari Capital
“An elegant and eloquent introduction to a profound meditative practice.” —Varun Soni, PhD., Dean of Religious Life, University of Southern California
The Heartfulness Way: Heart-Based Meditations for Spiritual Transformation (New Harbinger Publications, June 1, 2018, Paperback, 232 pages, ISBN: 978-1-68403-134-4)