Testimonial by His Holiness Swami Swahananda

large-photo-swami-swahanandaHere is the book Yoga—Union with Reality before me. It has been written by His Holiness Avadhūta Bhaktivedanta Yogacharya Śrī Ramakrishnananda Bābājī Mahārāja. Ramakrishnananda is a hallowed name in the Ramakrishna Order, he being the direct disciple of Śrī Rāmakṛṣṇa and the epitome of devotion. He was a great scholar, wrote many books, and he is called the Apostle of Śrī Rāmakṛṣṇa to the South. The new Ramakrishnananda has emulated many of the characteristics of the original Swami. I am very happy to write a note about his book. It is very well written, giving all the salient quotations from the Sanskrit originals, culled from the scriptures.
In a short compass he has brought out the salient points of the four classical yogas.
He calls it the Integral Yoga, because he accepts all of them, and also the new ones advocated by later people. Thus he has included haṭha, tantra, kuṇḍalinī, mantra, and kriyā yogas, giving in a succinct way a gist of their teachings, again with quotations from the scriptures. He is saturated with the ideas of Hinduism, Vedānta and Śrī Ramakrishna. This is the only book which covers all the various aspects of yogas. It is a very worthwhile publication. My appreciations to the book and to Prabhuji.

His Holiness Swami Swahananda
Senior monk of the Ramakrishna Order of India,
Head and Spiritual Leader of the Vedanta Society of Southern California, among others.