Author: Satsvarupa dasa Goswami
I found Entering the Life of Prayer to be a fascinating
insight into the nature of the modern quest for meaning and insight
through prayer and chanting. It is no accident that Satsvarupa is
drawn to the great Christian mystics, for he stands in a direct
line, even if the focus of his devotion is Krishna rather than Christ.
Here is the same frank honesty; the same dissatisfaction with blind
acceptance and empty ritual. Here is the same quest to encounter
the reality behind the words and the all-encompassing nature of
the Divine in the mundane.
I have read a lot of Hare Krishna material, but this is the first
book which makes me as an outsider want to explore the faith more
deeply, and which really reaches out to me as a fellow believer
in the Divine.
The integrity of the book and its unswerving honesty make for refreshing
and challenging reading. It deserves to be known well beyond the
confines of the Hare Krishna movement or ISKCON, for it is about
grappling with our place and our sense of both meaning and of the
Godhead in a world which is often alien and hostile - even the religious
world which some of us inhabit.
I recommend this book to any who are genuinely wrestling with the
implications of faith and with the path of prayer. It deserves to
become a spiritual classic.
Director of the International Consultancy on Religion, Education
and Culture; and Religious Advisor to World Wildlife Fund for Nature