Visit to Saints of India


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Chronicling his stays in India from 1958 to 1962 and again in the winter of 1972-73, Swami Kriyananda shares inspiration from his visits to many saints, including Anandamayee Ma, Yogi Ramiah (Sri Rama Yogi), Swami Muktananda, Swami Narayan, and Sathya Sai Baba.

As a swami steeped in Hindu spiritual heritage but coming from the West, Swamiji reveals unique glimpses into Indian society and culture, ashram living, the devotee-guru relationship, and the daily experience of high souls. He offers these insights primarily through letters he wrote while in India.

His relationship with Anandamayee Ma is especially revealing. Swamiji writes, "I could have the sense of familiarity with her that I never had with my own Guru, whom I held too much in awe", explaining that he considers her as his true spiritual mother. Through the pages of this slender but treasure-filled book, even Indian readers will find a closer connection with the saints and holy ones of their homeland.