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Books by Swami Khecaranatha

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DepthOverTimeThumbDepth Over Time is Swami Khecaranatha’s first book on Kundalini Sadhana and it presents a comprehensive overview of his fundamental teachings. His words offer both inspirational and practical guidance to those who wish to make spiritual growth the focus of their lives. Topics include the connection between grace and individual effort, the importance of focusing on our wish to grow, the complexity of the teacher-student relationship, how selfless service frees us from personal limitations, the power of surrender, cultivating and abiding in stillness, and the critical need to consciously choose spirituality, moment by moment—so that we ultimately come to know that God dwells within us, as our Self.

Throughout the book he emphasizes that the highest spiritual liberation is a real possibility for all who seek it, and describes why attaining this state of unconditional freedom requires an unwavering commitment to practice, not just on the cushion but as we engage all aspects of life. In other words, an authentic spiritual life unfolds in depth, over time.

If you are new to Swami Khecaranatha’s teachings, Depth Over Time is the ideal place to begin your exploration.

 

 

HeartOfRecognitionThumbThe Heart of Recognition explores the Pratyabhijna Hrdayam, one of the foundational texts of Tantric Shaivism. Pratyabhijna means “ recognition” and Hrdayam means “heart.” The word “heart” signifies that the text gets to the “heart of the matter” and also that our heart is the center of Life. Our own heart has the capacity to recognize the highest truth in life—that within each of us is the knowledge and experience that we are an individuated expression of the Divine. It is our own inner recognition of this truth that is the core of this teaching. It is literally the “Recognition of the Self.”

The Pratyabhijna Hrdayam comprises twenty sutras or aphorisms, which describe the process of divine Consciousness becoming human consciousness; it then elucidates the unfolding recognition that takes place within human awareness as we experience unity with our source. In addition, the sutras describe a spiritual practice that provides us the means to discover this nonduality— that there isn’t “God” and “us”—there is only God living as us.

The Pratyabhijna Hrdayam was written in the eleventh century by Kshemaraja. He was a student of Abhinavagupta, the great saint who is considered the founder of Tantric Shaivism. The writing of both teachers was a consolidation of the wisdom of their tradition, which, until then, had primarily been passed down orally. The knowledge presented was therefore not theory, but the culmination of their own experience of unity.

The essence of this eloquent Tantric scripture is brought to life by Swami Khecaranatha’s in-depth commentary. He explores not only its philosophical meaning but the relevance of its ancient words to the modern reader’s life and spiritual practice. Throughout the book, the author reiterates his central message: Our own heart is where we recognize the highest truth in life, which is that we are an individuated expression of the Divine. He illuminates the Tantric exposition of how manifest life arose from supreme Consciousness, how that divinity gave birth to us, and the choice each of us has to discover and permanently experience our own connection with our source.

ShivasTridentThumbShiva's Trident explores a mandala that is an ancient icon integral to the Kashmiri Shaivite practice of Anuttara Trika. In this book, Swami Khecaranatha elucidates the extraordinary spiritual tradition represented by this sacred image, offering modern practitioners a fascinating discourse on its enduring power, relevance, and ultimate purpose: the attainment of higher consciousness and union with God.

Anuttara Trika is, in fact, the same nondual practice in which Swami Khecaranatha has immersed himself for almost fifty years. As an authentic master of this tradition, Khecaranatha deftly expounds upon one of the most esoteric spiritual paths, specifically the profound spiritual wisdom of Abhinavagupta, one of the greatest saints of nondual Tantra. As in his previous books, Khecaranatha distills the key teachings and transformative practices of this ancient tradition into a clear and practical guide for contemporary seekers.

Khecaranatha's revelations in this book are focused around the following remarkable statement by Abhinavagupta. Through these eloquent words, Abhinavagupta encapsulates centuries of esoteric knowledge embedded within the Trident: “The highest insight of Anuttara Trika is union with Shakti, the triad of energies of will, knowledge, and action. This is Shiva's Trident, the three aspects of His absolute nature and freedom, which He possesses by virtue of His union with His own emission. In the practice of Anuttara Trika, the sadhaka penetrates the energy of emission, becoming one with Shiva, the source and holder of the powers of the universe. . . . This is done through the practice of Kundalini Yoga. There is no other Divine fire able to consume the whole of duality than kundalini.”

Representing the marriage of Khecaranatha’s ardent study of Tantric scripture and his lifelong commitment to meditation, selfless service, and teaching, Shiva’s Trident is a work of profound depth and scope

WearingGodsMalaThumbWearing God’s Mala is an in-depth discussion of The Seva Sutras, composed by Swami Khecaranatha. These sutras offer profound insight into the practice of Kundalini Sadhana through the lens of selfless service, and the book explores why serving God is one of the pivotal means by which we express and actualize our wish to know the highest Consciousness within us.

Swami Khecaranatha asserts that by selflessly serving we surrender our will to God’s will, transcending all dualistic perception of ourselves as separate or different from the divine powers that have created us. Through our unwavering and unconditional commitment to seva we experience the joyous effulgence of living as an individuated expression of the divine.

To make these ideas experiential, Swami Khecaranatha provides the tools to embark on a 108-day journey of self-discovery through service. He also gives mantras and guided meditations that are available to Wearing God’s Mala readers as a free download from this website.

Divine Thread thumbThe Divine Thread is an in-depth discussion of the nineteen “stillness sutras” composed by Swami Khecaranatha and presented in this book. These sutras offer profound insight into the practice of Kundalini Sadhana through the lens of stillness. In their exposition, Khecaranatha explores how the practice of stillness is a pivotal means for discovering the Divine Thread, which is our direct connection to the Heart of God and the pathway by which we can actualize our wish to know the highest Consciousness within us.

Khecaranatha asserts that by stilling and surrendering our thoughts, emotions, needs, desires, and even our own will, we can transcend all dualistic perception of ourselves as separate or different from the divine source that has created us. Through our unwavering and unconditional commitment to stilling ourselves in the face of all adversity and diversity, we can experience the Divine Thread as the joyous luminosity and effulgence that arises from our innermost depths and eternally connects us to every dimension of the fabric of supreme Consciousness.

To make these ideas experiential, several guided meditations are available to the book’s readers as a free download from this website.