As all of you already know about the published books by Swamiji here in this series of archives I will share with you about the published then un-published books by Swamiji. In 2012 (as of Goodreads stats) a total of 7 e-books were published by Swamiji of which 4 of the books were present in omswami.com under books sections and were distributed for free to all those who would subscribe to the blog via e-mail. Some/ all of them were also on amazon.com e-books priced $0.99 to $2.99.
I wrote a mail to the os.me support team requesting from where I can purchase/get access to them and received the reply saying “These books were taken down by Swamiji himself. They are no longer available to anyone.”
While we can’t have access to them now, what I do have access to is 2 Quarterly Issue shared by Swamiji for free on omswami.com in 2012.
So, here you go about all the books then the quarterly published pdfs:
Making Marriage Move
Published Date: January 16th, 2012
Description: Based on two characters He and She. The book presents an analysis in ten bullet points followed by a practical and spiritual framework – also in bullet points. It’s a short book, almost like a booklet.
Choose your friends carefully
Published Date: Not Available
Description: Trust your true friends: conscience and willpower to get everything quickly and promptly
Depression: Cause and Cure
Published Date: January 13th, 2012
Description: The science of yoga and ancient systems of medicine look upon depression differently. Depression is a state of mind. It is not a physical ailment; it is not a neurological disorder and it is certainly not a malfunctioning of the brain. It is strictly a condition of the mind. Mind pervades your whole body and beyond. Understanding depression from the yogic point of view can give you a fresh perspective in curing your depression. What is not a condition of the body cannot be cured with physical medication. Using suppressants or soporific medication is not the answer. Know all about depression, its cause and cure within ten minutes of reading this book. It has been written by a monk who has spent years meditating.
This booklet has just over 2,700 words.
I love Smoking and I hate Cigarettes. A practical guide to quit smoking the yogic way
Published Date: March 29th, 2012
Description: The book is not a stressful read; it is a fun read. It has message, humor, parables and a yogic process to overcome the habit of smoking.
Throwing away your cigarettes is not as big a deal. It is never picking one up again that is hard. Before you can come off any habit, it may help you to understand the nature of habits. Any form of addiction is a type of habit that has overpowered you. Habits are fulfilled through the body but they live in your mind. Your mind is the source of all actions.
Not everyone can quit cold turkey. It may make perfect sense on a piece of paper but quitting cold turkey is not designed for everyone. In this short book, I will introduce you to three different approaches designed for different individuals. As the first step, you will be required to pick an approach. Thereafter, I am going to share with you a simple program to come off your habit of smoking. It is a three minute process followed by two easy yogic exercises you will need to do regularly to tame your mind, which, in turn, will help you to gain extraordinary will power and stability.
Smoking is not the cause of all your problems. Like any other habit, it is a habit. Like most other habits, this too offers you certain fulfillment; right or wrong, healthy or unhealthy, good or bad, that is besides the point at this stage. Society labels certain habits as addictions. In a way, most people are addicted; such addictions may range from internet to iPod, from Sudoku to speeding, from cigarettes to cinema, from comics to caffeine, from Facebook to fornication, from overeating to oversleeping. They may or may not be hazardous. The bottom line: they are all habits.
The fundamental reason of your smoking is that there is no reason. Actions do not become habits based on any reasoning or rationale. If you are going to adopt a logical approach, the mathematical type, to quit smoking, it is not going to work. You did not start smoking after some analysis of pros and cons, of right or wrong, of benefits and harms; by the same token, no cogitation or deliberation can act as the primary trigger for you to come off smoking. Such analytical conclusions may be instrumental, they may inspire you, or even help you to some degree but you cannot hope to quit smoking on such reasoning alone.
If you are the average smoker, that means you probably took up smoking at a very young age; I am specifically referring to taking your first puff below the legal age. Maybe it was peer pressure, or maybe it looked cool, or maybe you had a troubled childhood. Whatever be the cause or the time, the fact is you started it when it did not seem to matter as much. Your priorities were different at the time and so was your mindset. And that is okay. Do not punish yourself for that.
If you can accept the fact that you will have to undergo a period of trial and tribulation, your chances of quitting for good become much higher. The good news is that this is going to be a short phase. Almost all smokers try to quit smoking at least once in their lifetime. They may do so even for a day. But they try. They often fail because they are not prepared to face the withdrawal symptoms. Each time you quit and take up smoking again, you weaken your will power. If you do take it up again, do not feel guilty about it. Stay positive. We will try one more time.
It has been deliberately priced at the average price of a pack of smokes. You let go off a pack to read this. This eBook is written by a monk who spent a significant time in meditating in the Himalayas. It is a short read with just under 7,000 words.
A Dream Life (Your How-To Guide for Success and Happiness)
Published Date: August 6th, 2012
Description: You are a product of your emotions, desires, thoughts, tendencies and karma. If you can strengthen the person within you, if you can be positive, disciplined, emotionally free, you can be whatever you want.
Often, one keeps on working the external environment in hope of attaining inner peace and happiness. However, that rarely works. If you know how to insulate yourself from criticism, from negative emotions, if you can learn the art of staying positive, staying focused, you will experience a permanent state of bliss. When you are happy from within, the whole world looks beautiful, you can put up with a great deal, it gives you motivation, enthusiasm, strength.
In order to live the life of your dreams, you need to prepare yourself for it. If you are successful at what you do, and you always find yourself positive and happy, you will automatically attract all the right people too. With sound relationships, material prosperity and inner peace, could you ask for anything else?
In this short book (eight thousand words), I will share with you my philosophy of how to be positive, strong, how to deal with criticism, with self-doubt, with distractions. It contains practical tips you can adopt to be the person you always wanted to be. There are anecdotes and short stories to illustrate the point.
Seven Yogic Practices to Put Your Mind on Rocket Fuel
Published Date: August 19th, 2012
Description: Often people want to change their habits, their circumstances, themselves, most would succeed only if they knew where to begin. Regardless of your ambition, irrespective of the degree of change you want to bring into your life, it is important to know that change always comes in small, tiny, almost immeasurable units. The aggregate of such units may ultimately result in a radical change, in a big one.
Changing your external circumstances can bring a change in the state of your mind, however, lot more powerful is bringing about an internal change that automatically brings about a change in the world outside you. This is what this book is about. It is about showing you the path, with practical exercises, you can adopt to be the person you want to be. Drawing from my years of experience and a number of yogic and vedic texts, in this book, you will find methods to improve your memory, listening, your determination, confidence and a noticeable boost to your emotional and mental health.
A lot of people take up meditation and give it up after a while, just as many fail to get any tangible results from meditation. Meditation is not just about sitting still in the hope to gain samadhi, tranquil equipoise, in an accidental fashion, as if automatic act. It is an alert practice. However, before you can truly derive benefits from meditation, you need to prepare yourself to be able to absorb and live in that state of bliss. If you can adopt the practices in this book, and they are not hard, you can be certain of discovering an amazing side of you. Benefits from meditation will flow through naturally, you will experience peace and bliss.
The Art of Meditation
Published Date: November 9th, 2012
Description: Meditation is primarily of two types. One is called concentrative meditation, also referred to as fixed attentiveness, and the other one is called contemplative meditation, also known as analytical investigation. A good meditator is skilled at both. It is the meditator’s ability of staying on one thought for as long as he wants that determines the quality of his meditation. An important point to remember is that meditation is a skill, it is an art. It can be learned by the determined and mastered by the persistent. There is only one way to learn this skill, that is: practice, careful practice at that. And, there is only one way to master this art, that is: intense practice, persistent intense practice at that. Guided practice increases your chances of success multifold provided such guidance comes from a practical source, from an experienced teacher and not just a preacher, from an expert doer and not a smooth talker.
Much has been written about meditation. I have devoted thousands of hours to meditation in the past twenty years as I started at an early age. However, in the past few years, I greatly intensified my practice since irregular or light meditation had failed to yield any yogic results mentioned in various yogic texts. Meditation is a state of perfect equipoise, mental balance and super awareness. Samadhi in meditation comes with intense practice, thereafter it becomes effortless.
After I engaged in intense practice, that involved meditating for almost seventeen hours every day with a straight, uninterrupted stretch of ten hours, and when I persisted in my practice for months, the results manifested in their full glory. It reaffirmed my own faith in the system of meditation.
Prior to leaving for the Himalayas, where I meditated in caves and woods in extreme solitude and silence, I did try spells of intensive meditation even in the towns. They failed to yield any tangible results whatsoever, perhaps nothing beyond a state of relaxation and memory gain. Predominantly because the environment in cities and all is a little too comfortable, it is distracting for the mind.
This short book (6,300 words), as the name suggests, focuses on the topic of meditation, common hurdles and how to overcome them. You can begin your practice sitting in the comfort of your home, but as you progress, you will need solitude, you will need to build the intensity of your practice to gain significant results.
Pre Arrival Issue
Published Date: JUNE-SEPT, 2011
NOTE INSIDE : Please note that this is the ‘Pre Arrival Issue’, an edition that incorporates all of Swamiji’s blog posts from June to September, 2011. These were originally in the form of e-mails. The issue is called pre-arrival because while he was away in the Himalayas, he maintained no two-way contact with anyone. He arrived at the present ashram on 7th October, 2011. In June 2011, he came down from the Himalayas and sent an email to a small group of devotees. Between June and September 2011, he wrote only four posts as documented herein. These posts were originally in the form of emails.
P.S : The originally published e-mails were later shortened before being published in os.me, as you can see in the pdf Himalayan Expectations contains a total of 2445 words while the post published here only contains 1450 words.
Quaterly Issue No 1
Published Date: April 2012
About: Collection of Swamijis’ earlier posts.