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A Commentary on Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence: 1 Paperback – 5 Dec 2006

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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Kirk House Publishers (5 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886513910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886513914
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,060,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Danny on 15 April 2014
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I have read many books about::Divine Providence::surrender to the will of God,but the actual practise,the doing eluded me.Although I was initially sceptical,because the commentary,on a very Catholic book,was by a Hindu Swami,,,but as I began to read,I saw things I had not seen before.The commentator does mention some Hindu texts,but his main focus is on the Christian understanding.I found the book a revelation and although I am nowhere near my goal,as a result of this commentary,I am a lot further up the road.
After reading this commentary,I re-read::Trustful surrender to Divine Providence::and this time he two Jesuit Fathers,who wrote the original book,in the 17th century,really spoke to me anew.
Sometimes,you have to go away,to come back,but when you look back,it's a straight path.,,,,,,,
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An Inspirational Work 29 May 2004
By Gerald P. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My first copy of this book went to a wonderful daughter-in-law, then another to a Christian co-worker, one to a Sister of the Church, a wonderfully kind neighbor, my children -- I have promised to keep the 8th copy for myself. Those who read this volume will find two jewels within. One is the Seventeenth century work "Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence" by Father Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure. A Christian work fully capable of life changing influences. The second jewel is the commentary by Swami Nijananda. The commentary does three important things; provides insight to the social context of the original work, relates it to modern contextual understanding, and identifies parallel positions found in other spiritual traditions. As a Christian and practionier of yoga, this book has inspired, connected my spirituality, and provided hope and joy.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Gripping! 5 Jan 2006
By Thomas J. Prideaux - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
You may ask yourself the question "What the heck is a Swami doing giving a commentary on a 17th century Christian religious text. Many Swamis have lectured or written about Christianity and all that I have read or heard has been wonderfully insightful. Swami Nijananda Bharati (SNB) though, is uniquely qualified having been raised in the USA in the Christian tradition. Born in the 1920's, he didn't meet his spiritual master until 1969.

The premise of Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence is that our only hope and our only happiness lie in the conformity to Divine Will. SNB does an "unearthly" job of helping us try to understand conformity to Divine Will. That means not only doing The Divine's Will (to our ability, intent is central to the theme) but also accepting Divine Will. Which, by the way is everything that happens.

SNB does a superb job of both "Afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted". Trust me, I have been both afflicted and comforted by this book. I was raised Catholic and went to parochial school and was never instructed on surrender. My first exposure to Surrender was in reading Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavata Purana. In my meager perception today's notion of surrender is a bit watered down for the most part. This commentary is the Real Deal!

Many may think that because there is a Swami involved in the commentary that there might be a lot of Sanskrit or other unpronounceable words in the commentary. This is not the case. This is a very straightforward commentary and any frequently used "foreign words" are contained in the appendix. The book has a considerable amount of reference material, which has been painstakingly researched.

Swami Nijananda demonstrates his vast knowledge of Semitic and Eastern Religions and reveals the common threads that intertwine them all. He is quite adept at distilling them to their essence. Although the subject matter is quite serious, you never get the feeling that you are being lectured to from "above". SNB is very humble and even self effacing, not to mention very funny at times.

Anybody who is serious about his/her spiritual path will garner a great deal from this book. It has not only given me pause, but also great hope and has re-energized my sadhana. SNB is a gem. I am about to go buy my 4th set of these books (yes there is a vol. II) to give to a friend who is a retired Catholic Pastor. Somebody told me once that in order to keep something you have to give it away.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Life Changing! 25 Jun 2012
By JWNelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a psychologist and this book profoundly influenced how I do therapy and perhaps more importantly how I related to the external events in my own life. As you get deeper into Swami Nijananda's Commentary it starts to penetrate your world view and with it your constant tendency to label events as good or bad. You begin to see the truth, that every event can serve to increase our awareness of the hidden expectations and attachments that our ego carries, that are the true source of our pain and suffering. Life is not always easy but, it is interesting and instructive, as we recognize the benefits of embracing what is. Mistakenly we think that when we embrace what is, we lose our ability to influence our external world. Just the opposite is the case. We lose no options in terms of our response to life's events, and we gain more control over our painful emotional reactivity to outside events. This leaves us with a greater peace and contentment. This realization and more awaits the reader of Trustful Surrender, as wisdom saturates the pages of this book.
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