By God’s Grace The Life and Teachings of Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati


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In this absorbing portrait, American-born author Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati weaves a breathtaking tapestry of exotic journeys, meetings with remarkable people, and practical wisdom from the extraordinary life of a renowned Indian spiritual leader, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati. The prodigal variety of stories ranges from evocations in a glass of milk to impossible constructions at the mountainous summit of the world, from cacophonous urban battlefields to silent forest retreats—an impassioned life, a one-man civilization drawn in bold strokes and bright colors. Here is a journey of the enlightened life to be cherished again and again.

Practical wisdom, a connection to the Divine, and global action—these are the traits of Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati that have made him one of India’s most renowned and beloved spiritual teachers. This commemorative volume celebrates his sixty years of devotional service to humanity, the environment, and the Supreme. The book traces Pujya Swami’s journey from childhood in the jungles of India to the company of world leaders, from Himalayan villages to the podiums of the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, and other venues of global change. His projects are unprecedented, including a cleanup of the 1,560-mile-long Ganges River and a six-million-word encyclopedia of Hinduism. Swamiji’s teachings are profoundly simple, frequently wrapped in humor and applicable to all. Elaborately illustrated, this is a fascinating portrait of the life, achievements, and teachings of an acclaimed spiritual pioneer.

About the Author

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Author: American-born Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, PhD, moved to India in 1996. She was officially ordained by Pujya Swamiji into the tradition of sanyas and lives at Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh, where she serves Pujya Swamiji's humanitarian projects, teaches meditation, gives discourses, and counsels individuals and families. She lives in Rishikesh, India.

Rabbi David Rosen, Contributor: Rabbi David Rosen is international director of interreligious affairs of the American Jewish Committee, former chief rabbi of Ireland, and copresident of the World Conference of Religions for Peace. He lives in New York City.

The Dalai Lama, Contributor: His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the Dalai Lama, was born on July 6, 1935, in the small village of Taktser in northeastern Tibet. By age two he was recognized as the fourteenth incarnation of the Dalai Lama. He is the spiritual leader of Tibet, a Buddhist monk, and a prolific scholar. He is respected internationally as an environmentalist and as an advocate of compassion and universal responsibility. He inspires people worldwide with his grace, compassion, and ability to embrace the integrity of other faith traditions. He is the most traveled Dalai Lama in history and in 1989 was awarded the Nobel Prize for peace. He lives in Dharamshala, India.