HIDING IN UNNATURAL HAPPINESS
Wandering the forest of our hopes and dreams, we desire more than to survive - our hearts long to thrive. The premium we seek is happiness, now the ultimate consumer product.
" Happiness is no laughing matter." Relationships, society and political economy should all generate enduring chunks of it.
Is the hunt for sustainable contentment just confusion - a kaleidoscope of diverse illusion? drawing upon the ancient yoga science of the self, Hiding in Unnatural Happiness probes our contemporary approach to fulfilment and progress, recommending another road, less travelled but timeless.
Author: Devamrita Swami
Hardbound; 108 pages; 16 x 11. (centimeters); 8 x 5.5 (inches)
Publisher: The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust; First issue: 2015
Devamrita Swami is an educator, author, and monk in the Krishna bhakti tradition. For over forty years, he has been traveling the world sharing the teachings and lifestyle of bhakti-yoga.
With a unique ability to analyze modern problems through the wisdom of the Bhagavad-gita and Shrimad-Bhagavatam (essential Vedic texts), he challenges audiences to understand that the quest for genuine personal and social upliftment is rooted in precise and comprehensive knowledge. Often addressing topics on spiritually based economics, sustainability, and environmentalism, his strategic guidance has proved invaluable to students and professionals seeking to balance their spiritual and professional life. Spiritual life, he often remarks, is a dynamic experiential reality, not a token subscription to a belief-system. Adept at applying this spiritual science, he encourages others to enter the laboratory and perform the Krishna experiment, which enables us to fully realize our nonmaterial identity and ultimate connection. While meeting and relishing the diversity of global humanity, he has also established urban and rural sanctuaries for the spiritually inquisitive, especially in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States.
Devamrita Swami is the author of Searching for Vedic India, Perfect Escape and the soon to be released Hiding in Unnatural Happiness. In his books, his unique wit and wisdom combine to showcase what the oldest wisdom culture has to offer. Searching for Vedic India is particularly written to assist an inquisitive university educated audience to unlock answers to life’s big questions. Effortlessly navigating the latest research in archaeology, parapsychology, consciousness, ancient history and much more, Searching for Vedic India takes us on an epic quest to rediscover the relevance of Vedic cosmology and philosophy, preserved in the ancient Sanskrit texts of India. His latest book, Hiding in Unnatural Happiness, is a refreshing perspective on the quest for happiness. Our search for fulfilment need not be limited by genetics, circumstances or lack of will power. We all have access to 100 percent happiness. Hiding in Unnatural Happiness tells you how. Deftly interweaving the latest research in neuroscience, social science and psychology, Devamrita Swami shines the beacon of timeless yoga knowledge on happiness science. For individuals and institutions seeking to channel the human drive for fulfilment in a sustainable direction, Hiding in Unnatural Happiness offers indispensable wisdom.
Upon graduating from Yale University, he began reading and relishing the classic bhakti texts translated by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Impressed by his impeccable erudition and saintliness, Devamrita Swami became his official student and a member of the worldwide bhakti community. In 1982 he officially accepted the renounced order of life as a Krishna monk, dedicating his life to practicing bhakti and sharing it with others all over the world.