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Why am I passionate about this?

Kamlesh Patel (Daaji) is the Heartfulness Guide. He offers a practical, experiential approach to personal growth and transformation that is simple, easy to follow, and available to people of all ages and walks of life. Daaji is a prolific speaker and writer, and his two books, The Heartfulness Way and Designing Destiny, are both #1 bestsellers.


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The Heartfulness Way: Heart-Based Meditations for Spiritual Transformation

By Kamlesh D. Patel,

Book cover of The Heartfulness Way: Heart-Based Meditations for Spiritual Transformation

What is my book about?

Our modern, fast-paced world can be an overwhelming place. Every day, we’re bombarded with messages telling us that in order to be happy, fulfilled, and worthy, we must be better, do more, and accumulate as much material wealth as possible. Most of us move through our busy lives with our minds full of these ideas, multitasking as we strive to navigate the responsibilities and expectations we must meet just to make it through the day. But what if there is another way? What if, rather than letting the busyness of life overtake our minds, we learn to be heartful instead?

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Reality at Dawn

Kamlesh D. Patel Why did I love this book?

A comprehensive and illuminating read that covers the promise and necessity of the spiritual search, the problems encountered along the journey, and the ways and means to successfully transcend them. Reality at Dawn is an answer to the spiritual seeker of the modern world. Authored by my Guru, Shri Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur, this book still inspires me today—even after countless readings, I still find something new in it every time I go through its pages.

By Ram Chandra,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Reality at Dawn as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Reality at Dawn by Ram Chandra


Book cover of As a Man Thinketh

Kamlesh D. Patel Why did I love this book?

The power of thought distilled in 37 pages, this book offers fundamental principles on how thoughts shape our inner and outer world. A reader emerges from the book with a renewed focus on manifesting calmness of mind and inspired to reinvent their self and their thinking. One of the quotes from the book, “Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.”

By James Allen,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked As a Man Thinketh as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

THIS little volume (the result of meditation and experience) is not intended as an exhaustive treatise on the much-written-upon subject of the power of thought. It is suggestive rather than explanatory, its object being to stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that “They themselves are makers of themselves.” …by virtue of the thoughts, which they choose and encourage; that mind is the master-weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance, and that, as they may have hitherto woven in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment…


Book cover of Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Kamlesh D. Patel Why did I love this book?

A seagull’s unrelenting quest to fly higher and faster than ever imagined takes him on a perilous yet meaningful journey to discover true freedom and flight. The book is a sublime unveiling of the flight we can all take when freed from the inner shackles of anger, fear and the opinions of others, and through the constant pursuit of personal excellence.

By Richard Bach,

Why should I read it?

5 authors picked Jonathan Livingston Seagull as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This classic work is now available for the first time in paperback. Since 1951, when the last of the Witchcraft Acts was repealed, many books have been written about the reappearance of witchcraft and the development of a pagan theology. Churchmen have denounced it. Sociologists have wondered at it. Journalists have penned sensational stories about it. But until the publication of this book, no one had told the real story of it from the inside as frankly as it is told here.

Doreen Valiente, one of witchcraft's most widely known figures, was a close friend of the late Gerald Gardner,…


Book cover of Siddhartha

Kamlesh D. Patel Why did I love this book?

Nobel Prize laureate Hesse’s imagining of the spiritual life of a boy named Siddhartha during the time of Gautama Buddha conveys the importance of trusting and learning from one’s own personal experience—truly one of the most important aspects of spiritual life. Siddhartha’s story will resonate with any reader who has questioned the meaning of life and even one’s own beliefs about the spiritual path, with the reassurance that every sincere search will eventually lead to a direct path to self-realisation.

By Hermann Hesse,

Why should I read it?

13 authors picked Siddhartha as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Here the spirituality of the East and the West have met in a novel that enfigures deep human wisdom with a rich and colorful imagination.

Written in a prose of almost biblical simplicity and beauty, it is the story of a soul's long quest in search of he ultimate answer to the enigma of man's role on this earth. As a youth, the young Indian Siddhartha meets the Buddha but cannot be content with a disciple's role: he must work out his own destiny and solve his own doubt-a tortuous road that carries him through the sensuality of a love…


Book cover of The Gospel Of Sri Ramakrishna

Kamlesh D. Patel Why did I love this book?

A priceless record of the interactions between 19th century Bengali saint Sri Ramakrishna and his disciples, including Swami Vivekananda. This is the book which ignited my own spark of spiritual longing when I discovered it at a young age.

By Swami Nikhilananda,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Gospel Of Sri Ramakrishna as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Swami Abhedananda (2 October 1866 – 8 September 1939), born Kaliprasad Chandra was a direct disciple of the 19th century mystic Ramakrishna Paramahansa and the founder of Ramakrishna Vedanta Math. Swami Vivekananda sent him to the West to head the Vedanta Society, New York in 1897, and spread the message of Vedanta, a theme on which he authored several books through his life, and subsequently founded the Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, in Calcutta (now Kolkata) and Darjeeling. -wikipedia


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