Walk In This Light

Early Morning Talks from Swami Chidananda

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Book Code: EC27
Paperback: 231 pages
Book Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.50 inches
Shipping Weight: 300 grams

Table of Contents

Quotes from Walk in This Light (Back Cover)
Publisher’s Note (5)
Editors’ Introduction (6)

Section One: This Awakening Light

1. Undying Devotion 15
2. Equipoised, Balanced and Practical 19
3. Seek and Ye Shall Find, Ask and It Shall Be Given 23
4. The Eternal Now of the Timeless Present 28
5. So Much to Be Thankful For 31
6. Life Is a Gift 34
7. Divine Grace is Ever Blowing, Unfurl Your Sails! 39
8. Always Shine Like Gold 43
9. The Eternal Message of Ganga and Himalayas 46
10. Correct Hearing 49

Section Two: The Light of Lights Beyond all Darkness

11. Sri Gurudev 55
12. Be Sincere and Persevere 60
13. The Remover of Darkness 63
14. We Are Supremely Blessed 67
15. If Just for a Day 71
16. Enter into the Mansion of Sadhana 76
17. Total Renewal and Transformation 82
18. You Are Ever United with God 86
19. From Darkness Lead Us Unto Light 91
20. Walk in This Light 95

Section Three: The Dawning of Knowledge

21. True Knowledge 103
22. Be Up and Doing 109
23. The Transformation of the Old Personality 112
24. One Alone Is 115
25. The Glorious Example of Adi Sankaracharya 119
26. We Are the Beneficiaries 124
27. Well Begun Is Half Done 130
28. Reflect Deeply Upon Wisdom 132
29. One’s Own Friend and One’s Own Enemy 137
30. Let the Light Shine 141

Section Four: Within You Shines the
Ever-Present Reality

31. The Knowledge that Liberates 147
32. Ascent Towards the Divine Light 152
33. My Devotee Is Dear to Me 157
34. Guru, Ganga, Gayatri, Gita and Gomata 160
35. Invoke That Being Manifest in Us 164
36. Virtue, Wisdom and Perseverance 168
37. The Jivatma Returning to Its Source 173
38. Study Yourself 176
39. Truthfulness and Obedience 179
40. Reality and Not the Appearances 183

Section Five: Illumined with Divine Wisdom

41. The Wealth of Wisdom in the Scriptures 189
42. Constant Vichara and Viveka 194
43. Making a Solemn Pledge 200
44. A Keen Interest in One’s Liberation 203
45. The Universal Prayer, Twenty Spiritual Instructions, Sadhana Tattva 207
46. Testing One’s Spiritual Progress 211
47. What Divine Life Is 216
48. Vedanta in Our Practical Day-to-Day Living 220
49. Counting One’s Blessings and Good Fortune 224
50. Victory Will Be Ours 227


Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya—From Darkness Lead us unto Light’ is the constant prayer and intense aspiration of all earnest seekers.

With great pleasure, we offer our new book ‘Walk in This Light’ to all sincere spiritual aspirants and seekers to illumine their path unto the Supreme Eternal Light. The book contains 50 inspiring early morning meditation talks delivered by Worshipful Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj at the holy Samadhi Shrine during the year 1988 and 1989.

Walk in This Light, to be illumined with divine wisdom and to attain the Light of lights.



It is with great joy that we celebrate the Centenary of Revered Sri Swami Chidanandaji, and it is to honour this occasion of joy and celebration that this new book, Walk in This Light: Early Morning Talks from Swami Chidananda, is being presented.

Whenever Swamiji Maharaj was in residence at the Sivananda Ashram, he would come to the early morning meditation in the Samadhi Shrine and give a talk to the devotees assembled there. Those of us who were privileged enough to have been present at many of those talks know how powerful and inspiring they could be. But to be entirely accurate, we could not actually say that Swamiji gave ‘talks’ as such. It was more in the way of a sharing, an offering, a being together worshipfully in the presence of God and Gurudev. Swamiji did not speak about a subject so much as he communicated directly with people. Just what was needed was provided.

The talks from Swamiji that constitute the main body of this book took place for the most part in 1988 and 1989. It was obvious from reading through the talks while preparing the book that there was an overriding theme that keep coming up over and over again—that of light. Frequently Swamiji would make reference to the “light that is within” or “the light of lights beyond all darkness,” and it was clear that this focus on light was not a casual or merely passing one, and it is for that reason that the title of the book, Walk in This Light, seemed most appropriate.

The book consists of fifty chapters divided into five sections, and each of the sections makes reference to some form of light or illumination: “This Awakening Light,” “The Light of Lights Beyond all Darkness,” “The Dawning of Knowledge,” “Within You Shines the Ever-Present Reality,” and “Illumined with Divine Wisdom.” The chapters themselves are generally quite short and are thereby easy to read and assimilate, and one can read them repeatedly, each time gaining a new insight or angle of vision.

We, the editors, would like to thank all the wonderful and devoted people who served in bringing this book into being, but most of all we would like to thank Sri Swami Chidanandaji! We want to thank him most particularly for his life of service and teachings, a life which is being most joyously celebrated in this book.

Quotes from Walk in This Light

Perfect yourself; that is the greatest gift to God. Be yourself and let your life be your own. Draw strength and light from all directions.

What God has given to us, He has not given to even one in a million. The extent of the grace and benedictions He has showered upon us is something that cannot be appraised; it is beyond evaluation.

God is the eternal source of infinite grace, and we have to take heart in this great truth experienced by all the sages and seers, which is that this breeze is available to all boatmen. How you use it is up to you, but it is available to all alike—good and bad, saint and sinner.

If you wish to progress upon the path of devotion in your spiritual life, Bhakti must be practiced gradually, little by little. Even ‘little by little’ will save you from great fear and great sorrow. You yourself have to make the effort, you cannot expect any extraneous force to do what has to be done yourself.

Swami Sivananda is present in you in his concept of Divine Life and as “Be good, do good, be kind, be compassionate, enquire who am I, know thyself.” To Swami Sivananda in the form of this illumined, elevating, powerful spiritual teaching, I offer my obeisance, my salutations and my adorations.

Perseverance is the one thing needful. Perseverance is a heroic virtue, and it is sincerity that enables one to keep on persevering. Where there is sincerity and earnestness, perseverance follows.

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