Nandini, the author of the book 'Stories from my Heart'.
London/New York (meaus) In May 2001, Nandini experienced a spiritual awakening which was brought about through the grace of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. Since then, she has run spiritual retreats and held regular satsangs for those interested in sharing her experience of non-duality.
Her father was an unusual Gloucestershire clergyman, born in India, with a deep interest in esoteric matters. Nandini was brought up as a vegetarian and at her father's rectory (which he transformed into a 'World Fellowship Embassy') was introduced to religious personalities of all creeds and races. In 1954, at the age of seven, she met the young Usharbudh Arya (now Swami Veda Bharati) who was to initiate her into the Himalayan Tradition of Yoga Meditation at his ashram in Rishikesh some forty years later. Married to co-initiate, Godfrey since 1970, Nandini has raised two sons and now has three grandsons.
She worked for many years as a creative and performing artist in the fields of music, dance and art. She is an exponent of Indian classical dance, and has painted many intuitive Mandalas based on the inspiration she has drawn from her experience of Advaita. She has published a vivid, personal account of her spiritual journey entitled 'Fire In My Heart' (available through her website www.advaitaspirit.org ).
Whether through Satsang or in her writing, Nandini challenges our thoughts and beliefs, but she does it from the heart and inspires us by her own deep experience of the Self.
Her new book, just published in Great Britain, is 'Stories From My Heart'. In the guise of two simple folk tales inspired by the natural beauty surrounding the peaceful ashram of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in Rishikesh, North India, Nandini evokes the meaning of life. In the first story,
"Kiss of the Divine" two unlikely soul mates, a cow and an egret, are brought together by fate near the sacred River Ganges. In the second, "Call of the Divine" we are taken on an improbable and fantastical journey in the company of nine Indian birds intent on finding their hearts' desire.
In the first story, 'Kiss of the Divine' we meet two unlikely soul mates, a cow and an egret.
These stories lead the characters to recognise Truth and in so doing evince a range of emotions and aspirations. Told against the backdrop of India's beauty in nature, both stories strike at the very heart of mystical teaching and the reader of any age is gently brought to a deep appreciation and understanding of inner Reality.
The second story, 'Call of the Divine' takes us on an improbable and fantastical train journey in the company of nine Indian birds.
The book 'STORIES FROM MY HEART' by Nandini is now available, and can be ordered at this time only from Amazon - United Kingdom, website: http://www.amazon.co.uk
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PROMETHEUS, Internet Bulletin - News, Politics, Art and Science. Nr. 140, February, 2009