This debut spirituality guide outlines how yoga and meditation will help you achieve ultimate enlightenment.
For Watkins, a compelling theme in world religions is the reference to light as a physical and spiritual force. He touches on such mentions and connections in Hermeticism, as summarized in The Kybalion: A Study of the Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece (2014); in Hinduism, as expressed in the Bhagavad Gita; and in Christianity, with Watkins citing the Bible as well as The Aquarian Age Gospel of Jesus, The Christ of the Piscean Age (2013) as sources. His purpose is “to teach you to experience the light of the spiritual plane and through this experience reach the gates of Heaven,” he says. “We have been taught correctly that God is in Heaven. Therefore, we will learn to meditate in the light to go to Heaven and be with God. This is yoga.” Watkins proceeds to detail the seven chakras, the body’s core energy centers as defined by yoga tradition, which are activated when practicing yoga and meditation, allowing you to tap into your “body of light…the vehicle of spiritual purity that will enable you to experience God personally through the gift of divine eyes.” He follows with a description of the eight stages of yoga, outlining its specific exercises (fish posture, headstand, etc.), as well as the various meditation sequences ideally done immediately after yoga to bring heightened awareness and lead you to that desired-for heaven-on-Earth oneness with God. Debut author Watkins, a retired dental surgeon, has crafted a smooth-flowing narrative that succinctly conveys the philosophical underpinnings of yoga and meditation and the underlying commonalities of world religions. He also offers an effective starter primer on practicing yoga and meditation, although illustrations of exercises would have enhanced this illumination. His passing critique of clergy denying near-death experiences strikes a somewhat discordant note, but overall, Watkins offers an embracing and uplifting New-Age message as well as gentle encouragement toward spiritual and physical awareness.
Elegant, inspiring synthesis of mind-body principles and practices.