A Garland of Forest Flowers
Known as the "anarchist swami", Swami Nirmalananda spent much of his early life traveling the world seeking wisdom, and shares these experiences in "A Garland of Forest Flowers". Following an inner call. Swami Nirmalananda is one of the three gurus who helped guide Sharon Gannon & David Life on their spiritual path to creating the Jivamukti Yoga method.
Swamiji, at the impressionable age of fourteen, made a deep study of the world's major religions. He was greatly influenced by the lives and teachings of Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi, Thoreau, Tolstoy, Schweitzer and many others. Like Sankaracharya, Jesus and Buddha, he became a wandering monk, a 'Parivrajaka.' No place on earth was, to him, inaccessible, more especially when he was imbued with zeal and passion of spiritual conquest and outer renunciation.
Returning to India in 1964, Swamiji lived in silence and seclusion in his quiet and solitary Ashram in the beautiful forests of B.R. Hills in Karnataka, doing Sadhana. He led an intense spiritual life, guiding the aspirants who came to him for counsel and yet never going beyond the limits of the Ashram compound. He observed 'Mauna' (noble silence) for 11 years. As described on the book jacket "In his Ashram, the atmosphere is completely calm and peaceful. Except the songs of the birds, no other sound is heard. There is a pin-drop silence, and Swamiji is a part of this silence."