Book Review: Talk Does Not Cook the Rice: A Commentary on the Teaching of AGNI Yoga

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This book review is about a book that is about Yoga, but it is not about the poses, or the postures, it's all about the mental side of this discipline.

Not only that though, it's also all about learning what cosmic law is. If you defy it, you pay. If you work with it, you benefit.

Some talk about the cooking of rice, according to this book (living our lives)

This book is series two of these talks on AGNI yoga. The author is, Ralph Harris Houston, or "Guru R.H.H".

The book has 189 pages, including its index. It consists of small segmented talks on various topics to do with this spiritual teaching. There are around 280 such short talks in this book, some are only a couple of paragraphs long, others can reach out and fill a few pages.

The talks are taken from the author's classes that were held between 1967 and 1971. Guru R.H.H died in 1976, aged 72.

The Agni Yoga Society was founded in 1920 by Nicholas Roerich and his wife Helena. Guru R.H.H was Roerich's disciple. He continued from where his master had left off in further bringing the teachings of this discipline to the West.

The teachings of AGNI Yoga is a blend of ancient Eastern spiritual beliefs and modern Western scientific thought. Its practice does not involve a practitioner in the physical aspects of Yoga.

It is about managing our thoughts and our thinking through trying to think in a consciously directed way.

The wife of the founder, Helena Roerich once wrote,

"The greatest benefit that we can contribute consists in the broadening of consciousness, and the improvement and enrichment of our thinking, which, together with the purification of the heart, strengthens our emanations. And thus, raising our vibrations, we restore the health of all that surrounds us."

Words are not as effective at cooking your rice, as a rice-cooker is

AGNI yoga sees all of the ancient religions, and the various philosophies as all being expressions of the same essential truths. Truth after all always remains the truth.

At the same time though, this book talks about friends and other people being persons that we should love. Love is the only reality, the book says, the rest is only maya (an illusion, or a non-truth).

This teaching at its heart is one of the heart.

The book's author is a man that I think I would have liked. He does not talk down to you. He is humble in all that he says. He is a, "warm, down-to-earth, and rather witty man", as the blurb on the back cover of the book says about him.

"The realization of the Teaching as a necklace of Light provides a precious thread upward."

The book is a delight to read. It is poetically written, and you feel that you are sitting next to a warm fire with a warm cup of cocoa, or tea, and just enjoying a friendly chat with this great man, as you read it.

The word "Yoga" is a Sanskrit word meaning to join, or unite

This book is all about inner listening. We join or unite with the author in what he is saying, and so we come to really understand him at a deep level.

Agni is the Hindu God of fire.

This book is meant to light a fire in you. Agni Yoga is the yoga of fiery energy, of awareness, and increased consciousness, and most of all it is about thinking in such a way that we think responsible, directed thoughts, not scattered, or misdirected ones.

In his book, he talks about death being nothing to get upset over.

The word "live" spelt backwards is the word "evil". But he says that even the evil need never fear death. Their karma for this life is over. Death's actually a release for them.

They get to prevent themselves making more karma, and they get a chance in the other worlds to look again at the life that they have just lived with the help of some higher beings.

The founder of Agni yoga was married to a very great lady in her own right.

Here is a quote from Helena Roerich, (1879 to 1955) to end this review with.

"Where doubt has made its nest, the fires of the heart cannot be kindled. Doubt is the most frightful poison."

This book was published in 1985 by Samuel Weiser, and it was printed in the United States. It's well worth getting your hands on a copy of it. It's well worth the read.

Just about every topic about the spiritual life is covered here, from soul and spirit, to God, and our future. From the Lords of Karma, reincarnation, and prayer.

This author speaks about most everything. It really is a very enlightening book in more ways than one. The author answers the questions that we have all asked, and would love to know the answers of.

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The photos used in this article have all been freely taken for use from the free media site, pixabay.com, except for the one of the cover of the book which belongs to me, the author of this article.

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Agni Yoga, Book Review, Book Reviews, Broadening Of Consciousness, Hindu God Of Fire, Lords Of Karma, Never Fear Death, Nicholas Roerich, Spiritual Life, Yoga

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author avatar Retired
15th May 2015 (#)

Interesting article. Sounds like a good book. =)

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author avatar spirited
15th May 2015 (#)

thanks CoffeeQueen

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author avatar shifamassey
16th May 2015 (#)

Great share ! And inspirational too. Thanks !

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author avatar spirited
16th May 2015 (#)

thanks shifamassey

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author avatar Retired
17th May 2015 (#)

Exceptional post, Spirited. The book is indeed worth reading.

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author avatar spirited
17th May 2015 (#)

thanks Joyesh,

Most books, we can usually get at least something from.

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author avatar Carol Roach
18th May 2015 (#)

I have started to do some yoga, I need to get fit

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author avatar spirited
18th May 2015 (#)

Yes, thanks Carol,

We should never overlook the importance of our physical health, I feel.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th May 2015 (#)

All perspectives on life are welcome especially from those who have risen to a higher realm in life.

Obviously a book that is written to take us to a higher plane. Thanks Spirited for whetting our curiosity through this review - siva

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author avatar spirited
18th May 2015 (#)

thanks siva,

it's only a matter of finding the time to read all of these good books out there thought...LOL...

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author avatar Kingwell
23rd May 2015 (#)

Sometimes the simplest things can teach us a great lesson. 'Words are not as effective at cooking your rice, as a rice-cooker is"- love it! Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
23rd May 2015 (#)

Thanks Kingwell, you are so right there... LOL...

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