“Awakening, prospering, and fulfilling our potential is inextricably tied to the well-being of all. What we do matters. We are powerful agents, not only of personal prosperity but of essential social change and planetary healing, so that all may prosper.”
– Ellen Grace O'Brian, from The Jewel of Abundance
The Jewel of Abundance
Finding Prosperity through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga
About the Book
Although millions of Westerners practice yoga simply for its health benefits, the philosophy and wisdom behind the multifaceted discipline has far more to offer. In The Jewel of Abundance: Finding Prosperity through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga, award winning author and Kriya Yoga teacher Ellen Grace O’Brian reveals an overlooked aspect of yoga: its powerful teachings on prosperity.
“When prosperity is equated with material wealth attained for its own sake, the word prosperity loses its deep meaning,” writes O’Brian. “True prosperity is experienced in a spiritual context. Because this truth is frequently missed, the words prosperity and wealth are often narrowly defined or understood at the level of material accomplishment alone. But as you work through the teachings of this book with me, you’ll see that these words can rightly be applied and understood in the highest way as spiritual goals. And that makes all the difference.”
The Jewel of Abundance draws upon the ancient Vedic tradition of yoga philosophy and practice and shows how spiritual realization and earthly success go hand in hand, revealing a path to abundant living that is deeply satisfying, joyful, and purposeful.
Explore the true meaning of prosperity and realize a life of profound abundance.
For thousands of years, ancient Vedic teachings have provided spiritually-conscious individuals a manual for living, including four universal goals of human life. These are dharma (realizing our higher purpose and fulfilling our destiny), artha (true prosperity), kama (pleasure or enjoyment for the sake of the soul), and moksha (the absolute freedom that comes with enlightenment).
The Jewel of Abundance focuses on the second of these four universal goals — artha, or prosperity. This book offers a refreshing perspective on how to live a prosperous, abundant life without losing your soul along the way.
- Start to prosper right away by discovering the source of true wealth and honoring your innate, irrepressible inclination to thrive.
- Embrace your path of prosperous living as a path of spiritual transformation as you live with the guiding light of higher purpose and a toolkit of skillful means.
- Learn to cooperate with universal spiritual laws that support awakening and thriving while contributing to the well-being of all.
- Engage in time-tested practices to cultivate wisdom, clarity, and compassion.
- Become unstoppable by meeting any obstacles or challenges to your success with profound insight, equanimity, and a higher commitment to be of service.
“The Jewel of Abundance is a useful antidote to the hypermaterialism that poisons modern life. And for those who seek the fulfillment of both their souls and their material desires, the book is a wellspring of inspiration and intelligent guidance.”
– From the foreword by Philip Goldberg, author of The Life of Yogananda
“This jewel of a book will show you how to tap into your inner intelligence, the ultimate and supreme genius that mirrors the wisdom of the cosmos. Cultivate wealth consciousness, and affluence and prosperity will effortlessly flow toward you in all their manifestations.”
– Deepak Chopra, bestselling author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and You are the Universe
“The Jewel of Abundance will inspire, challenge, and motivate readers to discover and express their innate potential to experience excellence in all aspects of life.”
– Roy Eugene Davis, founder of Center for Spiritual Awareness and author of Paramahansa Yogananda as I Knew Him
“One does not have to be a saint to follow the path of righteousness; one simply has to learn the ways of dharma, kama, and artha and apply them to one’s daily life. The Jewel of Abundance is a very valuable book containing gems of wisdom. It can help the world change its course from the present crisis of materialism to a sustainable lifestyle.”
– Ela Gandhi, peace activist and founder of the Gandhi Development Trust
“Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian says, ‘Prosperity provides the means to fulfill our divine potential; it’s the vehicle for the divine dream to manifest.’ She writes paragraphs that are jewels in their own right. Thus my advice is to read as I did — slowly, to allow the time required to savor and reflect on her wisdom. Do her suggested practices. You will find yourself refreshed and renewed in both your work and your spirit.”
– John Kepner, MA (Econ), MBA, C-IAYT, executive director of the International Association of Yoga Therapists
“Ellen Grace O’Brian has dived to the depths of the soul to transform our fears into courage and our sense of lack into our joy of abundance. She not only enlightens the reader about what true abundance is but also reassures the reader that it is reachable step-by-step. The Jewel of Abundance is accessible to a vast audience with transparent, graceful, and wise words.”
– Swami Sitaramananda, acharya of International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers
“To live well is to thrive physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. But how? Most self-help books focus on one of these factors, often at the expense of the other three. Ellen Grace O’Brian’s The Jewel of Abundance recognizes the interdependence of all four. That’s because this is not a self-help book, but a Self-help book: a manual for liberating the soul that optimizes body, heart, mind, and spirit as well. Please don’t read this book. Practice it.”
– Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author of Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent
“Gaining true prosperity rests upon understanding our karmas and fulfilling our dharma, or soul’s purpose. Then we can achieve the outer success we need while continuing to progress along our spiritual path. In The Jewel of Abundance, Ellen Grace O’Brian provides us with the yogic keys to this process of realizing our inner abundance and letting it manifest in the world around us.”
– Dr. David Frawley (Vemadeva Shastri), author of Yoga and Ayurveda and Shiva: The Lord of Yoga
Happiness, beauty, and abundance, symbolized by the goddess Lakshmi in yogic thought, arise along with Lord Vishnu, who represents wisdom, self-control, and detachment. Ellen Grace O’Brian reminds us that our outer life must be a mirror of our inner life in order for us to achieve our full potential in all that we do.”
– Yogini Shambhavi, author of Yogini: Unfolding the Goddess Within and Yogic Secrets of the Dark Goddess
“The Jewel of Abundance by Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian is an excellent template to truly understand the meaning of artha as a tool to fulfill your dharma and continue to strive toward moksha...Read, practice, and enjoy the gifts of human potential.”
– Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS, MD (Ayurveda), author of The Art and Science of Vedic Counseling and Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life
“This epiphany-provoking, majestically written book, rich with life lessons and ancient wisdom, is a must-read. Every word rings with truth — it is a gem to be treasured...The majesty of her prose powerfully yet gently guides humanity along an awakened journey toward thriving both materially and spiritually, despite crisis and loss or deep-seated patterns of depravity and lack. This book imparts truth, courage, inspiration, and hope.”
– Acharya Shunya Mathur, founder and preceptor of Vedika Global and author of Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom
“In this book, Ellen Grace O’Brian gives us the tools and instructions to set ourselves free and to thrive in this fast-paced, unpredictable world. The Jewel of Abundance shows us how simple and attainable wealth is, in every form. And the best news is, as with every great coming-home story, she reminds us that we were born with everything we need to succeed already!”
– Andrew Mellen, speaker, professional organizer, and author of Unstuff Your Life!
The Jewel of Abundance: Finding Prosperity through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga is a Silver Awardee of the 2019 Nautilus Book Awards
“The Jewel of Abundance: Finding Prosperity through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga” is awarded the Silver Nautilus Award in Religion/Spirituality of Eastern Thought. The book is intended to give guidance on how to prosper without losing one’s soul along the way, through the purusharthas, or Vedic life goals. Yogacharya O’Brian provides a wise and practical exposition of both the philosophy of yoga and its practice.
The Jewel of Abundance is an awarded finalist of the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
“The Jewel of Abundance: Finding Prosperity Through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga” is a finalist awardee of the Indie Book Awards in Spirituality category. Yogacharya O’Brian desires to heal the perceived gap between spirituality and the material world. Intended for both seekers and practitioners, the book presents and emphasizes on the Vedic teachings on the four proper aims of life to achieve an abundant, awakened and spiritually conscious living.
The Jewel of Abundance is a 2018 Foreword INDIES Finalist
“The Jewel of Abundance” is a Foreword INDIES finalist in Body, Mind & Spirit (Adult Nonfiction). Draws upon the ancient Vedic tradition of yoga philosophy and practice and shows how spirituality and earthly success can complement each other, leading to realization of the higher Self. O’Brian presents a clear explanation of both the philosophy of yoga and the nuts and bolts of practice.
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