Books by Swami Shankarananda

Ganeshpuri Days:
Memoirs of a Western Yogi

Long-awaited for over 10 years, Swami Shankarananda’s own spiritual memoir, Ganeshpuri Days is out now.


An intimate and authentic account, Swamiji writes eloquently about his life, beginning in Brooklyn, New York. He shares with us his early years, searching for purpose and meaning through education and academia, among other things. One day, he meets the late, great teacher Ram Dass which sets him off on a journey to the East in search of a Guru, or Great Being.


Swamiji meets many great beings, until eventually finding his Guru, Baba Muktananda and studying under him for 3 years in his ashram in Ganeshpuri, India. He takes the reader in a mystical journey through the very depths of sadhana (spiritual practice), and the intricacies of the Guru-disciple relationship.


Under Baba’s guidance he emerges from a twelve-year apprenticeship as a knower of the Self and a Guru in his own right.


Ganeshpuri Days is a beautifully written account that will inspire readers to awaken to the true Self and fulfil their highest potential.

More books by Swami Shankarananda

Swami Shankarananda explores the practice and philosophy of meditation including traditional techniques of mantra (the repetition of the phrase) and witness-consciousness (watching the thoughts). You will see how to apply these teachings in every day situations, by developing a moment to moment awareness of the love, joy and peace that unfolds from the center of your being. 

The book comes with accompanying audio track meditations, which after you read the first two chapters, will have you meditating for the first time within 30 minutes. Audio tracks available as free podcasts, just search ‘Happy For No Good Reason’ on your podcast app.

Consciousness is the most intimate experience of life, the essence of life itself. Among the many spiritual traditions born and developed in India, one ancient philosophy–Kashmir Shaivism–has explored it completely. Until now, Kashmir Shaivism was an esoteric feild accessible only to a few scholars and other specialists.


Here, for the first time, Swami Shankarananda, a Self-realised spiritual master, presents the wisdom of this powerful tradition in a form that will delight and inspire all spiritual seekers. He explores the teachings in rich detail, elucidating ideas and meditative practices while drawing upon a vast canvas of many great beings, wisdom traditions and personal experience. This is a book that will transform you.

Swamiji responds to questions from seekers about spiritual practice and philosophy. It is a guidebook to the inner experience, offering insights and techniques to dissolve ignorance and live with energy and awareness.


Topics include: the Self and Consciousness, meditation, Self-inquiry, mantra, the Guru, Kundalini, Shakti, the mind, relationships, work and career, money, communicating with truth and compassion.

In this groundbreaking book, meditation master Swami Shankarananda adapts the ancient path of Self-inquiry to contemporary life. The Shiva Process method of Self-inquiry engages your awareness to effectively remove blocks in the areas of career, relationship, health and spirituality. Building on the teachings of Kashmir Shaivism and Sri Ramana Maharshi, Swamiji provides the tools to reveal your true nature.

The accompanying guided audio meditations guide you step by step though a series of inquiries to help you connect with your inner wisdom. You will be transformed and empowered in every aspect of your life.

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Swami Shankarananda's latest book 'Ganeshpuri Days: Memoirs of a Western Yogi' is now out!