Play of Consciousness: A Spiritual Autobiography
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Play of Consciousness: A Spiritual Autobiography

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  210 ratings  ·  12 reviews
This best selling spiritual autobiography of Swami Muktananda tells the story of his journey to self-realization under the guidance of Bhagawan Nityananda, candidly describing his extraordinary experiences. Beginning with his spiritual initiation on August 15, 1947, and continuing through his enlightenment nine years later, this is a guide for seekers moving toward the sam...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Siddha Yoga Publications (first published 1978)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Play of Consciousness, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Play of Consciousness

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 548)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Swami Muktananda lives in my heart and will forever hold the place of supreme teacher in my life. His personal story may not be for everyone, but for anyone who is ready to meet a true teacher, even one who has been gone for the last twenty-eight years, this book may ignite an inner revolution. Swami Muktananda, known by his devotees and disciples as Baba, came to the United States in the late 1970's and attracted a huge following of spiritual seekers. He was a prolific writer, master story tell...more
Play of Consciousness seems to have a big following, but I wasn't too impressed after finishing the book. Most of it deals with his search for Truth and devotion to his guru. Learned a lot about gurus, but its really not my thing.

Still, Muktananda had some good things to share, such as that kriyas and other spiritual phenomena are authentic only when they occur spontaneously. So it's not about faking spiritual progression but just letting shakti energy take over. Also, shaktipat (transmission) w...more
If I were asked to name just one book that any spiritual seeker must read at least once then it would definitely be 'Play of Consciousness'. My recommendation is not based just on the intellectual and spiritual content of the book, which, by the way, is exceptional, but rather on the the book's inherent ability to kick-start one's spiritual journey.

I hardly knew anything about 'Kundalini' before reading this book and I would have never believed that people can actually receive 'Shaktipat' just b...more
Swami Muktananda was a great leader, and a great instigator to globalising the Siddha Yoga movement in the 1970's. The book was written as a guide to how the Swami became the esteemed leader and the trials and tribulations of getting there. Essential reading for those on the path in Siddha Yoga.

Since his passing, the Siddha Yoga movement is led by Swami Chidvilansananda. She has authored many, many more books, and is equally as inspiring and effective in challenging the yoga devotee.
It was hard to read at first. Lots of words and concepts I wasn't familiar with as a Westerner. Especially the whole "worship the guru" thing, which is a hard concept to swallow as an American. The guru thing gets explained later in the book, if you're listening. The book got more personal and more and more spiritual until the end which was amazing. I've never read a better description of God.
Extraordinary autobiography of a spiritual master revealing many spiritual secrets that used to be closely guarded.
Maryann Rada
A book that vibrates with higher consciousness, this autobiography of Muktananda can be a life-changer. Through the pages, Muktananda's touch of grace reaches through the words into the reader's mind and heart.
Suyog Belbasé
I learn't about this book when I saw it with a customer I was serving at work. He told me that he had read it 11 times and was continuing. Naturally I was intrigued.
This book changed my Sadhana. Changed my LIFE!
I re-read it every time I need the sun to rise :-)
A must read for any yogi
Apr 23, 2011 Yaron rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Yaron by: My brother, Avi
Explains God.
Very beautiful.
Ellen Sepp
Ellen Sepp marked it as to-read
Aug 18, 2014
Annmarie Kostyk
Annmarie Kostyk marked it as to-read
Aug 17, 2014
Minalucy81 marked it as to-read
Aug 15, 2014
Praveen marked it as to-read
Aug 13, 2014
Ajinkya Jawalkar
Ajinkya Jawalkar marked it as to-read
Aug 11, 2014
Ashish Singh
Ashish Singh marked it as to-read
Aug 07, 2014
Mercedes Frederick
Mercedes Frederick marked it as to-read
Aug 03, 2014
Sitaram marked it as to-read
Aug 03, 2014
Roy marked it as to-read
Aug 02, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 18 19 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man
  • Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy
  • Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God: Retracing the Ramayana Through India
  • Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time
  • Living with the Himalayan Masters
  • Man's Eternal Quest: The Collected Talks and Essays: 1 (Collected Talks & Essays)
  • The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks
  • My Descent Into Death: A Second Chance at Life
  • I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • The Way of Perfection
  • Turtle Feet
  • Upanisads
  • Something Beautiful for God
  • The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism
  • Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry
  • Scivias (Classics of Western Spirituality)
  • Facing East: A Pilgrim's Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy
  • Saints Behaving Badly: The Cutthroats, Crooks, Trollops, Con Men, and Devil-Worshippers Who Became Saints
Where Are You Going?: A Guide to the Spiritual Journey Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri Meditate: Happiness Lies Within You From the Finite to the Infinite I Am That: The Science of Hamsa from the Vijnana Bhairava

Share This Book