Ellen Grace O'Brian is a yogacharya (an esteemed yoga teacher), a radio host, an award-winning poet who weaves poetry into her teachings on spiritual matters, and the spiritual director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment in San Jose, California. Ordained by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, she has been teaching Kriya Yoga philosophy and practice nationally and internationally for over three decades.
"Yoga is the science of the self. It is a practical science that
validates the knowledge that the self of the individual is the self
of the universe. When you are one with the Source of existence, you
are one with infinite abundance and with the unlimited potential of
all manifestation. 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. Having known Ellen Grace O'Brian for almost four decades, I am pleased to affirm her good character and total commitment to living the principles she so clearly explains."
-- Roy Eugene Davis, founder and director of Center for Spiritual Awareness and author of Paramahansa Yogananda as I Knew Him
"The Jewel of Abundance lays out a well-defined perspective on prosperity, wealth, and abundance. It presents a balanced view that takes into account common human needs and shows us simple ways to find happiness and satisfaction that lie beyond the accumulation of material objects. Ellen Grace O'Brian carefully and simply presents ancient wisdom so that one can easily begin to make the necessary changes to one's lifestyle. 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
"A perennial issue for professional yoga teachers and therapists is the perceived tension between the need for reasonable material prosperity and the desire for spiritual growth. Hence, The Jewel of Abundance is a timely, practical, and indeed inspiring guide for reconciling these conflicts based on the classic teachings of the purusharthas -- the four aims of human life -- and many other timeless lessons from the yoga tradition. As 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
"Wealth (artha) is a difficult and yet necessary topic for all to contemplate, as we live in a world of greed, competition, and selfishness motivated by scarcity and desires. 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
"Many of us aspire to purpose, and perhaps even enlightenment, in our lifetimes, but few realize that the path leads through prosperity and pleasure as equally important steps on the journey. Ellen Grace O'Brian's clear and compelling words bring unique perspective to wisdom from ancient teachings, in language that is even more powerful today."
-- Scott Kriens, chairman and former CEO of Juniper Networks and cofounder of 1440 Multiversity
"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 (Vamadeva 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. Perfect health is the foundation for right action, contentment, and nonsensorial happiness. O'Brian offers wonderful yogic tools to help you attract abundance and make a difference in your own unique way. 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. I stand in awe of Yogacharya O'Brian's honesty and brilliance as a spiritual teacher and writer. 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. I recommend it to Vedic, yoga, and Ayurveda students worldwide."
-- Acharya Shunya Mathur, founder and preceptor of Vedika Global and author of Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom
"You are holding in your hands definitive proof that spirituality and prosperity are aligned. Even better, it's an easy-to-read guidebook for letting go of limiting beliefs and the behaviors that are likely blocking access to happiness and abundance -- what we might call 'spiritual clutter.' 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!