(1893 - 1952) was the first yoga master of India to take up permanent residence in the West, travelling and teaching throughout the United
States. Pritz currently works as an interfaith minister and has a private practice that provides meditation training, spiritual guidance,
corporate meditation programs, trainings and events using the ideas and techniques put forth in the book. Meditation as a Way of Life:
Philosophy and Practice includes autobiographical material related to the author's own spiritual journey, which is often humorous, and
exercises and practices that are actually achievable in our modern world.
Pritz uses teachings and materials from many traditions, including
Christianity and Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism intended to encourage inner growth and illuminate the path to the realization of God. It is
this universal perspective that I believe will appeal to many readers interested in yogic meditation and spirituality. The author's style
and material will have relevance for the beginner and the more advanced student.Meditation as a Way of Life: Philosophy and Practice is well organized and flows from the first inklings of the desire for a more
spiritual life through to a commitment to practice. Pritz includes real life anecdotes from the author's own spiritual journey and a
discussion of the importance of spiritual practice and finding a teacher and spiritual community. Pritz continues with clearly written
descriptions of the Twelve Principles of Spiritual Understanding, and two chapters on right thought and behavior.
The myriad of examples gives the reader a better understanding of some of the subtle distinctions between the physical and spiritual
applications of the principles. The concluding chapters discuss energy, chakras, awareness, concentration, meditation, and creating a
personal commitment to practice.
The exercises discussed concerning each of these elements of spiritual growth are easy to follow and are
diagrammed with simple drawings. The concepts in each section are defined so even the beginner can understand. The author argues that
development of the spirit "is the highest form of service" because through changing yourself you effect change in all those around you.
Rev. Pritz says, "Through meditation we refine ourselves, and as divine light and love increasingly pervade our thoughts and deeds, we
become agents of change for those in our immediate circle plus society at large."