The Art of Spiritual Life offers us an intimate glimpse into the history, artistic process, spiritual guidance, and esoteric secrets behind some of the most celebrated works of devotional art in contemporary Gaudiya Vaisnava culture. Soul stirring and deeply inspiring, this long-awaited memoir simultaneously takes us on the author’s own journey, as an artist and spiritual practitioner, over a span of more than half a century starting in Tompkins Square Park, New York City, where she first met her spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, in September 1966. The Art of Spiritual Life is much more than a book about art. In making art a personal expression of devotion and sharing her journey with us, she shows how spiritual life is itself an art.
Jadurani/Syamarani didi is a master painter of Bhakti Art and one of the most stalwart teachers of bhakti-yoga in current times. She is among the first disciples of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the world-renowned founder-acharya of ISKCON (the International Society for Krsna Consciousness), and she is also a prominent student of Srila Prabhupada’s close associate, Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja. Under their expert spiritual guidance, she has created nearly 300 works of devotional art and is recognized as one of the most influential artists to emerge out of the Hare Krsna Movement and its subsequent school of art.