"AUM: The Melody of Love is a powerful and transformative book. It goes directly to the heart, and brings the reader to the heart of Creation itself."
—Kathryn Gann, Director, Theosophical Society in America
"In this concise book, Joseph Bharat Cornell skillfully shares engaging insights into AUM and offers a number of meditations that help others experience the profundity of this sacred sound for themselves. This book will be a treasure for all who read it and take its words to heart."
—Elizabeth McAnally, Doctoral Candidate, California Institute of Integral Studies; Website Manager and Newsletter Editor, Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale
“This book will be an inspiration to anyone seeking direct contact with divine love and bliss. Cornell's AUM: The Melody of Love will join the select list of simple, practical spiritual guides that anyone, anywhere, regardless of faith or persuasion, will find accessible and life-changing.”
—Joseph Selbie, co-author The Yugas
“Every sentence is so deep and meaningful that I paused many times while reading—not just to assimilate what was written—but because, in that moment, I actually could go within and feel a touch of the divine. AUM: The Melody of Love is a precious gift.”
—Vidya Dhote, PhD, microbiologist
"AUM: The Melody of Love is a wonderful gift for those seeking an ecological spirituality. In simple and clear language, Joseph Bharat Cornell tells how to listen to the Song of the Universe and, through meditation, how to merge with the Divine Sound. . . . [A] spiritual gold mine."
—Rev. Karen MacQueen, Episcopal priest, Founder of Hindu-Episcopal Dialogue, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
“Cornell invites us, through AUM, into the very source of nature, the fount of universal religious experience, and the essential experience of self. This intriguing book could very well change the way you see everything.”
—Garth Gilchrist, nature writer, storyteller, portrayer of John Muir
“AUM: The Melody of Love offers the sincere reader a sacred pathway to an ever-deepening experience of the divine. What one especially feels, reading these pages, is God's love for all of us, His human children, and how much He yearns for us to reunite with Him through the liberating power of AUM.”
—Naidhruva Rush, Editor, Clarity Magazine
“This wonderful book . . . illustrates that people who spend time in wilderness and those who meditate have at least one important thing in common: they know the sound of silence. . . . The Bushmen call it “the hiss of the stars.” . . . It is also called AUM.”
—Vance G. Martin, President, The WILD Foundation
“Nayaswami Bharat takes AUM deeper, penetrating beneath the superficial uses of the primal sound and bringing out its true power. Readers will benefit greatly from this wise and practical book.”
—Philip Goldberg, author of American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West
“AUM: The Melody of Love is an extraordinary guide for those who want to live their lives in a world filled with love, wisdom, and benevolent power. The resonating and elucidating words of this book envelop the reader with a powerful sense of clarity and hope.”
—Kate Akers, Director, Sharing Nature New Zealand
“Cornell has written a virtual guidebook, groundbreaking in its exploration of what is typically a mystical subject. He has made AUM comprehensible and accessible. This is a wonderfully insightful and delightful resource that cannot fail to inspire and enlighten its readers.”
—Nayaswami Nefretete Rasheed, PhD
“This tiny treasure of a book will become an enduring favorite of many devotees and will take its place on the reference shelf of many spiritual teachers.”
—Dana Lynne Andersen, Founder, Academy of Art, Creativity & Consciousness
“Perfect: beautifully written; clearly inspired. It is easy to read, yet so profound. It is uplifting 'beyond imagination of expectancy,' and it carried me right into the center of the experiences the author was describing.”
—Shanti Rubenstone, MD
“Aum: Melody of Love was thrilling to read; and one could feel it was written from a level of clear insight, inspiration, and deep devotion. It gave me a deeper understanding of what AUM is and intensified my longing to commune with it.”
—Krishnadas LoCicero, teacher and meditation instructor
“This book is wonderfully uplifting. It speaks to me of an ecstatic union with God.”
—Jon Parsons, attorney-at-law, author of A Fight for Religious Freedom
“I was in bliss while reading this book!”
—Dr. Kristy Fessler, Maine
“AUM: The Melody of Love has reinvigorated my spiritual engine. I've never realized before how accessible AUM is! This is a jewel of a book.”
— Michael Christian, Eureka, CA
"Immediately upon receiving this much-anticipated book, I opened it to a
random page and was greeted by these words: "Every bird and animal is
singing AUM. Treat every sound you hear with reverence." I couldn't read any
more—I had to sit with that transmission. Days later I finished the book
and felt as though I had received a personal invitation to infinity. I
entreat you to join me and let Joseph Bharat Cornell guide us there."
—Tamarack Song, author of Song of Trusting the Heart and Entering the Mind
of the Tracker
"Astoundingly beautiful, inspiring, and practical. It buzzed with the energy of Love, Wisdom, and Holiness when I first held it in my hand. I have been bathing in its Beauty and Power ever since. A great work. It is now permanently by my bed."
—Roderic Knowles, author of Gospel of the Living Tree: For Mystics, Lovers, Poets & Warriors and co-founder of University of the Living Tree
"While reading this gem of a book I could hear the humming of Aum in the Trees, Plants, Rocks, Birds, and Mountain around me. Nature became a living orchestra and my body resonated with it. It was humming the Melody of Love. I bathed myself in the Presence of the Divine Mother, feeling nourished and comforted. The book takes you on a journey deeper and deeper in the realm of Love, Joy, and Bliss. It awakens a desire to awaken this Divine Presence in every cell of my body! It inspires me to create our own Garden of Bliss! So healing to read about a God that is Love, Joy, and Bliss, after two thousand years of an image of God as a critical, judging, distant, fearful authority! The heartfelt personal stories bring home the divinely inspired messages. It's great to read the practical implications!"
—Elly van Veen, author of Cosmic Lovers: A Journey to the Heart of a Soul Mate Relationship
"In his book Aum: The Melody of Love: The Spirit Behind All Creation, Joseph Cornell communicates and exemplifies profound experiences and inner wisdom that he has realized through deep commitment, long practice, and leadership in the spiritual tradition of Paramhansa Yogananda. He offers readers—both ones outside of any spiritual tradition and ones committed to any specific tradition:
-Inspiration to pursue spiritual development;
-Valuable information about sacred sound, its meanings, and its contributions to realization;
-Useful practices to develop the experiences he describes.
With more and more people in the U.S. and elsewhere searching for deeper meaning and more fulfilling lives, this book will find an interested and serious audience ready to learn from this gifted teacher and author."
—James E. Crowfoot, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources and Urban and Regional Planning, Dean Emeritus, School of Natural Resources and Environment
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, MI, and Former President of Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH
"This beautiful offering reveals how to hear, chant, visualize, feel, and live in the consciousness of AUM, the Cosmic Sound, to attain serenity, fearlessness, and deeper intuition."
—Sita Stuhlmiller, Light of Consciousness magazine
"AUM is the Cosmic Sound from which all creation arises, and for millennia spiritual seekers of all traditions have found their paths to the Divine through direct communion with it. In his new book, Joseph Bharat Cornell brings us all closer to the healing and protective powers of this holy vibration. Even the reading experience itself seems to embody the experience of AUM in a way that is at once comforting, thrilling, and inspiring. Included are numerous visualizations and guided meditations, as well as a selection of other articles he's written on meditation and on a spiritual approach to life. This is a marvelous book for anyone looking to deepen their meditation, commune with God through Nature, or bring a greater sense of the Divine into their life."
—Tandava Waldon, Co-manager of East West Bookstore, East West Bookstore Magazine
"The book, Aum: The Melody of Love, provides a shortcut for one to have a personal experience of the AUM vibration through the vivid writing of Joseph Bharat Cornell. Cornell explains and shows that AUM is the pathway back to the Divine. He has created many exercises that help one inwardly access AUM. I've used some of these exercises in meditation classes and the students have responded very positively. This subject could easily be approached in a scholarly and abstract way, but Cornell brings the sacred into a very practical and accessible realm. Thank you for this beautiful book! It is unlike any other that I have read."
—Dharmini Iyer, meditation teacher, Chennai, India
"Cornell includes many...ways to practice with AUM in this small paperback, including experimental meditations, visualizations, and creative exercises. He sees it as a way to connect with the emanations of Divine Wisdom and the eight attributes of God — love, peace, joy, power, wisdom, calmness, light, and sound:
'Living in the consciousness of AUM is the highest way to serve others. Then AUM's thrilling bliss flows through your inner being and touches the hearts of all creation. 'Meditate on AUM,' Swami Rama Tirtha said, 'and be a giver of peace to mankind.' '"
—Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, co-hosts of Spirituality & Practice, co-authors of Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life