Bancroft Press Releases Walking Home with Baba, a Groundbreaking Guide to Spiritual Practice

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After decades of teaching spiritual practice, Rohini Ralby, a student of legendary Indian teacher Swami Muktananda, is releasing her first book through Bancroft Press. Walking Home with Baba, available October 15, combines anecdotes and advice to guide readers through the practice of spirituality.

Rohini Ralby was a student of the great Indian teacher Swami Muktananda.

Walking Home with Baba is available October 15 from Bancroft Press.

While Walking Home with Baba promises to be an essential guide to spiritual enlightenment, it also holds appeal to those who have never tried to explore this world.

Rohini Ralby has spent nearly three decades teaching the spiritual practice she learned from the great Indian teacher Swami Muktananda. On October 15, 2012, for the first time, she brings her knowledge beyond her classroom with her first book, Walking Home with Baba: The Heart of Spiritual Practice.

“As much as I mistrust the word, writing this book was a ‘calling,” says Ralby, who usually teaches from her home near Baltimore, MD. “I prefer to avoid the limelight, but I felt an imperative to write this book and send what I have learned, and what I teach, out into the world.”

Ralby spent eight years as head of security, appointments secretary, and personal assistant to Swami Muktananda, known affectionately as “Baba.” It’s during this time, Ralby says, that Muktananda taught her, one on one, the essence of spiritual practice.

“Mind and body are objects,” Ralby explains. “The spirit--the Self--is not. They are not equal. The mind and body are temporary vehicles. They are real in the sense that they exist, but they are not eternal. Any spiritual practice that focuses on the body is missing the mark.”

While Walking Home with Baba promises to be an essential guide to spiritual enlightenment, according to publisher Bruce Bortz, it also holds appeal to those who have never tried to explore this world.

“I’m certainly no student of spiritual practice,” says Bortz, whose Bancroft Press is publishing Ralby’s book. “But Walking Home with Baba is not only enlightening, but entertaining. Rohini alternates chapters about spiritual practice with anecdotes about her own experiences with Swami Muktananda—engaging, intimate, often funny, and sometimes moving stories that show how Rohini learned the lessons she now chooses to teach.”

Walking Home with Baba, according to Bortz, covers a number of subjects, from the importance of teachers to the specific processes of practice, to perhaps the most clear and concise companion to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali available today.

But Ralby emphatically states that one does not have to subscribe to Indian beliefs in order to practice what she teaches. “Spiritual practice is universal,” she says. “It isn’t specific to one creed. If you go to the heart of any real spiritual tradition, you will find the same practice.”

Early praise has been substantial. Ramesh Pattni, chair of Interfaith, the Hindu Forum of Britain, says that “Rohini has not only given us fascinating and wonderful insights into what constitutes a spiritual journey, but done much to help others make a successful journey Home.”

And Kathy Matava, M.S. in pastoral counseling, notes that Ralby’s words “will penetrate your soul and bring you back to your own heart.”

“Baba remains a living presence within and around me,” says Ralby of the Guru who inspired Walking Home with Baba, and who died thirty years ago. “As Baba always said, the true Guru is the grace-bestowing power of God, which may act through a human being but is never just that person.

“The truth is that I’ve never been without my Guru.”

Walking Home with Baba is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold. Ralby is available for an initial 50-minute instructional session with interested and qualified media.

Bancroft Press has been a leading independent general interest publisher for the past 20 years.

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