About the Book

Let Me Remember This

Surendra James Conti

Practical in its wisdom, provocative in its perspective, and generously infused with humor and heart, Let Me Remember This is a journey of self-discovery for the writer and reader alike. It’s a journey into the consciousness of all that we are and all that is.

Although each of us is unique, our quest is the same: to realize our highest potential, which is not of this earth. These essays invite us to see our way to that summit. Ultimately, it is less about learning anything new and more about remembering what we’ve forgotten: that we are beings of light, divinely endowed. Joy awaits within.

Some would say the opposite of reason is madness, and yet madness has often been the result of what we reason to do.

Truth is all that really counts. It is at our peril that we ignore or distort it, for it alone will have the final say.

If you would be here now, you must take off your “expectacles” and own the moment as it is.

… And remember: You must be present to win.

Practical in its wisdom, provocative in its perspective, and generously infused with humor and heart, Let Me Remember This is a journey of self-discovery for the writer and reader alike. It’s a journey into the consciousness of all that we are and all that is.

Although each of us is unique, our quest is the same: to realize our highest potential, which is not of this earth. These essays invite us to see our way to that summit. Ultimately, it is less about learning anything new and more about remembering what we’ve forgotten: that we are beings of light, divinely endowed. Joy awaits within.

From the Author

Surendra James Conti

Surendra James Conti

Author of Let Me Remember This

Greetings and welcome. . . As an avid observer of life in all of its manifestations – familiar, peculiar, and inscrutable – I invite you to join me in this book on a journey into the wilds of what I have seen. My experience, although unique, is collectively ours. The hopes and fears we share, the joys and woes we have known, are surely much the same.

Born in 1943, I was raised in the heady years of post-war renewal, a great time to be a kid. It wasn’t until twenty years later, November 22, 1963, that the world changed for me and my generation. It happened in barely an instant. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy took the innocence out of our sails.

As I look back now from my mid-70s, my journey has meandered through many careers and occupations, all of which have served to inform the writer that I have become. Above all, it is my spiritual path, however – a universal blend of “original Christianity” and the Vedic wisdom of India – that has led me to who I am, why I am here, and what this human jitterbug is all about. For that blessed perspective, I am most deeply indebted to my guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, and his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.

Paramhansa YoganandaSwami Kriyananda

Let Me Remember This is a book of essays and commentaries. In it you will meet my heroes, encounter my peeves, hopefully enjoy the humor that underlies most of our fears and frustrations, and hopefully too, find a wealth of ideas that could be applied to make this world a happier, healthier place for one and all.

Book Excerpts

My life has not been one of extremes, nor of exceptional drama. But in the course of my years, I have seen changes in the world that have far exceeded the science fiction of my youth. The age of atomic energy, which exploded into existence when I was a child of two, has since given way to a dozen successors, the latest of which is the age of virtual reality. What next? We have landed men on the moon, mapped and demystified the wonders of the human brain; and now, in our startling output of innovation, it seems we have come to the brink of wonder’s demise. Who is surprised by anything anymore?

I have been journaling my thoughts and observations since the 1970s. This book of essays, reflections, and poems has been culled from that volume of work, ranging widely in content, with an emphasis on my inward journey. It’s a compilation of reminders, to me in particular, to live the teachings that I have been blessed to receive and put into words.

As I wrote on the book’s title page, “Memory fades over time like a photograph left in a window that catches the light. Most of what is missing doesn’t matter. But let me remember this.”

Book Reviews

“Reading Let Me Remember This is like having a conversation with a close, trusted friend. As a writer myself, I recognize a kindred spirit in Surendra who loves the beauty of words and the subtlety they can convey. As a seeker of truth, I see through his writings a soul who is on the same quest for the meaning behind life’s experiences. And as someone who has met truly wise people in my life, I acknowledge the deep wisdom he has gained. Poet, seeker, sage: Surendra is all of these, and his book is a gift to cherish for years to come.”

Nayaswami DeviAuthor, lecturer, and Spiritual Co-Director of Ananda Sangha Worldwide

Let Me Remember This is a gem of a book that scintillates with warmth and wisdom. Gleaned from decades on the spiritual path, Surendra offers reflections, philosophical musings, life stories, dreams and insights to amuse, edify, and awaken us. His keen awareness, depth of heart and twinkle of humor make for thoroughly enjoyable reading while imparting important life lessons. Let Me Remember This will be a warmly welcomed companion to any seeker’s library.”

Dana Lynne AndersenFounder and Director, Awakening Arts Academy

“Surendra James Conti’s book, Let Me Remember This, is filled with inspiration and insights, garnered from many years of introspection while following the spiritual path laid out by Paramhansa Yogananda, the great Indian master and author of the classic Autobiography of a Yogi. Walk along with him as he takes you on a delightful journey from one beautiful thought-vista to the next, each insight directed toward the highest goal of Self-realization.”

Richard Dayanand SalvaAuthor, The Yoga of Abraham Lincoln and numerous other books

“Reading Surendra’s Let Me Remember This feels like engaging in an inspiring
and captivating conversation with a close friend in my own living room… like
he’s holding up a mirror for me to see and experience my true, higher self in a
number of different ways. Highly recommended reading.”

Bill GradyAuthor, Beacons of Light

“In this beautifully written book, Surendra shares his journey, filled with very human experiences, insights, struggles, and devotion to the guidance of his beloved guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, and that of his spiritual teacher Swami Kriyananda. These pages are of his quest to move beyond egoic consciousness and remember the bliss and depth of the True Self. May we all, with the support of whatever path or wisdom tradition we follow, remember this.”

Manohar CrokeAuthor, Energy Psychology Using Light and Color

“Reading this book is like having an interesting conversation with a wise friend. Surendra has the gift of putting into words, the questions, and many of the answers, that intrigue all sincere truth seekers. Open the book anywhere. It will lighten your heart and give you something interesting to think about for the rest of the day. Highly recommended.”

Asha PraverAuthor, Ask Asha, Loved and Protected and Swami Kriyananda: As We Have Known Him

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