True Light



“I hope that this book will be an inspiration to the many who make their way along their spiritual paths.” His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama

Ordinary people experience the extraordinary when they commit to a life of deep, authentic spiritual practice. Leena Banerjee Brown brings this message to life, not only in the beautiful stories of inner and outer transformation she recounts, but by inviting others to share their own stories. This book is a warm welcome into a diverse community of spiritual practitioners where the readers’ untold stories come into focus alongside those curated here.

The author invites her readers to join her circle of family, fellow practitioners, colleagues, friends, and acquaintances who share the desire to elevate the mind, embrace a life of “spirit first”, and contribute to the transformation of self and upliftment of the world. The simple yet profound practices and principles of Sukyo Mahikari allow people of all faiths to become instruments of divine peace by giving and receiving God’s True Light in an inspired, disciplined practice of pure benevolence.

Author Bio

Leena Banerjee Brown, PhD, was born and raised in the Bengal region of India and is currently a member of the Sukyo Mahikari Pasadena Center in the United States. A licensed psychologist, she retired from her career as professor of clinical psychology at Alliant International University.

Throughout her career she served children and families in underserved communities in India and the United States, including in New Delhi, Honolulu, and Los Angeles. She trained graduate students to become clinicians, guided their doctoral research, and clinically supervised younger colleagues preparing for professional licensure.

These collaborations focused on self-awareness development, family therapy, multicultural psychology, early intervention, and community mental health—fields in which she contributed to the scholarly literature as well. She raised and nurtured her children and family in the United States, making regular trips with them to be with family in India.


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Foreword by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama


True Light is a vivid and compelling account of spiritual seeking and finding – offered in a spirit of hope and care for a world in desperate need of transformation.  Kusumita P. Pedersen, PhD, Professor Emerita of Religious Studies, St. Francis College

 I, for one, have no doubt that Sukyo Mahikari has helped many people, and that those who are helped often seek to help others. We can all rejoice! John Cobb, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University, elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Leena Banerjee Brown has been able to fulfill the vision of a spirit-centered family rooted in loving care that can be a living example of the foundations of a spiritually-grounded society. Her prayer that youth will cultivate the same elevation of mind that they wish for the planet is also my prayer. Xiye Bastida, climate activist and co-founder, Re-Earth Initiative

Before we can truly serve our communities on a larger scale, we have to become people who can see beyond ourselves as individuals, who understand the meaning of interdependence. This book shows how spiritual practice makes this possible, not just for monastics and sages, but for us all. Mira Ambika Banerjee Brown, social justice advocate and project coordinator, J3 Foundation