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Sankhya Philosophy: A Critical Evaluation of Its Origins and Development
Sankhya Philosophy: A Critical Evaluation of Its Origins and Development
SPECIFICATION:
  • Publisher : Sri Satguru Publications (Sri Garib Dass Oriental Ser.)
  • By : S. G. Weerasinghe
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 1993
  • Pages : 365
  • Weight : 550
  • Size : 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • ISBN-10: 8170303613
  • ISBN-13: 978-8170303619
$50
Time in Indian Philosophy: A Collection of Essays
Time in Indian Philosophy: A Collection of Essays
SPECIFICATION:
  • Publisher : Sri Satguru Publications (Sri Garib Das Oriental Series)
  • By : Hari Shankar Prasad
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 1992
  • Pages : 740
  • Weight : 1 kg.
  • Size : 6 x 2 x 8.8 inches
  • ISBN-10: 8170302676
  • ISBN-13: 978-8170302674
$65
Philosophy and Psychology in the Abhidharma
Philosophy and Psychology in the Abhidharma
SPECIFICATION:
  • Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass
  • By : Herbert V. Guenther
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 2011
  • Pages : 270
  • Weight : 550 gm.
  • Size : 5.8 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • ISBN-10: 8120807731
  • ISBN-13: 978-8120807730
DESCRIPTION:
The study of the Abhidharma is indispensable for understanding the history of Buddhist philosophy and practice. This book gives a synoptic view of the significance of the Abhidharma as presented by the Theravadins and brought to its climax by the Vaibhasikas and Yogacara-Vijnanavadins. It analyzes the concepts of Mind and its States with reference to healthy and unhealthy attitudes towards life and deals with the psychological factors and problems in Meditation which is geared to an individual's capacity and temperament.

Theories of perception, a predominant feature of Indian and Buddhist philosophies, are discussed together with the interpretation of the world on the basis of these theories as well as their critiques.

The discussion of the Path as conceived by the various schools concludes this survey of the Abhidharma. Of particular significance are the accompanying tables of the structure of mind in Buddhist philosophy.
$35
Meeting the Great Bliss Queen
Meeting the Great Bliss Queen
SPECIFICATION:
  • Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass
  • By : Anne Carolyn Klein
  • Cover : Hardocer
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 2009
  • Pages : 307
  • Weight : 550 gm.
  • Size : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • ISBN-10: 8120834046
  • ISBN-13: 978-8120834040
DESCRIPTION:
Despite the daunting barriers of geography and language that separate them, Buddhism and contemporary feminism have much to say to each other. Buddhist practices such as mindfulness (in which calm centering and keen awareness of change coexist) and compassion (in which the self is recognized as both powerful in itself and interdependently connected with all others) can be important resources for contemporary women, while feminism can expand the traditional horizons of Buddhist concerns to include social, historical and psychological issues. The image and ritual of the Great Bliss Queen, an important Buddhist figure of enlightenment from the unifying theme of the book, modeling the practices and theory that can assist each of us being at one with ourselves and fully engaged with others.
$29
The Journey with DeathThe Journey with Death
The Journey with Death
SPECIFICATION:
  • Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass
  • By : Rohit Mehta
  • Cover : Papaerback
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 2007
  • Pages : 127
  • Weight : 200 gm.
  • Size : 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • ISBN-10: 8120802969
  • ISBN-13: 978-8120802964
DESCRIPTION:
The Journey with Death deals with the problem of death as well as the problem of life. Avoiding the traditional approach to death with consists of a description of the after-death condition, the author has tried to find a solution for the problems of survival and reincarnation, of communication with the dead and of the interval between two lives. He has also dealt with the problem of separation which death poses to ordinary men and women. The author would prefer to call the so-called dead as only the departed with whom one can establish links of communication, through a journey into realms of consciousness. Out of the depths of his own experience in watching the shadow of death fall on one who has loved and cherished, Rohit Mehta has sought answers to the perennial questions that have haunted the human heart and mind for untold ages: What is death? Why does it come? Whither does it take one? Is death the end of existence? Can we recognize each other? Mehta deals with these queries not merely from a philosophical basis of understanding the events and conditions peculiar to the after-death states, but he takes the reader step by step on a journey of discovery that satisfies the inner longing for assurance and inspires the heart in its quest for peace which is also the profound mystery of life itself.
$28
Talks on the Path of Occultism, Vol IITalks on the Path of Occultism, Vol II
Talks on the Path of Occultism, Vol II
SPECIFICATION:
  • Publisher : Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar
  • By : Charles W. Leadbeater
  • Cover : Papaerback
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 2010
  • Pages : 417
  • Weight : 550 gm.
  • Size : 17.6 x 11.8 x 2.8 cm
  • ISBN-10: 8170591627
  • ISBN-13: 9788170591627
DESCRIPTION:
A Textbook of Theosophy is an ideal primer for the student of Theosophy. It suggests that Theosophy comprises the best of religion, science and philosophy. The book presents a concise, clear description of the evolution of human beings and the solar system, and describes the divine inner nature of each one of us. Moreover, through
discussing reincarnation and the purpose of life, it leads us to understand the after-death state.

The book urges us to rise to the highest good within us; 'God is Good, man is immortal, and as we sow, so we must reap.'
$32
The Hidden Side of Things
The Hidden Side of Things
SPECIFICATION:
  • Publisher : Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar
  • By : Charles W. Leadbeater
  • Cover : Papaerback
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 2019
  • Pages : 560
  • Weight : 950 gm.
  • Size : 8.7 x 5.8 x 1.4 inches
  • ISBN-10: 8170593387
  • ISBN-13: 978-8170593386
DESCRIPTION:
Why is there so much chaos in this world? This book may help the reader to understand the influence thoughts and actions have on the way we relate to our inner selves, to human and non-human beings and to the universe.

In an interesting and stimulating manner, the author describes how we influence and are influenced by our surroundings.

Thus we may understand better the effects of all that we are, and do and of all our relationships, so that we are better able to regulate our thoughts and actions in such a way as to contribute to peace and harmony in the world.
$36
Reincarnation by Annie BesantReincarnation by Annie Besant
Reincarnation by Annie Besant
SPECIFICATION:
  • Publisher : Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, Chennai
  • By : Annie Besant
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 2015
  • Pages : 92
  • Weight : 150 gm.
  • Size : 7.2 x 4.8 x 0.3 inches
  • ISBN-10: 8170595770
  • ISBN-13: 978-8170595779
DESCRIPTION:
The Theosophical manual by Annie Besant helps us understand Reincarnation as the law of necessity for human progression and perfection, and has been constantly gaining ground among the more thoughtful students of life and evolution. Reincarnation for a human is the modus operandi of the vast evolutionary journey. Reincarnation and Karma are the twin doctrine of hope and responsibility. The fundamental cause of Reincarnation, as of all manifestation, is the desire for active life, the thirst for sentient existence. A human, being self-conscious, may build up to do evil or may build up to do good by his or her own thoughts. The resistance of wrong thought and action, patient service to others, a scrupulous devotion to unselfish ends - these build up for the reincarnating human a brain which is the fit instrument for their increased manifestation, a brain in which good tendencies will find grooves ready for their easy working.
$29
Seven Principles of Man
Seven Principles of Man
SPECIFICATION:
  • Publisher : Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, Chennai
  • By : Annie Besant
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 2015
  • Pages : 103
  • Weight : 270 gm.
  • Size : 6.6 x 4.8 x 0.6 inches
  • ISBN-10: 8170590973
  • ISBN-13: 978-8170590972
DESCRIPTION:
This book is a first in a series of manuals intended to meet the need for a simple exposition o Theosophy. It describes in clear terms the seven aspects of man's nature based on theosophical precepts. Its aim is to lead the casual enquirer to a deeper study of the philosophy, science and religion of Theosophy and ultimately to a realization of the central objective of the Society, the brotherhood of man, and the possibility of spiritual growth.
$27
The Yoga of The Christ : The Way To The Centre
The Yoga of The Christ : The Way To The Centre
SPECIFICATION:
  • Publisher : Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, Chennai
  • By : Ravi Ravindra
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 2007
  • Pages : 316
  • Weight : 550 gm.
  • Size : 8.4 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • ISBN-10: 8170594472
  • ISBN-13: 978-8170594475
DESCRIPTION:
A great book. It challenges the spirit. It calls for deep cogitation and prayerful reconsideration of eternal verities. The author has understood the cosmic significance of Jesus Christ as the universal Spirit, Truth and Love. Undoubtedly, the best commentary on the Fourth Gospel from an Indian point of View.

The Hindu, Chennai
$32
Man and the Universe: A Quest by A R Bakshi
Man and the Universe: A Quest by A R Bakshi
SPECIFICATION:
  • Publisher : Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, Chennai
  • By : Justice A.R. Bakshi
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 1994
  • Pages : 210
  • Weight : 860 gm.
  • Size : 21.7 x 13.8 x 0.8
  • ISBN-10: 8170592313
  • ISBN-13: 978-8170592310
DESCRIPTION:
A.R.Bakshi (born in 1907) after having served as Advocate General of the Saurashtra State, was a judge of the Gujarat High Court, and later Chairman of the State Law Commission. He was then appointed Vice-Chancellor of the Saurashtra University. He is a keen student of comparative philosophy, Vedanta, and Kashmir Saivism and is
the author of philosophical works in the Gujarati language. He is a musicologist and distinguished member of the India Section of the Theosophical Society.

The Universe and Man, have both been the subject of study by great thinkers through the scriptures of oriental religions and philosophies. H.P.Blavatsky undertook the huge task of collecting, correlating and interpreting this vast material in her magnum opus, The Secret Doctrine.

Man and the Universe- A Quest presents some of the main principles of occult teaching to the ordinary reader and also supplies the serious student with sufficient material for original study offering profuse references to The Secret Doctrine.

$25
H.P. Blavatsky Tibet and Tulku
H.P. Blavatsky Tibet and Tulku
SPECIFICATION:
  • Publisher : Theosophical Publishing House Adyar, Chennai
  • By : Geoffrey Barborka
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 2006
  • Pages : 476
  • Weight : 920 gm.
  • Size : 23.0 x 14.8 x 3.4
  • ISBN-10: 8170590086
  • ISBN-13: 978-8170590088
DESCRIPTION:
This work is not intended to be a biography of H.P.Blavatsky. A major portion is devoted to her writings, particularly to the manner in which they are written. The Predominant motif is to describe the superior spiritual status she attained before she commenced her stupendous work as a benefactor of the human race. As there is no single English word that conveys the spiritual powers she acquired the author turns to the orient, to the land of Tibet, for a suitable term - Tulku. This Tibetan term is clarified along with other little known words and a philosophical exposition is given in an illuminating manner, dealing as it does with some of the mysteries of human life which have been studied for ages in the East.

$55
The Sufi Message - Vol. 13: THE GATHAS
The Sufi Message - Vol. 13: THE GATHAS
SPECIFICATION:
  • Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass
  • By : Hazrat Inayat Khan (Author)
  • Cover : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 1995
  • Pages : 275
  • Weight : 500 gm
  • Size : 0.3 x 5.9 x 9.1 inches
  • ISBN-10: 8120807588
  • ISBN-13: 978-8120807587
DESCRIPTION:
The thirteenth volume of a collection of works by the prominent Sufi mystic Hazrat Inayat Khan which expounds the Sufi philosophy of life. It shows the reader how and what this philosophy can contribute to the individual's spiritual and religious development.
$31.59
Enlightened Living by Ramesh S. Balsekar
Enlightened Living by Ramesh S. Balsekar
Specification:
  • Publisher : Zen Publications
  • By : Ramesh S. Balsekar
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 2007
  • Pages : 168
  • Weight : 330 gm.
  • Size : 21 x 13 x 3 cm
  • ISBN-10 : 8188071323
  • ISBN-13 : 978-8188071326
Description:
Most spiritual seekers have no real idea of what exactly it is that they are seeking -- even after having spent years chasing the chimera of Enlightenment.

It stands to reason that if you want something desperately you would take great pains to find out what it did for those who have ‘got’ it. So if you desire Enlightenment, it would make abundant sense to at least check out what the ‘Enlightened’ ones have to say about the state of self-realization. That is what Enlightened Living does for you.

In this book Ramesh Balsekar, arguably the most renowned exponent of the ancient philosophy of Advaita today and the author of 30 well-known books, presents you a clear perspective on the self-realized state, in his hallmark lucid style.

If you have believed the sage to be a glorified vegetable, passionless and neutered to all pleasure and all pain, if you have believed that he is in a never-ending state of cocooned bliss or if you have believed that there is some-‘one’ out there to enjoy that ‘blissful’ state, this book shows you just how mistaken you are.

To make its point, Enlightened Living presents an impressive array of Masters -- from Adi Shankara to Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, from Ashtavakra to Ramana Maharshi, from Jnaneshwara to Nisargadatta Maharaj and Sengtsan -- to share with you, in the simplest terms possible, the reality of the state of self-realization. Pointers are used, insights are bestowed and cobwebs vigorously dusted away till what you are left with is a deeply satisfying clarity -- which may or may not be intellectual.
    $25
    Advaita And The Buddha (Revised Title)Advaita And The Buddha (Revised Title)
    Advaita And The Buddha (Revised Title)
    Specification:
    • Publisher : Zen Publications
    • By : Ramesh S. Balsekar
    • Cover : Paperback
    • Language : English
    • Edition : 2000
    • Pages : 125
    • Weight : 270 gm.
    • Size : 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
    • ISBN-10 : 8188071579
    • ISBN-13 : 978-8188071579
    Description:
    since retiring as president of the Bank of India, has been teaching Advaita (non-duality) for over twenty years to seekers from around the world. He has also written a number of books on Advaita. In the conversations in this book Ramesh points to the ‘intrinsic closeness’ between modern physics, Hinduism and Buddhism in their similar recognition of the ‘Unbroken Wholeness’ of the manifest universe. In the context of his concept of how life happens, Ramesh answers the question: “What is it that distinguishes a sage from an ordinary person?” His answer: “A sage enjoys the shanti (peace) of nirvana while living his life in the samsara of dukkha (misery).” In the conversations Ramesh opens the way to freedom from bondage to the conceptual universe.
      $20
      Rabboni by Anthony Kirk
      Rabboni by Anthony Kirk

      Specification:

      • Publisher : Chetana Books
      • By : Anthony Kirk
      • Cover : Hardcover
      • Language : English
      • Edition : 1984
      • Pages : 400 pages
      • Weight : 800 gm.
      • Size :  9 x 6 x 1 inches
      • ISBN-10 : 8185300127
      • ISBN-13 : 978-8185300122
      • Product Code : BK14278

      Description:

      Though in the Preface to the first edition the author Anthony Kirk (Nina Kisch in real life)did not claim any credit for this work and was even a bit apologetic about it, there is not the least doubt that Rabboni is a unique addition to the existing Christian literature. In it the author ushers the reader in the presence of the most amazing being that ever walked the earth and acted as the Divine Potter to shape receptacles of glory out of the common clay of human nature. For this is what Jesus the Christ did.

      The author has projected distinct images of Jesus and his Apostles,described their day-to-day life, their trials and tribulations and has shown how they remained totally uncorrupted in the midst of falsehood and tyranny all round. The spiritual development of the Apostles in the hallowed association of the Master is beautifully delineated in this work.

      The story of Jesus is charmingly narrated in a manner almost Biblical in its simplicity and grandeur


        $25
        The Wisdom of Anada Coomaraswamy
        The Wisdom of Anada Coomaraswamy
        Specification:
        • Publisher : Indica Books
        • By : S. Durai Raja Sigam
        • Cover : Paperback
        • Edition :  2001
        • Pages : 170
        • Weight : 250 gm.
        • Size : 7.1 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches
        • Language : English
        • ISBN-13 : 978-8186569214
        • ISBN-10 : 8186569219
        • Product Code : BK14269
        Description:

        Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (1947-76) was one of the best minds that India has produced in the twentieth century. Son of a Tamil father and an English mother, his life was a living example on how to build bridges between Eastern and Western cultures.
        By profession an art critic and a museum curator, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy was also a masterful exponent of metaphysics. As much at home with Plato, Aristotle and Aquinas as with Shankara and the other Vedic commentators, familiar with the Scriptures of all the main religions and proficient in many languages, he used to teach metaphysical principles by explaining the symbolism of traditional works. In his writings Coomaraswamy never displays his vast knowledge for the sake of mere erudition, but rather uses his amazing scholarship for a well-crafted plan: to show that below the endless variety of art forms and traditional beliefs a common thread runs deep — the acceptance of the sacred as the ultimate means to validate the multiplicity of everyday experience.
        This book is a compilation of quotations from his works and letters, and it constitutes a good introduction to his thought. His theories are here applied to concrete situations, related to the problems of modern India, and could still suggest a third way to avoid both the traps of modern technocracy and the temptation of fundamentalism. It should not surprise us that his views are still relevant to the present situation: his opinions are rooted in truths that are neither political nor historical, neither ideological, or simply religious, nor even merely intellectual. They are rather related to that inner wisdom that embraces, without crushing it, all the distinctiveness of human experience.


          $19
          The Transcendent Unity of Religions
          The Transcendent Unity of Religions
          Specification:
          • Publisher : Indica Books
          • By : Frithjof Schuon
          • Cover : Paperback
          • Edition : December 1, 2010
          • Pages : 173
          • Weight : 300 g.
          • Size : 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
          • Language : English
          • ISBN-13 : 978-8186569535
          • ISBN-10 : 8186569537
          • Product Code : BK14268

           

          Description:

          Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) is acclaimed as the greatest authority of the twentieth century on the subject of comparative religions. The Transcendent Unity of Religions is a testimony to life as a holistic and sacred phenomenon. Every religion can be likened to a ray of light, emanating from the Divine Source. To transcend religious differences, Schuon explains, we must explore the esoteric nature of the inward-turned spiritual path. On this journey, we can trace the brilliant ray of illumination back to the Divine Oneness that is the basis of all religions. "Superlative ... the most powerful statement of the grand, or better, primordial, tradition. It is original in incorporating what our age for the first time demands: that religion be treated in global terms."--Huston Smith


            $18
            Rhythm of History [Dec 01, 2011] Osborne, Arthur
            Rhythm of History [Dec 01, 2011] Osborne, Arthur
            Specification:
            • Publisher : Indica Books
            • By : Osborne
            • Cover : Paperback
            • Edition : 1 December 2011
            • Pages : 164
            • Weight : 200 g.
            • Size : 6.9 x 4.8 x 0.4 inches
            • Language : English
            • ISBN-13: 978-9381120002
            • ISBN-10: 9381120005
            • Product Code: BK14264
            Description:

            Arthur Osborne found that while academics investigated the causes of historical incidents, their research was limited, for the most part, to obvious physical causes, but they failed to clarify the overarching but hidden principles that, in his eyes, governed actions and made history. In this book he suggests a different approach to history, giving its due importance to spiritual ideas and teachers, and proposing that ideas shape the physical conditions of society more than the other way round. In his own words:
            “The purpose of the present book is not so much to suggest any new philosophy or interpretation of history as to draw attention to a rhythm that runs through it, establishing parallels and coincidences large and obvious enough not to be open to dispute. These will be sufficient at least to show that history is not purely haphazard and yet is also not simple progress.”
            Arthur Osborne observed that so-called progress was not what it appeared to be and that modern civilization is not necessarily an advance on the discoveries and understanding that ancient civilizations had garnered and demonstrated in their development. He outlined the parallels — not be confused with uniformity — in the different phases through which the great civilizations of mankind passed. In the eighteenth century there was a radical divergence between the West and East, which is being overcome by the surging of a single world civilization.

            About Author:

            Arthur Osborne (1906-70) is best known for his book Ramana Maharshi and the Path of Self-Knowledge, one of the first books to make known to the world the south Indian sage Sri Ramana Maharshi, to whom Arthur Osborne devoted the last part of his life. 

            $18
            Philosophical Traditions of India: An Appraisal by R. Torella (2011-12-01)
            Philosophical Traditions of India: An Appraisal by R. Torella (2011-12-01)
            Specification:
            • Publisher : Indica Books
            • By : R. Torella 
            • Cover : Paperback
            • Edition : 1 December 2011
            • Pages : 267
            • Weight : 500 g.
            • Size : 21.6 x 14.2 x 2.3 cm
            • Language : English
            • ISBN-10 : 8186569960
            • ISBN-13 : 978-8186569962
            • Product Code : BK14263
            Description:

            India’s progressive emergence on the world stage, in terms unimaginable just a few decades ago, obliges us to reconsider its image as nurtured by the West for over two thousand years: a prestigious image maybe, but also greatly reductive, as the privileged home of occult knowledge, ecstasy and asceticism, or — quite the opposite — of fabulous riches and voluptuous pleasures. Rather than getting to know India, the West has preferred to dream of it: one result has been that Indian thought, albeit unanimously celebrated as the seat of the highest wisdom, has not been granted even the smallest place on the great stage of the history of philosophy.
            This book presents the thought of pre-modern India first and foremost by outlining the cultural parameters within which it arose and developed, and should be read; often associated with religious experience, but also essentially independent of it; sometimes differing in form and outcome, but more often very close to Western thought, and certainly never “alien”.
            “This is a marvellous piece of compact insight in all respects: a summary as well as a fresh view of the whole area, always sound and based on first hand experience with the material. I really mean it when I would like to call it the best modern survey of our field at an extraordinary high level of penetration.”
            —Prof. Ernst Steinkellner, University of Vienna, Austrian Academy of Sciences

            About Author:

            Raffaele Torella is professor of Sanskrit at University of Rome “Sapienza”, where he has also taught for long Indian Philosophy and Religion, and Indology. His preferred fields of research are Kashmir Shaivism, linguistic speculation, Buddhist epistemology and manuscriptology. Among his main publications, there is the first critical edition and annotated English translation of Utpaladeva’s Ishvarapratyabhijna-karika and Vritti, the fundamental theoretical work of Pratyabhijna philosophy and of Hindu Tantrism as a whole (MLBD, Delhi 2002); the Italian translation of the Shivasutra with Kshemaraja’s commentary (Milan 1999); Eros and Emotions in India and Tibet (Einaudi, Turin 2007; in Italian). He has been the scientific responsible and co-author of the section “Science in India” in the multivolume work History of Science (Rome 2002; in Italian). Along with Bettina Bäumer, he has recently organized the first International Workshop on Utpaladeva at Indian Institute for Advanced study in Shimla (2010).

            $29
            The Book of Aghor Wisdom: Mahaprabhu Aghoreshwar Baba Bhagwan Ram (pb)
            The Book of Aghor Wisdom: Mahaprabhu Aghoreshwar Baba Bhagwan Ram (pb)
            Specification:
            • Publisher : Indica Books
            • By : Mahaprabhu Aghoreshwar Baba Bhagwan Ram
            • Cover : Paperback
            • Edition : January 1, 2012
            • Pages : 413
            • Weight : 450 gm.
            • Size : 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
            • Language : English
            • ISBN-10 : 8186569669
            • ISBN-13 : 978-8186569665
            • Product Code : BK14253
            Description:

            The Aghoris believe that their tradition was started by Shiva himself, and was propounded further by Jagadguru Dattatreya. Baba Kinaram (1563-1714), a very renowned saint in Banaras, revived the tradition.
            The followers of the Aghora path try to cultivate a state of mind and social practice totally non-discriminatory. Seeing the Divine in everything and everybody, they transcend all category distinctions, all prescriptions and proscriptions of the “normal” social structure such as high and low, purity and pollution, pure and impure, or male and female.
            In the twentieth century, Aghoreshwar Mahaprabhu Baba Bhagwan Ram (1937-92) was the greatest avadhut in the Aghora tradition. He had an overwhelming spiritual quest ever since his infancy, and attained enlightenment at the age of fourteen or fifteen. He thus became an Aghoreshwar, the highest of all spiritually realized saints in the Aghora tradition, a walking, talking deity, Shiva incarnate. People felt that Baba truly loved everyone who went to him. His life was no longer for his own self; he lived for those who came to him. Hundreds of thousands of devotees, simple villagers, spiritual seekers and high dignitaries would flock around him.
            In the holy city of Banaras Baba laid the foundation of Shri Sarveshwari Samooh in 1961, an organization to fight social evils like leprosy, dowry and illiteracy. To fulfil hese goals, Baba started an ashram and a leprosy hospital by the name of Awadhut Bhagwan Ram Kusht Sewa Ashram (The Awadhut Bhagwan Ram Leprosy Service Ashram) at Parao, Varanasi.
            Baba’s teachings were imparted more through everyday conversations rather than through sermons. On his advice, his words were compiled into a book that will have the essence of all his messages. Thus was written Aghor Vachan Shastra in Hindi and the present book, its English translation.
            Baba Bhagwan Ram is credited to have changed the place that Aughar ascetics occupy in society. While earlier they were regarded as being, literally, on the social fringe, inhabiting cremation grounds, today they have become a part of the mainstream of religious life in Banaras and elsewhere, using the powers of their spiritual practices for social benefit.

            $25
            Paths To Transcendence According to Shankara, Ibn Arabi, and Meister Eckhart
            Paths To Transcendence According to Shankara, Ibn Arabi, and Meister Eckhart
            Specification:
            • Publisher : Indica Books
            • By :  Reza Shah-Kazemi
            • Cover : Paperback
            • Edition : January 1, 2009
            • Pages : 261
            • Weight : 350 gm.
            • Size : 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
            • Language : English
            • ISBN-13 : 978-8186569870
            • ISBN-10 : 8186569871
            • Product Code : BK14213
            Description:

            The aim of this book is to contribute to the elucidation of an important but much neglected theme in comparative religion and mysticism: that of transcendence. The book intends to shed light on the meaning of transcendence both in itself and as the summit of spiritual realization, taking as starting point what three of the world’s greatest mystics have said or written on this subject. Shankara, Ibn Arabi and Meister Eckhart, each of an inmense importance within their respective traditions, have been chosen for this study inasmuch as both the conceptual and experiential aspects of transcendence figure prominently in their articulated writings and discourses; each one has, moreover, expressed himself in a manner that is at once authoritative — bearing witness to his personal realization — and detailed, thus allowing for extensive analytical treatment of these aspects of transcendence.
            “Paths to Transcendence has the merit of gathering, in the same volume, the deepest thinking of the most intellectual and spiritual elite of three great traditions and civilizations: Shankara for Hinduism, Ibn Arabi for Islam, and Meister Eckhart for Christianity. It provides detailed analysis and lucid examination of the misinterpretations which frequently occur nowadays about these spiritual authorities.”
            — Jean-Pierre Lafouge, Marquette University
            “Here is a major landmark in comparative metaphysics. The universality of spiritual realization through knowledge is rendered apparent with a rare combination of analytic rigour and depth of ‘synthesis. This book demonstrates that spiritual intuition can inform and innervate academic discourse without compromising its conceptual demands.”
            — Patrick Laude, Georgetown University

            $26
            New Lives: 50 Westerners Search for Themselves in Sacred India
            New Lives: 50 Westerners Search for Themselves in Sacred India
            Specification:
            • Publisher : Indica Books
            • By :  Malcolm Tillis  (Author), Ram Alexander (Editor)
            • Edition : June 15, 2004
            • Pages : 454
            • Weight : 550 gm.
            • Size : 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
            • Cover : Paperback
            • Language : English
            • ISBN-13 : 978-8186569498
            • ISBN-10 : 8186569499
            • Product Code : BK14212
            Description:

            In the pages of this book we are taken on a profound pilgrimage of spiritual discovery. With our guide, Malcolm Tillis, we wander the length and breadth of India in search of other Westerners who, like him, have forsaken their old lives in the West for totally new, dramatically more meaningful ones in the East. By seeing Indian spirituality through the eyes of outsiders who were not born into the ancient culture, but found tremendous personal meaning therein, we discover it new and fresh with each individual Malcolm interviews. Each of these individuals has discovered an enormous spiritual wealth in India that makes the material prosperity and technological “advancements” of the West seem obscenely desolate and primitive in comparison. Contemporary Indian readers should find this particularly relevant, as India becomes more “modern” and on par with the West, and as they find themselves increasingly in a similar position with regard to rediscovering their own heritage.
            Some of the people interviewed, renowned today, have remarkable life-stories:
            Vijayananda met the great saint Anandamayi Ma with whom he found all he had hoped for. He moved into her ashram to live the life of a contemplative reununciate, where he remains to this day, now a revered and venerable teacher himself.
            Ani Tenzin Palmo (Diana Perry) spent much of her time residing and meditating in a cave in the Himalayas at an altitude of over 12,000 ft. Today she is one of the better known figures in contemporary Buddhism.
            The Swiss Swami Jnanananda took the formal vows and garb of a Hindu monk and then spent years wandering and meditating in the Himalayas in the company of saints and yogis. Today he is a beloved teacher residing in the foothills of the Himalayas.
            Bill Aitken is a noted author of books about his adopted homeland.
            Atmananda, an Austrian classical pianist, translated and edited the primary works about her Guru Anandamayi Ma into English, and ultimately became a Hindu sannyasini.
            Lucia Osborne, wife of the writer Arthur Osborne, was a close follower of the great sage Ramana Maharshi.
            Father Bede Griffith, the Benedictine monk and well-known author, spent his life formulating a synthesis of Christianity and Hinduism.

            $28
            New Instrumental Compositions For North Indian Music
            New Instrumental Compositions For North Indian Music
            Specification:
            • Publisher : Indica Books
            • By :  Anil Mihiripenna
            • Cover : Paperback
            • Edition : January 1, 2007
            • Pages : 479
            • Weight : 900 gm.
            • Size : 9.9 x 8.8 x 1.3 inches
            • Language : English
            • ISBN-10 : 8186569758
            • ISBN-13 : 978-8186569757
            • Product Code : BK14211
            Description:

            Although many collections of ragadhari vocal compositions have been published over the years, there is a dearth of instrumental compositions. Hence, it has been the in the north Indian musical tradition.
            This book cannot replace a teacher, and it is from a teacher that students of music must seek instructions and guidance. The purpose of this book is to offer some support to both the teacher and the student. Exercises and compositions should not be forced indiscriminately on students, but the teacher must use his discretion in prescribing appropriate material for individual students. He must also offer his advise and guidance to students on how to select compositions to suit their needs and abilities.
            In this book, you will find Gat composed for various types of instruments with different techniques of playing. There are compositions appropriate for stringed instruments (bowed and plucked) and for wind instruments. Thus, the compositions for sitar and sarod are basically in Mazith Khani and Raza Khani styles, while different Gat styles are employed for violin, esraj and flute.

            About Author:

            Anil Mihiripenna is a versatile and internationally recognized musician from Sri Lanka. He graduated from Vishva Bharati University (Shantiniketan). He studied under the great esraj maestro Ashish Chandra Benerji, flute from Pt. Gowr Goswami and vocal from Pt. Jamini Kantha Chakrawarti. He has widely travelled on concert tours in the USA, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and India, and he is regarded as the leading flautist-cum-esraj player in Sri Lanka. He has also composed music for several ballets, documentary films and feature films. He is the founder of Sharada Kla Nikethanaya, an institution that propagates and popularizes Oriental classical music in Sri Lanka.

            $32

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