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Erase The Ego (Paperback) by Sri Ramana MaharshiErase The Ego (Paperback) by Sri Ramana Maharshi
Erase The Ego (Paperback) by Sri Ramana Maharshi
Specification:
  • Publisher : Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
  • By : Sri Ramana Maharshi
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 2018
  • Pages : 56
  • Weight : 65 gm.
  • Size : 7.1 x 4.7 x 0.2 inches
  • ISBN-10 : 8172765142
  • ISBN-13 : 978-8172765149
Description:

Sri Ramana Maharshi (1879 to 1950 A.D.)

Venkataramana was a lad in his teens in Madurai in South India. Urged by an inner call, the body played the truant, slipped away from home and soon found himself in the solitary caves of the Arunachala Hills. There he forgot the world, and, insensible to hunger and thirst and reckless of the ravages which crawling creatures wrought on his body, he immersed himself in concentrated meditation.

After a number of years of his phenomenal tapas, incredibly unrelieved by any break whatsoever, he emerged with the realization of the Supreme Reality and of the identity of his Self with it. Liberated by that realization from the chains of finitude, he became a Jivanmukta. Proclaimed a Maharsh from that time, Bhagavan Ramana, as he was reverently adored lived ever after in his ashram at Tiruvannamalai in Sahaja Samadhi, always established in the Spirit and overlooking the things, of the World with a smiling serenity.

A living witness to Advaita anubhava, Sri Ramana spent the remainder of his days conveying counsel through his unparted lips and providing comfort by the beam of his gracious eyes to the countless disciples and devotees who sought refuge at his holy feet from their ills of mind and body. ‘Know thy Self and the world will not torment thee was the central teaching of this modern edition of Vamadeva of yore.

    $12
    Candipathah (Sanskrit Text with English translation)
    Candipathah (Sanskrit Text with English translation)
    Specification
    • Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass 
    • By : A. P. N. Pankaj & Bhavana Pankaj
    • Cover : Paperback
    • Language : English
    • Edition : 2013
    • Pages : 461
    • Weight : 740 gm.
    • Size : 8.8 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
    • ISBN-10 : 8120836197
    • ISBN-13 : 978-8120836198

    Description:

    About the Book
    Candipatha, a part of the Markandeya Purana, which is one of the eighteen major Puranas, is its most important segment. Apart from Sridurgasaptasati, which forms the core of Candipatha, there are, preceding and succeeding it, several hymns of equal importance and, in the course of its ritual performance, all these hymns, as an integral totality, have to be recited as indicated in this book.

    Candipatha celebrates the Feminine Power, Durga – Sakti – with her innumerable names, across in this sacred text, represents the quintessential woman. She is the source, substratum and ultimate Life Force. All the gods, men, birds, animal, even demons, all the elements, all moving and stationary objects are but Her fragmental particles. The universe is Her playground as well as Her play. At will, She creates, sustains and dissolves it. In Candipatha we see Her in Her full glory, majesty and splendor. As the Mother, She loves and protects Her children and as the invincible Kali, She decimates the forces of evil when they threaten righteousness, peace and Her devotees in the world.

    The present publication includes, in addition to Sridurgasaptasati and the other associate hymns, a detailed Introductory Essay, which besides discussing the contents and importance of this work and its symbolism, provides a panoramic view of the Mother worship through the millennia. The four appendices include (i) Names, Adjectives, Incarnations, Epithets, etc., of the Mother Goddess (ii) Weapons mentioned in the text and their functions (iii) Glossary of important terms and (iv) the First-line index of Sanskrit verses, chapter-wise.

    About the Author
    A.P.N. PANKAJ, an alumnus of D.A.V. College, Amritsar and St. Stephens College, Delhi, taught Sanskrit for some years in the former before joining State Bank of India where over a period of nearly thirty-five-years, he held a range of assignments and retired from its staff College at Hyderabad. These years gave him an opportunity to pursue his interest in the management and behavioural sciences. Since early days, he has been writing and giving lectures on the subjects related to the Indian culture, philosophy and religion and has deeply studied the Upanishads, Bhagavadgita, Pauranic literature and, especially, Sri Ramacaritamanasa of Gosvami Tulasidasa. He has translated more than half a dozen works from / into English / Hindi / Sanskrit. Besides writing a book on the asrama – system of the Hindu society and editing / writing nearly a dozen books on the medieval Hindi poets, he has also written and led discussions / symposia on the value – based system of education and the concept of development in Indian tradition.

     

    BHAVANA PANKAJ, after studying English literature and Mass Communication at Punjab University, Chandigarh, spent some years as a journalist and television anchor. She currently pursues her love for the written word by writing, editing and translations on subjects ranging from Indian classical and dance to health care and education. An occasional film- maker, Bhavana has written books for children, on Vinoba Bhave and two books on a hospital in Jaipur. With equal felicity in Hindi and English, she also lends her voice as sutradhar on stage. Poetry is among her hobbies and she writes / translates poems in / from Hindi / English. 

    $38
    Chinnamasta
    Chinnamasta
    SPECIFICATION:
    • Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass
    • By : Elisabeth Anne Benard
    • Cover : Hardcover
    • Language : English
    • Edition : 2018
    • Pages : 176
    • Weight : 65 gm.
    • Size : 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm.
    • ISBN-10 : 8120810651
    • ISBN-13 : 978-8120810655
    DESCRIPTION:

    About the Author


    Elisabeth Benard became interested in India at the age of twelve years when her father first brought back Hindu image from a trip to India. For many years she looked at these image in her family library never dreaming that one day she would become a scholar in Indian religions. She researched in India under the auspicious of the American Institute of Indian Studies and received her doctorate from Columbia University. She has lectured widely in the United States, including at Smithsonian Institute and Asia Society, as well as in India and Japan. She has taught at Princeton, Rutgers University, Collage of Wooster and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Presently she is teaching Hinduism, Women in Religion, and Asian Religions at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.


    ABOUT THE BOOK:

    This is the first monograph which examines the rare Hindu and Buddhist Tantric Goddess, Chinnamasta, her rituals, her names and forms (namarupa) and their symbolism by comparing and contrasting her sadhanas (spiritual practices) in Hinduism and Buddhism. The entire Hindu "Chinnamastatantra" section from the Sakta Pramoda, the Buddhist "Chinnamunda Vajravarahisadhana" and the "Trikayavajrayoginistuti" are translated for the first time into English. Since Chinnamasta is a rare goddess, her texts were not popularized or made "fashionable" according to the dictates of a particular group at a particular time. The earliest extant texts date from the ninth and tenth centuries-a time when Hindu and Buddhist Tantras were developing under common influences in the same places in India. Having such texts about Chinnamasta Chinnamasta from these centuries, one can begin to understand the mutuality of a general Tantric tradition and the exclusivity of a particular Hindu or Buddhist Tantric tradition. Hence the study, not only examines Chinnamasta, but also attempts to understand what is a Tantric tradition.


    Foreword


    Elisabeth Benard’s work on the Hindu-Buddhist goddess Chinnamastã is a product of indefatigable energy, not overlooking any lead from Sanskrit and Tibetan texts or from knowledgeable informants. So to cast light on a goddess that was strangely obscure and yet implicates any Indian goddess properly to be called wondrous or arousing of awe. Although completed in the United States, her treatise does not follow a History of Religions approach with a baggage of technical terms. Besides, Dr. Benard avoids the guessing and speculations that characterized some previous references to this goddess. Throughout she employs a direct communication with the reader while soberly basing her conclusions on stated sources.


    One welcome feature of Benard’s book is the translation of much material from the Sakta Pramoda. Another fine feature is the treatment of the goddess’s names, both the 108 and 1,000 list. Her classification of the names by the rasas of Hindu drama is probably unique.


    This work is a solid contribution to the theories of the Hindu and Buddhist Tantras and their symbolism, in particular as related to the goddess.



    $30
    Reflections on Resemblance, Ritual and Religion
    Reflections on Resemblance, Ritual and Religion

    Specification:

    • Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass
    • By : Brian K. Smith
    • Cover : Hardcover
    • Language : English
    • Edition : 1998
    • Pages : 280 pages
    • Weight : 
    • Size : 7.9 x 5.5 x 1.6 inches
    • ISBN-10 : 8120815327
    • ISBN-13 : 978-8120815322

    Description:

    The classical Vedic texts that deal with large-scale sacrificial ritual and those writings that deal with domestic ritual have traditionally been treated as unrelated. The former are devoted to the explication of rituals that are dominated by wealthy male elites; the latter concern humble private ceremonies more open to female participation. Reflections on Resemblance, Ritual and Religion argues that there is in fact, a fundamental connection between these two large and important bodies of Indic religious literature.

    $29
    Devi : The Devi Bhagavatam Retold
    Devi : The Devi Bhagavatam Retold
    Specification
    • Publisher : Rupa Publications India
    • By : Ramesh Menon
    • Cover : Paperback
    • Language : English
    • Edition : October 10, 2010
    • Pages : 514
    • Weight : 630 gm.
    • Size : 8.8 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
    • ISBN-10 : 8129115549
    • ISBN-13 : 978-8129115546
    • Product Code : BK8685
    Description

    The Devi Bhagavatam, also known as the Devi Bhagavata Purana, ‘the old book of the goddess’, is an integral part of ancient Indian mythology. It is important for the Shakta sect of Hinduism, which describes the Devi as the foundation of the world and equivalent in stature to Brahman, the supreme being.

    The original text was written in Bengali and consists of 318 chapters and 18,000 verses, all praising the Devi as supreme and describing instructions for her worship, including temples and rituals such as the annual ritual of Durga Puja which is celebrated all over India, especially in Bengal. The Devi, the mother of the Universe, is worshipped in India in her many forms as Goddess Durga, Kali, Shakti and Saraswati, to name a few.

    Menon’s Devi : The Devi Bhagavatam Retold, is a condensed version of The Devi Bhagavatam and describes the legends of the Goddess in all her forms and interpretations. The books opens with the birth of Ved Vyasa, who is also regarded as the author of the Mahabharata and narrates poignant instances from his relationship with his son Suka, such as the dialogue between them over the decision to enter Grihastashrama. Also described is the incarnation of the Devi as Goddess Durga and the epic tale of her destruction of the evil demons Rakthabija and Mahishasura. The tale depicting the origin of the holy Indian rivers, Ganga, Padma and Saraswati, is one of the many rich stories connected to our ancient origins, woven into the tapestry of this literary piece on Indian mythology.


      $33
      Yantra Images by Dilip Kumar
      Yantra Images by Dilip Kumar
      Specification:
      • Publisher : Indica Books
      • By : Dilip Kumar
      • Cover : Hardcover
      • Language : English
      • Edition : January 1, 2010
      • Pages : 89
      • Weight : 360 g.
      • Size : 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
      • ISBN-10 : 8186117075
      • ISBN-13 : 978-8186117071
      • Product Code : BK14277

       

      Description:

      Religion is the root of Indian culture. Rituals and believes are the integral part of Hindu Religion. It becomes more powerful when a devotee develops reverence into it.
      Fundamentally a society, which has faith in religion, believes in their own deities or gods and goddesses and pay their homage to them. Apart from ritual commodities, mantras and its chanting, yantras or mandalas play a special and important role in ritual ceremony. It is considered that if mantras are devatas (deities) then yantras are the abode of them. Without yantras, the ritual of deities remains incomplete.
      In order to attain perfection in worship, it is suggested that puja with yantras of their related deities is more beneficial.
      This book comprises of yantras used for all major gods, goddesses and deities accomplished with meaningful colour and geometrical composition.


        $22
        Mere Sapnon ka Bharat
        Mere Sapnon ka Bharat
        SPECIFICATION:
        • Publisher : Rajpal and Sons
        • By: Mohandas K. Gandhi (Author)
        • Binding : Paperback
        • Language :Hindi
        • Edition :2019
        • Pages: 276 pages
        • Size : 20 x 14 x 4 cm
        • ISBN-10: 8170287391
        • ISBN-13 :9788170287391

        DESCRIPTION: 

        महात्मा गाँधी बीसवीं सदी के सबसे अधिक प्रभावशाली भारतीय व्यक्ति हैं, जिनकी अप्रत्यक्ष उपस्थिति उनकी मृत्यु के साठ वर्ष बाद भी पूरे देश पर देखी जा सकती है। उन्होंने स्वाधीन भारत की कल्पना की और उसके लिए कठिन संघर्ष किया। स्वाधीनता से उनका अर्थ केवल ब्रिटिश राज से मुक्ति का नहीं था बल्कि वह गरीबी, निरक्षरता और अस्पृश्यता जैसी बुराइयों से भी मुक्ति का सपना देखते थे। वह चाहते थे कि देश के सारे नागरिक समान रूप से आज़ादी और समृद्धि का सुख पा सकें। उनके बहुत-से परिवर्तनकारी विचार, जिन्हें उस समय असंभव कह कर परे कर दिया गया था, आज न केवल स्वीकार किये जा रहे हैं, बल्कि अपनाए भी जा रहे हैं। आज की पीढ़ी के सामने यह स्पष्ट हो रहा है कि गाँधीजी के विचार आज भी उतने ही प्रासंगिक हैं, जितने उस समय थे। यह तथ्य है कि गाँधीगीरी आज के समय का मंत्र बन गया है। यह सिद्ध करता है कि गाँधीजी के विचार इक्कीसवीं सदी के लिए भी सार्थक और उपयोगी हैं। यह पुस्तक गाँधीजी के मन और विचारों की एक विस्मयकारी झाँकी प्रस्तुत करती है। इसमें आज के उन्नतिशील भारत के बारे में उनके जीवंत सपनों की झलक मिलती है।

                                $15
                                TatvabodhTatvabodh
                                Tatvabodh
                                SPECIFICATION:
                                • Publisher : Rajpal and Sons
                                • By: Rajesh Benjwal
                                • Binding : Hardcover
                                • Language : Hindi
                                • Edition :2016
                                • Pages:  192 pages
                                • Size : 20 x 14 x 4 cm
                                • ISBN-10: 9350643529
                                • ISBN-13 :9789350643525

                                DESCRIPTION: 

                                तत्त्वबोध आपको वेदान्त की खूबसूरती, गहनता एवं विस्तृतता को समझने एवं सराहने में मदद करता है। - स्वामी दयानन्द सरस्वती आर्ष विद्या गुरुकुल के संस्थापक और अद्वैत वेदान्त के विश्वविख्यात गुरु जिसे आज हम हिन्दू धर्म कहते हैं, उसका मूल नाम सनातन धर्म है। सनातन संस्कृत का शब्द है जिसका अर्थ है, अनन्त अर्थात् जिसका न कोई आरम्भ है और न ही कोई अन्त। सनातन धर्म को पूरी तरह से समझने के लिए प्रकरण ग्रन्थों का अध्ययन करना ज़रूरी है, जिनमें से तत्त्वबोध सबसे महत्त्वपूर्ण ग्रन्थ है। बहुत से लोगों का मानना है कि तत्त्वबोध के रचयिता आदिगुरु शंकराचार्य थे या फिर उन्हीं की परम्परा में उनके पश्चात् किसी पदवीधारी शिष्य ने इसकी रचना की है। प्रस्तुत ग्रन्थ को ऋषिकेश के आर्ष विद्या गुरुकुल के विश्वविख्यात गुरु स्वामी दयानन्द सरस्वती के शिष्य पंडित राजेश बेंजवाल ने हिन्दीभाषी पाठकों के लिए विशेष रूप से तैयार किया है। इसमें सनातन धर्म या जिसे हम वेदान्त भी कहते हैं, में मुख्य रूप से प्रयुक्त होने वाले महत्त्वपूर्ण शब्दों की बहुत सरलता और सहजता से व्याख्या की है। मूल पाठ के अतिरिक्त इसमें ऐसी भी जानकारियों का समावेश किया है जिससे न सिर्फ सनातन धर्म को पूरी तरह से समझना आसान होगा बल्कि उपनिषदों और गीता जैसे ग्रन्थों को समझने में भी सहायता मिलेगी।

                                                        $25
                                                        BhagwadgitaBhagwadgita
                                                        Bhagwadgita
                                                        SPECIFICATION:
                                                        • Publisher : Rajpal and Sons
                                                        • By:  Harivansh Rai Bachchan
                                                        • Binding : Paperback
                                                        • Language :   Hindi
                                                        • Edition : 2012
                                                        • Pages: 288 pages
                                                        • Size : 20 x 14 x 4 cm
                                                        • ISBN-10: 8170288037
                                                        • ISBN-13 :978-8170288039

                                                        DESCRIPTION:

                                                         श्रीमद्भगवद्गीता का कर्मयोग का संदेश युगों-युगों से भारतीय जनमानस को प्रेरणा देता आ रहा है। लोकमान्य तिलक, महात्मा गांधी ने तो उससे प्रेरणा ग्रहण की ही, खुदीराम बोस जैसे जुझारू क्रांतिकारियों ने भी गीता की प्रति हाथ में लेकर फांसी के फंदे को चूमा। अंग्रेज़ी तथा भारतीय भाषाओं में गीता के दर्जनों अनुवाद अब तक हो चुके हैं। किंतु कविता में गीता के अनुवाद की पहल ‘मधुशाला’ के अमर गायक व प्रख्यात कवि हरिवंशराय ‘बच्चन’ ने की। उन्होंने गीता के प्रत्येक श्लोक का मुक्त छंद में अनुवाद किया और साथ में मूल संस्कृत श्लोक भी दिया है जिससे पाठक गीता के श्लोकों के काव्यानुवाद का रसास्वादन कर सकेंगे।

                                                                                    $19
                                                                                    7 Secrets of the Goddess: From the Hindu Trinity Series
                                                                                    7 Secrets of the Goddess: From the Hindu Trinity Series
                                                                                    SPECIFICATION:
                                                                                    • Publisher : Westland
                                                                                    • By : Devdutt Pattanaik
                                                                                    • Cover : Paperback
                                                                                    • Language : English
                                                                                    • Edition : 2014
                                                                                    • Pages : 270
                                                                                    • Weight : 198 gm
                                                                                    • Size : 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
                                                                                    • ISBN-10 : 9386224038
                                                                                    • ISBN-13 : 978-9386224033
                                                                                    DESCRIPTION:

                                                                                    Lakshmi messages Vishnu's feet. Is this male domination? Kali stands on Shiva's chest. Is this female domination? Shiva is half a woman. Is this gender equality? Why then is Shakti never half a man? Taken literally, stories, symbols and rituals of Hindu mythology have much to say about gender relationships. Taken symbolically, they reveal many more things about humanity and nature. Which is the correct reading? The third title in the bestselling 'Hindu Trinity' series focuses on the Goddess, and respected mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik tries to unravel the secrets locked within her stories, symbols and rituals.

                                                                                    $21
                                                                                    1008 Kabir Vani Nectar of Truth and Knowledge
                                                                                    1008 Kabir Vani Nectar of Truth and Knowledge
                                                                                    SPECIFICATION:
                                                                                    • Publisher : Manoj Publications
                                                                                    • By : Lalchand Doohan Jigyasu
                                                                                    • Cover : Hardcover
                                                                                    • Language : English
                                                                                    • Edition : 2005
                                                                                    • Pages : 340
                                                                                    • Weight : 589 gm
                                                                                    • Size : 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
                                                                                    • ISBN-10 : 8181335155
                                                                                    • ISBN-13 : 978-8181335159
                                                                                    DESCRIPTION:

                                                                                    The Book contains the verses of Bhagat Kabir.

                                                                                    $32
                                                                                    Word Index of the Mahabharata : 8 Volumes Set (Hindi)
                                                                                    Word Index of the Mahabharata : 8 Volumes Set (Hindi)
                                                                                    SPECIFICATION:
                                                                                    • Publisher : Parimal Publication Pvt. Ltd.
                                                                                    • By : Gyan Prakash Shastri
                                                                                    • Cover : Hardcover
                                                                                    • Language : Hindi 
                                                                                    • Edition : 2017
                                                                                    • Pages : 5886
                                                                                    • Weight : 15.6 kg
                                                                                    • Size : 11.0 x 8.5 inches
                                                                                    • ISBN-10 : 8171105807
                                                                                    • ISBN-13 : 978-8171105809
                                                                                    $525
                                                                                    Yogavashishth Maharamayanam (Set of 3 Volumes)
                                                                                    Yogavashishth Maharamayanam (Set of 3 Volumes)
                                                                                    SPECIFICATION:
                                                                                    • Publisher : Chaukhambha Surbharati Prakashan 
                                                                                    • By : Pnt. Shrikrishan Pant Shastri
                                                                                    • Cover : Paperback
                                                                                    • Language : Sanskrit Text with Hindi Translation
                                                                                    • Edition : 2016
                                                                                    • Pages : 3354
                                                                                    • ISBN-10 : 9385005340
                                                                                    • ISBN-13 : 978-9385005343
                                                                                    $109.90
                                                                                    Valmikiya Ramayan (Hindi)
                                                                                    Valmikiya Ramayan (Hindi)
                                                                                    SPECIFICATION:
                                                                                    • Publisher : Orient Publication
                                                                                    • By : Dr. Ramachandra Varma Shastri
                                                                                    • Cover : Paperback
                                                                                    • Language : Hindi
                                                                                    • Edition : 2012
                                                                                    • Pages : 395
                                                                                    • Weight : 544 gm
                                                                                    • Size : 7.9 x 5.5 x 1.6 inches
                                                                                    • ISBN-10 : 812220466X
                                                                                    • ISBN-13 : 978-8122204667
                                                                                    DESCRIPTION:

                                                                                    Ramayana is one of India's oldest and greatest epics, telling the tale of Prince Rama, an avatar of the Hindu deity Lord Vishnu. The book was primarily written in the form of 24,000 verses and narrates the journey of Rama and his quest to find his wife Sita who was kidnapped by the Demon-king Ravana and taken to Lanka.
                                                                                    The thematic elements in the saga include many important topics such as the notion of dharma, the ideal king, the ideal brother, the ideal wife, friendship and vengeance. The epic is highly engrossing and features many notable characters such as Hanuman, Laxman and Kumbhakarna.
                                                                                    Ramayana, despite being scripted centuries ago, holds up as a gripping and invigorating tale of love and friendship. The story covers numerous moral and ideological dilemmas and is an ideal read for people of all ages. 

                                                                                    $32
                                                                                    Mahamanav Shri Krishna
                                                                                    Mahamanav Shri Krishna
                                                                                    SPECIFICATION:
                                                                                    • Publisher : R R Sheth
                                                                                    • By : Jotsanna Tanna /Nagindas Sanghavi
                                                                                    • Cover : Paperback
                                                                                    • Language : Gujarati
                                                                                    • Edition : 2012
                                                                                    • Pages : 408
                                                                                    • Weight : 439 gm
                                                                                    • Size : 7.9 x 5.5 x 1.6 inches
                                                                                    • ISBN-10 : 9382503080
                                                                                    • ISBN-13 : 978-9382503088
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                                                                                    Mahamanav Shri Krishna - A number of texts presenting the biography, green, character and epic of Shri krishna in many languages ​​of the world have been written for many centuries and will continue to be written. In the last fifty years, many able and famous writers of Gujarat have started writing biographies depicting Krishna's life in a modern context. Unfortunately, instead of introducing or interpreting the ancient traditions of Krishna's life in these biographies, these Shabda swamis have blown up balloons of their own imagination. Has added fictional occasions, characters and dialogues that are not in the ancient tradition. One such character writer has made Krishna Madari to explain the occasion of Kaliyadaman. Whatever the literary value of such additions, it is true that such representations are corrupting the ancient traditions instead of making them clear. A humble attempt has been made here to collect the fragments of the scattered tradition in the scriptures of a thousand years ago and present them in an integrated form and to capture the image of the human form of Lord Krishna, the supreme devotee of the Hindus.

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                                                                                    Krishnam Sharanam Gachchhami
                                                                                    Krishnam Sharanam Gachchhami
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                                                                                    Publisher : R R Sheth
                                                                                    By : Gunvant Shah
                                                                                    Cover : Paperback
                                                                                    Language : Gujarati
                                                                                    Edition : 2014
                                                                                    Pages : 392
                                                                                    Weight : 453 gm.
                                                                                    Size : 7.9 x 5.5 x 1.6 inches
                                                                                    ISBN-10 : 9380868685
                                                                                    ISBN-13 : 978-9380868684

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                                                                                    Krishna Sharan Gachchami Gunwant Shah has talked about going to Krishna Sharan and living life in a very beautiful way.

                                                                                    $32
                                                                                    A Short History of Sanskrit Literature
                                                                                    A Short History of Sanskrit Literature
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                                                                                    • Publisher : Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
                                                                                    • By : Hans Raj Aggarwal
                                                                                    • Cover : Paperback
                                                                                    • Language : English
                                                                                    • Edition : 1963
                                                                                    • Pages : 350
                                                                                    • ISBN-10 : 8121504171
                                                                                    • ISBN-13 : 978-8121504171
                                                                                    $25.61
                                                                                    Stories From The Nrsimha (Narasimha) Purana
                                                                                    Stories From The Nrsimha (Narasimha) Purana
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                                                                                    • Publisher : Rasbihari Lal & Sons
                                                                                    • By : Purnaprajna Dasa Vedavyasa
                                                                                    • Cover : Paperback
                                                                                    • Language : English
                                                                                    • Edition : 2009
                                                                                    • Pages : 194
                                                                                    • Weight : 500 kg.
                                                                                    • Size : 9 x 5.8 inches
                                                                                    • ISBN-10: 8184030703
                                                                                    • ISBN-13: 978-8184030709
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                                                                                    From the Jacket: The eighteen major Puranas are the Brahma, Padma, Visnu, Siva, Linga, Garuda, Narada, Bhagavata, Agni, Skanda, Bhavisya, Brahma-vaivarta, Markandeya, Vamana, Varaha, Matsya, Kurma and Brahmanda Puranas. The Brahma Purana consists of ten thousand verses, the Padma Purana of fifty-five thousand, Sri Visnu Purana of twenty-three thousand, the Siva Purana of Twenty-four thousand and Srimad-Bhagavatam of eighteen thousand.

                                                                                    The Narada Purana has twenty-five thousand verses, the Markandeya Purana nine thousand, the Agni Purana fifteen thousand four hundred, the Bhavisya Purana fourteen thousand five hundred, the Brahma-vaivarta Purana eighteen thousand and the Linga Purana eleven thousand. The Varaha Purana contains twenty-four thousand verses, the Skanda Purana eighty-one thousand one hundred, the ‘Vamana Purana ten thousand, the Kurma Purana ten thousand, the Kurma Purana seventeen thousand, the Matsya Purana fourteen thousand, the Garuda Purana nineteen thousand and the Brahmanda Purana twelve thousand. Thus the total number of verses in all the Puranas is four hundred thousand. Eighteen thousand of these, once again, belong to the beautiful Bhagavatam.

                                                                                    It is known that of the eighteen major Puranas, six are for those in the mode of goodness, six are for those in the mode of passion, and six are for those in the mode of ignorance. Although there may be different opinions as to which Puranas belong to which group, Srila Prabhupada writes as follows in a purport of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta:

                                                                                    The Rg Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda, Atharva Veda, Mahabharata, Pancaratra and original Ramayana are all considered Vedic literature. The Puranas (such as the Brahma-vaivarta Purana, Naradiya Purana, Visnu Purana and Bhagavata Purana) are especially meant for Vaisnavas and are also Vedic literature.
                                                                                    $28
                                                                                    Mahabharata for Children (Vol. 4)
                                                                                    Mahabharata for Children (Vol. 4)
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                                                                                    • Publisher : Advaita Ashrama
                                                                                    • By : Swami Raghaveshananda and Padmavasan
                                                                                    • Cover : Paperback
                                                                                    • Language : English
                                                                                    • Edition : 2004
                                                                                    • Pages : 54
                                                                                    • Weight : 250 gm.
                                                                                    • Size : 10.6 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
                                                                                    • ISBN-10: 8171207634
                                                                                    • ISBN-13: 978-8171207633
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                                                                                    A continuation of the series on the Mahabharata for Children. These are large colorful books suitable to read to young children, or for slightly older children to read for themselves. Bright colors and drawings.

                                                                                    There are five volumes that make up the set
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                                                                                    Sri Amnaya Sutra
                                                                                    Sri Amnaya Sutra
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                                                                                    • Publisher : Rasbihari Lal & Sons
                                                                                    • By : SRILA BHAKTIVINODA THAKURA (Author), PURANAPRANJA DASA (Editor), KUSAKRATHA DASA (Translator)
                                                                                    • Cover : Hardcover
                                                                                    • Language : English (Transliterated Text, Word-to-Word Meaning, Translation and Detailed Commentary)
                                                                                    • Edition : 2006
                                                                                    • Pages : 293
                                                                                    • Weight : 500 gm.
                                                                                    • Size : 9 x 5.8 inches
                                                                                    • ISBN-10: 8184030231
                                                                                    • ISBN-13: 978-8184030235
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                                                                                    Back of the Book : Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura wrote the Sri Amnaya-sutra in 1890. It is largely based in the Upanisads and contains 130 aphorisms, along with commentary. As it is said, 'Essential truth spoken concisely is true eloquence.'

                                                                                    This wonderful book is the perfect example of this. Here we find all the basic understandings of the Krsna conscious philosophy, and refutations of the arguments that attempt to counter such an understanding, presented in a very concise, progressive, and masterly way.

                                                                                    'Bowing down before Lord Sri Krsna Caitanya, the teacher of the entire world, a certain person named Bhaktivinoda, by the grace of the Vaisnavas and by the order of the great souls, has composed 130 sutras describing the final conclusion of the Vedas, a conclusion attained by studying the eight sources of evidence, the six signs, and the direct and indirect interpretation of words.

                                                                                    May all the Vaisnavas who serve Lord Caitanya's lotus feet study these sutras.

                                                                                    From the Jacket : Attraction to Lord Krsna and the various kinds of ecstatic love for Krsna all come from the Lord's pleasure potency. In this way the mellows of spiritual love are self-manifest, unbroken, and perfect.
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                                                                                    Stories from the Brahma-vaivarta Purana
                                                                                    Stories from the Brahma-vaivarta Purana
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                                                                                    • Publisher : Rasbihari Lal & Sons
                                                                                    • By : SRILA KRSNA DVAIPAYANA VYASADEVA (Author), PURNAPRAJNA DASA (Editor)
                                                                                    • Cover : Paperback
                                                                                    • Language : English
                                                                                    • Edition : 2009
                                                                                    • Pages : 326
                                                                                    • Weight : 750 gm.
                                                                                    • Size : 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
                                                                                    • ISBN-10: 8184030711
                                                                                    • ISBN-13: 978-8184030716
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                                                                                    From the Jacket: The eighteen major puranas are the Brahma, Padma, Visnu, Siva, Linga, Garuda, Narada, Bhagavata, Agni, Skanda, Bhavisya, Brahma-vaivarta, Markandeya, Vamana, Varaha, Matsya, Kurma and Brahmanda Puranas. The Brahma Purana consists of ten thousand verses, the Padma Purana of fifty-five thousand, Sri Visnu Purana of twenty-three thousand, the Siva Purana of twenty-four thousand and Srimad Bhagavatam of eighteen thousand. The Narada Purana has twenty-five thousand verses, the Markandeya Purana nine thousand, the Agni Purana fifteen thousand four hundred, the Bhavisya Purana fourteen thousand five hundred, the Brahma-vaivarta Purana eighteen thousand and the Linga Purana eleven thousand. The Varaha Purana contains twenty-four thousand verses, the Skanda Purana eighty-one thousand one hundred, the Vamana Purana ten thousand, the Kurma Purana seventeen thousand, the Matsya Purana fourteen thousand, the Garuda Purana nineteen thousand and the Brahmanda Purana twelve thousand. Thus the total number of verses in all the Puranas is four hundred thousand, Eighteen thousand of these, once again, belong to the beautiful Bhagavatam.

                                                                                    It is known that of the eighteen major Puranas, six are for those in the mode of goodness, six are for those in the mode of passion, and six are for those in the mode of ignorance. Although there may be different opinions as to which puranas belong to which group, Srila Prabhupada writes as follows in a purport of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta: The Rg Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda, Atharva Veda, Mahabharata, Pancaratra and original Ramayana are all considered Vedic literature. The Puranas (such as the Brahma-vaivarta Purana, Naradiya Purana, Visnu Purana and Bhagavata Purana) are especially meant for Vaisnavas and are also Vedic literature.

                                                                                    Back of the Book: Sri Brahma-vaivarta Purana is one of the eighteen principal Puranas, as stated in the Twelfth Canto of the Bhagavatam: Sages expert in ancient histories have declared that the Puranas, according to their various characteristics, can be divided into eighteen major Puranas and eighteen secondary Puranas.

                                                                                    In Brahma-vaivarta Purana, many very interesting details of familiar stories are found that are not seen elsewhere. There are many stories that explain the circumstances leading up to well-known occurrences, as well as previous lives of well-known personalities, shedding light on how they came to be in that condition. There is also a description of the marriage of Radha and Krsna, performed by Brahma.

                                                                                    Purana consists of four parts-Brahma-khanda, Prakrti-khanda, Ganapati-khanda, and Krsna-janma-khanda. The Krsna-janma-khanda is the largest, comprising about half of the entire work. Although the Vrndavana pastimes are narrated in this khanda, they are briefly described in comparison with what is found in Srimad-Bhagavatam. There are interesting details not found elsewhere, however, including the previous lives of many prominent characters. This volume presents the Brahma-vaivarta Purana in story form, condensed so that the reader’s interest will be held.
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                                                                                    The Life of Ramanujacarya
                                                                                    The Life of Ramanujacarya
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                                                                                    • Publisher : Rasbihari Lal & Sons
                                                                                    • By : Naimisaranya Das
                                                                                    • Cover : Hardcover
                                                                                    • Language : English
                                                                                    • Edition : 2005
                                                                                    • Pages : 252
                                                                                    • Weight : 400 gm.
                                                                                    • Size : 8.5 x 5.8 inches
                                                                                    • ISBN-10: 8187812710
                                                                                    • ISBN-13: 978-8187812715
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                                                                                    Back of the Book: At the time of the Norman Conquest a revolution took place in the religious life of medieval India. A ware of devotion to Visnu, the one Supreme Lord of the Vedas, spread across the entire subcontinent. Spearheading this movement was a philosopher, saint and devotee – Ramanuja. Herein is described his life and teachings, his struggles against prejudice and persecution, and above all his purity and deep love of God.

                                                                                    From the Jacket : Ramanujacarya (1017-1137) was the principal acarya in the Sri Sampradaya, one of the four main lines of Vaisnava teachers and disciples. His Vedanta-sutra commentary – Sri-bhasya-establishes the doctrine knows as Visistadvaita, “qualified nondualism.” A staunch proponent of the philosophy of personalism, he taught that although the Supreme Lord and the individual souls are qualitatively one, there is still a difference between them, for the Lord is infinite and the living entities are infinitesimal. Srila Ramanujacarya traveled extensively throughout India, teaching personalism and defeating proponents of monistic philosophy.

                                                                                    He founded seventy-four centers of Sri Vaisnavism and initiated seven hundred sannyasis (renounced monks), twelve thousand brahmacharis (celibate students), and thousands of householders, including kings and wealthy landowners.

                                                                                    Preface : Great saints and devotees of the Lord give purpose to this material world and its history by their presence; their absence renders this world use- less and its history a chronological record of non- sense. By providing another glimpse into the ways that pure devotees transform the lives of materialistic people and alter the course of history, Naimisaranya Prabhu has done great service to all English readers, especially Vaisnavas and aspiring Vaisnavas. Without such information, people tend to doubt or forget that another plane, beyond the mundane, exists and even controls the destiny of that mundane plane. In the examples they set in their lives, however, saintly persons help us to see the path to Krsna consciousness. "Example is better than precept." The philosophy of Krsna consciousness remains inaccessible except by the mercy of the pure devotees whose behavior gives three dimensions to such philosophy.

                                                                                    Only the hearts of unfortunate persons will not melt upon reading or hearing this moving depiction of the life of Srila Ramanujacarya. The nectarean subject matter and the competent rendering by Naimisaranya Prabhu combine to produce genuine spiritual effects within the mind. I hope Naimisaranya Prabhu will continue producing such illuminating accounts of the lives of great devotees.
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                                                                                    Sri Caitanya-carita-maha-kavya Srila Murari Gupta
                                                                                    Sri Caitanya-carita-maha-kavya Srila Murari Gupta
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                                                                                    • Publisher : Rasbihari Lal & Sons
                                                                                    • By : Purnaprajna Dasa
                                                                                    • Cover : Paperback
                                                                                    • Language : English
                                                                                    • Edition : 2000
                                                                                    • Pages : 813
                                                                                    • Weight : 1.250 kg.
                                                                                    • Size : 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
                                                                                    • ISBN-10: 8184030061
                                                                                    • ISBN-13: 978-8184030068
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                                                                                    Introduction

                                                                                    As indicated at the end of book, it was compiled by the author soon after Lord Caitanya's disappearance and was read by many of the Lord's associates, including Advaita Acarya and Srivasa Thakura, and they all greatly appreciated it. As indicated in a purport by Srila Prabhupada to the Sri Caitanya-caritamrta of Srila Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami: "By this time (of the compilation of the Sri Caitanya-caritamrta), contemporary and near-contemporary scholars and devotees had already written several biographical works on the life of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. There included Sri Caitanya-carita, by Murari Gupta, Caitanya-mangala, by Locana dasa Thakura, and Caitanya-bhagavata.

                                                                                    It is very interesting to note that the other biographies of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu utilized the notebooks of Murari Gupta for their information, thus indicating that all the great associates of the Lord Accept his account as accurate and reliable. In a purport to the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Srila Prabhupada wrote: The Lord's early life was recorded by one of His chief devotees and contemporaries, namely Srila Murari Gupta, a medical practitioner of that time, and the latter part of the life of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was recorded by His private secretary Sri Damodara Gosvami, or Srila Svarupa Damodara, who was practically a constant companion of the Lord at Puri. These two devotees recorded practically all the incidents of the Lords activities, and later on all the books dealing with the Lord, which are above mentioned, were composed on the basis of kadacas (notebooks) by Srila Damodara Gosvami and Murari Gupta.
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                                                                                    The Six Goswamis of Vrindavan
                                                                                    The Six Goswamis of Vrindavan
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                                                                                    • Publisher : Rasbihari Lal & Sons
                                                                                    • By : Steven Rosen
                                                                                    • Cover : Paperback
                                                                                    • Language : English
                                                                                    • Edition : 2000
                                                                                    • Pages : 226
                                                                                    • Weight : 450 gm.
                                                                                    • Size : 6.8 x 4.2 inches
                                                                                    • ISBN-10: 8187812257
                                                                                    • ISBN-13: 978-8187812258
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                                                                                    Introduction: For the last one hundred years, technological advancement has afforded us many modern conveniences and advantages over the pre-industrial period. Man has harnessed the power of the atom. He hurls probes to photograph and map distant planets. He mines the ocean floor and continues to make significant breakthroughs in the fields of chemistry, physics, and natural biology. Man's technology is more advanced than he ever expected it to be. Yet for every disease cured a new one arises. And men and women wonder aloud about their future in a world bristling with nuclear weaponry. While we patiently wait for destruction, humans live with vermin in major inner-city areas and violent crime soars in once quiet neighborhoods. Thus, while technology may have improved, we must admit that in many ways our quality of life has not. We have inadvertently replaced tranquility with technology, and we consistently look for a viable alternative. This is not to say that technology is necessarily some vicious fiend to be avoided at all costs. There are appropriate ways to make good use of technology, which can then become an asset for the aspiring spiritual seeker. This and other similar books, for instance, could not be printed or widely circulated without the use of modern technology. In fact, the greatest religious teachers have taught that 'otherworldly' pursuits can be fully realized while existing in the here and now, making full use of material of nature. Use, but not abuse. The great sages and prophets throughout history knew that abuse of material nature engenders a concomitant self-abuse. What goes around comes around. Actions and reaction. Cause and effect. Karma. Contemporary society is a good example. The more 'advanced' we get, the more we seem to exploit our environment. And we ourselves must suffer as a result. Thus, despite access to every modern amenity, we still experience a great void, a lack, a cavity that desperately needs to be filled. A substantial 'slice of life' is missing. This can easily be attributed to our single-minded and anxious pursuit of materialism (or technology), which, incidentally, never accomplished its end – namely, to make people happy. The net result is that many have decided to pursue spirituality in earnest. Usher in the New Age. While some writers and social critics consider man's reactionary quest for spiritual knowledge to be a positive outcome of a world gone mad with secular advancement, there is another school – and rightly so! – that brings to light an inherent downside to the New Age 'enlightenment'. We are now beset, they say, with a plethora of every conceivable kind of metaphysical, mystical mumbo-jumbo, and the result is that the mind rejects spirituality in the same way that it initially rejected materialism. And so you have a sort of cat-and-mouse game, wherein one rejects material advancement for spiritual life and then rejects spiritual life for the same kind of material advancement that one had rejected in the first place. The game goes on; the chase goes back and forth; the mid is sent reeling. As a result, the mass of people settle for a sort of placated materialism. Such confusion was addressed five hundred years ago by the Six Goswamis of Vrindavan – Shri Rupa Goswami, Shri Sanatan Goswami, Shri Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, Shri Raghunath Das Goswami, Shri Jiva Goswami, and Shri Gopal Bhatta Goswami. Far from suggesting that one toss up one's hands in frustration, resigning one's fate to one of complacent materialism, they propounded a sensible doctrine of devotional practice that culminates in divine love. Scientific, calculated procedure (sadhana-bhakti) and mythical spontaneity (raganuga-bhakti) both play a part in the Goswamis' theology. In their system one does, indeed, throw up one's hands, but not in disappointment or resignation. Rather, one raise one's hands in glorification of the Supreme. But this glorification is not whimsical. It is not a concocted or sentimental philosophy propounded by conditioned souls who have imperfect senses and the tendencies to be illusioned, make mistakes, and cheat. Rather, it is an exhaustive theistic process that is deeply rooted in a time-honored scriptural tradition having as its source ancient India's divinely inspired Vedic texts. This immersion in bona-fide scriptural commentary, so characteristic of the Six Goswamis, can spare one the otherwise inevitable burden of faulty mental speculation and gross misconception. Thus, the six Goswamis sought not to invent some imaginative or novel interpretation of scripture, but rather to faithfully and clearly represent the original intent of the text itself. This was no easy task, for the Vedic scriptures represent the most vast storehouse of spiritual knowledge known to man, and the Goswamis had the laborious if also loving task of thoroughly analyzing the scriptures for the benefit of all spiritual seekers. Their endeavor was explained by Shrinivas Acharya, a great saint and scholar of the early seventeenth century. In the second stanza of his Shri Shri Shad-Goswami-ashtaka, a song in praise of the Six Goswamis, he makes clear that their most important contribution was to 'scrutinizingly study all the revealed scriptures with the aim of establishing eternal religious principles for the benefit of all human beings.' In other word, rather than contributing more speculative commentaries to an already confused religious world, they used logic and reason to scientifically analyze all existing religious scriptures. They passed down in disciplic succession the conclusions of the predecessor teaches and the compilers of the Vedic texts. In this way they sought to alleviate the suffering of mankind. People are suffering due to want of knowledge. This is clearly seen in the confusion that exists today, especially in secular Western countries. As stated previously, when one is materially exhausted, one generally turns to religion. But without proper guidance, the religious quest can also lead to confusion, and one then again takes shelter of the materialistic life that one knows so well. But the work of the Goswamis can save one form that back and forth dilemma so characteristic of today's society. When properly applied, their philosophy of yukta-vairagya, or 'practical renunciation,' solves the dichotomy between tranquility and technology. The Goswamis taught the proper utilization of material phenomena. That is, everything is meant to be used in the service of the Absolute Truth. The confidential, detailed procedure of just how to do this was revealed by the Six Goswamis.

                                                                                    About the Author

                                                                                    Steven Rosen (aka Satyaraj Das) It is free-lance writer and the author of several books. He is an initiated disciple of his Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada , the founder and spiritual master of ISCKON. Although Satyraj Das , was not born in India, his writing and scholarship has developed for him a reputation as an important voice in the Indian religious community. As a Vaishnava he serves as the Minister of interreligious Affairs for the New York branch of ISCOKON
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