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Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time

Retold by Krishna Dharma

One of the oldest and most cherished of all Indian classics, filled with deep spiritual wisdom, it is the story of five heroic brothers who were destined to rule a vast kingdom.

"When I dove into the Mahabharata, I expected something along the lines of a dry Arabian Knights, but what I got was something else! Once I began to read, I just could not tear my mind away from the book. Even as I write this, my mind lingers on the glorious spiritual Indian mythology captured on its pages. If you are looking for a cross between Arthurian legends and cultural epic spiked with romance, and overarching spiritual guidance, Mahabharata is for you. Aside from the wonderful magical tales, the novel is an ancient authority on karma, reincarnation, and yoga." -- Rachel Styer, Magical Blend Magazine

"Dharma successfully captures the mood and majesty of a rich and ancient epic and, in the process, does full justice to the critical elements of the complex story. A well-wrought saga that will be appreciated by Western readers and admirably serve to introduce a new generation to the rich spiritual, cultural, and historic legacy of India. Highly recommended." -- Midwest Book Review

"Rarely, if ever, has an ancient epic received such modern blockbuster treatment? The narrative moves effortlessly, often as racily as a thriller, without compromising the elevated style and diction. The visual imagery is every bit as impressive as anything achieved in the cinematic editions." -- India Today

Paperback. 941 pages. Colour paintings and B&W drawings.
Weight: 1100 g (38.5 oz).
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*** Bhagavad Gita ***

Bhagavad Gita


Translated and edited by Charles Johnston

This noted translation of the Bhagavad Gita by Charles Johnston (Bengal Civil Service, retired Indian Civil Service, Sanskrit Prizeman, Dublin University) originally appeared in 1908.

The translation is accompanied by an interesting introduction to and commentary on the Bhagavad Gita.

Paperback. 132 pages.
Weight: 150 g (5.3 oz).
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The Bhagavad Gita Or the Message of the Master

by Yogi Ramacharaka

Yogi Ramacharaka leads the reader through this great poem, explaining its multiple levels of meaning, which culminates in an understanding of its deepest mystical meaning.

Paperback. 151 pages.
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Bhagavad Gita: The Song Divine; New, Easy-to-Understand Edition of India's Timeless Masterpiece of Spiritual Wisdom

Translated by Carl E Woodham

The wisdom of the Bhagavad-gita, India's immortal spiritual classic, has illuminated that fabled land since time immemorial. Gandhi read the book daily. And since it first became known outside India in the eighteenth century, it has inspired generations of philosophers, poets and ordinary readers around the world. In America, Thoreau and Emerson sang its praises.

The subject matter of the Gita ranges from vast eternal comsology to our innermost life. We learn to see the world around us from the perspective of sages who saw the beauty of God reflected in every aspect of nature -- the rivers, the mountains, the sky, the ocean, the plants, the animals. And we then learn how to move from appreciation of the reflected beauty of God to contemplation of the original beauty of God Himself. We learn that the journey of life did not begin with brith and will not end with the death of the body -- for the soul there is neither birth nor death. We learn how we can become modern yogis, satisfied with the pleasure that comes from within, undisturbed by the turbulence of life in even the fastest lanes of third millenium society.

The most authoritative translation of recent years has now been rendered by Carl Woodham into verse of astonishing clarity, sensitive to the nuances of the orginal text as well as the tastes of modern readers, young and old alike. This invitingly accessible and lyrical volume is sure to win thehearts of all who value wisdom.

"In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad-gita, in comparison to which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial" -- Henry David Thoreau

"Those who meditate on the Gita will derive fresh joy and new meaning from it every day. Let the Gita be to you a mine of diamonds as it has been to me. Let it be your constant guide on life's way. Let it light your path and dignify your labor" -- Mahatama Gandhi

"When I read the Bhagavad-gita, the only question left is how God created the universe. Everything else seems to be superfluous." -- Albert Einstein

"I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad-gita. It was the first of books; it was as if an empire spoke to us. nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, constant, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had pondered thus and disposed of the same questions which exercise us... Let us cherish the venerable spectacle." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The [Bhagavad-gita] is awesome... a storehouse of devotion, learning, scholarship, Hindu granny-wisdom, sincerity, gaiety, and sweet transcendental insight." -- Alan Ginsberg, American poet

Paperback. 98 pages.
Weight: 200 g (7 oz).
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Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita

by D S Sarma

The Bhagavad Gita is but one of the many episodes from the great Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. Said to have been written by Vyasa, it forms one of the most important written doctrines for the Hindu religion.

This introduction does not use the classic dialogue between Krishna, the god of all, and his disciple, Arjuna, poised on the battlefield between two armies. In this book the author seeks to analyse the text, giving his own interpretation, although keeping very closely to the original story.

Extract:
"The Gita neither advocates war nor condemns it. It is more concerned with the general question of how a man should view his duty as a part of the will of God, and discharge it selflessly and hence fearlessly. It is more concerned with the battles of man, than with the battles of men."

This introduction to the Bhagavad Gita was originally published in 1925 and it still gives the Western reader a well-interpreted version of the great epic.

Written for the layman, it offers great clarity of style. It does not seek to translate the scriptures exactly, but gives a more general view of the Gita and puts it into context with the great Mahabharata epic. It concentrates on the main theme, illustrated by the dialogue of the warrior Arjuna with the God Krishna, namely that of helping to unlock a path between duty, ethics and a right way in God's path.

The author, D S Sarma, was Professor in the Presidency College, Madras.

Paperback. 108 pages.
Weight: 110 g (3.9 oz).
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The Song Celestial or Bhagavad-Gita

Translated by Sir Edwin Arnold

The Bhagavad Gita is one of the many episodes from the great Hindu epic, the Mahabharata written by Vyasa. The Bhagavad Gita forms one of the most important written doctrines of the Hindu religion. Whatever the origins of this story, all will agree that it remains a classic work, The story unfolds as the armies of the Kauravas and Pandavas are poised for battle. The two armies are formed from the same warring family locked in a battle of good over evil, but things are never a mere choice of black or white.

This translation from the Sanskrit is by Sir Edwin Arnold and is the classic dialogue between Krishna and his disciple Arjuna. The dialogue of the warrior Arjuna with the god Krishna helps to reveal the difficult moral options regarding duty, ethics and a right way on God's path.

Paperback. 111 pages.
Weight: 120 g (4.2 oz).
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*** Bhagavatam ***

Mystical Stories from the Bhagavatam: Twenty-Six Timeless Lessons in Self-Discovery

by Amal Bhakta

These amazing stories, derived from ancient India's Shrimad Bhagavatam, take the reader on an enthralling mystical journey. Filled with adventure, romance, and intrigue, these are remarkable stories about powerful gods, terrifying demons, and illustrious kings, compassionate saints, and ordinary people. To read these stories is to engage in a valuable meditation, for they affect not only the mind and heart, but the soul as well. Inspiring tales for wisdom-seekers of all backgrounds.

"These are good stories: interesting, well told, and fun to read or listen to. The Bhagavatam's message may be uniform, but it is never bland, and the variety of stories here and in the text as a whole gives its message nuance and broad appeal... This collection has some of the Bhagavatam's best... Enjoy them as good stories should be enjoyed." -- Thomas H Hopkins, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, Franklin and Marshal College

"
Amal Bhakta' continues to break new ground in the exciting contemporary renaissance of classical wisdom. In an age hungry for authentic spiritual and moral wisdom, Amal Bhakta's charming rendition of twenty-six timeless stories from the Bhagavatam will surely make these enchanting tales more accessible to general readers. Unforgettable tales that for many centuries have inspired and entertained the East now flow easily into the West from the pen of this gifted writer." -- Hridayananda das Goswami, PhD, Co-Translatore of Shrimad Bhagavatam

Discover how:
-- A goddess demands sex and the result is worldwide chaos
-- A criminal is saved from hell by uttering God's name
-- A yogi transforms his aged body into a young one
-- A dead child is revived and speaks the highest wisdom
-- A king fasts for forty-eight days to free his subjects from misery
-- A prince enters a forbidden forest and turns into a princess
-- God assumes a female form to deceive and destroy demons

Paperback. 259 pages.
Weight: 400 g (14 oz).
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*** Mahabharata ***

Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time


Retold by Krishna Dharma

One of the oldest and most cherished of all Indian classics, filled with deep spiritual wisdom, it is the story of five heroic brothers who were destined to rule a vast kingdom.

"When I dove into the Mahabharata, I expected something along the lines of a dry Arabian Knights, but what I got was something else! Once I began to read, I just could not tear my mind away from the book. Even as I write this, my mind lingers on the glorious spiritual Indian mythology captured on its pages. If you are looking for a cross between Arthurian legends and cultural epic spiked with romance, and overarching spiritual guidance, Mahabharata is for you. Aside from the wonderful magical tales, the novel is an ancient authority on karma, reincarnation, and yoga." -- Rachel Styer, Magical Blend Magazine

"Dharma successfully captures the mood and majesty of a rich and ancient epic and, in the process, does full justice to the critical elements of the complex story. A well-wrought saga that will be appreciated by Western readers and admirably serve to introduce a new generation to the rich spiritual, cultural, and historic legacy of India. Highly recommended." -- Midwest Book Review

"Rarely, if ever, has an ancient epic received such modern blockbuster treatment? The narrative moves effortlessly, often as racily as a thriller, without compromising the elevated style and diction. The visual imagery is every bit as impressive as anything achieved in the cinematic editions." -- India Today

Paperback. 941 pages. Colour paintings and B&W drawings.
Weight: 1100 g (38.5 oz).
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Mystical Stories from the Mahabharata: Twenty Timeless Lessons in Wisdom and Virtue

by Amal Bhakta

Immortality... Invincibility... Curses and counter-curses... Old age transformed into youth... In Mystical Stories from the Mahabharata, Amal Bhakta has distilled from India's greatest spiritual epic a collection of gripping stories filled with adventure, romance, intrigue, and timeless wisdom. In his vivid storytelling style, he brings to life some of the Mahabharata's most fascinating and exhilarating adventures. These extraordinary tales of heroes and heroines, devils and demons, will inspire, challenge, and motivate us to live up to the highest ideals and values. The characters in these stories encourage us by their superb example to cultivate such positive qualities as patience, forbearance, compassion, sacrifice, austerity, enthusiasm, even-mindedness, faith, devotion, and wisdom. These qualities can impart a sublime, tranquil character to our otherwise tense, stressful lives and enable us to acquire inner fulfillment and true satisfaction.

Amal Bhakta is a master storyteller. His 275 audiocassettes, which circulate worldwide to thousands of spellbound listeners, amply attest to this. Many of these unforgettable tapes are heard daily on the radio. A mystic, monk, and yogi for many years, he has re-told these remarkable Mahabharata stories in an exciting, involving, and absorbing way. Author of the books The Life of Tulasi Devi and Mystical Stories from the Bhagavatam (the latter book also published by Pilgrims Book House), he has also written articles on yoga for national magazines. He lectures regularly on bhakti yoga, and counsels students daily in India's Vedic philosophy.

"Amal Bhakta has mined the Mahabharata, one of the great classics of world literature, for jewel-like stories of heroes and heroines that sparkle not only with adventure and romance but with deep spiritual meaning. At a time when many find themselves adrift in a sea of perplexity, Mystical Stories from the Mahabharata offers a new moral compass that enables us to chart a better course for ourselves individually and collectively." -- Michael Cremo, author of Forbidden Archeology

Discover how:
-- A princess brings her husband back from death
-- A warrior gains the power to be invincible and immortal
-- An old sage is transformed into a young man
-- A chaste woman curses a rapist to die instantly
-- A mystic swallows the ocean and saves the earth from doom
-- A young saint brings rain to a drought-filled city
-- A gorgeous woman destroys the world's most powerful demons

Paperback. 245 pages. B&W drawings.
Weight: 400 g (14 oz).
Item No: 8177691651.
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*** Ramayana ***

Ramayana: India's Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love and Wisdom

Retold by Krishna Dharma

The Ramayana (the Journey of Rama) is perhaps the world's oldest literature. Cherished throughout India and Asia for milennia, it has been faithfully preserved and passed on in varied forms of popular expression-epic poems, folk tales, music, dance, drama, puppet shows, sculpture, painting, even films and comic books. Its story and characters have captured the hearts and minds of countless generations.

This new novelized edition gives English readers their best opportunity yet to enjoy this timeless classic.

"Attributed to Valmiki, an ancient Indian poet and sage, Ramayana (the epic story of Rama), is one of the two great epic poems of India. Composed in Sanskrit sometime before 300 B.C.E., it makes for lively reading as a good adventure and love story as well as a guide to spiritual practice and a reflection of the cultural, social, and religious beliefs of India at the time. Dharma (Vaisnava temple and Centre of Vedic Studies, Manchester, England) consulted several existing translations and the Adhyatma Ramayana to produce a very clear and readable rendition. This version breaks up what was originally seven long chapters into smaller, easier to handle units. Recommended for any library in need of a first copy or a contemporary and highly readable rendering of this ancient Indian classic." -- David Bourquin, California State Univ., San Bernadino, in: Library Journal

Paperback. 462 pages. Colour paintings and B&W drawings.
Weight: 700 g (24.5 oz).
Item No: 8177691643.
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The Ramayan of Tulsidas, or the Bible of Northern India

by J M (John Mandeville) Macfie

One of the greatest works of poetry to come from India is the Ramacharitamanas (The Lake that is the Story of Rama), written by the great medieval Hindi poet and philosopher, Goswami Tulsidas (1532-1623).

The Ramacharitamanas is Tulsidas' retelling in his own unique way of the great Sanskrit religious epic, Valmiki's Ramayana.

"[The Ramacharitamanas] is perhaps better known among Hindus in upper India than the Bible among the rustic population in England. Its verses are everywhere, in this region, popular proverbs; an apt quotation from them by a stranger has an immediate effect in producing interest and confidence in the hearers. As with the Bible and Shakespeare, his phrases have passed into the common speech, and are used by every one (even in Urdu) without being conscious of their origin." (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th edition).

The Ramayan of Tulsidas, or the Bible of Northern India is a comprehensive introduction by J M Macfie (the author of Myths and Legends of India) to the philosophy, the religious aspects, and the poetry of the work of genius that is the Ramacharitamanas.

Contents:
The Life and Deeds of Rama; The Lesser Gods; Brahma, the Creator; Time, the Fruit of Actions and the Creator; Shiva, the Destroyer God; Vishnu, the Preserver God; The Hindu Triad-Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva; Brahm, the Supreme Spirit; Rama, the Incarnation of Vishnu and of Brahm; The Crow's Philosophy; The Moral Teaching of the Poem; and The Poem's Contribution to the Religious Thought and Life of India.

Paperback. 260 pages.
Weight: 350 g (12.3 oz).
Item No: 8177690515.
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*** Upanishads ***

Studies in the Upanisads

by Govindagopal Mukhopadhyaya

This book is a comprehensive analysis of the principal Upanisads. It seeks to view the Upanisads under three different aspects - the goal, the way and the attainment - and approaches the subject from the both Western and the Eastern points of view.
The Upanisads, which are considered to be among the most important religious scriptures from India, should be comprehended not so much intellectually as by the development of the whole being, and it is in this spirit that this work has been written.
The author of the book is a noted Sanskrit scholar.

Paperback. 306 pages.
Weight: 345 g (12.1 oz).
Item No: 81-7624-068-0.
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*** Vedas ***

Kundalini: An Indian Paradigm of Creativity

by Major-General G D Bakshi

Ranging from quantum physics to the Veda, this study of the kundalini takes us beyond mundane experiences and into the new world of quasars, black holes and psychotropic substances and their relation to spiritual well-being.

The book discusses kundalini as a source for creativity in Indian culture, and compares the Indian concepts with Western concepts of creativity.

Paperback. 238 pages.
B&W drawings and diagrams.
Weight: 750 g (26.3 oz).
Item No: 8173032127.
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The Song of the Atharvans: The Physics, Philosophy and Poetry of the Atharva Veda

by Brigadier G D Bakshi, SM, VSM

The Song of the Atharvans is a new and scientific approach to one of the Hindu sacred texts, the Atharva Veda, and an incursion into the minds of the Indian sages. Did they really use psychotropic plants to achieve the great mental heights and insights that they claim or was it self-induced through their practice of meditation? The author explains the reasoning behind the lessons taught by the Indian sages.

Brig. Bakshi has traced the path of the search for the mystical potion Soma -- from the heights of the Hindu Kush mountains through the wastes of ancient Persia to the hills of Kashmir hills and on to the Mongolian uplands. While he accepts that all documentation on this subject is inconclusive, he still believes that Soma did exist. He qualifies this by discussing whether Soma was an external aid or a self-produced effect of human physiology, the result of deep and concentrated meditation.
In its analysis of the Vedas, this book both documents the history of the Ayrans and explores the state of the human mind. It analyses the evolution of humankind up till now and whether we have been following the path outlined by ancient sages, and ventures an opinion as to the form that mankind may achieve in the future.

Contents:
Book One [Commentary on Some of the Philosophical Concepts found in the Atharva Veda}
1. Prologue
2. Atharvans - Seers of the Atharva Veda
3. Atharvans and the Audio Poiesis of Poetry
4. Atharvanic Paradigms of Evolution
5. The Meta Concepts of Soma and Agni
6. The Super Luminal Propagation of Information in the Field
7. The Depth Ecology of Brahman
8. Agnim: As the Supreme Person and the Mystic Fire Sacrifice
9. Core Myths of the Vedas: The Herds of Dawn
10. The Seven Streams of Soma
Book Two: Transcreations (Free Translations) of Selected Hymns of the Atharva Veda

Paperback. 353 pages. B&W photographs.
Weight: 250 g (8.8 oz).
Item No: 8177692100.
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*** Other Hindu Sacred Writings ***

The Psalm of Siva's Glory


by Puspadanta. Translated by R N Tiwari.

This holy hymn, known in the original Sanskrit as Shivamahimnastotra, is dedicated to the glory of the Hindu god Siva. It is an important Shaivite text and is quite popular among worshippers of Siva.

The composer of this hymn was Puspadanta, who lived in the 10th century AD. He was a "gandharva" (divine musician, or a musician who composes music for the gods) and a staunch devotee of Siva.

According to Hindu tradition, Puspadanta gained the capacity to become invisible at will and used this invisibility to steal flowers from the king's garden to give to Lord Siva. In order to catch the flower thief , the king scattered flowers taken off the idol of the Lord in the hope that the thief would lose his capacity to disappear by treading on these flowers. Puspadanta trod on these flowers unknowingly and lost his power of invisibility. In order to regain that lost power he composed this hymn to please the Lord.

Paperback. 65 pages. English and Sanskrit text.
Weight: 110 g (3.9 oz).
Item No: N000020123.
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