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Kriya Yoga: The Science of Self Realization

by J R Santiago

"Kriya yoga" ­ what is it? Practitioners regard kriya yoga as the best and fastest method of attaining self-realisation. But what lies behind this mystical, ancient technique? It is proof, as the system claims, that mankind's origins are divine? Or is simply a myth rather than a science? This book is an attempt to unravel a very old mystery.

Paperback. 64 pages. B&W line drawings.
Weight: 95 g (3.3 oz).
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*** Yoga - General ***


How To Select A Guru


by Ramamurti S Mishra

For most of us the quest for spirituality begins with the seach for a true teacher - a guru who can lead us to the profound and eternal joys of enlightenment. But how does one find a being who is an embodiment of the very truth that we are seeking? This book tells us about the attributes that one must seek in the right kind of guru and the pitfalls that one must avoid. The book also warns against charlatans and peddlers of false dharma who mislead the gullible for their own personal fame and fortune.

"This is a book that tells you all about what a guru is, and what he is not. -- Swami Raj

Paperback. 41 pages.
Weight: 45 g (1.6 oz).
Item No: 81-7769-029-9.
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Occult Training of the Hindus

by Ernest Wood

Classic reading relevant today's world. For those searching for meaning and purpose in a confusing world, Occult Training of the Hindus provides revealing insights to aid the aspirant to attain understanding and peace through yoga. Compelling reading.

Paperback. 191 pages.
Weight: 90 g (3.2 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-243-2.
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Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali

by Patanjali. Translated by William Q Judge.

The Yoga Aphorisms (or Yoga Sutras), written by Patanjali (2nd century BC), is the earliest surviving textbook on yoga and an essential gem for anyone interested in yoga.

This translation was originally published by the Theosophical Society, Bombay, in 1885.

Paperback. 74 pages.
Weight: 90 g (3.2 oz).
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Yoga Sutra of Patanjali

Translated & edited by Dr J R Ballantyre & Govind Sastri Deva

Patanjali is the founder of yoga, one of the six schools of Hindu philosophy. All of these schools have one starting point and all have one and the same final object: the emancipation of the soul from future birth and existence, and its absorption into the supreme Soul of the universe.

This book is one of the most important texts on the subject. It is a "must reading" for any aspirant of Hindu theistic philosophy.

Paperback. 300 pages.
Weight: 125 g (4.4 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-232-7.
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Yogic and Music Therapy

by Sanjay Das

Yogic and Music Therapy is a concise description of the therapeutic uses of both yoga asanas along with classical Indian ragas. It is a bold attempt to introduce the idea of using classical Indian music alongside yoga asanas to cure many of the present day maladies. Created thousands of years ago both yoga and Indian classical music have their roots in spiritualism that is the basis of true Indian education.

Paperback. 89 pages.
Weight: 100 g (3.5 oz).
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The Yogins of Ladakh: A Pilgrimage Among The Hermits Of The Buddhist Himalayas

by John Crook and James Low

An investigation of the social organisation, history, meditational practices and philosophy of the yogins who still live, practice in the remote areas of Zangskar valley of Ladakh.

Paperback. 420 pages. Index.
Weight: 580 g (20.3 oz).
Item No: 8120814797.
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*** Hatha Yoga ***


Gheranda Samhita: The Teachings of Gheranda, a Great Yogi

Translated by Rai Bahadur Shrisha Chandra Vasu

Hatha yoga is one of the most important forms of yoga. It is a system of physical exercises designed to increase bodily purification, strength and health. The Tantric Sanskrit text, Gheranda Samhita, comprising 350 verses, is in the form of a dialogue between the sage, Gheranda, and an enquirer.

"This is a book that should be read over and over again to allow the mind to absorb the great teachings of this remarkable Indian mystic." -- Thomas Edison

Paperback. 134 pages. Sanskrit and English text.
Weight: 65 g (2.3 oz).
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Hatha Yoga Pradipika (Explanation of Hatha Yoga)

by Pancham Sinh

There are several forms of yoga one could follow, depending on whether emancipation, mental energy or physical powers are sought, and also on the paths followed to attain these. One of the chief and most popular forms of yoga is hatha yoga. The practice deals chiefly with the body and its powers and functions, and is best considered as part of physical culture.
Especially popular in the West, hatha yoga is a holistic form of exercise. Translated from the original Sanskrit, Hatha Yoga Pradipika offers invaluable guidance to all practitioners of yoga.

Paperback. 141 pages. Sanskrit and English text.
Weight: 80 g (2.8 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-231-9.
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Pocket Guide to Hatha Yoga

by Michele Picozzi

Hatha yoga is a holistic form of exercise tailor-made for modern Westerners. This guide offers a roadmap for the beginner and a comprehensive resource for the continuing yoga student. Contents include:
-- The history of yoga
-- How hatha yoga is practiced in the West
-- Basic postures for health and relaxation
-- Pranayama (or working with the breath)
-- Meditation
-- Principles of yogic diet
-- Over 50 illustrations of postures

The author, Michele Picozzi, has studied and written about hatha yoga since 1986. She is the author of Controlling Herpes Naturally: A Holistic Approach to Prevention and Treatment. Her articles have appeared in Yoga Journal, Natural Health, Delicious!, Let's Live, and Natural Pets, as well as in medical and trade journals.

Paperback. 111 pages. B&W drawings.
Pilgrims Pocket Series edition (authorised for sale in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal).
Weight: 90 g (3.2 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-239-4.
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Shiva Samhita: The Teachings of Shiva

Translated by Rai Bhdur Shrisha Chandra Vasu

In Hindu mythology, Shiva is also known as the god of asceticism, and as such is called Mahayogi, or "great yogi". This book consists of an ancient collection of texts or verses, which elaborate the essentials necessary for the practice of yoga.
Reading this book you will discover the discover the secrets of Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga. Transcend to the spiritual heights of the ancient rishis and yogis through their secrets. Learn about the steps which must be traversed before one may achieve those spiritual heights.

Of immense value to both scholars and yoga aspirants, this work has been translated into English, while preserving the original Sanskrit text.

Paperback. 193 pages. Sanskrit text with English translation.
Weight: 90 g (3.2 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-234-3.
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Yoga Self-Taught

by André Van Lysebeth

For beginners this classic book is a perfect introduction to yoga; for more advanced students, it is a valuable reference book.

If you cannot attend yoga classes, want to supplement what you learn in classes, or simply prefer to teach yourself at home, then this is the book for you. It is like having a yoga instructor in your home, on call 24 hours a day! The essence of yoga is in the details, and this book covers them all -- not just each of the postures, but their variations and duration, and correct breathing techniques. Well illustrated with over 100 drawings and photographs, and unlike other yoga books, this book also shows some of the common mistakes in the postures and how to overcome them.

Andre Van Lysbeth has over 50 years of experience as a yoga teacher and has practiced yoga since 1945. He founded the Belgian Yoga Federation and the European Federation in cooperation with Gerard Blitz in 1965. He is also the editor of the French magazine, Yoga, and author of Tantra: The Cult of the Feminine.

Paperback. 285 pages. B&W photographs, drawings and diagrams.
Weight: 350 g (12.3 oz).
Item No: 8177690906.
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Yoga Explained

by F Yeats-Brown

"At dawn I opened the shutters of my bedroom, watched the sun rise across the blue waters of the Adriatic, sat for an hour, sometimes two, cross-legged, absorbed in the beauty of the world, and the meditative exercises of yoga. After breakfast I swam, then slept, or read the Paradiso, roamed the countryside, saw where Caesar crossed the Rubicon, where St. Anthony preached to the fish, where Paolo loved Francesca."

This guide to yoga is a quaint period piece from the 1930s, full of the author's highly individual approach to yoga that makes this book stand out from the crowd of yoga "how to" manuals on the market today.

Hardback. 288 pages. B&W drawings and photographs.
Weight: 300 g (10.5 oz).
Item No: 91-7624-033-8.
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*** Kriya Yoga ***


Kriya Yoga: The Science of Self Realization

by J R Santiago

"Kriya yoga" ­ what is it? Practitioners regard kriya yoga as the best and fastest method of attaining self-realisation. But what lies behind this mystical, ancient technique? It is proof, as the system claims, that mankind's origins are divine? Or is simply a myth rather than a science? This book is an attempt to unravel a very old mystery.

Paperback. 64 pages. B&W line drawings.
Weight: 95 g (3.3 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-184-3.
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*** Kundalini Yoga ***


The Cult of Divine Power "Sakti Sadhana" (Kundalini Yoga)

by Jadunath Sinha

This invaluable book gives the essentials of Saktism, the philosophy of Siva-Sakti, and the worship of the Divine Mother, as based on the Sakta Upanisads, Tantras and other authoritative works. Sakta Monism has a distinct and unique place in the history of Indian philosophy and religion. It is allied to the Pratyabhijna school of Saivism of Kashmir and Advaita Vedanta.

Saktaism believes in Siva-Sakti, Siva, Absolute, and Sakti, Divine Power -- laying stress on the latter as the creator, preserver and destroyer of the world, and binder and liberator of the individual selves. Siva and Sakti are inseparable from each other, and an integral unity. Siva-Sakti is the Supreme Reality. Sakti is spiritual energy, dormant in matter as coiled power, more awakened in life, more manifest in mind or consciousness, more potent in superconsciousness. Sakti pervades the world, and sustains all individual selves, atoms of divine consciousness, limited by their adjuncts. The world is created, maintained and dissolved by Sakti, and is real to an individual self until it is liberated. It is unreal to a liberated self.
In religion Saktism seeks for the complete transformation of human life into life divine.

Tantric meditation, kundalini yoga, mental concentration at the centres of mystic consciousness and meditation on the Divine Power, Sakti, awakening the Divine Energy at the basic centre by breathing exercises, making pierce the six esoteric centres at the abdominal centre, the navel centre, the heart centre, the throat centre, the eyebrow centre, and uniting it with the Absolute at the highest centre at the top of the cerebrum, is a unique method in Saktism.

Paperback. 135 pages.
Weight: 190 g (6.7 oz).
Item No: 81-7624-071-0.
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Pilgrims of Love: The Life and Teachings of Swami Kripalu

Compiled and edited by Atma Jo Ann Levitt

Swami Kripalu (1913-1981) was an Indian master of Kundalini Yoga who spent over thirty years doing intense spiritual practice including twelve years of silence.

This work is a compilation of the many talks he gave in America and India about his life and teachings, as well as recollections by others -- a rare portrait of a contemporary and influential saint.

Atma Jo Ann Levitt, M.A., R.N., is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher and author of three books, including The Kripalu Cookbook: Gourmet Vegetarian Recipes. She pioneered many growth and wellness programs at Kripalu Center. She is co-author of a book on sibling relationships, Sibling Revelry: 8 Steps to a Successful Adult Sibling Relationship.

Paperback. 308 pages.
Weight: 450 g (15.8 oz).
Item No: 8177693832.
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*** Raja Yoga ***


Shiva Samhita: The Teachings of Shiva

Translated by Rai Bhdur Shrisha Chandra Vasu

In Hindu mythology, Shiva is also known as the god of asceticism, and as such is called Mahayogi, or "great yogi". This book consists of an ancient collection of texts or verses, which elaborate the essentials necessary for the practice of yoga.
Reading this book you will discover the discover the secrets of Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga. Transcend to the spiritual heights of the ancient rishis and yogis through their secrets. Learn about the steps which must be traversed before one may achieve those spiritual heights.

Of immense value to both scholars and yoga aspirants, this work has been translated into English, while preserving the original Sanskrit text.

Paperback. 193 pages. Sanskrit text with English translation.
Weight: 90 g (3.2 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-234-3.
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*** Tantric Yoga ***

Diary of a Tantric Priestess

by Claire Marie Bailey with Jack Bailey (Swami Krishna Chaitanya)

The experiences of a present day tantric combined with the experiences of her Guru and mentor this book provides the reader with an insight into the world of Tantra and its application in the contemporary world.

* What is tantra?
* How may it effect changes in our everyday life?
* Can anyone practice this art?

Whilst telling her story Claire Marie Bailey explains very lucidly how the practice of tantra has brought many positive changes into her life. An inspiring story that whets the appetite of those interested in the subject to delve further into the mystic secrets of tantra.

Claire Marie is 43 years old, has seven children (two from a previous marriage), and when she met Sri Krishna Chaitanya (this is his spiritual name), the White Guru, she had had bulimia for over ten years, owing to a bad and stressful marriage to a heavy drinker, and developed stomach cancer from misuse of stronger and stronger laxatives.

She had been a uniformed member of the Salvation Army for over twenty years, but always looking for 'something more'. She found that in the teachings of the White Guru, and in his remarkable abilities. He told her 'miracles do not prove the truth of a religion or philosophy, but if the religion or philosophy is true, miracles should happen'.

He told her that 'sidhis', for their own sake are valueless, mere dust on the mirror of consciousness, and, within six weeks of practicing tantra with him, she was healed of both her bulimia and stomach cancer.

Today she is a tantric practitioner herself, with her own group of devotees (mainly in the USA, while Sri Krishna Chaitanya focuses on India), and has seen many of them physically healed and a few attain realisation. She is a fully realised soul, a liberated individual, has sidhis, and is still a busy wife and mother.

"The life of [this] diminutive, soft-spoken 'White Guru' seems the stuff Bollywood blockbusters are made of." -- Hindustan Times

Click here to read a remarkable article on Claire Marie and her guru

The teachings of the White Guru in this book have changed the life of many people. Click here to read testimonials

Paperback. 261 pages.
Weight: 300 g (10.5 oz).
Item No: 8177692070.
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Hardback. 261 pages.
Weight: 420 g (14.7 oz).
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Tantrik Yoga: Hindu and Tibetan

by J Marques Riviere

Here is an account of an authentic yogic system recommended by eminent yogis. The author, J Marques Riviere, has gone to Sanskrit original texts for his original information and has supplemented this with instructions received from a noted Indian yogi who later became his guru. The book covers methods of breath control, the correct postures to be observed in the practice of yoga, as well as mental exercises and methods of meditation followed by eastern experts on yoga.

A chapter is included on Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan yoga that will prove to be of immense value to the reader.

This work is highly recommended for all the students of yoga. This book is a further step on the path to a deeper revelation of a little known subject.

Paperback. 126 pages. B&W photographs and painting.
Weight: 120 g (4.2 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-175-4.
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