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    1. The Sanskrit Language: An Introductory
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    2. The Bhagavad Gita
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    3. Yoga Nidra Meditation CD: Extreme
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    4. Light on Pranayama the Yogic Art
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    5. Gandhi An Autobiography:The Story
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    6. Meditation for Dummies
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    7. Introduction to Sanskrit, Part
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    8. Yoga of Time Travel: How the Mind
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    9. Wheels of Life: A User's Guide
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    10. Bhagavad Gita As It Is: Complete
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    11. God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad
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    12. The Essential Gandhi : An Anthology
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    13. Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology
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    14. Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep
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    15. Chakras for Beginners: A Guide
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    20. Magical Beginnings, Enchanted

    1. The Sanskrit Language: An Introductory Grammar and Reader
    by Walter Maurer
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    Asin: 0700713824
    Catlog: Book (2002-01-01)
    Publisher: Curzon Pr
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    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This grammar offers a completely new approach to the study of Sanskrit, aimed at students with no previous specialist knowledge of the categories of grammar. It is a stimulating and infectious approach, designed to cultivate rapid and lasting enthusiasm for Sanskrit.
    Important features of the work are the use of connected passages for exercise which are intrinsically more interesting and challenging than the unrelated sentences found in other grammars; the great deal of attention given to the explanation of the Devanagari system; and the extensive appendices and glossaries in a separate volume.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Superbly writtten.
    I love this book for its organization, its exercises, and its explanations. It makes learning Sanskrit easy, and is evidently a labor of love by it author.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Joy of Sanskrit
    I have seen a few others and tried using one of them, but this set by Maurer is easily the best I have come across. The script is easy to read and the grammar is carefully presented to make it possible for the beginner to start using and enjoying the language immediately. Additionally, the second volume provides a historical overview of the language and other Indo-European tongues, all the conjugational and declensional paradigms, and a two-way dictionary for easy reference. It's expensive - the author sacrificed his royalties to force the publishers into a hardcover - but well worth the money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
    I am halfway through the book and, as the author has promised, he has explained English grammar so well that I am finding my present study of other difficult languages much easier as a result of skimming through the grammar sections. The Sanskrit writing is beautifully printed and the author is doing a splendid job of making Sanskrit seem like a language which the intelligent and diligent learner " can " learn on her own. I still have a long way to go in my study of this language, but this book has made the learning of Sanskrit seem attainable and, I am almost afraid to say it, fun. These two books are well worth the price. ... Read more

    2. The Bhagavad Gita
    by Eknath Easwaran
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    Asin: 0915132354
    Catlog: Book (1985-06-01)
    Publisher: Nilgiri Press
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    The most familiar and best-loved of all the scriptures of Indiain a practical, accessible translation, with illuminating introductionsto each chapter. 240 pages ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent explanation of the essence of Hinduism
    Sri Eknath Eswaran's book has beautifully described the core meaning and essence of the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita. He has made it possible even for non-hindus and non-religious people to understand and answer the philosophical questions that haunt us, like why are we born on earth? what is each man's mission in life? how does the whole political and social system of the universe work? To me it has reinforced the faith and belief in the Supreme spirit that govers and rules this world and courage to stand for what I believe is Truth.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Lords Gita
    This is a great accessable gita for all type of seekers. This translation is written in a very understandable form and flows very well.
    It begins every chapter with a short analysis and detailed explanation of Sanskrit terms, spiritual principles and science behind them. It is also a nice size that makes for carrying it around with convenience.
    This particular translation is will be appreciated by those open minded spiritual seekers since it is written as more of a spiritual guide than a religious text. Although religious types can also appreciate it.
    The wisdom of the Gita is eternal and this one really does it justice.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great book to live by
    "A great book to live by" could be applied to 90% of Easwaran's work, but this was the first work of his that I was exposed to.. and it was one that had a profound effect.

    Easwaran has taken an ancient tale and translated it into more than just English; Rather, he's translated into our daily lives. For those who find religious traditions other than their own to be too foreign, this edition of the Gita, with commentary, opens up the tradition of Krishna to the West.

    This particular translation, however, doesn't focus heavily on Krishna, Arjuna, or the traditions of Hinduism. Instead, it paints a picture of a human being, like any of us, in a moral dilemna. Few of us have an advisor like Krishna to call upon, but we do have Easwaran.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A gracious and precious description of the human condition
    This review is being written by one whose life has been deeply moved by Christ Jesus, but who knows only little about yoga or other religions.

    Eknath Easwaran has succeeded in capturing the essence of life the Bhagavad Gita embraces and continues on to describe who we really are and where our strength lies.
    The revelation that we are strangers and aliens in the world, that we are (in the deepest sense) not mortal human beings but eternal spiritual beings and belong to and are one with Him and one another can come only to Arjuna from Krishna.
    The reliance on and obedience to this inner voice is Action.
    There are many paths, but only one journey.
    This is one of the most beautiful descriptions of Jesus Christ I have ever read.
    If you live in the world, you would do well to read it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, clear, and enlightening translation
    Eknath Easwaran's translation is poetic and beautiful making it readable and inspiring and managing at the same time to clearly state Krishna' spiritual message. Easwaran's translation manages to prove its merit for both spiritual and scholarly study. Many of the other translations are very dry coming from scholars who just know how to translate Sanskrit to English mechanically.Whereas Easwaran was a professor of English and now a spiritual guru; so he has a grasp on both worlds. They do not properly help explain the various yogas Krishna tells Arjuna; reading this translation has been the best explanation of yoga I have ever read before. Each chapter has an introduction to it and there is a glossary of terms in the back. The other translations I think fail also to understand and clearly explain the heart of Krishnia's message which is essentially that one's atman, soul, higher self etc. is one with brahman, the divine, the universe, the source of everything etc and that this liberation can be discovered through the path of yoga. There is not just one path of yoga but many like Karma Yoga(path of selfless service) and Raja Yoga(path of meditation.) The beauty of the Bhagavad Gita is that it explains a way to enter the path to liberation, no matter what stage of spiritual awareness you are it. The Bhagavad Gita manages to explain and apply esoteric and mystical practices to ones everyday life.This is why I think The Bhagavad Gita is the most popular text from India's spiritual texts. Also according to our karma and dharma, we will die and be born again and again until he are liberated. The Bhagavad Gita is a text that I believe should be read by anyone on the "spiritual" path. It is by far one of the greatest "spiritual" text ever written and we are fortunate to share this gift because of Easwaran's brilliant translation. ... Read more

    3. Yoga Nidra Meditation CD: Extreme Relaxation of Conscious Deep Sleep
    by Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati, Jnaneshvara Bharati
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    Asin: 0972471901
    Catlog: Book (2003-10)
    Publisher: Tranquility Productions
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    Yoga Nidra means "Yogic Sleep". It is a deep relaxation in which you leave the waking state, go past the dreaming state, and enter into the deep sleep state, while remaining fully awake and alert. This state of awareness is extremely beneficial, both for releasing stress, and for experiencing the joy of subtler spiritual explorations or experiences.

    The voice will systematically guide you to explore your physical body, then move through 61 specific points within the body, and then practice ascending breath awareness along the body and spine. Your attention will be brought to the space between the eyebrows, then to the throat, and finally to the heart center, where you will go deep into stillness and silence, beyond the activities of the mind.

    Following the custom of the ancient sages, the depth of Yoga Nidra comes from inner awareness of the levels of your own self, including your body, breath, and the subtler mind, rather than diverting attention throuh music or inner fantasies. This inner exploring through self-awareness is a more refined form of meditation that leads you deeper into the stillness and silence of your own being, while remaining fully awake and aware. The Yoga Nidra methods bring you to a place of awareness where you are able to completely let go of any words, thoughts, images, impressions, or pictures in the mind. You are guided to allow your mind to "empty, empty, empty" though you remain fully awake and clear of mind.

    The practices on this CD will gently train your ability to direct your own attention, which is the primary skill in the art of meditation. You will find that you are gradually able to use these methods on your own, without the CD, and the benefits will be with you not only during your practice time, but also during the activities of daily life.

    The Yoga Nidra CD has five tracks. The first track is an introduction (8:02 minutes), describing the state of Yoga Nidra and the practices on the CD. The next four tracks move through four sequential practices that are listened to together, so as to form a complete practice of 57:24 minutes (CD is 65:36 minutes in total). These four tracks can also be listened to individually, as complete practices unto themselves, which allows you to have the benefits of practice when less time is available.

    After some time of practicing Yoga Nidra, you will naturally find it to be a most enjoyable and spiritually inspiring part of your life. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Deep Meditation for Everyone.
    This CD is recorded by a true master. It gently and capably leads one into deeper states of consciousness. It is a meditation everyone can do and benefit from, no matter ones physical and mental condition. My ailing mother loves it. She asks me to play it for her almost every night. It relaxes her and helps her experience a deeper reality, despite her aliments. She cannot remember many things but she does remember to ask me to play her this CD. I have been meditating for many years and I find it profoundly relaxing and quieting...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Deep Awareness
    As an instructor of meditation, I found this practice profound in experience unlike any other. It not only relaxes and rests the body through deep sleep, it allows one to move beyond mental confines into a place of perfect peace and awareness of the vast and infinite of the unseen dimension. Words are inadequate to express the experience. I use Yoga Nidra for bodily rest as well as developing a deeper spiritual awareness. On a recent cross country (USA) drive of some 2,300 miles, I replaced normal sleeping with Yoga Nidra (deep sleep) and made the trip in 51 elapsed hours. For a deeper spiritual awareness, Yoga Nidra has brought me to the verge of sammadhi and the precipice of the vast unmanifest realm. It has also enhanced my normal meditative practice by moving me into the peaceful state more quickly and consistently.
    Yoga Nidra does not require adherence to any particular religion, therefore, it is applicaple to any spiritual aspirant who seeks a deeper relationship with the Divine Creative Intelligence.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary guide to an extraordinary practice!
    Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati expertly guides you into a deep, blissful state of conscious sleep. This practice is one that will benefit anyone. It's really well put together, and each section can stand on its own as a separate exercise. But you will want to follow the entire practice... over and over and over again! This is a MUST buy! ... Read more

    4. Light on Pranayama the Yogic Art of Breathing
    by B. K. S. Iyengar, Yehudi Menuhin
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    Asin: 0824506863
    Catlog: Book (1995-06-01)
    Publisher: Crossroad General Interest
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    Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An all time classic
    No other book comes even close to this one on explanations. If one wants to know the nitty gritties of doing Pranayama. This is the book. Period!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed
    The book does contain much valuable information. The problem is in unraveling the information from the needless rhetoric and "preaching". Regrettably, the author has interwoven the purely physical skill of breathing and exercise with his particular (predictable, old brain, standard line) religious views. If I were to write a book about auto repair I would not interject my personal religious views along with how to change a spark plug or overhaul a transmission! The worst part of the book is the pictures! They are god-awful! I wonder at the editor (a family member?)that authorized the pictures used in this book! The author would have been better served to use a professional model for the photos. If you buy the book, the first thing you should do is cut out most of the pictures! Or view them on an empty stomach.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You need something real on Pranayama?
    In my humble opinion, BKS Iyengar is the highest authority on Yoga of these days. You may not agree with me, no problem, but just open this book and you'll see that I might be right. Brilliant and clear explanation of Pranayama, step by step genuine method,theoretical background and a whole lot more, not even speaking about the illustrations. To be absolutly frank, this book alone is better than a semi-learned instructor, which are abundant here in the West. This book WILL change you! No gibberish of Hinduism, pure essense of Yoga!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Iyengar Perfection
    There are not many sources for the westerner who wishes to explore the depths of pranayama.This book is an exhaustive look into the art of breathing.It is complete,it is detailed and technical and it comes from an acknowledged guru.It is more than any other "modern" guru or yoga organization has put out in book form about the subject.For anyone who wishes to investigate and practice pranayama this is the classic. ... Read more

    5. Gandhi An Autobiography:The Story of My Experiments With Truth
    by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Mahadev Desai, Sissela Bok
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    Catlog: Book (1993-11-01)
    Publisher: Beacon Press
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    Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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    Gandhi's nonviolent struggles in South Africa and India had already brought him to such a level of notoriety, adulation, and controversy that when asked to write an autobiography midway through his career, he took it as an opportunity to explain himself. Although accepting of his status as a great innovator in the struggle against racism, violence, and, just then, colonialism, Gandhi feared that enthusiasm for his ideas tended to exceed a deeper understanding. He says that he was after truth rooted in devotion to God and attributed the turning points, successes, and challenges in his life to the will of God. His attempts to get closer to this divine power led him to seek purity through simple living, dietary practices (he called himself a fruitarian), celibacy, and ahimsa, a life without violence. It is in this sense that he calls his book The Story of My Experiments with Truth, offering it also as a reference for those who would follow in his footsteps. A reader expecting a complete accounting of his actions, however, will be sorely disappointed.

    Although Gandhi presents his episodes chronologically, he happily leaves wide gaps, such as the entire satyagraha struggle in South Africa, for which he refers the reader to another of his books. And writing for his contemporaries, he takes it for granted that the reader is familiar with the major events of his life and of the political milieu of early 20th-century India. For the objective story, try Yogesh Chadha's Gandhi: A Life. For the inner world of a man held as a criminal by the British, a hero by Muslims, and a holy man by Hindus, look no further than these experiments. --Brian Bruya ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Gandhi Introduction.
    I approached this book with some trepidation as my Indian friends are divided in their attitude to Gandhi (some regard him almost as a saint, others are far more ambiguous). There's no doubting Gandhi's place as a major figure in twentieth century history, but would learning more about him create a good or disappointing image?

    I would start with a word of caution. This book only covers Gandhi's life from 1869 to 1921. Therefore I treated this book as an introduction to the man, a preparation for further reading. I suppose an equally legitimate method would be to adopt an opposite approach and start with a biography then finish with this book.

    I reflected that any comments I made here might only serve to reveal my ignorance of Indian culture and history - I'm sure I missed (or misinterpreted) many nuances. Full appreciation of this book may only be possible if you are either Indian or have a better knowledge than mine.

    Nonetheless, I found it an easy book to read - the short chapters helped me keep up a good pace. Indeed Gandhi's style is to pick episodes from his life and reflect on them. Although the book is written chronologically, it very much has a "dipping in and out" feel rather than a linear narrative.

    I was left with the impression that this man was no saint (and would have been horrified at the very thought). There were aspects of his character I found puzzling or frustrating: I've never been impressed by anyone who advocates physical self-denial after having produced a litter of offspring; much of the book is devoted to dietetics - a subject Gandhi was so obsessed with it affected his health very badly; and his treatment of his children was, well to be charitable, distinctly odd.

    I felt that there was a large amount of self-righteousness in the man, and an obsessive delight in self-denial. Yet withal, should we expect any human to be without fault, and how should Gandhi's faults be judged when compared with his role in securing Indian independence - without Satyagraha would it have been even more bloody than it was? That might be a better mounument to him than this book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Gandhi: A Man of Peace, a Man of Peas
    Once upon a time there was a man who took nothing for granted - no philosophy, no theology, no lifestyle - for how could he know which were proper, which were true, which led to the Divine, to knowledge of God? How could he know unless he tested them himself? So that's what he did. No, I'm not talking about Alan Greenspan. Mohandas Gandhi was that man and GANDHI, AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY: MY EXPERIMENTS WITH TRUTH is his story. The Autobiography is a description of how he developed and applied his personal philosophy to his life, or rather, how his spirituality evolved as he experimented with differing lifestyles and theologies in his search for Absolute Truth. But be careful. This book may not be what you expect. Want to know about the life of Gandhi from a historical perspective? You're better off looking elsewhere. Gandhi didn't intend for his autobiography to be such a book. A good alternative is Ved Mehta's MAHATMA GANDHI AND HIS APOSTLES (Viking, 1977), which stresses the historic context and social relevance of Gandhi's life. If you want insight into the origins of Satyagraha (non-violent resistance) directly from its creator, you will find one of Gandhi's other books, SATYAGRAHA IN SOUTH AFRICA (Greenleaf, 1979), to be a much better source. Although Satyagraha may be the most influential experiment of his life, it was by no means the only one.

    You see, Gandhi tells us his life was a series of experiments, nothing more. He actively sought lifestyles and philosophies different from his own, tried the ones with merit, and adopted or rejected them based on his experience. In his own words, "I simply want to tell the story of my numerous experiments with truth, and as my life consists of nothing but those experiments, it is true that the story will take the shape of an autobiography," (xxvi). By following this path, he believed he might find self-realization and ultimately come face-to-face with God.

    Despite this ethereal theme, the story is quite mundane. Gandhi's experiments took place in the real world, not just in cerebral debate and introspection. His story falls within a historical context, leading him on a path toward a lifestyle few are willing to emulate, a life of self-denial and simplicity. From strict vegetarianism (fruit and nuts only) to celibacy (he swore off having sex with his wife (or anyone else, for that matter)), to the rejection of the most meager creature comforts, Gandhi's commitment to principle seems extreme and obsessive to us. This commitment to principle became both the key asset and primary flaw in his character. More than once, principle led him to deny medical treatment to seriously ill family members so he could experiment on them with harebrain "water," "earth," and dietary cures in which he believed. And yet, this same commitment to principle was the crucial component to his achievements toward peace and equality. Gandhi was a serious man whom you probably wouldn't invite to your bachelor party.

    On the practical side, Gandhi is true to his word, giving us an undecorated account of his spiritual journey - the good with the bad. The book is stylistically straightforward, written chronologically in chapters brief enough to absorb during the average sit.

    On the other hand, it is often tedious and screams for annotation. The litany of south Asian names can be difficult for westerners to keep track of or pronounce. Gandhi discusses historical figures and events in passing without introduction or background, so keep a reference book handy. At the same time, he dwells on information you will find irrelevant. And then, of course, there's the problem all autobiographies have - you don't get to see how the story ends. Gandhi published the autobiography in 1927 and went on to live another twenty-one years before being assassinated - active, important years you might want to know about.

    Does Gandhi make a good case for his method of experimentation and for the conclusions he reached through these experiments? That, dear reader, is for you to decide. But it is interesting that the more he experimented, the further he settled upon the uncompromising life of a Hindu ascetic. His exposure to the world brought him back to his roots, to the religion of his homeland, and implicit in this choice is the rejection of the values and theologies he found elsewhere. This is a troubling thought. Did he find no elements of Truth outside Hindu asceticism? Is he suggesting that each of us lead lives of celibacy and self-imposed poverty? Gandhi responds that there are many manifestations of the Divine. The path he chose made sense to him, but it is up to each individual to find his or her own way, to conduct his or her own experiments with Truth, just as he had done.

    Some treat the Autobiography with a reverence due scripture. Scripture it is not, nor is it great literature. Nevertheless, you may very well find inspiration and insight for your own life, and you will certainly learn much about Gandhi, how he saw himself, his place, and his purpose.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this book
    In his own words, Gandhi takes us through some of the experiences in his life, with each chapter forming at least one important learning lesson to him. All experiences, whether good or bad, had a positive learning lesson on him and contributed to his goal of seeking the truth.

    One of his main beliefs was using non-violence as a means of protesting against acts of oppression and using international law to seek justice. This meant he never raised his fists or lowered himself to barbarism however much he was provoked, violated or attacked. In fact this seems to be the opposite attitude demonstrated by all terrorists and most countries (West, Middle East and East) where the belief is that violence and war works. As Gandhi says "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind".

    As we have now entered the third of the world wars, where the weapons are horrific and the consequences unimaginable, Gandhi's words have never been more important. All politicians and world leaders should read this book. In fact everyone should read this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The honesty in this book is absolutely relentless.
    As notable as they are, Gandhi's political successes are not what attracts me to this man.He had a sincere desire to know his own faults and arrogances (and to therefore, rid himself of them).This is the key to curing human relations.In my own life, this is what I look for in people.They don't even have to like me, so long as they are genuine in their attempt to see me as I truly am, and themselves for what they truly are.
    Gandhi's infamous 'non-violence' beliefs and abstaining lifestyle sprout from this attitude.I think it is imperative that we realize that noble actions are the 'sprouts', whilst the courage to face one's own arrogances is the 'core' of successful humanity.I mean, what happens when the 'actions' are credited as core? eg.Many people express noble slogans like "NO RACISM", yet feel hateful whilst doing so, perhaps even desiring harm come to the racists.Isn't yielding a peaceful slogan whilst feeling hateful, putting across mixed messages? Gandhi expressed genuine compassion for his 'enemies'.He wanted them to learn, not hurt.Even if 'non-violence' is a noble slogan, it isn't guarenteed to have positive effects.A slogan-yielder must show genuine desire to learn of his own arrogances (and not just desire to point out the target's arrogances), otherwise -the target will feel that you expect more of him than you do of yourself (hence, he will inevitably rebel).Brainwashing (nasty word!) is ALWAYS negative, regardless of how well-intended the founding cause was.Hence, Gandhi's successful influence on people was actually founded in his attitude toward himself.He was well trusted by people because his 'lack of hateful feelings' corresponded with the 'words they heard him speaking'.
    What is the true nature of non-violence? Gandhi obviously meant this spiritually, even though he applied it to physical actions.He is 100% correct that violence has no role in the spiritual realm.But physically? His physical application is undoubtedly a rebellion against the human habit passing off ill-intended action as acts of neccessity.(eg. Nazi's later would explain away their racial exterminations as "survival of the fittest").
    My definition of survival (and 'competition'); "survival= gain for the self, at the least cost to all else".Humans currently neglect the "at the least cost to all else" part of the equation.And Gandhi rebelled against this neglect.But, in his abstainance he may have overshot, with the naturally occuring "gain for the self" part lagging behind.As selfish as that phrase may sound, it is only selfish if "in absence of the other part" of the equation.However, abstainance can be a great learning experience so long as it is free flowing and freely chosen, and isn't obsessive or guilt-driven.Gandhi did inherently abstain with nature/God/love in mind.But, it did eat away at him also.So, it wouldn't be accurate to say that he'd perfected a balance, despite getting many things right.

    Does all this mean I'm claiming he was incorrect? No.I'm merely claiming that his philosophy was incomplete.He made great spiritual progress, obviously.His advancement of humankind's understanding of physical combat's true role, is endlessly helpful.But to make sure his wisdoms don't go to waste, we mustn't sell ourselves short by assuming that we can't possibly add to his wisdom with our own (as if we daren't know something that he didn't).We need to allow ourselves to build on Gandhi's platform.That's the whole reason he set the platform.Not so we'd stagnate on it.
    On a side note; I can relate to some reviewers using the word 'boring' to describe his writing (though I dare not use it myself, thru fear of UNhelpful votes.ha, ha).It's just that; Compassionate people are so determined not to feed arrogance into their world that -in abstaining their negative attributes, some of their positive ones can accidentally get caught up in the abstainance also.Hence the phenomenon "nice guys finish last".Nice people do risk 'being boring', in their efforts to not just -blurt out absolutely every (potentially destructive) urge that goes through their bodies and minds.So, I urge (controlledly 'urge', i assure:)) readers to be patient with him.You'll find no cheap comments here designed to 'pheign' being interesting.He much prefered to actually 'be' interesting.Much harder an art.

    4-0 out of 5 stars What the Truth Reveals
    In the book's introduction, Gandhi ascribes these words of the Hindu poet to himself:

    Where is there a wretch
    So wicked and loathsome as I?
    I have forsaken my Maker,
    So faithless have I been.

    The cause of this wretchedness, Gandhi wrote, was "the evil passions within that keep me so far from Him, and yet I cannot get away from them." These thoughts echo those of the Apostle Paul who, while desiring to do good, found that evil worked within him. He bemoaned, "Oh wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from the body of this death?" Both men realized they could not perform what the truth required, and because they loved truth, it made them feel wretched.

    Who then is righteous, if not Gandhi and Paul? The prophet Ezekial spoke of God's promise to "put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes." But such righteousness is seldom seen. Gandhi wrote disapprovingly of one Christian acquaintance "who knowingly committed transgressions, and showed me that he was undisturbed by the thought of them." Paul saw among his own converts in Corinth such immorality "that does not even exist among the heathens."

    The promise does not fail, but faith wavers. The promise must be put to the test, as an experiment with truth. Then those who love the Truth may be revealed. ... Read more

    6. Meditation for Dummies
    by StephanBodian
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    "To tell you the truth, you can learn the basics of meditation in five minutes," asserts Stephan Bodian, meditation instructor, psychotherapist, and former editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal. You can also study meditation for years, exploring its subtleties. Meditation for Dummies is a simple, clear introduction to the basics of meditation, including an overview of dozens of techniques, practices, and specific meditations, plus direction for going deeper. You get step-by-step instructions for a variety of meditations, including body position, mental concentration, where to put your attention, what to contemplate or notice, physical movements, and breathing. A nice touch is the recurring "traditional wisdom": ancient stories or anecdotes that make a point. This book is useful whether you want the nuts and bolts for getting started in the next minute or you want to dip your mind into different practices and philosophies. Nothing is too elementary to explain: "how to sit up straight--and live to tell about it," what to wear, dealing with fear and self-judgment, and what to do when you get "stuck." You also get plenty of information about the benefits and varieties of meditation. You're bound find and develop a practice that feels right for you. --Joan Price ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars If you only get one book on meditation, this is the one.
    There are an incredible number of books on meditation, but this one is the largest collection of information on the subject I've ever seen, from the most broad perspective. Bodian is a Buddhist, but he covers many other kinds of meditation in an unbiased way. And he tells you step-by-step how to do them. I'm the author of the book, Self-Help Stuff That Works, and the only helpful thing I didn't cover in my book was how to meditate, even though meditation is valuable, scientifically-validated, and good for your health, both psychological and physical. It wasn't necessary to write about it because so many good books have been written, and Bodian's is the most complete. This is a practical handbook anyone can use to learn to meditate, delivered in an interesting, easily-accessible format. I recommend it highly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    This is one of the best books on meditation. The author is taking a very unbiased approach, and puts a lot of emphasis on the essense of meditation rather than form. He gives a lot of practical advice for beginners and experienced meditators, and shows different methods and techniques, emphasizing that it's not really the method and technique that matters - choose whatever appeals to you and works for you - what's important is the personal transformation you go through, the state of mind you reach. He compares different meditations to different pathways up the same mountain of self discovery and inner peace.
    As a beginner I wanted a book that would step by step explain what meditation is all about, and how I start meditating myself. This is exactly what this book does, and much more!
    If you then want to go on and read more about any specific tradition/school, or find a technic for a very specific spiritual or other purpose, go ahead! This book opens the door into the wonderful realm of personal understanding and growth. But you don't have to associate yourself with any religion or school to master the art of meditation and discover the love, joy, compassion and Truth within you, and that's exactly what this books allows you to do. Wonderful! Wholeheartedly recommended!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing for stress elimination
    1st -PLEASE MAKE AN AUDIO FORMAT AVAILABLE!!! Chopped up into 10-15 minute intervals. Not a new-agey, stoned, egotistical, or harsh voice. Get one to match the author's writing voice. One that's knoledgeable, practical, open, funloving, well rounded, and just plain likeable. Maybe the voice of Steve Ross from the Oxygen yoga show Inhale? I would pay just about any price for an audio version of this book on CD with the right voice.

    As the author says, mediation is simple and can be explained in 5 minutes or less. but so what? We already "know" many beneficial things. They are useless unless the mind is engaged and we actually "do" them. That's the true value of this book, it kept me interested enough to DO IT. As other reviewers have commented, this book explains medititation benefits, why we might want to do it, is not "religious" or converting yet has colorful and interesting bits of history and flavor, as well as being practical for step by step. A wonderful balance.

    Before, when I was stressed with frustration, anger, or worry I would have dinner with a friend, read, or watch TV or a movie. That would usually help a bit and get my mind off the stress for the evening. But it was back again the next day and still growing.

    Now, when I am stressed, which is relatively rare, I read sections of this book for maybe 10-20 minutes to get in the right frame, meditate, and the stress is eliminated. Not temporarily distracted, but gone. And it doesn't return. Moreover, if I encounter the same issues that were stressing me out the next day I do not become stressed out again. I have a clear mind on the subject, decide and do what seems best, and that's the end of it. I've recommended this book to many and even bought it and given it away. If you are having a problem with stress I can't recommend this book highly enough. Many, many thanks Stephan Bodian for this wonderful book!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good introduction
    The book itself was a good introduction, however I felt it didnt grab me, as a reader , well enough. Difficult to explain , I guess I can say the book didn't really grab my attention and make me want to go and meditate.

    However, this book was a good introduction to meditation. If you already understand the fundamentals of meditation and know the background, I suggest you skip the book, otherwise go ahead and check it out, its worth it!

    4-0 out of 5 stars I learned how to meditate!
    This book takes all of the mystery out of meditation. It's clear and concise language makes it highly readable, understandable, and easy to follow - without making you feel like a "dummy". What I like the most about it is that it doesn't teach meditation from an Eastern Religious perspective - the techniques taught are useful regardless of your religious views. ... Read more

    7. Introduction to Sanskrit, Part 1
    by Thomas Egenes
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    Catlog: Book (1999-01-01)
    Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Pub
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    Parts 1 and 2. Introduction to Sanskrit, in two volumes is designed to open the seld-teaching guide presents Sanskrit pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary in simple and systematic steps, allowing students to easily master the fundamentals of this enchanting language. The text gently leads the beginner through samll steps with clear, concise explanations. Each lesson includes instruction in alphabet, grammar, and vocabulary, with easy practice exercises at the end. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Start here!
    If you're interested in the Sanskrit language, whether for linguistic or philosophical reasons, this is the book you should start with.

    It introduces the script and the grammar in slow, gentle steps. After about 7 lessons, you ease into the different kinds of external sandhi (sound changes and assimilations from one word to another). By the end of the first volume, you've learned a suprising amount: most of the major declensions, and been introduced to the verb, and the principles of compound formation.
    Every lesson has plenty of exercises, both English to Sanskrit and vice versa, to test your comprehension and to give you practice. The answers to the exercises are given in the back of the book.

    Just a great, great introduction to the language. After finishing Book I, you can continue with his Book II, or pick up, with confidence, any of the standard academic introductions - Maurer, Goldman and Sutherland, Deshpande, even (gasp!) Coulson.

    I wish every ancient language had an introductory book like this.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    This book is wonderful. The chapters are manageable enough for me to do one a day, and there is a considerable amount of vocab introduced for a pre-primer. If you want to learn Sanskrit, this is the book to get!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sanskrit Pre-Primer
    Egenes' book is excellent as a pre-primer. It presents enough information in its 18 lessons to give the beginning Sanskritist a firm foundation for progressing to a more difficult Sanskrit primer.

    Covered are the basic uses of Classical Sanskrit's 8 cases; paradigms for 9 nominal declensions; a small list of verbs showing present, imperfect, future, and gerund forms; tables for external sandhi, and coverage of two internal sandhi rules.

    The introduction to the Devanagari script is excellent. It goes beyond other primers and shows you how to actually write the characters. Plus, the text is large and very easy to read.

    It is well-worth the price. ... Read more

    8. Yoga of Time Travel: How the Mind Can Defeat Time
    by Fred Alan Wolf
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    Catlog: Book (2004-10-25)
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    Fred Alan Wolf theoretical physicist uses an ancient Hindu meditative technique, that draws on yoga and quantum physics to show that time is a flexible projection of mind. ... Read more

    9. Wheels of Life: A User's Guide to the Chakra System (Llewellyn's New Age Series)
    by Anodea Judith
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely the book to have on Chakras
    I had been looking for awhile for a good book on Chakras that was straightforward and easy to undertsand. There are so many books on Chakras and many of them (at least the ones I found) went way too deep too fast and lost me. I needed a book that went Chakra by Chakra, explaining what each represents and providing some exercises to work them. This book was perfect! Each chakra chapter starts out with a one-pager with words that help explain that chakra (e.g. 1st Chakra - earth, roots, grounding, survival, body, food, beginning, etc). Then there is a meditation. Then there is text that walks through each type of description (e.g. "grounding"). Judith connects the concepts to the body and explains how its all connected. There are yoga exercises as well as recommended reading of other books to learn more about each Chakra. Excelent book - It really lays things out in a simple way that is straightforward and unmuddied. Lots of hand drawings throughout as well as some great quotes to ponder. Gods and Godesses are also mentioned in the text which is great. Excellent book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE chakra book!
    Anodea does it again. This is THE chakra manual. It is a helpful text for professional body/energy workers, and clear enough to understand for those who are new to the chakra concepts. Each of the 7 chakras are explained in detail, both historically and from a western viewpoint. Along with exercises that one can do to enhance the health of each chakra. A MUST for anyone interested in the chakra system.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and Understand
    This book by Anodea Judith is an excellent study into the realm of the energy centers of the body, known as chakras. All aspects of each of the seven major chakras are covered is an easy to read and understand format. Readers new to the subject of chakras can find a good solid base of understanding in the pages of Wheels of Life, while long-time students of the chakras will find new insight and a fresh look at old friends. Great book! Way to go, Anodea!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Chakra Resource Guide
    This book is a very good book to help you understand what there is to know about your chakra's. If they got rid of the section on witchcraft, and wrote the book as a scientist instead of a New-Ager then it would have gotten 5 stars from me.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Large Collection Of Information, Theories & Exercises
    This book has a lot of ideas about chakras and some practical exercises, although in containing ideas collected from a variety of sources it includes some misleading statements and false assumptions, which the reader will have to discern through their own experience and research. This is a nice book for a reference collection or for those seeking a thorough overview of chakras and the metaphysical traditions associated with them. The author is enthusiastic about the subject matter, and tends to be open to a wide range of ideas about chakras, though she does not claim to have an authoritative understanding of chakras and metaphysics. There are many books available about chakras, and this is a fairly good one, since it exposes the reader to a wealth of information and ideas rather than a single narrow viewpoint or dogmatic teaching. ... Read more

    10. Bhagavad Gita As It Is: Complete Edition
    by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
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    Editorial Reviews The publisher, Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, June 15, 2001

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    Bhagavad-gita As It Is

    Complete Edition, with translations and elaborate purports by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

    The Bhagavad-gita is the main source-book on yoga and a concise summary of India's Vedic wisdom. Yet remarkably, the setting for this best-known classic of spiritual literature is an ancient Indian battlefield.

    At the last moment before entering battle, the great warrior Arjuna begins to wonder about the real meaning of his life. Why should he fight against his friends and relatives? Why does he exist? Where is he going after death? In the Bhagavad-gita, Lord Krsna, Arjuna's friend and spiritual master, brings His disciple from perplexity to spiritual enlightenment. In the course of doing so, Krsna concisely but definitively explains transcendental knowledge; karma-yoga, jnana-yoga, dhyana-yoga, and bhakti-yoga; knowledge of the Absolute; devotional service; the three modes of material nature; the divine and demoniac natures; and much more.

    Bhagavad-gita As It Is is the largest-selling, most widely used edition of the Gita in the world.

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    * Complete subject index
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Bhagavadgita as a religious text
    It is very obvious from reading this version of Bhagavad Gita that the author has a deep reverence and devotion to Krishna. This is definately a religious version of Bhagavad Gita. If you are more of a liberal spiritual type looking for a neutral spritual book, this is not that. Swami Prabhupada was a very religious man, not a liberal or eclectic spiritual teacher. He, as most people know, founded the Hare Krishna movement in the USA and COMPLETELY writes the Gita from the perspective of Krishna the Supreme Being and using the Gita as the science for pure devotion to Krishna. He is very opposed to even the idea of substituting Krishna to mean "Being, Absolute Reality your True Self" or any such words that are used in impersonal teachings. One way or the other, that is a very private matter that each of us needs to explore on our own, I just want to inform readers of how specific Swami Prabhupada is in his teachings so that those out there looking for a more "open minded" teaching might want to know this. However with that said, I do feel that Swami Prabhupada did write a beautiful book that is EXTREMELY THOROUGH and detailed in his beliefs. Those more religious types will probably love this book. Swami Prabhupada lays out his Hare Krishna teachings here very eloquently and teaches a very pure form of spirituality that is not diluted with pop spirituality in any way.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The author lived the principles of Bhagavad Gita
    This edition of Bhagavad Gita is unique in that the author, Bhaktivedanta Swami, is a strict follower of the path of bhakti-yoga, the path of complete surrender to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Krsna. He represents one of the main authorized disciplic successions of India, (Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya)which goes all the way back to Krsna, Himself.

    Bhaktivedanta Swami's life is a perfect example of utilizing everything in the service of God (Krsna). He actually said that he didn't write these books, but Krsna in his heart dictated them, and Bhaktivedanta Swami simply made them available to this world. His scholarly research includes the commentaries of many great acaryas (one who teaches by their own example) who have followed the path of bhakti over several milleniums. Therefore his writings are not mere intellectual speculations, but direct realizations based on his living the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita.

    The proof of the potency of Bhagavad Gita - As It Is, is that it has inspired hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world to act on its teachings and develop their long-lost relationship with God Himself, Lord Krsna. Bhaktivedanta Swami's translation comes directly from the original Sanskrit language, from which Krsna spoke Bhagavad Gita 5000 years ago in India. Highly recommended for the sincere seeker.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Give it a rest
    Prabhupada's translation seems gracious enough, though the
    commentary and illustrations go for a literal reading of the text.
    That has always been the snag of fundamentalism, regardless
    of what religion is being professed. Here the venerable swami
    berates those who come to the text seeking wisdom, but are
    unwilling to see the words as an absolute, revealed truth. He points
    to the text as if it were the sole recipe for one's moral and spiritual
    development. If you are inclined to believe that, then this edition
    of the Gita may be the one for you.

    One particular iillustration shows a man eating a lobster being
    reincarnated as a pig in his next life. Enough. There are good souls
    who eat meat: the world is wide enough to allow for this reality.
    This commentary is not. My contention is that this is a modern take
    of an ancient text. Let the original text speak to the reader in such
    manner that he chooses vegetables of his own accord. As for me,
    I cook meat and am not specifically a follower of Krishna. Call me a pig,
    and refer to passages of the Gita to suggest that my errancy has
    been revealed by "The Supreme Personality of Godhead." This is
    what fundamentalism does. It tells you that you are not part of the
    fold if you do not succumb to its tenets on all accounts. The Gita is
    too beautiful a text to be interpreted in such a way.

    On the other hand, notable scholars, including Merton, have praised
    this edition. It is certainly worth reading, albeit with the discretion
    of one's own God-given reason. You may find there are useful things
    that Prabhupada has to offer. You do get a glance of what it's
    like to be a true believer. Moreover, despite the literal reading, not
    all he has to say is counterproductive to reality. He does offer sharp
    commentary on a number of contemporary issues. One to
    grow on: just keep in mind there are other editions out there, and
    you probably won't be reincarnated as a pig for choosing to read them.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Bhagavad Gita Wisdom and practices
    After having read this version of the Bhagavad Gita, I still do not in any way shape or form consider myself to be a follower of the Hare Krishna religion. I read this primarily as a seeker who was curious to read another version of the Gita. I want to make it clear that this version is definately a religious version of the Gita. It is the bible of the Hare Krishnas. With that said, I want to say that even though I still mainly have an interest in other systems of spiritual thought other than the Hare Krishna religion, there are some very good guidelines laid out here for many. The main thing I want to praise is the great power and simplicity of the Mantra that is put forth in these teachings. I have tried many different spiritual practices and I feel that one of the easiest and most powerful is chanting the Name of God (japa). The Mantra offered here is a great practice that we can all follow. I tend to be somewhat of an intellectual when it comes to spirtuality and I resisted chanting because it seemed...well...stupid. I finally tried it after reading a different book that spoke of the great power of chanting the name of God, I rememembered the Hare Krishna mantra and I am deeply impressed with the results. I know of no other spiritual practice that is so simple (you can even down it while driving) and yet as powerful. After a session of chanting you feel deeply connected to your Self.
    Even for those that do not intend to convert to this religion, if your looking for a great and simple spiritual practice, you can't go wrong with this chant. I leave you with the Maha Mantra:

    5-0 out of 5 stars Shows teen the way back to Godhead
    Hare Krishna! I am a 17 year old catholic-born high school student in new orleans. I have been searching for the Truth for many years and in many places. I have found glimpses of the Truth and pearls of wisdom in many scriptures and religions but this is the only Scripture which has truly shown me the Way back home, back to Godhead. I realized by reading this that Krishna is the source of all pleasure and I will continue to chant the Holy Names of the Lord. God bless you all. ... Read more

    11. God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita
    by Paramahansa Yogananda
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    Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
    Publisher: Self-Realization Fellowship Publishers
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    Two-Volume Slipcased Quality Paperback

    Of all the Eastern scriptures, the Bhagavad Gita is the most widely known and best loved in the West.In this eye-opening translation and commentary, Yogananda unveils for the first time the deeper meaning hidden within its symbology. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb. A masterpiece.
    Essential reading for anyone interested in yoga, whether as a practictioner or as a scholar, this book also offers a lot to those interested in other paths of transformation. This is a brilliantly executed work: verse by verse, the book provides the sanskrit text, the English translation and Yogananda's comprehensive commentary mining the Gita's many levels of meaning. For example, Yogananda explores the Gita's depiction of events (the armies of Arjuna and his brothers arrayed against their foes) as an allegory for every aspirant's internal struggle between the forces leading towards spiritual realization and the forces (e.g. sense-slavery, sloth, lack of discrimination)that thwart it. Within this context, he also examines the dialogue between Arjuna and Krishna as a reflection of the inner dialogue between Spirit and soul (hence the "God Talks" title). On other fronts, Yogananda makes connections between the Gita and Pantanjali's Yoga Sutras and the Sankhya philosophical traditions. In ways I am not yet able to articulate, this book helped me bridge the gap between what I categorize--imprecisely I'm sure--as yogic and non-yogic traditions. (By yogic I mean any meditative tradition that predicated on the existence of Spirit, the realization of which serves as the final goal, vs. non-yogic by which I mean meditative traditions that assert Emptiness as the final goal.) Ultimately, what makes this book so powerful is that Yogananda clearly knows whereof he speaks. The result is a book that speaks in direct and practical terms to the aspirant, while also able to satisfy the pedant.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Important Scripture of the 1900's
    Paramahansa Yogananda's translation of the Bhagavad Gita is the singularly most profound book about religion I have ever read. It will astound you with divine knowledge first revealed herein. It demonstrates repeatedly the linkages between science and religion and provides the entire basis for yoga (or union with God). The depth of meaning and clarity of truth of this translation will be apparent after reading only a few paragraphs, yet each paragraph should be pondered deeply and with reverence. Ultimately, these yoga teachings must be practiced and Self Realization Fellowship can provide the means of practice. This book is the "Holy Bible" of Yoga and the most important scripture of the 1900's.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
    Judging by all the positive reviews, I wonder if I'm not getting it. I was first exposed to the gita when I was a teenager and it spoke to my heart. The best analogy I could use to describe these books would be if you took a butterfly and looked at it under a microscope. You get to close to see the beauty. Instead I would recommend the translation's by Swami Prabhavananda, Eknath Easwaran, or even Juan Mascaro.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A God-sent work
    It must be mentioned aforehand that I have barely begun reading this book. I have read some material from the middle aside from the first 25 pages or so. Yet I feel compelled to write this.

    I have never read a book so filled with wisdom. Paramahansaji's knowledge is plumbless.......and his style of writing unparalleled. The book is the most rational and scientific book on spirituality I have come across. The vibes emanating from this book are so incredible that I feel a certain sacredness toward it.

    He that is fortunate enough to read it and even more he that is clever enough to digest and implement it, is blessed.

    It is as if Lord Krishna himself wrote it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Wisdom
    I'm only half way through the first book but find this to be one of the very best spiritual books I've read. I place it on par with Vernon Howard and J. Krishnamurti. Every paragraph rings with Truth. Yogananda is a crystal clear writer. You'll find yourself reading with delight. I almost did not purchase this book because of the price, but am so so glad I did. You will be too. If you're a serious student, get this book! ... Read more

    12. The Essential Gandhi : An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas (Vintage Spiritual Classics)
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    Mohandas K. Gandhi, called Mahatma (“great soul”), was the father of modern India, but his influence has spread well beyond the subcontinent and is as important today as it was in the first part of the twentieth century and during this nation’s own civil rights movement. Taken from Gandhi’s writings throughout his life, The Essential Gandhi introduces us to his thoughts on politics, spirituality, poverty, suffering, love, non-violence, civil disobedience, and his own life. The pieces collected here, with explanatory head notes by Gandhi biographer Louis Fischer, offer the clearest, most thorough portrait of one of the greatest spiritual leaders the world has known.
    “Gandhi was inevitable. If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. . . . We may ignore him at our own risk.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    With a new Preface drawn from the writings of Eknath Easwaran

    In the annals of spirituality certain books stand out both for their historical importance and for their continued relevance. The Vintage Spiritual Classics series offers the greatest of these works in authoritative new editions, with specially commissioned essays by noted contemporary commentators. Filled with eloquence and fresh insight, encouragement and solace, Vintage Spiritual Classics are incomparable resources for all readers who seek a more substantive understanding of mankind's relation to the divine.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to Read Impossible to Forget
    The best anything I've ever read about Gandhiji! I read this over 6 weeks when I was visiting India in the Fall of 2000 to see my mother for the last time. Every night I was so eager to read the book from the place I left the night before. At the end, the book was in several pieces but I still remember the highlights. A great author to write a great book about a unique soul!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Message for Today
    Gandhi's words have never been so pertinent as they are today. This is an anthology of his writings, edited by topic in chronological order. It's an autobiography revealing Gandhi's evolution from a fearful young man, afraid of the dark, to a fearless leader who feared no rebuke by an empire. More than an aesthete in a modern world, Gandhi's complexity is revealed in each passage as he penitently reveals his transformation into selfless service and living simply. His words and actions inspired others to follow without fear of retaliation and could guide today's leaders to a peaceful resolve. The book reads like a primer on non-violence.

    Eknath Easwaran's 18 page Preface is worth the price of the 339 page paperbound book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must Read For All
    This book is one of my favorite non-fiction books. The beauty of this book is that the main points are in Ghandi's exact quotes while the flow of the arguments are edited by his biographer, Louis Fischer, to give a great feel of direction. Because Ghandi edited his own newspaper his life-changing views are abundant and easily accessible. If only this book were read by all leaders of people.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Gandhi book available.
    I have read every Gandhi book i could get my hands on, such as all his autobiographies, and this book is by far the best and just as accurate. With this book and the writings that are on his official website, you will have all the information you will ever need. One thing to keep in mind, that many people seem to forget, is that Gandhi was a normal man like you and me. He made mistakes just like every other man, but had the courage to always follow his 'inner voice' even in his unperfectness. This is a life changing book for those who dare to look within themselves.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Thoughts from a Great Man
    This is a mind opening, life changing book. The thoughts and writings, spaning over the entire course of Gandhi's life, offer a glipse into the mind and habits of one of God's greatest followers. His peaceful approach to life and his undying love for friend and foe alike will motivate any reader to the highest level. This is a must read for anyone, regardless of nationality or creed, who wishes to see the potential all humans have within them. ... Read more

    13. Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System As a Path to the Self
    by Anodea Judith
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    In EASTERN BODY, WESTERN MIND, chakra authority Anodea Judith brought a fresh approach to the yoga-based Eastern chakra system, adapting it to the Western framework of Jungian psychology, somatic therapy, childhood developmental theory, and metaphysics. This groundbreaking work in transpersonal psychology has been revised and redesigned for a more accessible presentation. Arranged schematically, the book uses the inherent structure of the chakra system as a map upon which to chart our Western understanding of individual development. Each chapter focuses on a single chakra, starting with a description of its characteristics, then exploring its particular childhood developmental patterns, traumas and abuses, and how to heal and maintain balance. Illuminated with personal anecdotes and case studies, EASTERN BODY, WESTERN MIND seamlessly merges the East and West, science and philosophy, and psychology and spirituality into a compelling interpretation of the chakra system and its relevance for Westerners today. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent manual about chakras
    This book helped me a lot. After reading it my chakra knowledge expanded so much that now I can explain chakras easily to everyone
    and also apply it in Reiki healing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars In-depth yet readable
    I love how easy this book is to read. It reads as easily as a novel, yet contains a wealth of information about human growth and development as it pertains to the chakra system. I highly recommend it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A map of the human psyche
    I loved this book - I found so much of myself in it, it was scary! I really think she has found a way to map the human spirit - and gives gentle encouragement and exercises to assist in healing any parts that have been blocked or damaged. Anyone who is even mildly interested in the Chakras (or even looking to deepen a yoga experience) should consider this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best, most comprehensive books on this subject!
    I would recommend this,"Hands of Light" by Barbara Brennan, and "Energy Medicine" by Donna Eden as the best books for those interested in managing their energy. All three give concrete examples of causes of dis-ease and ways to reverse damage to our energy systems. In Anodea's book, she gives physical, mental, and spiritual exercises to work on and she makes the information easy to understand!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
    Absolutely amazing. It is a book that you will read again and again! ... Read more

    14. Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep
    by Tenzin Wangyal, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Mark Dahlby
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    Catlog: Book (1998-07-01)
    Publisher: Snow Lion Publications
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    The yogas of dream and sleep are used in the Bon and Buddhist traditions of Tibet to attain liberation. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Remarkably well-written and informative.
    Even for a seasoned lucid dreamer like myself, this book was highly useful in offering traditional Tibetan practices for lucid dream induction, as well as various suggestions for activities to attempt within a fully lucid dream. However, what is most amazing about this book is its instructions for abiding as the pure, empty Awareness (rigpa) that is our true Self. As a Zen Buddhist, I am quite familiar with maintaining this "mirror-mind," but I usually cannot maintain it for very long, and I've never held it past the dream stage, into deep dreamless sleep. The practices in this book are helping me to change all that. Maintaining meditation practice during sleep--literally 24 hours a day--accelerates things profoundly. When the gross, manifest world of spacetime has dissolved into the subtle realm of souls and dreaming, and when even that realm has dissolved into Emptiness, your truest self shines forth clearly as the one and only Mind behind all illusory manifestation. Truly, the awareness within you that is right now reading these words is the Buddha. Your true nature is absolutely vast, silent, empty, blissful, and timeless Consciousness as Such--the source and substance of all that seems to exist. When you become identified with this Consciousness, your true Self, and not merely with the deluded, individual mind (or ego), you find yourself in a state of constant consciousness--never blinking, never fading, 24 hours a day--remaining completely "awake" even during dreaming and deep sleep. You'll have discovered your true Home--the Home you've never left, the Home you couldn't possibly leave, but a Home that you refused to admit you were in while you suffered for lifetimes in this silly dream.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is one of the most influential books I've read in years
    I have just bought my third copy of this book ... I keep giving them away to friends.

    Written with great compassion,the author stresses wisdom of developing mindfulness in daily life as a means to understanding the states of dream and sleep. It is one of the most important books that I have ever read, and I wish to express my appreciation to the author, and to encourage everyone with an interest to read this book and to engage in the practice.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Coverage!
    Simply put, there is not a better book out there on Tibetian Dream Yoga, (At least that I have seen). If you are interested in learning, this is the one to get!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of subject.
    I was surprised, having found most tibetan spiritual literature to be horribly wordy and dry, but when it's good, it's great. And this book is great. I think it helps if you have some background - like the six yogas of Naropa. But maybe that's not necessary. Certainly worth your time and money if you have any interest in the subject.

    5-0 out of 5 stars yes
    i thoughoughly ? enjoyed this book. expext alot of tibeten
    buddhist type practice, i try to just mix it up with my own beliefs for instance im christian babtist so i dont visualize dikinis etc. but very insightful. recommend to everyone whether you want to improve life awake or asleep both are the same difference. ... Read more

    15. Chakras for Beginners: A Guide to Balancing Your Chakra Energies (For Beginners)
    by David Pond
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    Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
    Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Inspired Work and Play with Chakras
    David Pond's book is an inspired text with highly practical information. Just like his other book "The Metaphysical Handbook", he provides the reader with rich information on the history and background of chakras while making this ancient healing system apply directly to the current cultural climate. He guides the reader playfully and honestly through each chapter in the ascending order of the chakras so the reader can build up with useful exercises and hands on material. I have studied chakras for many years in my work with clients in the health care field as a bodyworker and educator and found that David's book to be very accessible and a pleasure to use personally. I have numerous clients who have used the techniques in the book as well and report positive results. For anyone interested in working with yoga, energy systems or just want to feel better this is a must read!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great journey through the Energy Centers
    I really enjoyed this book. The author, David Pond, clearly knows his subject and with ease takes you on a journey through each chakra. As well as giving the traditional vital statistics for each, he augments this information with psychological, emotional, and intuitive perspectives. Accompanying each section are exercises and meditations for nourishing and balancing these energy centers. This book is well integrated, clear, and elicits a strong sense of how important self knowledge of the chakras is to our individual vitality, our society, and our planet as a whole. I thoroughly enjoyed the essays towards the end of the book. These tied it all together and gave perspectives on how chakra energy is utilized at every moment of every day, at every level of our being. This book made the chakras come alive for me. They are no longer just a great metaphysical idea, but an integral element of our process of being. Thank you, David. Good work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Chakras
    Well written and thorough, this book gives a good introduction to the chakras. For each he lists the core issue and drive. What would have been great is if he could list what physical ailments arise when a particular chakra is out of balance.

    Overall a great introduction.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Chakras for Beginners
    David Pond says that "understanding the chakras is one of the most effective means of accessing the various levels of consciousness available to you." In Chakras for Beginners: A Guide to Balancing Your Chakra Energies, he describes the chakras and what it takes to keep them functioning properly.

    Chakras are energy centers. Pond calls them the "batteries for the various levels of your life energy." Their source is the universal life force. Of the many chakras we each have, seven are considered as primary. These seven are in a straight line along the length of the spine. Any blocks or imbalances in the chakras can result in disease or emotional difficulties.

    After discussing chakras in general, Pond devotes a chapter to each of the seven primary energy centers. He first describes the "drive" or purpose of each chakra. For example, the first chakra is concerned with survival, while the fourth chakra deals with the quest for love. He then discusses all the ways in which the chakra can be out of balance, including problems related to too much energy as well as difficulties stemming from too little energy. After explaining how to balance the chakra, Pond discusses how to keep it in balance.

    Each chapter includes exercises designed to balance and maintain the individual chakras. He finishes with a section on special tips and techniques for activating the chakras. He also explains how colors and crystals can affect the chakras.

    The last part of the book is a collection of essays about chakras. In those, he discusses subjects like kundalini, spirituality, and transmuting negative energy into a positive force. He also includes several meditations.

    Pond's intention with Chakras for Beginners is to help people acquaint themselves "with the chakra system, how it works, and how it should operate optimally." Readers will find that he has provided all the information they need for understanding how to keep their chakras free of blockages or imbalances.

    5-0 out of 5 stars perfect intro for Type A males
    A fascinating aspect of this book is that David Pond's perspective comes from an atypical 'type a' perspective. He describes his life, then talks about how it changed as he identified more personal awareness.

    The best part of this approach is it does not sound too 'Shirley McLaine.' It comes across as honest, methodical and testable. This metaphysical book sets a standard for clarity. ... Read more

    16. Be Here Now
    by RAM DASS
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    Catlog: Book (1971-10-12)
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    It's easy to dismiss Be Here Now as the relic of a whacked-out '60s acid tripper. Paging through the center section of the book, with its inch-high print and psychedelic drawings, you come across lines like:

    Magic Theatre
    For madmen only
    price of admission
    Then you turn to the first page of the book, and you are suddenly sucked into the story of a Harvard psychiatrist who has reached the pinnacle of success, discovers the mind-expanding powers of acid, and ends up trooping through India with a 23-year-old holy man from Laguna Beach, California. In the story, you see all the trappings of your own life and begin to wonder if India might hold the answers after all. Before booking your ticket, turn to the last section of the Be Here Now, "Cookbook for a Sacred Life." Ram Dass saves you the trouble by proffering a sober introduction to the basics of Hindu religion. Although he still can't resist CAPITAL LETTERS, he has done his homework, presenting a whole range of concepts and practiceshaving to do with yoga postures, meditation, renunciation, dying, and sexual energy. So, for the most part, Be Here Now stands the test of time, and if you can entertain the center section in a retro kind of a spirit, it might be just what you're looking for: "The opposite of craving is saying, baby, this is the way it is, yeah, OK, here and now, this is it. I ACCEPT THE HERE & NOW FULLY."--Brian Bruya ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The 'truth' in three words?
    I know it's a cliché, but this book changed my life. I read it in 1973 when I was an angst-ridden twenty-something searching for a spiritual direction. I bought the book because I recognised Dr Richard Alpert from his association with Dr Timothy Leary and was curious to hear his post acid-haze spin on spirituality. What I found in the pages of this book planted the seed of a philosophy which has grown in my own consciousness, becoming the foundation for a spiritual life. The first part of the book deals with Dr Alperts spiritual awakening through the grace of his guru and his subsequent metamorphosis into the disciple called Baba Ram Dass. It is an inspiring tale for those not afflicted by cynical preconceptions and it inspired in me the desire to seek out my own guru. The central portion of the book was perfect for the times, when people who had opened the gates of their perception with the aid of psychotropic substances, were looking for more natural means to help keep them open. Using the words and teachings of many different spiritual masters, from Jesus to Ramakrishna, the book uses psychedelic, cartoon-like images to get the message across. And the message is Be Here Now. When I first meditated on the meaning of this exhortation, ten thousand bells began to ring in my mind. Of course! The past is gone, an illusion which exerts all kinds of negative influences on the human psyche. The future is even more illusory, in that it is so transient. It could be years long, or it could be seconds - who knows? Life can only be truly experienced in the present - in the here and now - and if we are to find peace and spiritual freedom, we must first do away with our attachment to the past and the future. This is the central premise of the books teaching and it is a profoundly important teaching. We live so much of our lives in the past or the future, we forget to experience the joy of the moment and in the third part of the book entitled 'Cook-book for a Sacred Life', Ram Dass offers the reader some practical techniques. Meditation, yoga, posture, mantra, recipes - there is everything here for the novice spiritual aspirant wishing to bring a sense of sacred-ness into all aspects of his or her daily life. As a young man seeking spiritual knowledge and a pathway towards salvation, the rituals, techniques and teachings expounded in this book brought a magic to each day and a kind of unseen connection with Ram Dass and his other readers. Be Here Now was a vital component of my spiritual awakening and I would like to address my words to any open-minded person looking to tread the rock-strewn road towards self-knowledge, compassion and spiritual illumination. Read this book now!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Places Your Mind Needs to Go
    I picked up this book about 8 years ago for the first time and as I was reading it I felt as if my mind was being [pulled] in the pages. I have bought it 3 separate times but always feel compelled to give it away to someone who I feel could benefit from the wisdom inside.
    This book comes in 3 parts...the first part is an account of the author's pre "Ram Dass" life as a PhD and scholar....then to make a long story short, he did some psychedelic drugs, and discovered that he actually liked what was inside his mind and wanted to try to find a way to live in "the now" without the drug experience attached. His journey took him to finding a guru..interesting stuff but then to my favorite part of the book:
    the middle....this is a brown paper rambling section full of rich artwork, roughly drawn cartoons, biblical and buddhist references, and what I found to be great truths....all about what it means to "be here now."
    While some of it is overly simplistic, and some of it is gratuitous reference to organized religion, most of it is just an alternative way of thinking about yourself, your problems, lifestyle, and family issues. What I took away from this book was a renewed sense of self awareness and it even made me realize that different is not bad, its just different. I guess I was at the point in time in my life where I needed that insight into my own behaviors and thought processing capabilities. In any event, it OPENED MY EYES!!! It made me look at everything differently, and almost instantaneously changed my perception of the world and others in it.
    The third part, which is called something like "cookbook for a sacred life" really gets into the practice of buddhism and meditation, which was not the route I chose to go with my life...but in any case, a great and interesting read for anyone interestied in gaining valuable insight into the mystery of their life and life in general.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The truth will set you free, or are you?
    It was midnight and I was on top a butte in the Glass Mountains of Oklahoma after tripping on mescaline all afternoon and into night. I was with another kind soul and poured my anguished heart out. He said I should read "Be Here Now". I did and have never seen another book so magnificent. It spoke beatify of Karma and Grace, of an amazing voyage of self discover and despair. It points the kindest finger you're likely to come across to the notion you aren't alone or in bondage. I've since been a Yogi, a body worker, an Astrologer and Therapist and haven't out grown "Be Here Now". Read it and set your own course. Just remember, what ever is happening you're there. Who are you?

    5-0 out of 5 stars peace
    This book changed my life. I have read tons and tons of spiritual books, but this one really changed me. I have read this book over and over and the message seems to change as the readers development changes. If I could only have one book to choose it would be this one. It explores the writer's path first, then gives a great illustrated tale that lingers in the mind...,goes on with spiritual quotes from all spiritual leaders that we have ever known, gives some info on stretching,and etc. This book calls for those who are ready. How much do you want to let the ego go, is the real question

    5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ for anyone on a spiritual path
    I first read this book in the 70's and have since re-read it many times. The book is a timeless compendium of information to be treasured by anyone on a spiritual path. It really did change my life. ... Read more

    17. Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi (Arkana S.)
    by David Godman
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    Catlog: Book (1991-04-01)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on non-duality.
    BE AS YOU ARE is full of well rounded questions and answers on all topics of interest to the spiritual seeker.
    If you're inclined to "bare bones" essentials in your spiritual teachings this is a highly recommended book. The core teaching is self-inquiry, a method of keeping sharp focus on the Self. Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj were both well known for very direct approaches to spirituality. This book shows how Ramana Maharshi keeps his teachings very simple and direct from all angles. How he addresses questions to
    subjects like: Surrender, Meditation, Yoga, Mantras, Reincarnation, Karma and many, many other topics posed to him. He always found a way to keep all these topics aligned with knowing the Self, your unconditioned state. If there is one thing this book does is help streamline many different angles and teachings into one core practice: Dive inside the "I AM" know that intimimately until you know you are not the body.
    If you like this book and Ramana Maharshi I highly recommend The Power of Now also.

    4-0 out of 5 stars You are That.
    If you are already well versed in meditation and Hindu thought you will love this book. The reason it doesn't answer all of the questions is because the answers to the big ones are beyond mind and speech. Ramana Maharshi is teaching the reader a technique for identifying your self with that which is infinite. "Be as you are" transcends the ego-based quest with all it's ups and downs and hacks at the root of ignorance: identification with the wrong thing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Be As You Are "in your Real state"
    This is the meaning of this title. Needs some experience in phylosophy to understand the content of this book, not just the reading of some other books. I simply amazed to see the greatness and simplicity in the teachings of this Saint. He says the Self is right here and now, all that we need to do is wake up and see the Reality. The Saint preaches some really easy method of Realization which simply works! You dont have to break your nervous system to see that Reality! Simply great! Very encouraging for practical people. Finally, the editing done by Godman is simply a great collection of content.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ramana's teaching is absolute truth
    Contains the words of a true man of understanding. I would venture to guess everything you might need as a spiritual seeker is contained in this single book. Ramana describes his own unique brand of seeking known as "Enquiry" where unlike conventional meditation of controlling thoughts and stilling the mind, one tries to root out the source of the thoughts one identify's with to get at the root "I-thought". Ramana maintains that all forms of meditation will lead one to "Self Enquiry" eventually.

    5-0 out of 5 stars There are no words
    No words can describe my gratitude. David's book introduced me to my master. My master introduced me to myself. If you are ready to know the truth, there is no better place to start. But be willing to try what is suggested, and try and try and try again. Otherwise you will be like the person who went to a restaurant, and left after only reading the menu. It is difficult and confusing at first, but try to turn Sri Ramana's advice into experience. An extraordinary adventure awaits you. ... Read more

    18. The Heart Sutra
    by Red Pine
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    The short text of The Heart Sutra is Buddhism in a nutshell. It has had the most profound and wide-reaching influence of any text in Buddhism. Its full title, Prajna Paramita Hrdaya Sutra, "The Sutra of the Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom," explains that this sutra contains the essence of the Buddha's teaching, the core of perfect enlightenment. It is the source of the famous and puzzling declaration, "form is emptiness, emptiness is form." For this new translation into English, Red Pine, award-winning translator of Chinese poetry and religious texts, has utilized various Sanskrit and Chinese versions, refining the teachings of dozens of ancient teachers together with his own commentary to offer a profound word-for-word explication. The result is a wise book of deep teaching destined to become the standard edition of this timeless statement of Mahayana truth. ... Read more

    19. The Book of Chakras: Discover the Hidden Forces Within You
    by Ambika Wauters
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    Understanding chakras is an effective first step in harnessing every human being's hidden life-changing energies and employing inner powers for spiritual and physical healing. The word chakra originated with the Vedic teachings of ancient India. It comes from the Sanskrit word for "wheel of light," and denotes the energy centers that exist in every man and woman. The Book of Chakras explores the nature of these energy sources, explains where they dwell in each of us, and instructs on how to use them. The author identifies seven energy centers in the human body. The Root Chakra, located in the lower torso, anchors us in life. From that point on the rising ladder of love and healing, we become aware of the Sacral Chakra, the Solar Plexus Chakra, the Heart Chakra, the Throat Chakra, the Brow or Third Eye Chakra, and the Crown Chakra. The last, the Crown Chakra, located in the head, is the most refined and spiritual center in the human energy system. Chakra teachings describe seven bodies that make up every person's aura. They are the Physical, Etheric, Astral, Mental, Divine, Spiritual, and Soul bodies. Chakra teachings say that each of these bodies vibrates in ways that are allied to the colors of the universe. However, only one of these bodies, the Physical, is visible. When we understand these bodies in detail, we become able to correct chakra imbalances and harness our powers for peaceful and productive living. The author advises on ways of restoring balances, healing through the power of thought, and employing colors, sounds, crystals, acupuncture, and other means. More than 300 color illustrations. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Solid basic introduction to Chakras.
    Having read quite a few books on Chakras I would have to say that this is a really good book for learning the basics of the Chakra system and how it applies to you. It is definitely the most colourfully illustrated book on Chakras out there, but there are better ones that go allot deeper into how Chakras work and how to work with them.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Aesthetically appealing and general introduction to Chakras

    As someone who knew nothing about Chakras prior to reading this book, I found it to be an easy-to-read, general introduction.

    The most striking thing about the books is its aesthetic appeal, which is refreshing, - and appropriate considering it's mandate to impact us spiritually. Its pages are large, thick and colorful and the material is an interweaving of photos, diagrams and artistically presented text. I point this out because it is such a striking contrast to most books these days, crammed with small, nondescript black and white text on cheap paper. I actually found that I enjoyed just holding the book and flipping through it to soak in the visual aspect.

    As for the content, as a beginner I can't speak to it's accuracy but it struck me as a light, easy-to-read and apply overview for the spiritual seeker who is knew to the concept of energy centers in the body. The author stays away from religious discussions and instead provides basic, and somewhat generic information on each of the 7 main Chakras. For each Chakra the author provides affirmations, a meditation and a questionnaire (which sounds hokey, but which I actually found quite useful).

    My biggest gripe is that not enough instruction or suggestion was given regarding how to apply this information to my life. Should I meditate on only one Chakra at a time? How long should I meditate on a particular Chakra? Am I supposed to "feel" something and if so, how long does it take? What should I do next?

    Also, the author provided a variety of informational tidbits (neatly organized) about each Chakra such as the color, shape, crystal, musical note, astrological sign, internal organ, positive and negative archetypes, etc. associated with each Chakra, but almost no explanation as to why these particular attributes were assigned to particular Chakras. Consequently I got the impression that some of the information was cheesy and a bit new-agey for my tastes.

    Overall, I found that for me the books main value was in setting up a mental construct that I could use to evaluate my life and spirituality rather than in providing significantly detailed information to really understand what Chakras are and how to use them.

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    20. Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives
    by DEEPAK CHOPRA, DAVID MD SIMON, David Simon, Vicki Abrams
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    Deepak Chopra's many books have become international bestsellers and classic texts of health and spirituality. Dr. Chopra is founder of the Chopra Center for Well Being in Carlsbad, California.

    David Simon, M.D., is the cofounder and medical director of the Chopra Center, and one of the nation’s foremost authorities on holistic health care. He is the author of Vital Energy and Return to Wholeness.

    Vicki Abrams, C.C.E., I.B.L.C., is the director of the childbirth and yoga programs at the Chopra Center. She is an international board-certified lactation consultant, childbirth educator, doula, and yoga instructor.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Rich and nourishing
    Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives is a deeply nourishing and inspiring book for expectant mothers, their partners and attendants.

    Drawing on the centuries-old philosophies of Ayurveda and yoga, Deepak Chopra and his Chopra center colleagues David Simon MD and Vicki Abrams (who runs the Magical Beginnings birth education programme) have created a rich blend of mind-body medicine for pregnancy and childbirth that recognises childbearing as a spiritual, as well as a physical, process.

    Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives is both beautifully written and practical, offering excellent information on nutrition (from an Ayurvedic perspective), alternative remedies for pregnancy complaints and a simple pregnancy yoga routine. Chopra and co also emphasize the many benefits of meditation during pregnancy. Throughout, there is a gentle emphasis on slowing down, being mindful and paying attention to our internal signals.

    As a family physician, writer on pregnancy birth and mothering, and mother of four (with a large collection of pregnancy and birth books!) I particularly welcomed the chapter for fathers and the advice on changing relationships, which are not often covered. Chopra et al advocate Dr Marshall Rosenberg's nonviolent communication (NVC) techniques which are wonderful tools to enhance conscious communications.

    I also relished the philosophy, woven all through this enlightening book, of respect for mother and baby and for the amazing changes that happen over the months of pregnancy and birth.

    New insights in mind-body medicine are confirming the traditional wisdom that a mother's mental and emotional state in pregnancy can have long-lasting effects on the well-being of her child. Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives provides the tools and insights to help us all to nourish our babies and ourselves at this important time. As the authors conclude,`The souls of our children are the potential for tomorrow's world.' ... Read more

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