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61. A Chakra & Kundalini Workbook:
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61. A Chakra & Kundalini Workbook: Psycho-Spiritual Techniques for Health, Rejuvenation, Psychic Powers and Spiritual Realization
by John, Dr. Mumford
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Catlog: Book (1994-08-01)
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
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3-0 out of 5 stars Convoluted, murky and distracting
I'm sorry, but I really didn't enjoy this particular book. While it is obvious that Dr. Mumford is indeed of high intellect and sure conviction, his writing style is far too jam-packed with hard-to-grasp concepts that do not bear out or unfold clearly. As someone ravenously interested in Kundalini, I have for some time been seeking Western medicinal validation vis-a-vis books such as this, and as a result, with this book in particular, I was disappointed.

I believe in the "serpent power" of Kundalini, in that I feel it is an actual energy force that resides in all of us. I believe, in addition, that there are serious meditations and exercises one can undertake that will "awaken" or arouse this particular energy. However, as a Christian (though admittedly esoteric in inclination), I was put off by the constant equating of these scientific energies and forces with goddesses and gods that do not ring true to me.

If Dr. Mumford had talked more in lay terms, and had stayed with a more scientific, methodical unfolding of information, I would have most assuredly enjoyed this work much more.

4-0 out of 5 stars a good guide for progress but little skrewed
as a how to book for the more esoteric practices of yoga not bad,simple and direct explanations & exercises. and yes it is intense but doable.what I find skrewed is mumford's explanation of the yamas and niyamas they are little off. I would refer you to the yoga sutras or the thirumandiram. both are much better guides on the philosopy. bisides that overall a good book


1-0 out of 5 stars Caution
Kundalini is an extremely effective practice, and it is absolutely NOT something that should be learned from a book. Dr. Mumford's emphasis on fast results, and ego based gratification is a dangerous way to begin exploring your body's energy, and there are dangers in practicing the pranayama he advocates.

This topic should be explored with a teacher-- fast results are not always good results.

2-0 out of 5 stars MICROWAVE PSYCHIC



1-0 out of 5 stars Intense, too magical, perhaps too selfish
This is a very intense book. Although there is a lot of information here, it seems the author is writing something to open up people to Kundalini for the purposes of obtaining psychic and magical power. This focus can be dangerous because the emphasis seems to be very much on the 'me' rather than how can my service to humanity be achieved using these methods.

You probably want to start elsewhere and then browse through a copy after you have studied chakras and kundalini for awhile. Not beginner material. ... Read more

62. Tan Tien Chi Kung: Foundational Exercises For Empty Force And Perineum Power
by Mantak Chia
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A fundamental Taoist practice for enhancing and utilizing chi.

• Includes breathing and movement exercises to promote vitality and healing through the cultivation of chi in the tan tien and perineum areas.

• Presents the foundational exercises that are essential for more advanced practices such as Iron Shirt Chi Kung and Cosmic Healing.

Tan Tien Chi Kung is the art of cultivating and condensing chi in the lower abdomen--the tan tien--the fundamental power storehouse of the body. Known as the Ocean of Chi to the ancient Taoists, this lower abdominal area holds the key to opening the body and the mind for the free and continuous movement of chi.

Tan Tien Chi Kung contains specific breathing and movement exercises that develop the power of the chi stored in the body to increase vitality, strengthen organs, and promote self-healing. Mantak Chia explains how these exercises also provide a safe and effective method for receiving earth energy, which allows the practitioner to achieve balance physically, mentally, and spiritually--all of which are essential for the more advanced practices of Iron Shirt Chi Kung and Cosmic Healing.

It is our mind that directs and guides our chi, but if the mind and body are out of balance or under stress, the mind cannot perform this function. The tan tien actually contains a large quantity of neurotransmitters, making it a key source of body intelligence. It is for this reason the Taoists also referred to Tan Tien Chi Kung as Second Brain Chi Kung and created exercises that would allow practitioners to gain awareness of the tan tien's function to restore the mind-body balance that is essential for spiritual growth and optimal well-being. ... Read more

63. Karma-Yoga and Bhakti-Yoga
by Swami Vivekananda
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Asin: 0911206221
Catlog: Book (1980-06-01)
Publisher: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center
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By Swami Vivekananda, Karma-Yoga and Bhakti-Yoga describes the way to reach perfection through the performance of daily work in a non-attached spirit (i.e. Karma-Yoga - the path of selfless action) and by sublimating human affection into divine love (i.e. Bhakti-Yoga - the path of divine love).Karma-Yoga and Bhakti-Yoga, along with Jnna-Yoga and Rja-Yoga, are considered classics and outstanding treatises on Hindu philosophy. Swami Vivekananda's deep spiritual insight, fervid eloquence, and broad human sympathy shine forth in these works and offer inspiration to all spiritual seekers. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Overestimated?
It resulted from lectures about the topics and does not cover the topics deep enough. But although the other yogas from Vivekananda are quite interesting, I was somewhat disappointed with this one. This does not mean, that there would be no good statements in this book, but just not enough of them. Both, karma yogis and bhakti yogis would probaly prefer other books. One may still want to read it, to get a better understanding of Vivekanandas idea of the spiritual path.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love Everybody, Everybody Work.
Mountains of hatred can by crushed using this book as a tool. Strong characters can be built using this book as a tool. Explaination of the Karma Yoga is very good. The Ramayana and Mahabharat have been narrated well. But the best part in the book is the explaination of Bhakti and its application in real life. The book teaches you to love Everybody. This book will touch you and question you if you are a bhakt.

5-0 out of 5 stars An eloquent and true voice of loving wisdom.
This work remains a clasic and offers within one pair of covers understanding of an effective and proven path to spiritual balance. I have known this work most of my life, as I am the third generation of my family in the United States aware and helped by knowing Vedanta. Rarely have vision, knowledge and clarity of voice been combined with such felicity as in this work, which I place above almost all other works on religion, faith, spirit and spiritual practice. After almost half a century of spiritual seeking, paractice in Christianity, Zen, Eastern faiths, and now my personal daily spirital unfolding of practice of loving kindness and service, I have come to see that the path described by the Swami in this work is one which we all share in fact, if not in name; service to all and to our loved ones IS the highest and easiest and hardest daily practice. I predict that this work will never go out of print, and I am glad that we retain the gift of this and other printed works to aid us all. ... Read more

64. The Bhagavad-Gita : Krishna's Counsel in Time of War
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Catlog: Book (1986-07-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Celestial Song
'Bhagavad-Gita' which means `Celestial Song' or `Song of theLord' is an immensely popular sacred text in India.....

What makes 'Bhagavad-Gita' so popular? To begin with, its lines are steeped in extraordinary lyrical grace. The eight syllable or occasionally eleven syllable quarters exude a rare poetic energy.

Secondly, the text centres around two very popular characters from Indian religion and mythology: Krishna and Arjuna.

Thirdly, the context , that is the great war scene of 'Mahabharata' adds to the drama of the narrative.

Apart from all these, the most endearing quality of 'Gita' lies in the practicality of its teachings for all times. The great war is about to begin, but the hero Arjuna is beset with self-doubt, hesitation and remorse. Krishna, his charioteer, engages him in a long dialogue, which forms the main body of the narrative. Krishna's counsel not only dispels Arjuna's fears and doubts, it also provides solution to the eternal struggle between the spiritual and material in every human being. It answers all existential questions of man. Each man is facing a battle of Mahabharata within himself in his everyday life. To live, man has to fight, for life is a battle in which forces of good and evil are at constant war.

Krishna's advice for man is to be deeply interested in his action and moral duty, yet to remain inwardly unattached, because man's real enemy is desire due to attachment. This enemy can be overcome by arming oneself with discipline and acting in a manner so as to cross the narrow limits of desire. Man must perform his duty disinterestedly, without selfish desire and without losing sight of ultimate spiritual reality. This al reality is surrender to Krishna himself. Krishna says,

`Relinquishing all sacred duties to me, make me your only refuge; do not grieve, for I shall free you from all evils.' (XVIII, 66)

'Bhagavad-Gita' is much more than my summary -- it is in fact the essence of Hinduism. 'Gita' touches upon all the basic concepts of Hindu religion such as duty (dharma), discipline (yoga), action (karma), knowledge (jnana) and devotion (bhakti).

Barabara Stoler Miller's translation of 'The Bhagavad-Gita' faithfully retains the charm, lyricality and essence of the original. For the Western reader, the `Introduction' and the `Afterword' titled `Why Did Henry David Thoreau Take 'The Bhagavat Gita' to Walden Pond,' comes as a great help for understanding the poem itself and realising the guiding principles of Hinduism. The section on keywords is in fact an extension of the lucid commentary given in the beginning.

I recommend this translated version not only to the new readers of 'Gita', but also to those, who, bogged down by the numerous explanations of the scripture, seek a fresh look at it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Please don't read this in isolation
This book is more in the spirit of an adaptation rather than a translation. Stoller-Miller seems to add or subtract phrases from the original just for "poetic" effect. She also seems to have made very convoluted and unnecessary translations at many a place. This seems to stem from a desire to contribute something new to the already huge literature on the Gita.

That said, she does try to retain the spirit of the original (very unsuccessfully in my opinion but others who know the language could justly differ). If you do wish to have a version which is poetic and can be read without intimidating terms in between, this is a good book. However, do pick up another translation and read it along with this one. Would give you a better idea about what the original says

5-0 out of 5 stars Recommended for the Novice
If you are unfamiliar with Indian philosophical terms, I recommend this translation of the Gita. Miller was kind enough to substitute numerous terms so as to simplify the language while retaining the quintessential message the Gita attempts to convey. Her poetic rendition of the Gita into English is well-done and a pleasure to read. Reading another translation which preserves all the original terms and the multitude of names for Krishna and Arjun can be frustrating, especially if you do not know how to pronounce long, intimidating Sanskrit words.

In addition, it is also an inexpensive translation, all the more reason to buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wise and concise
This short but wisdom injected book will immediately pull you into a story of impressive charm, filled with imagination and colorful metaphors. This is a book that inspired millions world-wide to become more enlightened. This is a cornerstone in eastern philosophical thinking.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good undergraduate class edition
The size and low price of the book make it appealing to assign to college courses. This decision is reinforced by the clarity of the translation, which uses such terms as "infinite spirit" instead of "Brahman," which tends to confuse the reader. The presentation on the page is also satisfactory, especially compared to the Penguin edition's sloppy appearance.
To those who think Stoler's translation misses the mark because of an emphasis on war in it, this is incorrect. She properly places Arjuna's dilemma in his supposedly real life situation. This is how Hindu texts operated: put a person in a practical, believable situation the reader can identify with, then respond to it with the message from the wisdom-giver. It makes perfect sense, and Stoler does not miss the warfare of the soul also present in Arjuna.
Also recommended is Eknath Easwaran's translation into English. ... Read more

65. Tantra : Path of Ecstasy
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Publisher: Shambhala
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Consider for a moment that the Dalai Lama is a tantric adept, and those visions of sexual bliss that the word "tantra" conjures up quickly dissolve. Tantra is more than the sex play of popular articles and books. Georg Feuerstein, authority of the yogic traditions, conjures up a much richer world of Hindu cosmology, philosophy, and theology. Tantra is a form of devotionalism, in which ritual sounds, gestures, and actions figure prominently. Reverence of the guru as god also plays a part, but Feuerstein tempers our suspicion by repeating the admonitions of tantric texts down through the ages to choose carefully. As much prudence must also go into reflection on the disciple's own person, who engages in strict yogic discipline designed to conquer the six enemies: desire, anger, greed, delusion, pride, and envy. Feuerstein draws on the ancient texts to describe the tantric path in great detail, including realization of the subtle body, directing energy through the chakras, and, yes, sex. Taken together, tantra becomes a vivid, multifaceted path to self-realization. --Brian Bruya ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars As good as anything by Karen Armstrong and maybe better
It's often hard to understand metaphysical books about tantra because there are few scholars who can write in a clear way that's accessible even for practitioners, let alone people who have never had a guru or traveled to India to experience tantric teachings firsthand.

In America, yoga has so often devolved into a physical practice with spiritual pretensions, instead of a deeply spiritual practice.

I returned from India from a six-month trip in 1998, during which time I stumbled into meeting a guru and then spent five weeks studying with him in Benares. When I came home, it was very hard to begin to articulate what had taken place. This book was a godsend, a link to connect my experience with a tradition that extends millennia back in time. And secondly it helped to link my friends and family to the experiences I just had by reading a clear description of the path and experiences involved in Tantra.

I hesitate even to use the word Tantra, given that it's so very, very misused in the West.

This book sets the record straight (Tantra does NOT equal sex) and presents the practice and history of Tantra in all its profundity. We are indebted to the author for his great gift to all of us.

For the other reviews that criticize the author's lack of experience in Tantra, you should be aware that the author has a Tantric Buddhist teacher which led him to bring his considerable talents to present the first guide and most helpful explanation of these profoundly important teachings.

I've given numerous copies to family and friends, all of whom have enjoyed it immensely.

Until Karen Armstrong decides to tackle this subject (highly unlikely, given her orientation), this is the best book available. Highest recommendation!

3-0 out of 5 stars Misses the mark about tantra origins
The book does not seem to realise that tantra evolved initially as indigenous to India, especially Bengal, as separate from Vedic influence and was picked up by so-called Hinduism and by Buddhism. However, tantra is still a spiritual science distinct from these religious traditions and distinct from Vedic culture. The Vedic culture took aspects of Tantra because of Vedic deficiencies.

The books is also largely academic giving no insight into personal experience which in a spiritual disciple role is so important to tantra. Tantra is a spiritual science and yet this books still formulates matters by way of considering Vedic, Hindu and Buddhist concepts.

George Feurstein unfortunately may have succumbed to be a popular author but as to actual understanding of tantric meditation techniques, spiritual practices and spiritual science, does not appear up to the mark.

Is his latest book "Yoga for Dummies" any reflection of a new found status?

3-0 out of 5 stars Important book, yet not complete enough
This scholarly, well written and easily accessible book does a great job at dispelling some of the modern myths about tantra as being solely the yoga of sex. Instead, as the reader will find out, tantra is one of the most sophisticated paths to spiritual enlightenment ever conceived and has deeply influenced both Buddhism and Hinduism. However, the book has a few major shortcomings: 1. It is primarily based on scriptural research, not first-hand, practical knowledge of tantra. Since tantra is primarily a spiritual practice and secondarly a philosophy, personal insight--either by the author or others--would have greatly enhanced the book. 2. It is based on research of ancient tantric scriptures while failing to include the revised tantric scriptures of modern sages such as Shrii Shrii Anandamurti (a.k.a. P. R. sarkar), which are much more applicaple to our times. 3. It fails to show that tantra is a distinct spiritual path, or transcendental science, apart from both Hinduism or Buddhism, and with a much longer history than either of these religions. Keeping these shortcomings in mind, I recommend reading this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hindu Tantrik
Georg Feuerstein is a respected author of a number of works on esoteric traditions of India and here attempts a guide to a notoriously difficult subject.

Tantra is so difficult because of the number of different traditions, the multitude of various texts, many of which remain untranslated, and the subject matter itself, which has many pitfalls for the unwary student.

This book, however, is written by someone with an understanding of the subject matter, and is organised in a way which gradually draws the reader into the essentials of tantra, including the often neglected ritual aspect, including mantra, yantra, mudra and nyasa.

Feuerstein draws on a number of texts, some translated and others not, to explain the essentials of the tantrik tradition. He relies particularly heavily on the Kularnava Tantra (available in an English translation) which is, we feel, one of the more accessible of the texts.

The author stresses the importance of initiation and of the guru, and also spends some time examining those forms of tantra which have sprung up in the Western World.

"Many are attracted to Neo-Tantrism because it promises sexual excitement or fulfillment while clothing purely genital impulses or neurotic emotional needs in an aura of spirituality...Today translations of several major Tantras are readily available in book form, and many formerly secret practices are now, in the language of the texts, 'like common harlots'. This gives would-be Tantrics the opportunity to concoct their own idiosyncratic ceremonies and philosophies, which they can then promote as Tantra." (Tantra, page 271).

While Feuerstein warns that some tantrik practices are dangerous in the wrong hands, we feel that in many ways the tradition protects itself. There is, undoubtedly, a great number of groups and individuals peddling "tantra" as a way to greater sexual enjoyment - for example, some of the links to these pages are from hard porn sites - but the written tantras themselves were (and are) intended for the "in groups" and supplemented with oral information from the yogis and yoginis in the groups.

In passing, it could be noted that tantra in India suffers from its association with sexuality. So much so, that the term tantrik taints the people it is applied to. But some of this is due to the Western colonisation of India. A quick look at a Sanskrit-English dictionary demonstrates the sensuality of the language, while the temples of Khajuraho show that shame, guilt and modesty played little part in the civilisation of Bharata.

Feuerstein's book mostly succeeds in navigating a difficult subject. This is a well-written guide to a complex area and easily accessible to the layman. It is probably too late to dissociate this powerful and rich spiritual tradition from neo-Tantra. But now that even the Pope has decided that Indian spiritual traditions are worth examining, this book will go some way to redress the balance.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to tantra
Tantra is a method for obtaining enlightenment; this is what you do when you have graduated beyond hatha yoga and routine meditation. It is an esoteric tradition and here is the way to get to understand it! ... Read more

66. The Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi
by Gandhi, Mohandas K. Gandhi, John Strohmeier
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This is the first volume in any language to include Gandhi's Gita text and commentary together in their entirety. Presented to his disciples at prayer meetings over a nine-month period in 1926, Mahatma Gandhi's commentaries on the Gita are regarded in India as among the most important of the century. In them Gandhi addresses the issues he felt most directly affected the spiritual lives of common people. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Ghandi's translation of the Bhagavad-Gita is fantastic. Unlike other translations, where you find yourself constantly flipping to a notes section, Ghandi inserts his commentary throughout the passages of this ancient poem. His comments are always direct and to the point, not so much offering an opinion on the meaning of the text, but fleshing out the message, often relating it to his own experiences. As for the Bhagavad-Gita itself, it's a wonderful insight into life, love, death and God. It is not a manual of dos and don'ts; rather it is a guide to the challenges we all face in our lives. Anyone can benefit from Krishna's words of wisdom, regardless of their religion, beliefs or background. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Marvelous book by a marvelous writer!
One of the most frustrating things in finding a good translation of the Bhagavad Gita is also finding one not bogged down in an endless commentary. Editions with only the text of the Gita are very rare, and this book is no exception. Amazingly enough, however, this edition contains a commentary that's just as interesting and involving as the text itself--so much so that you don't even care that the commentary comprises the majority of the book!

One element that would always be helpful would be to include some (if not all) of the original text, but even still this a good translation, and relatively unbaised if you're aware of what the text originally says. Sadly, this version is not as popular as the Bhagavad Gita As It Is (published by Hare Krishna), although in my opinion it is certainly more spiritual and more reliable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pristine Divine Enlightenment
This is the first of Hindu scripture I have read, and it is spiritually rewarding and enlightening. This book will definitely have a potent effect on the rest of my life, which few things ever do. I see this in a very important light and believe every one should meditate on its message to improve all of our lives. This read could not be any more pleasing, you will not be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ancient wisdom meets modern wisdom
The Bhagavad Gita ("The Lord's Song") is a profound religious text and an essential part of the Hindu religion. For a westerner, however, it is almost impossible to understand without previous knowledge of Hindu philosophy or copious annotation.

This book, consisting of Gandhi's translation of the Gita, as well as commentary he presented to his followers at prayer meetings in 1926, is an important and highly-regarded version of the ancient text. Gandhi's commentary, actually comprising about two-thirds of the work, was lucid, profound, and clearly indicative of the deep wisdom of one of the twentieth-century's greatest men. It greatly enhanced my understanding of the Gita.

This is a great translation of a great relious work, with explanations by a great man. Not surprisingly, this adds up to a great book. Highly recommended. ... Read more

67. Yoga: Mastering the Basics
by Sandra Anderson, Rolf Sovik
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This book is a comprehensive guide to all the elements of yoga practice, including practical advice on postures, breathing, relaxation, meditation, and the fundamental philosophy of yoga. Exquisitely designed with more than 400 dramatic photographs, it includes two illustrated posture sequences, chapters on Pranayama, and a systematic guide to deep relaxation and meditation. All of life is a spiritual journey. Yoga: Mastering the Basics is an invaluable guide to this journey that will serve you through many years of practice. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An ideal introductory "how to" guide for the novice.
All elements of yoga practice both spiritual and physical are brought to play in a title packed with black and white photos illustrating techniques and positions. From technical discussions of muscles used in these positions to step-by-step directions, Yoga: Mastering the Basics is packed with clear information any beginner will appreciate.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best yoga books I've seen
As a beginning yoga student, I've consulted several books to support my practice and this is one of the best I've found. This book is slightly oversized and printed on thick, glossy paper so it feels really nice to use. The photos, drawings and text are clear and concise and the photos show modifications for different abilities. The book features two asana sequences and chapters on pranayama, relaxation and meditation. The chapter that sets this book apart has sections on problem areas such as hips, hamstrings, abdomen and back. The chapter shows you which poses in the asana sequences help in these areas and then shows additional poses. This is the only book I would recommend to the yoga beginner. ... Read more

68. A Sanskrit-English Dictionary: Etymologically and Philologically Arranged With Special Reference to Cognate Indo-European Languages
by Monier, Sir Monier-Williams
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This dictionary was first published in 1872. This is a reprint of the 'new' edition from 1899 that was greatly enlarged and improved. All the words are arranged etymologically and philologically with special reference to cognate Indo-European languages. The work includes well over 180,000 words. There is an elaborate and informative Introduction detailing the inception and progress of this huge task. ... Read more

69. Darsan
by Diana Eck
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Although the role of the visual is essential to Indian tradition and culture, most attempts to understand its images are laden with misperceptions. Darsan, a Sanskrit word that means "seeing," is an aid to our vision, a book of ideas to help us read, think, and look at Hindu images with tolerance and imagination. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Visions of God-Hinduism's essence
Diana Eck is one of the West's greatest writers on Hinduism. In this little book, Darsan..Seeing the Divine Image in India, she captures the essence of Hindu devotion. She is not an apologist; rather, she sees Hindu religious practice just as a Hindu would, perhaps with an even more enlightened understanding. There is a great deal of information that most Hindus would not be aware of. Bringing God into an image for worship is anathema to western cultures and religions. Yet it has been part of Hinduism and Paganism for thousands of years. Diana Eck reveals the nature of image worship, from the selection and consecration of the image, to the actual practice of Hindu devotion. Image worship is part of daily life for hundreds of millions of people today. I cannot think of a better book than this one to help develop a compassionate and enlightened understanding of the practice. It will be part of my home library always. Raja Bhat

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, yet over-simplified
The book was interesting, especially the way the photographs were incorporated in with the text, however for a person with knowledge of the Hindu religion, it is a boring and redundant book. Concepts and ideas are greatly simplified for the uninformed reader, so the book is not very appropriate for one with much knowledge of Hinduism. Ideas tended to be overstated and overexplained. In my opinion, the book could've been half its size and still been just as clear, concise and in-depth. ... Read more

70. Chakras: Energy Centers of Transformation
by Harish Johari
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Catlog: Book (2000-09)
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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* Revised and expanded edition of the classic work on chakras by the renowned Indian scholar and tantra practitioner. * Over 35,000 copies of the original edition sold. * Includes full-color illustrations of the chakras to be used with the meditation exercises in the book and provides the tools necessary to activate these centers of transformative energy.

In the ancient science of tantra, the human body is viewed as the most perfect instrument for the expression of consciousness, a perfection realized through the development of psychic centers known as chakras. Located within the cerebrospinal system, the chakras are the stage upon which the interaction between higher consciousness and desire is played out. Consequently, it is through understanding and utilizing the energies of the chakras that we ultimately reach an enlightened state of being.

In Chakras, Indian scholar and tantra practitioner Harish Johari introduces the classical principles of the chakras as well as their practical application for today. In this expanded edition, complete with new art and text, he unfolds the mysteries of these subtle centers of transformation with visualization techniques essential to a fully realized tantric practice. Unlike other books in its field, Chakras provides the tools to activate these centers of transformative energy and elevate one's intellectual knowledge to an experience of spiritual growth.

Meditating on the beautiful, full-color illustrations of each chakra vitalizes the cerebrospinal centers and harmonizes the entire system both physically and psychically. Explanations of each chakra elaborate on the chakra's connection to elements, colors, sounds, sense and work organs, desires, planets and deities, as well as on behavioral characteristics and particular effects of meditation. For scholars and spiritual aspirants of every level, Chakras is an invaluable, practical source of information and techniques. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Valuable guide and reference work
The energy vortices or charkas are located within the cerebrospinal system and are the points of interaction between the spirit and the body. Each of the 7 main charkas is also connected to certain glands in the body and therefore has a role in the hormonal system.

The psychophysical energy dealt with here is electrochemical and operates through the life force (prana) that moves through the body along the nadi channels. The seven main chakras are all connected to the main nadi. By understanding this system one can cultivate a higher state of being.

This illuminating and comprehensive book includes the following chapters: 1. The Principles of Tantra Yoga, with a section on states of consciousness; 2. Kundalini Yoga; 3. The Essentials of the Chakras; 4. Chakras, Rebirth & Spirituality. The appendix consists of extracts from the Hindu scriptures on the various stages of Yoga.

The aforementioned Chapter 3 deals with each of the chakras in turn, providing a description of each, the psychological energies that operate in it, the shape, yantra and color of each chakra, its predominating sense aspects, its seed sound (bija), number of petals, residing deity and ruling planet. It was interesting to learn about the Soma Chakra, an unnumbered energy point also called Amirta or Indu, that resides within the 7th or Sahasrara chakra.

The principles of the chakra system and practical applications are discussed in detail, including visualization techniques. The text is enhanced by beautiful color paintings of each energy vortex plus plenty of interesting black and white illustrations. The book concludes with a glossary and index.

Johari's revised and expanded edition of Chakras is a very accessible work and packed with facts. As such it is ideal for both the novice and the advanced energy worker. It provides all the information, techniques and tools to activate one's energy system for enhancing spiritual growth, balanced emotions and mental and physical well-being.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Confusing
Why Not?
This book is very confusing, it uses a lot of sanskrit words,
which just makes it impossible to comprehend.
The information is presented with no form, they're is no way to remember everything. The book has no life in it.
The book needs more pictures, and the use of english terms instead of sanskrit.
If you are trying to learn about chakras, and yoga, this isn't the book for you.
It is like a sanskrit dictionary.
The part that really bugs me, is that it says the book is about chakras, when most of it is about Yogi Meditation.

Expect for that, the book has nice pictures (but few) and very descriptive.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Chakra guide
This book introduces the reader to the system of energy - nadi & chakra - in our body as described in the ancient Indian tantric scriptures. Each major chakra in our body/mind system is described in detail, including the powers of the chakra and accompamying sounds (beeja mantra) to harmonise the chakra. By following these, the reader can start working on their chakras and improve their wellbeing.

The author's accompanying audio tape is very useful to learn to pronounce the Chakra hormonising sounds (beeja mantra) correctly, which is very important.

I found this book and the audio tape a useful and a simple guide to meditate (reciting beeja mantra)on the chakras without undergoing hardship.

5-0 out of 5 stars Basic Information for a Beginner
Having only recently entered the world of kundalini, this book gave me exactly the information I wanted. Its combination of visual and verbal descriptions help me improve concentration and achieve purer meditation. Rather than focusing on the sensational, Johari presents the philosophic significance of the chakras. This is the exact information that I needed to begin to progress. A companion tape, discovered accidentally, gives the bija sounds and further enhances the experience. Thumbs up ... Read more

71. Jnana Yoga
by Swami Vivekananda
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Catlog: Book (1982-06-01)
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By Swami Vivekananda, Jnana-Yoga, the Path of Knowledge, describes the essence of Vedanta philosophy - the wisdom of the Vedas, Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita in a modern scientific manner. Jnana-Yoga, along with Swami Vivekananda's Karma-Yoga, Bhakti-Yoga, and Raja-Yoga, are considered classics and outstanding treatises on Hindu philosophy.The Swami's deep spiritual insight, fervid eloquence, and broad human sympathy, shine forth in these works and offer inspiration to all spiritual seekers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Vivekananda's best lectures...
Though Jnana yoga is presumably the favorite subject of Vivekananda, he himself is supposed to have quoted that his bhakti is covered by a cloak of jnana, while his guru's (Sri Ramakrishna) jnana is covered by a cloak of bhakti. Whatever he may have learnt from Ramakrishna, who spoke in parables, Vivekananda transforms them into powerful words with striking sentences to give a sublime meaning. He is at his best while expounding the Vedanta philosophy.

His examples simplify the understanding of such a complex and profound philosophy. The way he coins the words and grammar in his lectures is unbelievable. His logic is almost always unarguable. One of the best lectures is "The Real and Apparent Man" where he lays a solid foundation of the nature of man, the support of which comes in later lectures on Maya and Cosmos . The exposition of Katha upanishad is beautiful and one does not get that picture and depth of understanding while reading the original upanishad. The final lectures delivered in Pasadena, California appeals to the unity of religions and friendship with science - a subject which is probably never more important than now.

No wonder during his lectures in America, he was the last to deliver, as the audience would wait patiently to listen to him.

5-0 out of 5 stars are you ready for the REAL thing?
swami vivekananda is/was one of the giant intellects of all time. a direct disciple of the great 19th century indian god-man, sri ramakrishna, vivekananda learned his lessons well at an early age and built upon it to the point of sometimes surpassing his master. especially in the sense of providing a bridge from the worlds oldest extant religious traditions to plain spoken accessability for the spiritual seeker of our own time. jnana yoga is the approach of experiencing oneness with God using the path of knowledge/philosophy/contemplation. this book is among the very best in laying out the methods and ideas the aspirant can use for his own search [ thru the path of knowledge ] of direct experience of God, i.e. being-conciousness-bliss absolute. the book carefully and clearly leads us thru our most primitive lowest levels of humanity up the ladder of understanding spiritually we are truly One with the highest of all realities. that indeed, "thou art that". the good swami's writings on all the yoga paths are among the best the world has yet seen. this particular volume is a must read for the student practitioner of jnani yoga. if i could spend an hour having a cup of tea with any person who ever lived, swami vivekananda might well be the one i would choose. not only for his giant intellect but his purity and holiness and breadth of understanding man's need for transcendence and the ways of actually doing so. this is a great book and not to be missed by he who would be, "the spiritual philosopher king".

5-0 out of 5 stars Marriage between religion and science
This book if anyone was to read it is amazing and I find it difficult to find words of praise that could do it justice. Therefore the best thing would be to read it. Some one said that this 'does not appeal to the modern mind' This is certainly proof that the person has not read the book or read it with closed eyes, what a pity! Vivekananda blends ancient hindu texts, into modern thought and also weaves into his work modern scintific thought into the ever so ancient wisdom of India. Whosoever reads this book is bound to become transformed, trasfigured and awakened to higher truths in this universe. This rare crest-jewel of a book has come from a great soul, and I feel blessed and thrilled to have come accross this precious gem.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pinnacle of Philosophy
A beautiful book elucidating the crux of Vedanta, one of the oldest philosophies of the world. Jnana Yoga is the method of 'realizing' religion or God through knowledge and discussion. The other methods are Karma(work), Bhakti(devotion) and Raja(mind) and everybody should select a method according to his/her interests/capabilities. Jnana Yoga presents an extremely logical and intellectually satisfying view of God and religion. Vivekanand has been quite impressive, his style very 'scientific' and language : simple and superb. Must read for people with an inquisitional bent of mind. I especially recommend the chapter called "Atma".

4-0 out of 5 stars Contains many intersting points
Lectures of Vivekananda. Jnana yoga was his main field and he presents many insights and interesting thoughts about it. For anyone on the spiritual path, this will be interesting reading. But it's from a hundred years back, so it may not necessearly appeal to the modern mind. ... Read more

72. The Sevenfold Journey: Reclaiming Mind, Body & Spirit Through the Chakras
by Anodea Judith, Selene Vega
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book on Chakras for the Novice
This was among the first books I have read on the Chakra system that gets straight to "the point" and offers practical exercises for achieving results as it relates to the activation and management of Chakra points. However, with that said, this book omits all but the most essential "background" information about the various Charkras themselves. It is perhaps best studied along with another book with more information (Anodea Judith's other book, WHEELS OF LIFE, for example). Since you're likely to obtain results here, you want a better idea of what you are getting into than this book alone will provide!

The only real gripe I have is that specific breathing techniques are not really covered. This is typical of most "Western"-oriented books/videos outlining Hatha Yoga practices. While many who have done breath work for meditation practice will have little problem adjusting, others might want to pick up a book focusing specifically on breath technique. Donna Fahri's THE BREATHING BOOK is a great place to start.

Nonetheless, a great book if one is inclined toward the more "Western" systems of Chakra work. Unlike the previous reviewer, I'm not going to toss it out just because it doesn't conform in every detail to the "Eastern" paths from whence they came, but I do agree that it probably isn't for those who reject the "Western" points of view inherent in both the "bestseller" New Age or more serious Occult practices ala the Golden Dawn.


2-0 out of 5 stars New Age, New Age, New Age. . .
I began to read this book and put it away thinking that I was having a bad day and was not open and receptive. A few weeks later I picked it up again and continued to read it hoping that I might be open to its message. Again, I was not impressed on my second attempt although I felt a bit more open than on my first reading. I am not an expert in chakras but I am doing a good deal of reading in the subject lately. What I am learning is that chakras in the west are predominately cloaked in "New Age rhetoric" and chakras from the east (India, Vedic, Yoga) are centered in reality, not real (tangible), but real (cultural). If you are comfortable in the "New Age", then this book is for you. You will find the terminology and phrases right in line with typical "New Age" subject matter. If you are looking for a real (cultural) definition and or therapy you might want to look elsewhere. Chakras are subtle energy pathways that are an intricate part of Yoga practice (Yoga in its entirety).

This book has its place and there are those that will find the information and exercises helpful, I was not one of them. I have been interested in eastern philosophy for many years and find that the truth lies at the source, not in the west. We westerners have a bad habit of interpreting eastern philosophy and culture without truly understanding it. The New Age takes the bits and pieces and try to make sense out of it or create something altogether different. There is no quick western "New Age" way to remove what ails you. Your answers lie in the East and they will take time, knowledge, and practice. Thanks for reading my review.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ancient Wisdom made practical and accessible!
This is one of my favorite books, and one I recommend often to friends. It's topic are the chakras, the seven energy centers of the human body. After an introductory chapter, it devotes a chapter to each chakra in depth. Unlike so many other books about chakras, though, this book does NOT just talk & talk & talk about them. Talk feeds the head, and the chakras are about whole-body experience: being able to give a precise verbal definition of the third chakra is NOT at all the same as having a healthy third chakra! This book thoroughly acknowledges that, and for each chakra, recommends a wealth of approaches --- including word association exercises, journal exercises, yogic stretches & exercises (all illustrated with photographs), partner bodywork (again, photographs), and sacred rituals --- for each chakra. Because of the richness and depth of the treatment of each chakra, this book is ideal for someone quite experienced in energetic bodywork as well as for someone who barely knows what a "chakra" is. It can be read cover to cover, or can be consulted as a reference book when issues arise with a particular chakra. If you follow the program they lay out, doing all the exercises for all the chakras, there is almost no way you could avoid experiencing some measure of personal growth and transformation. I can think of no other book that better deserves the epiteth of "User Manual for the Human Body." I highly recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Chakra Enlightenment Simplified
This is a great starting book if you are like myself that had heard the term, "Chakra" but didn't know too much about it.

I had recently gone to a psychic faire and heard that my 3rd chakra was out of balance, and not knowing much more than that, got this book, and I am pursuing right now how to bring it more into balance.

Very insightful and easy to read. I read about all the various chakra's and then I am really tuning into the third one to see what can be done, to make mine functioning more fully. So this book can be used on a single focus or for general learning of the entire body system.

5-0 out of 5 stars Caorline Myss fans will love this book!
Caroline Myss fans will love this book. The simple presentation offers a realistic method of getting in touch with the mind, body and spirit in order to bring balance and fluidity to one's energy system. You will be amazed at how this book can foster self-awareness, positive emotions, and incredible insights. If you are living in the upper chakras, this book will ground you and help balance you. ... Read more

73. Chakras and Their Archetypes: Uniting Energy Awareness and Spiritual Growth
by Ambika Wauters
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Catlog: Book (1997-08-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars I would give it more stars if I could!
This book is very inspiring, a must read for those trying to find themselves and are on a spiritual journey. This book will help you see yourself in all different aspects of your personality, and when you can identify your feelings, you know how to handle the stiuation. She gives meditation stategies for each archetype, which are very helpful. This is one of my best spiritual books that I own, and I own many. Once again, A MUST READ!

4-0 out of 5 stars a good book for beginners
Having studied archetypes and chakras, I would definitely recommend this book for anyone in the *beginning* of their study of both archetypes and chakras. That said, there are several things I liked about the book: the clear, concise manner in which terms were defined; the manner in which positive and negative aspects of archetypes were defined and illustrated; and the case histories. There are several other things about this book that I question.

However, my main difference is with Ms. Wauters' somewhat glib characteristics of archetypes; first of Victim and Mother in the root chakra. As a childfree person (who also happens to be a teacher) I always knew I never wanted children, and to me, as an extremely independent, autonomous person, the traditional path of motherhood was a path of victimization, ie, putting everyone's needs before one's own, never taking time for oneself, sacrificing constantly, and never complaining. I understand that she means "nurturer" here. One must remember that not all mothers are nurturers (cf Susan Smith and Andrea Yates as extreme examples), and not all who nurture choose to mother (or to parent, to be more inclusive).

I question also that the Servant is a negative archetype; certainly it's not universally so, as Jesus Christ, Mahatma Ghandi and Mother Teresa certainly knew: to serve others is to empower oneself and others. Certainly martyr service is negative, just as nasty, attitude-filled waitperson-from-hell service is negative. But as one who grew up female in the South and came out of it liberal, independent and feminist, at 35 I see that one may choose to serve, but service does not make one a servant. At least on a first reading of Ms. Wauters' book, I'm not sure this point is made clearly enough.

I also question Ms. Wauters' characterization of the Intellectual archetype as negative, and the Intuitive as positive. Personally as an intellectual, I'd characterize that as positive, and too much intuition without articulation as being negative. One does, of course, need to balance both to be healthy.

I also wonder if Ms. Wauters has read _Awakening the Heroes Within_ by Carolyn Pearson, who offers 12 archetypes, all of which are very fleshed out. (I would recommend the Pearson book for a more thorough study of archetypes.) I wonder, too, if she's done elemental reading in Jung. This book, while good, could have done with a bibliography as well. Overall it is a good beginning along the path of studying archetypes and/or chakras.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful introduction to the chakras!
This is a great book! Very easy to understand and easy flowing. One of the best introduction to the chakras I have read. The power this book has, you look inside your own soul and heart and have the power of control to change and unblock your energies. I enjoyed the meditation instructions and really feel at peace with my own being and those around me.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide to the real you.
This is a great book to introduce you to the chakras and archetypes. It is easy to read and understand, and gives you the tools to look inside your heart and soul in order to know yourself better and change what you believe needs changing. Be honest with yourself when you read it and follow the meditation instructions and you will feel like your life is put back on track.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for anyone willing to look inside themselves
I have been on a journey of trying to find out who I am and why I do things for the past 2 years and out of all the information I have come across, this book explains it in the most simplest form with the simplest understanding. I found this book to be one of the only books so far that really gets to the "heart" of the subjects I wanted to work on within myself (and covers all of them!). If you have the courage to look inside and not be afraid of what you find, you can really be on a journey to a more peaceful, fulfilling life. I must go back and read it again so I can practice the exercises and meditations. Excellent book! I'm ordering another one from this author which will expand on my knowledge of unlocking my energies. ... Read more

74. Introduction to Sanskrit, Part Two
by Thomas Egenes
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5-0 out of 5 stars correction
This book is also available in hardback (a better edition) from South Asia Books

Also available by Thomas Egenes is Learning the Sanskrit Alphabet, 188 pages from MUM Press 800-831-6523 or 641-472-1101 ... Read more

75. Chakra Therapy: For Personal Growth & Healing (Llewellyn's New Age)
by Keith Sherwood
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Catlog: Book (1988-12-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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In Chakra Therapy by Keith Sherwood you will learn that the chakras are more than colored areas in your aura. They function as distribution centers for the energy that flows through your body. If they're blocked, the energy doesn't flow and mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual problems can result. But you can clear the blockages and overcome the problems quickly and easily with the powerful yet simple techniques in this book.

You will learn how each chakra functions. Yes, the book explains this for your mind, but for your deepest, inner self - what Sherwood calls your I AM - you have to learn through intuition and true understanding. In order to accomplish this, Chakra Therapy includes meditations for each of the chakras. Even if you have studied the chakras for years, practicing these meditations will help you understand them on a deeper level than ever before.

Once you understand them you can clear them of blockages. This is the real Chakra Therapy. It begins with three simple exercises called locks, which can be performed lying down or sitting in a chair. When the energy starts to flow, you will need to know how to open and balance the chakras. The book covers this, too.

Then there is nothing to stop you. You'll discover the techniques for cleansing the chakras and working with energy through simple yoga methods and breathwork that will bring you to a healthier, more energetic, and more balanced state than ever before.

If you are ready to change your life for better health and happiness, get Chakra Therapy today. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not For The Seeker
Before taking my review to heart, please read the other reviews posted here on "Jim_Young" really enjoyed it, and seems to have gotten a lot out of it. Here's my take:

Because I was raised in a devoutly Christian home, I developed a great "understanding" of spirituality and religious doctrine. At the age of 14, I left the church, feeling that people's personal opinions and blind faith were far too much of the church's foundation. Now an adult, I'm returning to my spiritual roots, but not through the church.

I believe very strongly in people's ability to become aware of, and work with, their energy field. For this reason, I enjoy reading about chakras and meditations for healing and working with them.

I bought this book in a local book store and immediately dove in, hoping to find a personal connection with the author, and a few new exercises for the chakras. What I found was more than half the book dedicated to Keith Sherwood's spiritual quest, and not much at all about how a person can find their own spiritual center. At one point in Keith's life, he was a Pentecostal preacher... but left the church, feeling unfulfilled. To me, this was a warning. He has been in a position of spiritual leadership for some time, yet doesn't seem to have come to terms with his own spiritual destiny. He takes little pieces of many different religions and infuses them into his own. I think that many true seekers of spirituality do the same thing, and I don't have a problem with it, in and of itself. I do have a problem with those people claiming that their perspective is then the true way.

In summary, this book is better read as a spiritualists autobiography than as a guide for meditation and "Chakra Therapy," as the name strongly implies. That being said, proceed at your own discretion.

5-0 out of 5 stars An essential guide for healers.
Now in its twelfth printing, Chakra Therapy, by Keith Sherwood, has proved itself as an essential guide for healers everywhere. Sherwood, a former minister, has trained with masters the world over and made the study of healing and human energy his life's work. He now teaches "a synthesis of Western therapeutic techniques, Taoist Yoga, and Tantra." Sherwood says that "human problems on all levels of causation--spiritual, mental, emotional and physical--are caused by contraction, the inability to radiate energy freely due to blockages in the human energy system." His book is designed to teach people how to release those blockages and fully utilize all the body's energy to heal themselves. He first presents a general discussion of the human energy system, and the ways in which it becomes blocked or fragmented. Sherwood maintains that most blockages are rooted in fear, and that the only effective way of overcoming fear is to confront it. Doing this requires honesty and courage. He says that "honesty is the willingness to see things as they truly are, not as you would like them to be. Courage is the willingness to accept what you see." Neither of these are easy, and he devotes a whole chapter to "becoming fearless." Following a chapter on the physical body, Sherwood then defines and discusses the role of the subtle bodies: the astral body, the mental body, and the causal body in energy therapy. Humans have seven primary chakras, which are energy centers located along the spine and head. Sherwood points out that the chakras must "all be open and in balance if a person is to experience wholeness and unconditional joy." The chakras in most people are blocked and unbalanced. The second half of the book contains a full description of the role of each chakra and how it can become blocked, followed by meditations and exercises for unblocking and clearing the chakra. He also includes several exercises designed to facilitate the flow of energy throughout the whole body. Sherwood promises that Chakra Therapy will help you "learn how to heal yourself by healing your energy system . . . because it is energy in its myriad forms which determines a person's physical health, emotional health, mental health and level of consciousness." Readers will find that he keeps his promise.

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Real Reality (without hugging trees)
This book is a "must read" for anyone interested in the Truth. Recently, I spent 9 days in a higher state of consciousness during which time I had full awareness of my chakras. Afterwards, I read Chakra Therapy. The model presented in the book is exactly what I experienced. The author obviously speaks from a position of experience.

The book explains the "mechanics" of God, the Universe, and you. It is basically the yogic model with Christianity, Taoism, Buddishm, etc. overlayed without conflict (afterall, Truth is Truth). Recommendations: read the book and then re-examine your own belief system.

Warnings: do not try the yoga lock exercises mentioned in the book unless you have guidance from an experienced, trained yoga teacher. ... Read more

76. First There Is a Mountain: A Yoga Romance
by Elizabeth Kadetsky
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In her early 20s, Elizabeth Kadetsky found herself running for hours every day, eating like a bird, and suffering from an excruciating but mysterious pain in her chest. Only in her yoga classes did she find some relief. Through a teacher, she heard about a yoga institute in India where an aging patriarch took in Western students for instruction. She wrote to him and waited years for an invitation to study with the master. FIRST THERE IS A MOUNTAIN is a tale of spiritual longing that brought a young American woman to the yoga institute of the renowned B.K.S. Iyengar, the man who introduced yoga to a Western audience. Once there, she became a wayward protÈgÈe of this mercurial and demanding teacher, piecing together his life's vision of the ancient Hindu practice and finding her place within yoga as a Western aspirant. In the damp, musty practice rooms at the institute, her exhausted body hanging from ropes or propped up by wooden blocks, she found a spiritual discipline unlike any other. Under Iyengar's tutelage Kadetsky learns the "subtle wisdom" of the body, leaving behind a discordant childhood and starvation diets to discover a kind of peace. Part personal memoir and part exploration of the vast gulf between body, will, and spirit, FIRST THERE IS A MOUNTAIN is written with grace, reverence, and wisdom. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Research and Revelation More than a Romance
Kadetsky's vast research on the genesis of yoga is coupled with descriptions of her experience in Pune, and travels in India over five months. Both are chronicled with the sharpness of a surgeon's knife in this book.

With incisions that "unzip the viscera" she exposes not only her personal journey towards healing - as a child of divorced parents, the daughter in a mixed-marriage and the rigors of anorexia - to make sense of her own life; but also the exploration towards understanding the heartbeat and inner workings of the brilliant yet challenging experience it is to be at the source of Iyengar yoga in Pune, India.

As yoga is a process of awareness, she opines on the ebb and flow of daily life at RIMYI (the Iyengar Institute), reveals her personal interactions with B.K.S. Iyengar (who alternately takes on the role of father /friend /foe), and writes about the significant players involved in the global diffusion of Iyengar yoga, outside of his children who are the respected teachers Geeta and Prashant Iyengar.

This book described a backdrop within which my own remarkable experiences in Pune can be assessed. Kadetsky's analysis about her relationship to B.K.S.Iyengar and "Iyengar Yoga" reflects the incremental self-awareness she gained while in Pune. That is, by definition, the process for which we study yoga - to become more incisive and aware.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected
As a practitioner of yoga for about a decade or so, I've learned to separate the life-changing art of practicing yoga from writing ABOUT yoga, the latter of which tends to oscillate between the flaky and the just-plain-stupid. So I have to admit, I was a little skeptical when a yoga-practitioner friend of mine recommended Kadetsky's book. To begin with, I was instantly drawn in by her magnetic prose and lush descriptions of India, but as I read on, I also began to admire the subtle way she navigates between the foibles and sublimities of B.K.S. Iyengar, a man who is perhaps one of the twentieth century's most enigmatic teachers. Her thoughts on the connection between modern yoga and Hindu fundamentalism are well worth the price of admission. For anyone who has ever found their own quest for spirituality caught between the allure of an ancient past and the grittiness of the modern third world, this is a great book. My only complaint is that I didn't see what the subtitle, "A Yoga Romance," had to do with her book, since needless to say, there is no love-interest in this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Some real problems here
I am surprised that the author teaches journalism (as stated in the bio), because it is a lack of journalistic craft that chiefly makes this book such a mess. The memoir-style musings tend to read more like the entries in one's journal, and are so overly consumed with her SELF that they can be off-putting. This paired with the "journalistic" side aspect of the book, does not effectively work. There is also the question, as some reviewers have raised, that she misrepresented herself to those she interviewed. The book jumps all over the place, from one "focal point" to another, never really unifying all the points-- making for a center that doesn't quite hold, and a manuscript that ends up as a mishmosh of too many different things. Perhaps if she just focused more on the research and the information about the corrupt world of yoga, that would have been enough, and she could possibly have brought in a stronger audience. All the Me and My Problems mumbo jumbo detracts. The subtitle of "A Yoga Romance" also tends to take away rather than add. In the realm of titles-- perhaps the book should have been titled "First There is a Body" because there's so much emphasis on that issue here. It seems to be where the author's focus was from the get-go (and apparently still is, given the back cover photo with the author's strangely wide-open shirt, evoking an image of a ripped bodice). It is perhaps the author's SELF that gets in the way a little too much in the book overall. Which brings me to one point I couldn't get past that she brings up -- if she was eating practically nothing, and then spending hours running every day-- having strong chest pains isn't a "mystery." To say that only yoga could get rid of that mysterious pain is an unbelievably clueless statement. Running for hours and starving-- hello-- the root cause of that pain is not a mystery.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Path Recalled
I have just finished reading "First There is a Mountain," and having studied yoga 15 years ago I re-experienced many of the feelings and sensations Ms. Kadetsky so eloquently described. I picked up this book from a library shelf entitled "new releases" not realizing that it was telling me that I needed to return to yoga to begin my path again.
The everyday routines described in the Pune ashram so deliberately confer with a yoga practioner's struggles. Yoga is not a "state" which is an acommplished tour de force, it is a discipline that imbues a lifetime. For anyone who has studied yoga, this is a book that will speak to your practice. Read and breath.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting book but no index
A book like this, a collection of anecdotes and experiences would be well served by an index. The author writes well and has many insights some of them harsh but most quite reasonable - still given the esoteric nature of the book - a glossary or index would have been very helpful. ... Read more

77. The Tibetan Book of Yoga : Ancient Buddhist Teachings on the Philosophy and Practice of Yoga
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Geshe Michael Roach's The Tibetan Book of Yoga is an excellent second yoga book for someone who is interested in Buddhism and is looking to deepen his or her yoga practice. The slim volume--based on Heart Yoga from the Gelukpa tradition of the Dalai Lamas--delves more into the philosophy behind the poses than their practice.In the first four chapters Roach provides a quick history of Heart Yoga and introduces the uniquely Tibetan Buddhist aspects of the practice. Drawing on Tibetan conceptions of human physiology, Heart Yoga imagines five levels to work in each yoga pose. These levels include the physical body and the breath but also encompass the "inner winds" (internal energy channels), thoughts, and "world-seeds" (each seed is a part of karma that "ripens when we look at something, and colors how we see it").

Heart Yoga is infused with tong-len, a Tibetan meditation of "giving and taking" where the practitioner generates compassion through a mental image of taking away pain from others and giving joy. In later chapters, Roach walks his readers through the 10 exercises that form the core of the daily, 30-minute Heart Yoga practice. Each exercise is described in modest detail (with a few accompanying black-and-white photographs) before Geshe Roach offers his commentary on how the exercise serves the development of the five levels. Throughout, he remains centered on the fifth level, world-seeds, and the generation of compassion, as the vital foundation for successful, long-term practice.

Roach, the first American to receive the title "Geshe," has done a valuable service in bringing these ancient Tibetan traditions to a wider, English-speaking audience. But The Tibetan Book of Yoga is not a comprehensive guide for a yoga beginner. Roach suggests in the text that readers "piggy back" on other yoga teachers and teachings to learn correct pose form and avoid injury. In the end, The Tibetan Book of Yoga fills an important niche in Western yoga as an introduction to Tibetan philosophy of yoga, an introduction that may well spawn a new generation of books, videos and schools to expand on its teaching. --Patrick O'Kelley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars New information, not so new positions
The authors are up front about how the yoga poses are familiar, so I don't take off points for that but I mention it in case Amazon people are wondering what's different here. The spiritual direction that goes along with the practice, though, is very refreshing. I've used some of the exercises with some of my students and they've all responded very positively. It's not the first book you should buy on yoga (the positions are explained much better elsewhere) but you'll be very happy if its your second or hundreth book.

5-0 out of 5 stars More fun than I thought it would be
It's definitely a serious program, but it wasn't as stodgy as I thought it would be. I enjoy yoga and didn't find any of the postures difficult or particularly challenging, but the philosophy that is meant to come into your practice is amazing. I've been using the book's program for the past few weeks in my daily practice and I love the insights it has given me. I definitely feel that I am even more connected and grounded, more focused, and more in touch with myself and those around me. I do recommend this book to casual or experienced yoga practitioners.

5-0 out of 5 stars I hate exercise; I love this
This book finally tells the reader how yoga works. If you want to stay toned up! Great! Go to yoga class. But if you want to connect with your higher nature, this book tells you how. Based on the wisdom of the Yoga sutras as well as the wisdom of Tibetan masters, it melds mind and body together in a unified cause - to end the suffering of all living beings.

4-0 out of 5 stars Both brilliant and somewhat disappointing
It is a shame that I have to point out the book's greatest strength as well as its greatest weakness with equal importance. First, one cannot overstate the importance of moving beyond the overemphasis on strictly bodily exercise of Westernized yoga schools. Most U.S. yoga teachers sell the strictly physical benefits (which ultimately is pointless) or worse yet, mix a mostly physical curriculum with muddled, poorly understood jibber jabber about "energy" or "chakras" or other buzzwords culled from Hindu tradition without an understanding of the overarching, and highly technical, theories behind the complete science of yoga. In other words, much of Western yoga has Patanjali rolling in his grave. As a refreshing contrast, this book explains, albeit in a more simplified manner for the non-Buddhists, the exact reason why yoga can work and how lasting transformation can be achieved. It is also a joy to see Tonglen being taught in "stealth" mode. Thus, we have a Dharma practice that non-Buddhists can practice without feeling alienated or uncomfortable with religious imagery. Buddhists with more experience in these traditions will recognize the deeper meanings to Geshe Roach's non-Buddhist-friendly presentations instantly, whether they are trained in the Sutra tradition only, or in higher teachings. There is a great deal of knowledge stuffed into this rather slender volume for those who are familiar with the Tibetan tradition.

Unfortunately, it does not seem that physical culture is the author's strong suit. Yoga DOES have an important physical dimension, and one would not want to make the opposite mistake of many yoga teachers and stress mental exercise to the detriment of physical positioning. Having been a student of yoga for quite some time, I must say that the description of the postures is imprecise and sometimes confusing. Being a student of yoga doesn't help, as many postures are different from tradition to tradition, especially Sun Salutations! With a posture that has many steps like Sun Salutations, a picture of a competent yogi executing the posture MUST be included with the instructions. It isn't. Even so-so or tragically average yoga books have clearer illustrations and better instructions. Beginners may not be doing these postures correctly. Frankly, since I learned the postures in a different tradition, I am not sure that I am doing some things exactly as the author intends. This is doubly disappointing because the author stresses great precision in the postures and breathing, yet provides instructions that sometimes fall short of this precision. I will admit that this is more of a problem for people who are newer to yoga, but doesn't this book seem written for such a person? I highly recommend doing what the author suggests in later chapters - get instruction from a qualified teacher. When you have some experience with the postures, you probably will be able to piece together what the occasional fuzzy instruction means in this tradition.

The format of the book does not lend itself to opening on the floor so that a new student can glance at the instructions while halfway into a posture. It flies shut. Many home yoga students find it necessary to do this when a posture is new to them. I still can't get over the lack of photos of some aspects of the postures.

Still, one must look at Yoga in the Western world when evaluating this book. We have strictly physical teachers who see yoga as just another health club activity, and we have teachers that try to be "spiritual" but are borrowing bits and pieces from many different traditions that they don't really understand. This book really does eliminate that problem by having a solid, logical theory behind the asanas. I can't stress how important that is to have. So I can give this book four stars and recommend it to others without reservation. Still, I feel the need to reiterate my warning to the newbie: get a good teacher, even if he or she lacks the spiritual understanding of yoga, and gain experience with the physical side of the postures. One misplaced foot or one improperly rounded shoulder can render a posture incorrect, and much less effective.

3-0 out of 5 stars very thin, mostly familiar yoga postures
There are two very enthusiastic reviews below this one, and I don't disagree with them. But buyer beware: this is a very, very skimpy book. Once you count in the chapter-title pages, and the half pages that begin and end each chapter, there are just not many words to read.

In addition, most of the novelty content, such as it is, stems from the marriage of some very familiar yoga postures with Buddhist tonglen meditation. Don't buy this book if you think it has a wealth of information on some interesting "Tibetan" asanas. There is not much of that at all here.

However, however. I am convinced that if you follow this book carefully, you will achieve great results. This will likely be caused more by the tonglen breathing than by the postures described.

Namaste. ... Read more

78. Theories of the Chakras: Bridge to Higher Consciousness
by Hiroshi Motoyama
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Catlog: Book (1981-11-01)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Demystifying the Energy centres
To me the chakras have always been one of the mystical aspects of Yoga; even after more than 20 years of Yoga practise. This book explains and effectively de-mystifies it. Why? Because the author not only shares the theories of the Chakras but also tries to substantiate it with emperical evidence - both his own as well as experimental.

Apart from explaining the different energy centers (Chakras) in the body, a series of asanas and techniques are outlined to awaken each of them. The best part of the book is the personal experience of the author. In this he explains how each of his chakras were awakened and what impact it had in his life. This (and my own experience of awakening of 2 of the centres) helped me believe in the existence of the chakras.

5-0 out of 5 stars Significant book on an important topic.
Knowing about the chakras is essential for spiritual development. The chakras are energy centres within the three human bodies: the etheric physical, astral and mental. We ought to learn about these centres as their awakening and unfoldment will be part of every person's growth. (ie. There'll be a lifetime when the disciple or initiate is unable to ignore the chakras.) Chakras are doors to the higher realms, and keys to spiritual powers.

There are ancient texts from Eastern religions on this subject. Among the more modern accounts of this are three classical 20th century books: "The Serpent Power" (1918) by Arthur Avalon, "The Chakras" (1926) by CW Leadbeater and "Theories of the Chakras: Bridge to Higher Consciousness" (1981) by Hiroshi Motoyama. Motoyama's book covers the other two and presents yogic exercises as taught by Swami Satyananda. The exercises are postures (Asanas) designed to gradually and safely prepare the physical body for opening of the seven main chakras.

The chakras are all linked by energy flow lines throughout the body known as nadis. The nadis are also related to the so-called meridians, which were well known to acupuncturists for thousands of years in China. The meridians are also utilised in Shiatsu, or "Touch for Health" where pressure-points on the body are massaged or pressed. The study by Motoyama discusses the chakras':-
1. Locations in the body(or inner bodies),
2. Appearance, descriptions and symbolisms,
3. Qualities when opened or awakened.

In addition Motoyama devised electrical instruments to measure the comparative "charge" around chakras and through the nadis. This part of the book is a bit dry, however the overall text is significant.

The interesting part about the books on chakras is that each says the unfoldment of these centres is a precise science for the initiate. Understandably then, the books can only at best imply the techniques for awakening the chakras by leaving many gaps in the descriptions for the disciple to fill. Furthermore, there is always the sensible warning that wrong or premature awakening of chakras can lead to physical, emotional or mental illness or even death. Despite there being now a lot of chakra books around, I think Motoyama's account is the best starting point.

3-0 out of 5 stars An interesting attempt at blending theories
This book attempts to reconcile the two major eastern approaches to non-western medicine, the chakra system of Indian and the meridian system of China and Japan. The author, a research in the area of TCM and a yogi, reviews different ways the chakras are described of the chakras and develops relationships between these system. He presents his own approach to opening the chakras based his observations.

Overall, this is an interesting but dry book. Anyone interested in the possiblity of the chakras and nadis existing will find it informative. It's best read in small sections. ... Read more

79. The Upanishads
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Formerly a professor of Victorian literature, Eknath Easwaran discovered the treasures of wisdom in his own native India and began to pursue them with a passion. He has since studied them, practiced them, and moved to America to share them with the Western world. In his translation of The Upanishads, the font of Indian spirituality, Easwaran delights us with a readable rendition of one of the most difficult texts of all religious traditions. Each Upanishad is a lyrical statement about the deeper truths of mysticism, from the different levels of awareness to cultivations of love for God. There's one twist, though, for ultimately a devoted meditator realizes that God and the world are not separate from oneself. Then the ultimate goal becomes to reunite with the universal Self, achieving the infinite joy that accompanies such union. Easwaran recruited Michael Nagler to contribute notes to the translation and a lengthy afterword, which together with introductions to each Upanishad, guide us expertly through this strange and fruitful landscape. --Brian Bruya ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Truth
Words fail me in my attempt to describe the book, perhaps it is best I describe the emotions I experienced, as I read this book.

The book captured my breath and concentration and I was unable to think of anything else till I finished the book. I took quite some time over a few days to finish it, simply because each page makes you think. There are books that hit you hard with the force of their ideas, and then there is this book... which gently caresses your mind as a wave would caress the shore, as our eyelashes caress our cheek when we blink. The book and its delivery is so gentle and calm, that my mind was immediately transported into the vivid imagery that EE creates, of a guru in a remote hut and his simple lifestyle and his disciples. EE strikes a chord when he points out the massive gamble that these disciples take, in deciding to pursue nothing but the Truth and sacrifice all else in its path. His writing gentle and kind, and one feels like a young boy in front of an affectionate father, the father doesnt seem to teach, but just seems to speak calmly, and one feels like listening.
EE brings out the Upanishads for what they really are, an incredible advancement into the inquiry of Truth, using the principles of concentration and meditation, and the medium of story telling to pass down the wisdom of the ancients. I could not resist my tears as I read with joy of the tales of Yajnavalka, nor could I feel but astonished at the clarity of thought and the level of the discussion between Yama and Nachiketa.

I could go on, but there is little to say except that one should read this book. For those in search of additional readings, there is a book called "The Vedas", which is an english collection of the discourses of the Head of the Kancheepuram Shankaracharya school. It's a tough read, to be read with pencil and paper, and perhaps committing to memory some of the terms... but it is the Definitive primer into the Vedas and India's true heritage.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Is it true?
The Upanishads are a remarkable collection of mystical literature that represent a turning point in Indian thought. Eswaran tranlates the most famous of them into strikingly simple and resonant language. "Freed from sin, as a snake sheds its sin, They see the Supreme Lord, who lives in all." "As the sun, who is the eye of the world, Cannot be tainted by the defects in our eyes. . . So the one self, dwelling in all, cannot be tainted by the evils of the world." "The tree of Eternity has its roots above and its branches on earth below. Its pure root is Brahman the immortal From whom all the worlds draw their life. . . "

Each of the main Upanishads is given a short and helpful introduction, then followed by a few pages of notes. The text as a whole is again bracketed by eloquent essays by Easwaran and Michael Nagler, who make helpful comparisons to Augustine, Pascal, Gandhi, the Rig Veda, the Gita, and Einstein, building bridges to readers of various traditions and interests. All in all, Easwaran has gone the extra mile to help his readers comprehends the message of the Upanishads, as he understands it.

It may be that clarity is sometimes achieved at the cost of strict accuracy. Eswaran admits "simplifying" the text in certain ways -- cutting what he thinks repetitive, using "Lord of Love" dozens of times to translate a term that in a note toward the end he admits means "God-self-energy." I lost a little confidence in the translation after reading that. Also, he translates "atman" as "Self," a term some people seem to think is not quite right. So while I enjoyed this version, I plan to compare it to others for scholarly purposes.

Nagler made a few comments both on the Upanishads and on Christianity that made me question his clarity of vision a bit. His claim that, aside from Augustine, "the shapers of early Christianity" believed there was "no high task of self-sacrifice left for people to perform," seemed an odd thing to say of a religion whose primary texts are full of advice like, "Take up your cross and follow me," and "Make your life a living sacrifice," and whose early followers have been blamed for being too eager for martyrdom.

Given the fact that some experience the "I am that" state yet reject it as an illusion, should we believe what the mystics experienced as true? What social, psychological, and moral affect did the "inward turn" that this text represents have on Indian society? One feels a bit crass or, well, unenlightened, to pose doubtful such questions in the face of such beautiful poetry. But I think they are also worth posing. Anyone who would like to consider these questions from the point of view of a knowledgable and fair-minded Christian, read The Crown of Hinduism, by F. N. Farquhar, or the more critical (and passionate) books by Indian social reformer, Vishal Mangalwadi, such as Truth and Social Justice or The World of Gurus.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Easwaran translates another Hinduist classic
After reading the Dhammapada translation from the same author, it was not a surprise to find a similar high-quality translation of the Upanishads - the philosophical part in the Vedas of Hinduist religion. Some points to highlight in Easwaran's work: Poetic but precise wording, great introduction and commentaries, easy-to-read without creating a scholar-only work, impeccable introduction to the Historical context of the work and it's importance in Hinduism.

Mr Easwaran's work convinced me to buy all Three books that form a Trilogy: The Dhammapada, The Upanishads and The Bhagavad Gita. Without a doubt, especially considering the price, this Trilogy is a steal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easwaran translates another Hinhuist classic
After reading the Dhammapada translation from the same author, it was not a surprise to find a similar high-quality translation of the Upanishads - the philosophical part in the Vedas of Hinduist religion. Some points to highlight in Easwaran's work: Poetic but precise wording, great introduction and commentaries, easy-to-read without creating a scholar-only work, impeccable introduction to the Historical context of the work and it's importance in Hinduism.

Mr Easwaran's work convinced me to buy all Three books that form a Trilogy: The Dhammapada, The Upanishads and The Bhagavad Gita. Without a doubt, especially considering the price, this Trilogy is a steal.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you are searching for peace and answers, you have arrived
I discovered this book quite by accident and it has changed my life. I have it by my bedside and read it every night, and hope to someday read every book by Easwaran and incorporate the teachings from this one into my life. I no longer jump off the wall every time things go wrong and can smile at things that made me NUTS before this! Now, I know better. I recommend this to anybody who has made it this far in their search. If there is one book on Hinduism you read, make this the one. I have grown up reading the Bhagwad Gita and I think this by far supercedes that in giving direction and answers in a way that we can still manage in year 2000. ... Read more

80. Fortunate Souls
by Danavir Dasa Goswami, Dane Holtzman
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5-0 out of 5 stars See it to believe it

Once while rising very, very early in the morning i felt weary.The title popped out in it's bright yellow lettering, Fortunate Souls!!!I felt refreshed and let myself go on another day involved in Krishna Consciousness!!!One day at a time as the author notes himself, Danavir Maharaja ki jaya!!!

Your servant,
Jnana caksus dasa

1-0 out of 5 stars annoying
After reading some of Bhaktivedanta Swami's books, I can only conclude that the author of this book missed out on a lot. He obviously has some private issues to deal with. His followers seem so too, as can be read from a previous review. 'What's the difference between a married and a chaste woman?' What's so unchaste about being married????? Very annoying and stuck up. Best to stick with Bhaktivedanta's Books. Maybe a suggestion for the author too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Transcendental Knowledge for the Modern World!
This book, by Danavir Goswami, is an excellent reference work for the neophyte as well as the advanced devotee. Maharaja is one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet and his understanding of Vedic culture is second to none. Learn from the best teacher... it's no suprise that ISKCON appointed him head of the Rupanuga Vedic College in Kansas City! This book is highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Holy Rollerthis book is great! Jai!!
I thought the book was great and it gives you everything you need to know while and before you decide to be a devotee of Krishna conciousness. From bathroom etiquette to telling the difference between a married woman and achaste woman it's all in this book. And if you've had the grace to meet theauthor,like I've had, then you'd know that this book is a mirror reflectionof how the author conducts his vedic college. If you can make the time totake atleast a few weeks off from your regular rituals and enroll into thevedic college the book will become a living instruction on the life of afortunate soul,your soul! ... Read more

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