This epic biography of Sri Sarada Devi is a must-have for devotees of Sri Ramakrishna and followers of Vedanta, as well as anyone wanting to learn more about exemplary motherhood and selfless service to humankind. Sri Sarada Devi and Her Divine Play is the story of Sarada Devi (1853–1920), the wife of the Indian sage Ramakrishna. The God-man of the nineteenth century, Ramakrishna is known worldwide for demonstrating religious tolerance and respect for all traditions. He was truly a spiritual phenomenon, and his disciple Swami Vivekananda was among the first to bring the wisdom of yoga and Vedanta to the West.
The author, Swami Chetanananda of the Vedanta Society of St. Louis, describes how Sarada Devi, known affectionately as “Holy Mother,” carried out her husband’s spiritual ministry for 34 years after his passing. Her life is a glowing example of Vedanta in practice, as exemplified by her final message: “My child, if you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others. See your own faults. Learn to make the world your own. No one is a stranger, my child; the whole world is your own.”
This is the marvelous story of Sri Ramakrishna's life—the intimate details of how he realized God and how he taught his disciples to do the same. It is the authentic, factual, descriptive, interpretive, and comprehensive biography of Ramakrishna, the spiritual phenomenon of our age.
Written by Swami Saradananda and Translated from the Bengali by Swami Chetanananda
Hardback 1,008 pages
This is the marvelous story of Sri Ramakrishna’s life—the intimate details of how he realized God and how he taught his disciples to do the same. It is the authentic, factual, descriptive, interpretive, and comprehensive biography of Ramakrishna, the spiritual phenomenon of our age.
This source biography of Ramakrishna (1836-1886) is based on interviews with those who knew him. It is also an interpreted description of the entire range of Ramakrishna’s spiritual disciplines and experiences, explained as much as possible in terms of reason and common empirical experience, with reference to Hindu scriptures and spiritual traditions, western philosophy, Hindu psychology, and Western religious tradition. The setting is Northeast India from 1775 to 1886.
for experienced meditators this book offers delightful and profound answers to deeper questions about traveling the spiritual path.
for scholars this book offers the source biography for Ramakrishna’s life and teachings, as well as an authentic look into India’s spiritual history and its various religious and philosophical traditions.
for those simply interested in adventure, this book provides absorbing details of the journey through consciousness of one of the greatest spiritual figures of all time.
By Swami Chetanananda. How did Ramakrishna’s aptitude for inner experience translate into the lives of the ordinary man and women he inspired? The 31+ devotees in They Lived with God had to face addiction, abusive husbands, disobedient children, indifferent or hostile relatives, bereavements, and spiritual doubts and misgivings. Particular attention is paid to the way they faced death. Their failures and triumphs are entertaining, practical examples for anyone seeking to work and live with an awareness of God’s abiding presence. The revised second edition has been enlarged to include three new biographies; Bhavanath Chattopadhyay, Narendra Nath Mitra, and Tejchandra Mitra.
M. (MAHENDRA NATH GUPTA)
Sri Ramakrishna had asked M. to work for the Divine Mother, and he did so for fifty years. Even though his health was delicate, he never gave up working. Swami Nityatmananda wrote of a touching incident in his memoirs: ‘I was responsible for the printing of the Kathamrita [the Bengali Gospel] while it was at the printer’s, but I had many things to do and was unable to finish the proofreading in time. At one o’clock at night I saw a light in M.’s room. I entered and found he was reading the proofs of the Gospel by a kerosene lantern. He was not well at all, and moreover, as he was working at an odd hour, his eyes were watering. I was pained at this. I lovingly chastised him and he replied with affection: “People are finding peace by reading this book, the Master’s immortal message. It is inevitable that the body will meet its end, so it is better that it is used for spreading peace to others. We are in the world and have utterly experienced how much pain is there, yet I have forgotten that pain through The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. I am hurrying so that the book may come out soon.” Indeed, M. died while the last portion of the last volume was at the press. He was born to write and teach The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.’
On June 4, 1932, M. left his body in full consciousness. He breathed his last saying this prayer, ‘Mother–Guru Deva–take me up in thy arms.’ The Mother took her child up in her arms and the curtain fell.
NAG MAHASHAY (DURGA CHARAN NAG)
When a wild lion is encaged, he roars and tries his utmost to break out of the cage. Similarly, Durga Charan was desperately trying to sever the bonds of maya. His heart was crying for freedom. Once he met a holy man who told him, ‘However strong might be your faith, and intense be your love for God, unless you are initiated by a guru and practise sadhana according to his instructions, you cannot have the vision of God.’
The lives of the mystics prove that when intense longing for God dawns in a soul, God responds and makes everything favorable for the devotee. One morning Durga Charan was seated on the bank of the Ganga when his family guru arrived there, unexpectedly, on a boat. When he was asked the reason for his coming to Calcutta, the guru replied, ‘I have come at the special command of the Divine Mother to initiate you.’ However, the initiation only created in him more hunger for God. He was carried away by divine intoxication and often lost outward consciousness. Once, while he was meditating on the bank of the Ganga, the flood tide rose and swept him into the river. It was several moments before full consciousness returned to him and he was able to swim ashore.
See God with Open Eyes is a meditation on Sri Ramakrishna by Swami Chetanananda, a senior monk with the Ramakrishna Order. This book is a must-have for seekers of Truth; devotees of Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda, and Sri Sarada Devi; and students of Vedanta and Bhakti traditions alike. Swami Chetanananda breaks down important concepts about Sri Ramakrishna as an avatar and also explains Hindu concepts such as categorizations of the Vedas in an easy-to-understand manner that is so characteristic of his writing. All of his books are highly recommended. We carry his most popular titles in ourInspiring Books collection.
From the publishers: "This title raises several questions: Does God have a form? Can we see God as we see other objects and beings in this world? Can we hear or touch God? Ramakrishna answered these questions with his words and through his life — and many of those answers are collected in this book.
"When God takes a human form, we want to see how that avatar lives, acts, talks, walks, laughs, cries, eats, and sleeps like other human beings. This book depicts how lovers of God can establish and deepen their relationship with Ramakrishna through prayer and meditation, and that strong bond makes them feel safe and secure."
Sri Ramakrishna in all his beautiful glory in this 8 x 10 or 5 x 7 black and white photo. This particular photo comes from a senior monk in the Ramakrishna order who has edited the original version from the 1800s to capture the fine details of Sri Ramakrishna's body and face.
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This picture was taken in front of the Krishna temple at Dakshineswar in 1884, when Sri Ramakrishna was 48 years old. According to Swami Nirvanananda, “Bavanath Chatterjee, the Master’s devotee from Baranagore, wanted to take a photograph of the Master. One day he requested him very strongly to give his consent, and on the afternoon of the next day brought a photographer along with him from Baranagore. He could not make the Master agree. The Master just went away near the Radhakanta [Krishna] temple.
“In the meantime Narendra arrived on the scene and heard everything; he said, ‘Wait a bit. I shall put everything straight.’ Saying this, he went to the veranda to the west of the Radhakanta temple where Sri Ramakrishna was sitting and started a religious conversation with him. The Master went into samadhi. Swamiji went and called the others and ordered them to get ready quickly to take the picture.
“In the state of samadhi the Master’s body was bent on one side and therefore the cameraman went to make him sit erect by softly adjusting his chin. But as soon as he touched his chin the whole body of the Master came up like a piece of paper – so light it was!
“Swamiji then told him, ‘Oh, what are you doing? Be quick. Get the camera ready.’ The cameraman took the exposure as hurriedly as possible. The Master was completely unaware of this incident.
“After some days when Bavanath brought the printed copy of the photo the Master remarked: ‘This represents a high yogic state. This form will be worshipped in every home as time goes on.’” (“Concerning the Photographs of Sri Ramakrishna” by Swami Vidyatmananda;Vedanta and the West, No. 172).
Swami Vishuddhananda stated that when Sri Ramakrishna saw the photo he went into ecstasy and touched the photo to his head several times, saying: “The photo is nicely taken. This mood is very high – fully merged in Him. Here the Lord is fully depicted in his own nature.”
The following is a quotation fromSri Sarada Devi: The Holy Mother, (p. 416) concerning one of the prints of this photograph:
“Disciple: Mother, that photograph of Sri Ramakrishna which you have with you is a very good one. One feels it when one sees the picture. Well, is that a good likeness of the Master?
“Mother: Yes, that picture is very, very good. It originally belonged to a brahmin cook. Several prints were made of his first photograph. The brahmin took one of them. The picture was at first very dark, just like the image of Kali. Therefore it was given to the Brahmin. When he left Dakshineswar for some place – I do not remember where – he gave it to me. I kept the photograph with the pictures of other gods and goddesses and worshipped it. At one time I lived on the ground floor of the nahabat. One day the Master came there, and at the sight of the picture he said, ‘Hello, what is all this?’ Lakshmi and I had been cooking under the staircase. Then I saw the Master take in his hand the bel leaves and flowers kept there for worship, and offer them to the photograph. This is the same picture. That brahmin never returned, so the picture remained with me.”
This picture which Sri Ramakrishna worshipped is now on the shrine at the Udbodhan Office in Calcutta, where it is worshipped daily. This fact was authenticated by Swami Madhavananda, Swami Vireswarananda, and Swami Nirvanananda. Swami Atmabodhananda, who was the head of Udbodhan for many years until his death in 1959, stated that the Udbodhan print was the same one that Sri Ramakrishna worshipped at the nahabat. (“Concerning the Photographs of Sri Ramakrishna” by Swami Vidyatmananda;Vedanta and the West, No. 172).
In 1982 Swami Chetanananda received a negative from the original picture of Sri Ramakrishna mentioned above. It was made by Braja Kishore Sinha, the Curator of Victoria Memorial Hall, Calcutta. Swami Chetanananda brought that negative to the United States and gave it to Mr. John Hench, Vice President for Creative Development of Disneyland, who worked on this picture for two years. Mr. Hench carefully removed the scratches, black dots, and other imperfections from this historical, one hundred-year-old photograph without disturbing its originality.
Sri Sarada Devi in all her beautiful glory in this 8 x 10 or 5 x 7 black and white photo. This particular photo comes from a senior monk in the Ramakrishna order, Swami Chetanananda.
In 1970, when Swami Chetanananda was at Advaita Ashrama in Calcutta, Swami Ishanananda (a disciple of Holy Mother and an attendant of hers for eleven years) stayed there for some days. One day he showed Swami Chetanananda an original print of Holy Mother’s shrine pose (the second photo) which had belonged to Sister Nivedita. Swami Chetanananda asked the swami to let him have the photo for the archives of Advaita Ashrama, and the swami gave it to him. It is still there. During Swami Chetanananda’s trip to India in 1982, he made several negatives from that beautiful, original print and brought them to America so that the Western devotees could have a clear (second generation) photo of Holy Mother.
In November 1898 Mrs. Ole Bull, an American devotee of Swami Vivekananda, persuaded Holy Mother to have her photograph taken. On this occasion three pictures were taken, and the second is the one most often worshipped by her devotees. Holy Mother said of it: “Yes this is a good picture. But before it was taken I was a little stouter. Then Yogen [Swami Yogananda] fell ill. Worrying about him day and night, I lost some weight. I was happy when he felt better, but very unhappy when he was worse. Often I wept for him. At first I refused to be photographed. But Sara [referring to Mrs. Ole Bull] pressed me and said, ‘I shall take the picture to America and worship it.’ In the end I had to agree.” (Holy Motherby Swami Nikhilananda, p. 114).
This picture of Holy Mother when she was forty-five was taken at 10/2 Bosepara Lane, Baghbazar, Calcutta, by Mr. Harrington, an English photographer.
Swami Gambhirananda wrote inSri Ma Sarada Devi(p. 335):
“When Mrs. Ole Bull approached Holy Mother for her photograph, she declined because she was too shy to go to a studio and unveil her face in front of an unknown photographer. But when Mrs. Ole Bull fervently requested, Holy Mother asked her to bring a woman photographer. As no woman photographer was available, she then asked her to bring a European photographer. When the photographer arrived, Holy Mother, controlling her bashfulness, sat for a photo session. Sister Nivedita and Golap-ma arranged her cloth and hair according to their taste.”
On March 9, 1899, Sister Nivedita wrote to Mrs. Eric Hammond: “You know that photograph meant the first time she [Holy Mother] had ever looked straight at a grownup man outside her own family, or been seen by one. Yet what self-consciousness was there? Not a grain! Neither Swami [Vivekananda] nor Sri Ramakrishna himself ever saw her unveiled – after her marriage, that is, when she was a little girl of five!” (Letters of Sister Nivedita, Vol. 1, p. 76).
About the first photo of this series, Pravrajika Atmaprana wrote inSister Nivedita(p. 69): “When the photographer came, the Mother cast down her eyes and went into an ecstatic state. She regained her natural state after some time and her second photo was then taken, which is now seen worshipped everywhere.” Brahmachari Akshay Chaitanya supplied further information about the second photo inSri Sri Sarada Devi(p. 96), which he had heard from Golap-ma: “When the first photo was taken, Holy Mother’s feet were covered with her cloth. For the second photo, her attendants rearranged her cloth in such a way that her feet would be visible for worship purpose.”
About the third picture of this series, Swami Vidyatmananda (then John Yale) wrote in his bookA Yankee and the Swamis(p. 223): “This is a picture of Sri Sarada Devi, the Holy Mother, with the English disciple of Swami Vivekananda, Margaret Noble, known as Sister Nivedita. The original of this photo, whose existence had been previously unsuspected, was discovered in the home of the Earl of Sandwich, who was related by marriage to Tantine [Josephine MacLeod]. I carried it to India [in 1952] with me and gave it to the seniors of the Order, who were astonished and delighted that it should have come to light. A picture taken of Holy Mother on what must have been the same occasion was well known; but that she and this large, energetic Western woman had also posed together was an interesting surprise.”
This makes a perfect picture for a home shrine or altar.
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Swami Vivekananda's famous meditation pose. 5 x 7 black and white photo. This particular photo comes from a senior monk in the Ramakrishna order who has edited the original version from the 1800s to capture the fine details of Swamiji's body and face.
This makes a perfect picture for a home shrine or altar.
5 x 7
Pair with our Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Sarada Devi pictures to make the Holy Trio.
Return to the Source, Collected Writings on Spiritual Life
Return to the Source, Collected Writings on Spiritual Life is an inspirational, beautiful, and practical collection of advice and comfort for spiritual seekers. The author, Swami Bhajanananda, is head priest of Kali Mandir, a Hindu temple in Laguna Beach, California. He has guided spiritual seekers for decades, providing comfort to those traversing and seeking the path of Illumination.
This book provides instructions on japa, meditation, how to correctly use a mala, and the process and meaning of true kirtan (singing to the Divine), among other spiritual topics. The swami is adept at singing kirtan and brings joy to so many who come in contact with him and the others at Kali Mandir. The Deva Shop is honored and privileged to know him personally. Visit the Ramakrishna Seminary to learn can learn about the courses that Swami Bhajanananda teaches online.
“Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati, a monk of Shankara's Order and the main priest of Kali Mandir in Laguna Beach, is an austere traditional monk. This inspiring book, Return to the Source, reveals his devotion and passion for God, knowledge of the Hindu Scriptures and ritual, words of wisdom and practical spiritual guidance. This book originated from some of his class talks, articles, and writings, and over and above, from his sadhana and experiences. Readers will find in this book the pure spiritual tradition of Vedanta. It will help them to build their inner lives, to breathe the freshness of the eternal, and to attain peace and bliss.” - Swami Chetanananda, Vedanta Society of St. Louis, author of more than books on Sri Ramakrishna and Vedanta
Chapters include: Sri Ramakrishna and Kali in the West, Kali Puja (the Art of Seeing God), Kirtan (Singing the Divine Name), Japa Yoga, Moment by Moment Worship, Bhagavatam Meditations, Tradition (Gift of the Rishis), Seeds of Desire, and Living at the Source (Excerpts from Letters to Devotees).
An inspiring collection of the sayings of Vivekananda on the value and practice of meditation collected from Vivekananda's writings.
by Swami Vivekananda edited by Swami Chetanananda Foreword by Christopher Isherwood
137 pages US paperback
"This book is a collection of notes on the value of meditative practices. It is common sense rendered with good humor. Through these selections, even the casual reader will be better able to appreciate the vitality of a tradition that has produced both saints and scholars."
The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali is a major work on the practice of yoga and meditation. Learn through these aphorisms how to control your mind and achieve inner peace and freedom. Although these methods were taught over 2000 years ago, they are as alive and effective today as they have ever been. This translation draws on the inspired commentary from both Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood.
One of our most popular titles, this book is widely used in yoga classes as an important introduction to Raja Yoga. Promoted by George Harrison and featured in his last album.
You can view a lecture by Swami Prabhavananda titledÂ The Eight Limbs of Yoga that is based on this book, and is a good companion to understanding the message.
The Spiritual Heritage of India is a brief history of the philosophy of a country that never distinguished philosophy from religion. The account extends from centuries for which there is no historical record to the recent Sri Ramakrishna revival of the ancient Vedanta.
This is a wonderful introduction to the Goddess Kali, known lovingly by her devotees as Ma Kali or Kali Ma. This particular book on Kali focuses on detailed descriptions of Kolkata’s famous Dakshineswar temple and Ma Bhavatarini, the form of Kali worshipped there.
Authored by Elizabeth (Usha) Harding, President of Kali Mandir Temple in Laguna Beach, California. Usha Ma is an ardent and pure devotee of Sri Ramakrishna and Kali. Writing this book with a Western audience in mind, she has truly captured the spirit of Dakshineswar and the Saints that have graced its holy grounds.
It provides a wealth of information about the worship of Goddess Kali by giving an intimate account of her history and worship. Learn about the temple’s festivals & daily rituals, and discover inspiring accounts of some of this tradition’s ecstatic saints. A great introduction to Kali worship of the Divine Mother at one of Her most living temples.
Paperback, with many original photographs including a full color photo of Ma Bhavatarani Dakshineswari, taken by Usha herself in the 80s and is famously known all over Kolkata.
Excerpt from Chapter 1, a quote from a song by the famous mystic/poet Ramprasad:
"O Mother! my desires are unfulfilled;
My hopes are ungratified;
But my life is fast coming to an end.
Let me call Thee, Mother, for the last time;
Come and take me in Thy arms.
None loves in the world;
This world knows not how to love;
My heart yearns, O Mother, to go there,
Where love reigns supreme."
Prayer Book for Children Including Simple Sanskrit Chants
This easy to use book for children helps both Westerners and traditional Hindus alike read important prayers for peace and well being to their children. Children can easily learn the chants and prayers as a daily devotional exercise.
It includes a selection of simple chants in Sanskrit for children to learn, with explanations and prayers. Includes Devanagari text, phonetic pronunciation with English letters, and translation.
Includes colorful illustrations of Hindu Gods and Goddesses for children.
An excerpt from the introduction: "Prayer is an appeal to God to make us better persons. Children cannot survive without the love of their parents, even so, they cannot survive without the love of God because God is the parent of parents."
Children love this brightly colored classic. This story of Indian's classic tale of Rama and Sita and Hanuman is retold here for children with many rich color drawings. A delightful story to read to young children.
Written by the Ramakrishna Mission with 56 colorful pages and the inside front and back cover can be used as Ramayana coloring pages.
This translation of the Bhagavad Gita by Swami Prabhavananda, founder of the Vedanta Society of Southern California, uses the beauty of verse to express the highest truths of Vedanta. Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God includes an introduction to the Gita.
Critics have singled out this translation:
"The book is self-contained. A complete stranger to the Hindu gospel can pick it up and in one or two evenings follow the poem from its terrific beginnings to its sublime end." - New York Times
"A distinguished literary work." - Time Magazine
"A highly readable interpretive translation." - American Library Association
"The best from a literary point of view." - Aldous Huxley
The Upanishads reflect pure Vedanta, the highest aspect of spiritual truth. These teachings are very ancient, back from before the written word.
In Upanishads: Breath of the Eternal, the twelve major Upanishads are listed in mostly traditional order: Katha, Isha, Kena, Prasna, Mundaka, Mandukya, Taittiriya, Aitaeya, Chandogya, Brihadaranyaka, Swetasvatara, and Kaivalya.
From the preface: "Our aim in this translation has not been to achieve a literal translation but rather...to convey the teachings in clear and simple English."
"Captures the sense, beauty, and spirit of the original." - Books for Inner Development
Christ taught in the Sermon on the Mount that God can be seen and that divine perfection can be achieved. The Sermon on the Mount According to Vedanta collects talks by Swami Prabhavananda that present Christ's teachings from the perspective of Vedanta. Christ instructs us to be still and know that we are God. He admonishes us to be perfect, even as the father in heaven is perfect, and that the pure in heart shall see God. All of this makes sense when considered from the standpoint of Vedanta philosophy.
Swami Prabhavananda, who passed away in 1976, founded the Vedanta Society of Southern California in 1930.
Mahishasuramardini Stotram, a famous hymn to Ma Durga, contains the power of the Devi Mahatmyam.Encoded and embedded in the words of this exquisite hymn are hidden esoteric seed sounds, making its recitation a transformative spiritual practice. This booklet includes the Devanagari Sanskrit, Roman transliteration and translation in English.
This booklet is a guide to learning simple Mother worship in the Hindu tradition.Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati presents here a simplified ritualistic worship of Goddess Kalithat can easily be performed regularly.Based on ancient Tantric scriptures, the mantras and rituals contained in this puja-book come to us from the tradition of the Dakshineswar Kali temple where Sri Ramakrishna lived and worshipped the Divine Mother with an awe-inspiring intensity for over thirty years.This book contains an overview of puja and includes the transliterated Sanskrit mantras with English translations as well as instructions for a five-item worship of Mother Kali.This is the simplest Kali puja that is still authentic and complete for easy learning and memorization and is ideal for daily home practice.
This is a book that is about how to work, and not get caught by expectations. We have a right to work, but not to the results of our actions. We have to work as hard as we can, give the work our best quality effort, then step back and let the results take care of themselves. It is all about selfless work. Such is the practice of karma yoga.
This concept is a bit different from what many of us have been taught in the West, but the book offers an interesting approach that can save us from a lot of misery and bring us closer to God. In fact, belief in God is not essential to the practice of this yoga.
We also offer an American paper edition of this book under the nameKarma Yoga and Bhakti Yoga.The type of this edition is larger, and the editing is better.
On the practice of raja yoga taken from Swami Vivekananda's original lectures in the United States.
by Swami Vivekananda American edition edited by Swami Nikhilananda
Raja Yoga is about the royal road to God through the practice of meditation. It is primarily meant to enable us to solve our mental problems through meditation. When all is said and done, the solution to our worldly problems requires a spiritual solution. This is the universal teaching of all saints and prophets in all countries in all times. Finding a worldly solution is an endless process that causes more problems than it creates. The spiritual solution goes to the root of our problems in worldly existence.
"Bhakti Yoga is a real genuine search after the Lord, a search beginning, continuing, and ending in Love."
113 pages, Indian paperback
"Bhakti Yoga is a real genuine search after the Lord, a search beginning, continuing, and ending in Love. One single moment of the madness of extreme love to God brings us eternal freedom."
"When a man gets it, he loves all, hates none; he becomes satisfied forever." Swami Vivekananda
Writes Romain Rolland: Vivekananda's words are great music, phrases in the style of Beethoven, stirring rhythms like the march of Handel choruses. I cannot touch these sayings of his, scattered as they are through the pages at thirty years distance, without receiving a thrill through my body like an electric shock. and what shocks, what transports must have been produced when in burning words they issued from the lips of the hero.
A concise, and delightful introduction to Vedanta, the philosophical backbone of Hinduism.
90 pages US paperback
Written with verve and charm by a Western nun for a Western audience, this brief book gives a comprehensive overview of Vedanta philosophy while emphasizing its practical Western application. Table of Contents: 1. Vedanta: An Overview 2. Why Are We Unaware of our Divinity? The Concept of Maya 3. The Problem of Suffering: Karma and Reincarnation 4 Spiritual Practice: The Yogas 5 Spiritual Basics: Ethical and Moral Virtues 6. The Harmony of Religions: "Truth is One; Sages Call It by Various Names" 7. The Oneness of Existence: Unity in Diversity 8. God in Human Form: The Avatar 9. Revitalization of an Ancient Philosophy: Ramakrishna, the Ramakrishna Order, and the Vedanta Societies 10. Suggestions for Further Reading
With special reference to Patanjali’s Yoga philosophy and psychology. Addresses the issues of finding a spiritual teacher and dealing with the spiritual dangers and obstacles. Includes chapter on stress management through Yoga.
Wonderful greeting card for the spiritually minded friend and lover of Ma Kali! Perfect to compliment gift giving or just a beautiful card to give by itself. Beautiful portrayal of Kali in all her glory on the battlefield in her 10 armed form.
Size:5" x 7"
Price is for 1 greeting card
Each card comes with white plain envelope
This greeting card is blank inside to write notes for any occasion.
This biography of Ramakrishna was written for the West by one of England's most talented authors, Christopher Isherwood. This is simply a great introduction to Sri Ramakrishna. Highly recommend to the reader who is curious about lives of Avatars, mysticism, devotion and Vedanta philosophy. Isherwood lived at the Vedanta center in Hollywood for a time with the senior monk there, Swami Prabhavananda and was a very influential writer in Hollywood and all of the US and the West.
The writing is beautiful in itself, but the story of a most unusual man with unheard of spiritual yearning is what this book is really about.
Excerpt: "This is the story of a phenomenon. I will begin by calling him simply that, rather than "holy man,""mystic,"or "saint"; all emotive words with mixed associations which may attract some readers, repel others.
"A phenomenon is always a fact, an object of experience. That is how I shall try to approach Ramakrishna . . . I only ask you to approach Ramakrishna with the same open-minded curiosity you might feel for any highly unusual human being."
Written by Swami Tejasananda from the Ramakrishna Order.
This book is a relatively short biography of Sri Ramakrishna, one of Indian's greatest spiritual figures. This is a great introduction to Sri Ramakrishna's life in a short read.
128 pages, Indian paperback
"Sri Ramakrishna’s life is a life of spirituality in practice, a sublime sonnet with a singular note of God consciousness, a summary of all that the scriptures of the world have to say, and even much more. To contain such a boundless life and personality within a few pages is certainly as audacious a task as to attempt to contain the ocean in a pot. Yet this book humbly attempts to portray his life and personality in a clear and candid style." Advaita Ashram Publications.
"A good introduction to the life of the quiet, unassuming women who some say was greater than Sri Ramakrishna."
This short biography gives a brief overview of Holy Mother's life and mission. It gives inspiration to all with the comforting accounts about Sri Sri Sarada Devi and her Motherhood to one and all. Perfect for those who want a brief introduction to Holy Mother to find out more about this Divine Incarnation.
92 pages Indian paperback
"In the pages of this book will be found the story of a life which was lived so silently and unostentatiously that its very simplicity was bewildering. Yet the depth of its richness seemed unfathomable even to those who were universally respected for their spiritual greatness. Indeed such a life defies analysis, and it is much more difficult to portray it. Even if we fail to comprehend the greatness of this Great Wonder fully, still will not even a partial glimpse of it bring us infinite good? Thus this attempt to portray the life of Sri Sarada Devi, the spiritual consort or Sri Ramakrishna, in short." Advaita Ashram Publications.
An illustrated young people's biography of Sri Sarada Devi, The Holy Mother. This is an excellent introduction to Holy Mother for children. It tells of special and interesting incidents in her life that children enjoy listening to.
Dr. Feuerstein offers readers a clear understanding of authentic Tantra, removing many common misconceptions, providing an accessible introduction to the history, philosophy, and practice of this extraordinary spiritual tradition.
Tantra—often associated with Kundalini Yoga—is a fundamental dimension of Hinduism, emphasizing the cultivation of "divine power"(shakti)as a path to infinite bliss. Tantra has been widely misunderstood in the West, however, where its practices are often confused with eroticism and licentious morality.Tantra: The Path of Ecstasydispels many common misconceptions, providing an accessible introduction to the history, philosophy, and practice of this extraordinary spiritual tradition.
The Tantric teachings are geared toward the attainment of enlightenment as well as spiritual power and are present not only in Hinduism but also Jainism and Vajrayana Buddhism. In this book, Georg Feuerstein offers readers a clear understanding of authentic Tantra, as well as appropriate guidance for spiritual practice and the attainment of higher consciousness.
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"A wide-ranging compendium of Hindu, Tantric, Shaivite texts almost impossible to find in one place elsewhere. . . . a comprehensive and provocative commentary on the basic and advanced precepts of Tantric yoga. Written with literate modesty and erudition, this book is an invaluable resource." —Publishers Weekly
"Georg Feuerstein, who is arguably today's foremost Yoga researcher, has given us yet another very valuable book.Tantra: The Art of Ecstasyis the first nonacademic but sound and well-rounded introduction to the Hindu Tantric heritage since Sir John Woodroffe's pioneering publications of the 1920s. It corrects many widespread misconceptions and shows Tantrism to be a complex and intriguing tradition that deserves deeper study. Recommended reading for all students of Hinduism, Yoga, and spirituality in general." —Professor Subhash Kak, Ph.D., author ofIndia at Century's Endand coauthor ofIn Search of the Cradle of Civilization
Pundit Johari's text is among the best of Western explications, combining traditional, visionary, and practical views. Chakras is illustrated, detailed, accessible to the neophyte, and notable for its valuable discussion of Tantric vocabulary.
Revised and expanded edition of the classic work on chakras by the renowned Indian scholar and tantra practitioner.
• 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.
Available 1/6/21: Another great work from Ram Dass, a collection of his teachings in a beautiful book.
Cookbook for Awakening Features 40 high-quality color pages of Ram Dass teachings, quotes, archival photographs, handwritten letters, and meaningful imagery from the past 40 years of his journey.
From the publishers: "After spending years curating over five decades of Ram Dass wisdom, Love Serve Remember Foundation is pleased to unveil "Cookbook for Awakening", a scrapbook of essential teachings on topics to help you become more awake in your life – and to inhabit “be here now” in a truly authentic way.
We found the most potent teachings from Ram Dass' talks on awareness, meditation, relationships, unconditional love, and service and compassion, and created a visual meditation that reflects his journey over these many decades - from his life as a cultural icon to his historic meeting with Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaj-ji) and the subsequent teaching in the West and the writing of his transformational book, “Be Here Now”.
This is a tool to expand our minds and our hearts. Take it with you on your journeys, and as “Be Here Now” has attracted so many of you to the spiritual path, we hope this book will inspire a new generation of seekers into an awakening of the spirit."
This is one of the first comprehensive biographies of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi in English. Swami Tapasyananda has incorporated all relevant biographical materials from various literary sources in Bengali, along with first-hand testimonials and information gathered from monks and women disciples of the Holy Mother. He has interpreted the life of the Holy Mother as the expression of the ideal of Divine Motherhood.
by Swami Tapasyananda
359 pages, Indian paperback
The original edition of this book, published in 1940, contained a chapter called Conversations which has been deleted from this 6th edition. This has been done because these Conversations , along with many others, have been included in the book The Gospel of the Holy Mother This 6th edition has, however, included an additional forty pages of new material discovered since the book’s original publication.
Swami Tapasyananda was president of Sri Ramakrishna Math from 1971 to 1991. A profound scholar, deep thinker, and prolific writer and translator, he was never happier than when an individual approached him for spiritual clarification.
Journey of Awakening, A Meditator's Guidebook by Ram Dass.
Ram Dass is an American psychologist and spiritual teacher who has studied and practiced meditation for many years. Here he shares his understanding and explores the many paths of meditation--from mantra, prayer, singing, visualizations, and " just sitting" to movement meditations such as tai chi--and suggests how you can find methods suitable for you. He illuminates the stages and benefits of meditative practice and provides wise and often humorous advice on overcoming difficulties along the way.
Published book reviews state: "Everyone has experienced a moment of pure awareness. A moment without thinking 'I am aware' or 'that is a tree.' Such moments bring a sense of rightness, of clarity, of being at one. Such moments are the essence of meditation," writes Ram Dass, who has spent many years as a bridge builder between East and West. He is a trained psychologist and a devotee of Neem Caroli Baba.
In this book originally published in 1978, he presents paths to self-realization via meditation. There are chapters on Setting Out, Picking a Path, Finding Your Way, Losing Your Way, Getting Stuck, and Getting Free. All seekers will recognize these stages in the journey of awakening. It is not an easy thing to escape our "thought prison" or to focus on just one thing. And even if one does triumph over these obstacles, there is still the danger of "spiritual pride." Ram Dass proves himself to be a master guide to the breadths and depths of meditation and its added values of mantra, singing, visualizations, and more.
Polishing the Mirror, How to live from your spiritual heart, By Ram Dass. For five decades, Ram Dass has explored the depths of consciousness and love and brought them to life as service to others. With Polishing the Mirror, he gathers together his essential teachings for living in the eternal present, here and now.
Readers will find within these pages a rich combination of perennial wisdom, humor, teaching stories, and detailed guidance on Ram Dass' own spiritual practices, including:
Bhakti Yoga―opening our hearts to unconditional love • Practices for living, aging, dying, and embracing the natural flow of life • Karma Yoga―how selfless service can profoundly transform us • Working with fear and suffering as a path to grace and freedom • Step-by-step guidance in devotional chant, meditation and mantra practice, and much more For those both new to and familiar with Ram Dass, here is his celebrated guide to discovering who we are, why we are here, and how to become beacons of unconditional love.
The spiritual and healing qualities of 390 members of the mineral kingdom are detailed here in The Pocket Book of Stones, Robert Simmons’s condensed reference guide to crystals and gems. Based on the bestselling The Book of Stones: Who They Are and What They Teach, this guide describes dozens of new stones not covered in the original encyclopedia and also contains an index of the spiritual, emotional, and healing qualities of the stones.
This pocket edition has been requested by many readers who are looking for a compact reference that they can carry easily or give as an inexpensive gift to the rock-lovers on their gift lists. Incorporating beautifully lit, full-color photos of each stone, it imparts the spiritual understanding that made The Book of Stones the “bible” of many thousands of crystal lovers.
This book is an ideal introduction to stones and their energies for those who are new to the field, as well as being an invaluable portable reference for well-versed readers. Every entry contains a vivid color photo and quick-look list of key words, elemental and chakra correspondences, plus the beneficial physical, emotional, and spiritual qualities of each mineral, crystal, or gemstone. Below the quick-look list, Simmons provides a description of each stone, including scientific data and the story of each stone’s spiritual and healing qualities, as well as recommendations for other stones that combine harmoniously with it. The scientific information offered welcomes those not yet familiar with crystal energies by providing a familiar frame of reference and also broadens the knowledge of those who come to stones primarily for spiritual purposes.
The Pocket Book of Stones includes a comprehensive index of the healing qualities and the emotional and spiritual properties of all the stones in the book.
Thich Nhat Hanh, poet, Zen master, and chairman of the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace Delegation during the war, was nominated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize. Thomas Merton described him as more my brother than many who are nearer to me in race and nationality, because he and I see things in exactly the same way. The author lives in exile in France, where he teaches, writes, gardens, and helps refugees worldwide. In this book of talks to American peace activists and students of meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh thoroughly discusses the importance of being peace in order to make peace.
A bestseller with over 250,000 copies sold, Being Peace is the seminal founding work by Zen Master and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh. It is filled with practical suggestions on how to create a more peaceful world "right in the moment we are alive." Contains Thich Nhat Hanh's key practices, including a guide to the practice of reconciliation which has become a peacemaking tool in many other religious traditions.
This beautiful, newly revised edition is the perfect starting point for those who are getting their first introduction to Buddhism as well as a must-have for those already engaged in the tradition.
Be Here Now compiles in words the journey of Ram Dass through his academic career and his spiritual path to greatness. It describes one man’s transformation upon his acceptance of the principles of Yoga and gives a modern restatement of the importance of the spiritual side of man’s nature. Illustrated.
In March 1961, Professor Richard Alpert – later renamed Ram Dass – held appointments in four departments at Harvard University. He published books, drove a Mercedes and regularly vacationed in the Caribbean. By most societal standards, he had achieved great success... And yet he couldn’t escape the feeling that something was missing. After several interesting LSD experiments later, he set out on his spiritual journey.
Alpert headed to India where his guru renamed him Baba Ram Dass – “servant of God.” He was introduced to mindful breathing exercises, hatha yoga, and Eastern philosophy. If he found himself reminiscing or planning, he was reminded to “Be Here Now.” He started upon the path of enlightenment and has been journeying along with it ever since.
With over 150 pages of metaphysical illustrations, practical advice on how to implement a yogic regiment, and a chapter dedicated to quotes and book recommendations, Be Here Now is sure to enrich your emotional, physical, and spiritual life.
This cove wisdom literature is back in print after many years. Maharshi spent his life teaching the purest form of Advaita Vedanta (non-duality) through the simple discipline of Self-Enquiry, Upadesa Saram, Fire Hymns to Arunachala, the two sets of Forty Versus, and miscellaneous pieces, including Atma Vidya.
This work contains almost everything written by Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, his inspired compositions, and a number of translations from ancient Advaitic texts, representing the essence of his teachings. They fall into two categories-those which exemplify the path of surrender through love and devotion to the Divine, and those which are more doctrinal. The first group included the Five Hymns to Sri Arunachala, of which the first poem, The Marital Garland of Letters, "is among the most profound and moving poems in any language" and expresses the attitude of the soul aspiring for union with God.
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Pema Chödrön's perennially best-selling classic on overcoming life's difficulties cuts to the heart of spirituality and personal growth—now in a newly designed 20th-anniversary edition with a new afterword by Pema—makes for a perfect gift and addition to one's spiritual library.
How can we live our lives when everything seems to fall apart—when we are continually overcome by fear, anxiety, and pain? The answer, Pema Chödrön suggests, might be just the opposite of what you expect. Here, in her most beloved and acclaimed work, Pema shows that moving towardpainful situations and becoming intimate with them can open up our hearts in ways we never before imagined. Drawing from traditional Buddhist wisdom, she offers life-changing tools for transforming suffering and negative patterns into habitual ease and boundless joy.
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