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Bhagavad-gita As It Is

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The Bhagavad-gita is a must-read for anyone interested in the meaning of life. One of the world's best-known literatures, it is often considered the essence of all wisdom. It's a conversation between the military hero Arjuna and his friend/advisor/charioteer Krishna, spoken just before the apocalyptic Battle of Kurukshetra. Subjects they discuss include the eternality of the self, destiny, the source of our being, and how to achieve lasting peace and happiness.

The translation and commentary by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada—the twentieth century's foremost Vedic scholar and teacher of Krishna consciousness—make Krishna's teachings in the Gita accessible to the western reader. Prabhupada's faithfulness to the original Sanskrit text, along with his straightforwardness, clarity and wit, make "Bhagavad-gita As It Is" true to its title.

Since its publication in 1970, Bhagavad-gita As It Is has become the most widely read edition of the Gita in the world.

Translation and commentary by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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Sri Caitanya-caritamrta

The Pastimes of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
by Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami

In the early sixteenth century the West was on one course, the East on another. In India, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was directing people inward, toward a scientific understanding of the highest knowledge of man’s spiritual nature.

Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita is the main work on the life and teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the incarnation of Krishna who appeared in India five hundred years ago. Lord Chaitanya introduced the chanting of the holy names of God as the prescribed method of God-realization for our time. He began what is today called the Hare Krishna movement, since the movement’s founder, Srila Prabhupada, comes in the Chaitanya line of spiritual masters.

Lord Chaitanya transformed the face of India in four respects: philosophically, by encountering, defeating and converting the greatest philosophers and thinkers of His day; religiously, by organizing the largest, most widespread theistic movement in India’s history; socially, by His strong challenges to the religious inequities of the caste system; politically, by His organization of a massive civil disobedience movement in Bengal, more than four centuries before Gandhi.

This English translation with commentary, by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, reveals his consummate Bengali and Sanskrit scholarship, his intimate familiarity with the precepts of Sri Chaitanya, and his pure devotion to God.

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Krsna

The Supreme Personality of Godhead
by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Krsna (pronounced "Krishna"),The Supreme Personality of Godhead, is a summary study of the tenth canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam. The Bhagavatam is an encyclopedic, 18,000 verse text—divided into twelve Cantos—chronicling many of Krishna's various incarnations over the millennia. It also describes the creation and cosmography of the material universes, and the lives of many pure devotees of Krishna and how they attained perfection.

Ultimately, the Bhagavatam's Tenth Canto focuses on Krishna Himself and His activities when He appeared on earth five thousand years ago. Behind all the omnipotence and majesty, in the ultimate issue, the Tenth Canto shows that the Supreme Person is the all-attractive, fun-loving, perfect reciprocator of all varieties of loving relationships with His dearest devotees.

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada wrote "Krishna Book" before he had even fully completed his translation and commentary on the Bhagavatam. He wanted people to hear about Krishna the person and His activities, in English, from an authorized representative of the Krishna-bhakti tradition. As he mentions in his Introduction, this was so they wouldn't risk mistaking Krishna to be just another human being and his pastimes as mundane adventure/romance stories.

It should be said, however, that fans of adventure and romance will find nothing lacking in this contemporary recounting of Krishna's activities.

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The Nectar of Instruction

by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Instruction is nectar when it melts your heart, lights your path, and bring tears of love for God to your eyes. Let this Nectar pour forth into your being.

These eleven short verses give essential instructions on how to clean your heart and prepare it for loving devotion to Krishna, God. You’ll want to keep this book out for easy reference as you absorb the deep yet easy-to-apply instructions, including six things you’'ll want to add to your life and six you'll want to uproot. Verse Four explains how devotees interact in ways that bring them closer to Krishna. The final verse describes Krishna’s most treasured object of love.

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Srimad-Bhagavatam

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
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Teachings of Lord Caitanya

by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Five hundred years ago, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu gave the gift of love of God to everyone He met. Now is your chance to take the gift He came to give you.

Lord Chaitanya spearheaded a spiritual renaissance in sixteenth-century India that had as its foundation the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra. Five hundred years before Gandhi, this remarkable personality inaugurated a massive nonviolent civil-disobedience movement.

He introduced a revolutionary spiritual movement based on the world's oldest and most comprehensive religious scriptures, the Vedas. This movement, He taught, would have universal appeal because it was based on the Absolute Truth, which transcends sectarian notions of race or creed.

Teachings of Lord Chaitanya, which is a summary study of Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, documents Chaitanya's conversations with the great scholars, kings, saints and mystics of His day.

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Teachings of Queen Kunti

by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The saintly Queen Kunti knew well that crisis evokes our sense of dependence on divine mercy. She endured assassination attempts, multiple plots to kill her sons, and then all-out war, and her prayers show that even the most extreme situations can be beneficial, since prayer unites us with God.

Queen Kunti is a major figure in the history of the ancient world. As mother of the warrior Arjuna—to whom Krishna spoke the Bhagavad-gita—she appears again and again in the historical epic Mahabharata as the saintly matriarch of a great dynasty torn apart by fratricidal war.

Like many of the most cultured and knowledgeable personalities of Vedic times, Kunti devi understood and revered Krishna as the Supreme Person, the cause of all causes, Who had appeared at that time as her nephew.

At the conclusion of the devastating Kurukshetra war, Queen Kunti approaches Krishna as He prepares to depart for home. Kunti's spontaneous glorification of Krishna and her description of the spiritual path are immortalized in the Mahabharata and the Bhagavata Purana (Srimad-Bhagavatam), and they have been recited, chanted, and sung by sages and philosophers for thousands of years.

Kunti's prayers consist of only twenty-six couplets (Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto One, Chapter Eight, verses 18-43), yet they are considered a philosophical, theological, and literary masterpiece.

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The Nectar of Devotion

The Complete Science of Bhakti-yoga
by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

We cannot be happy without satisfying our fundamental desire to love. Discover all the intricacies of spiritual love, bhakti, in this devotional classic.

This is a summary study of Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu, the Vaishnava classic written by Rupa Goswami that analyzes the various stages of bhakti (devotion) as a methodical practice resulting in love of God.

Rupa Goswami uses a metaphor comparing an ocean (sindhu) to a devotional relationship with God. The title of the book conveys that loving relationships are enjoyable like sweet nectar and deep like an ocean. However, devotion is truly only meant for the supreme beloved, Krishna.

Srila Prabhupada has written this summary study to show the essential understanding of the practices and ideals of Krishna consciousness, and to introduce the Western world to the beauty of devotional concepts.

The spiritually thirsty can develop their relationship with Krishna by drinking from the unlimited reservoir of The Nectar of Devotion. Drink deeply.

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Teachings of Lord Kapila

The Son of Devahuti

Lord Kapila's answers to his mother's inquiry about how to overcome ignorance and attain spiritual enlightenment.

Lord Kapila is a renowned sage and the author of the philosophical system known as Sankhya, which forms an important part of India's ancient philosophical heritage.

Sankhya is a system of metaphysics that deals with the elemental principles of the universe; it is also a system of spiritual knowledge, with its own methodology, and culminates in full consciousness of the Supreme Absolute.

Lord Kapila, however, is not an ordinary philosopher or sage but an incarnation of God.

This book deals with his answers to his mother's enquiry about how to overcome ignorance and delusion and attain spiritual enlightenment.

The underlying theme running throughout his answers and throughout Srila Prabhupada's commentaries on them is that one can achieve this goal by practicing bhakti-yoga, the process of linking one's heart to the Lord's heart through loving devotional service.

This series, with original Sanskrit, translations, and purports, sheds light on such topics as the significance of the guru, the psychology of consciousness, the characteristics of a self-realized person, the science of meditation, the nature of transcendental knowledge, and the process of ultimate liberation.

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