Introductory

Acharya

Portraits of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
by Shesha dasa

Devotees of Krishna are described as having twenty-six key personality traits, such as humility, truthfulness, desirelessness, and indifference to material acquisitions. An acharya, empowered spiritual teacher, is one who possesses all these qualities to an extraordinary degree.

This book, simply entitled Acharya, juxtaposes twenty-six photographs of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada with pages of text expanding on each of a devotee's transcendental qualities.

Since the face is the index of the mind, when each photograph is considered in relation to the accompanying text, readers can experience a rich meditation on the inner life of this twentieth-century saint.

Recommended companion volumes are the Prabhupada Lilamrita, as well as the Twenty-six Qualities of a Devotee, both by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami.

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Beyond Birth and Death

by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

We often think of "life" as a relatively short span of time in between our birth and our death—we celebrate birth as "coming into life" and mourn for the "dead"—when in fact life is an unending continuum, and what we call "birth and death" are merely bodily changes.

This is Krishna's beginning instruction in the Bhagavad-gita; for the self there is neither birth nor death. We're all eternal spiritual beings, meant to live eternally in relationship with the Supreme Person. The joy we experience once we understand the difference between our self and our material covering cannot be overestimated.

Beyond Birth and Death was prepared from transcripts of lectures Srila Prabhupada gave in 1966 on the second and eighth chapters of the Bhagavad-gita.

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Beyond Illusion and Doubt

by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Despite Western philosophers studying the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence for thousands of years, none have so far been able to explain the self, the cosmos, and our place in it as comprehensively as the Vedic writings of ancient India. Vedic knowledge is known as apaurusheya, "not thought up by man."


"To err is human" applies equally to the layman and the philosopher. Each philosopher tends to arrive at a different set of answers to the fundamental questions. This constant overhauling of philosophies throughout Western history can make the study of philosophy frustrating, especially for anyone seeking practical answers to life's important questions.

Beyond Illusion And Doubt is a compilation of conversations between Srila Prabhupada and some of his disciples, comparing Vedic wisdom with Western philosophy. The underlying verdict is that while many philosophers became famous by being blessed with a partial revelation of the Absolute Truth, Krishna consciousness means knowing the Absolute Truth in full—as the Supreme Person. No amount of speculation can reveal such knowledge, and anyone who comes in contact with it becomes joyful and freed from anxiety.

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Chant and Be Happy

The Power of Mantra Meditation
Based on the teachings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Chant And Be Happy is an introduction to the history, practice, and benefits of mantra meditation, and specifically the significance of chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. Also known as the maha-mantra, "great chant for deliverance," the Vedas recommend chanting Hare Krishna as the most effective form of meditation for the present age. Since the 1960s and '70s, this mantra has gained world popularity, partially due to its inclusion in the #1 song "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison.

The book contains a conversation between the Hare Krishna movement's founder Srila Prabhupada, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Yoko Ono on what makes a mantra genuine and effective. It also discusses the scriptural origin of the mantra, as well as step-by-step instructions for chanting.

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The Hidden Glory of India

by Satyaraja Dasa

A concise, colorful overview of philosophy and culture of Vaishnavism, or bhakti-yoga—the hidden glory of India.

Vaishnavism (worship of Vishnu, or Krishna), in contrast to popular notions of "Hinduism," is not only monotheistic but highly personalistic in its view of God. Krishna has many expansions and avatars (incarnations), but He is seen as the one Supreme Lord, the Father of all that lives and the Creator of the cosmos.

Unlike many books that explore India or Eastern spirituality, this work focuses on how Vaishnavism is India’s richest and most significant religious tradition. Those familiar with Krishna, Shiva, Ganesha, and Brahma will find them here described in their full cultural and scriptural context.

Drawing on his thirty years of research, Steven J. Rosen (Satyaraja Dasa) demystifies Gaudiya Vaishnavism, from the basics of the spiritual path to advanced techniques for chanting the maha-mantra.

The Hidden Glory of India is the world's first full-color overview of Krishna consciousness, with easy-to-read sections on such subjects as Krishna and His incarnations, Radha and the gopis, the significance of om, the meaning of mantras, the nature of the demigods, Krishna conscious perspectives on women, dance, music and art, and how all this relates to contemporary Hinduism. A perfect gift for family members and friends, The Hidden Glory of India is as beautiful to look at as it is rich in philosophy and wisdom.

The Journey of Self Discovery

by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Journey of Self-Discovery is a collection of transcribed conversations and lectures by Srila Prabhupada on a variety of subjects, including the means for achieving global unity, the myth of scarcity, spiritual economics, superior evolutionary models, and predictions of the future state of the world.

Many of these pieces previously appeared in Back to Godhead magazine, and helpfully address the doubts that inevitably arise for those new to the Vedic view of greater reality.

While Srila Prabhupada published definitive, scholarly translations and commentaries on some of the world's most important ancient texts—Bhagavad-gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam, and Chaitanya Charitamrita—his printed talks found here in Journey of Self-Discovery capture the humorous, refreshing flavor of his lively debating style.

As the ambassador to the West of the age-old Krishna bhakti cult—which teaches practical devotional service to God in His most approachable and attractive form—Srila Prabhupada speaks with an authority that is hard to resist. His arguments for intelligent design, and the existence of a supremely intelligent person possessing such intelligence, have caused many skeptics, agnostics, and atheists to reassess their worldview.

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The Laws of Nature

An Infallible Justice
by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

"Freedom" is a popular notion; we tend to think we're "free," that we can act as we like, and that our happiness is all that matters. The Laws of Nature; An Infallible Justice defines "freedom" differently. Here we're given a bracing reminder of the interconnectedness of all life, and the natural laws that govern all our actions; whether we're aware of them or not.

This short (97 pages) book presents the need for a connected, holistic worldview, and the profound benefits that come from acting with full awareness of our true selves, our place in the world, and the divine origins of both that world and ourselves.

Part One is a compilation of lectures that Srila Prabhupada gave on Sri Isopanishad in 1968. Self-satisfaction is possible, he says, to the degree we acknowledge the Supreme Person as the ultimate supplier of everything.

Part Two is an excerpt from Kapiladeva's description of karma—the universal law of action and reaction—found in the third canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam.

Part Three presents Srila Prabhupada's commentary on the Bhagavad-gita verse which he frequently promoted as the ultimate peace formula (5.29). Krishna says, "A person in full consciousness of Me, knowing Me to be the ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods, and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attains peace from the pangs of material miseries."

Your Ever Well-Wisher

by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami

Your Ever Well Wisher is a single-volume, abridged edition of the full-length biography Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita.

It tells the story of a remarkable individual and a remarkable achievement. The individual is A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada: philosopher, scholar, spiritual leader, saint. The achievement is the revolutionary transplantation of a timeless spiritual culture from ancient India to twentieth-century America.

Srila Prabhupada traveled by steamship from Calcutta to New York City, arriving at the height of the youth counterculture wave of the 1960s. Living amid bohemians, beatniks, hippies, and self-proclaimed drug prophets, his mission was to turn whomever would listen on to the chanting of Hare Krishna and the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita.

During the next ten years, he would attract thousands of followers, publish dozens of volumes of translation and commentary on the sacred writings of the Vedas, establish over a hundred centers for the International Society for Krishna consciousness throughout the world, make "Hare Krishna" a household word, and jump start one of the fastest growing spiritual movements in history.

The research team assembled by the author traveled throughout the world to gather thousands of hours of interviews with hundreds of people who knew Srila Prabhupada; diaries and memoirs from his students; and more than seven thousand of Srila Prabhupada’s letters. Then the author and his team distilled this voluminous firsthand source material into a rich composite view of Srila Prabhupada, a dazzling and colorful picture of one of the most remarkable lives of our times.

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Veda, Secrets from the East: An Anthology

Secrets from the East
By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and Disciples

Exploring topics such as the soul, karma, reincarnation, and meditation, this book will help awaken within you the spiritual insights great teachers have spoken of for thousands of years.

Veda explores the secrets of spirituality found in the ancient writings of India. Probing into topics such as the soul, karma, reincarnation, and meditation, this book will help awaken within you the spiritual insights great teachers have spoken of for thousands of years.

What lies beyond death, and what would you do if you had only a few days left to live? Despite an abundance of comforts and conveniences, why do many still feel dissatisfied, empty, and lacking in purpose? Are day-to-day occurrences predestined, or is life an interplay of fate and free will? In this book, Srila Prabhupada and his followers address the most crucial questions of our existence.

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