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

Here's the most concise, colorful overview of philosophy and culture of Vaishnavism, or bhakti-yoga—the hidden glory of India.

After thirty years of research, Steven J. Rosen (Satyaraja Dasa) breaks open the vault of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, revealing everything 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

Srila Prabhupada declares, "We don't say that this scientific knowledge is useless. Mechanics, electronics—this is also knowledge…but the central point is atma-jnana—self-knowledge, knowledge of the soul."

In these thirty-one essays, talks, and informal conversations, Srila Prabhupada reveals the central point of essential self-knowledge—a knowledge that makes all other knowledge and activities pale in comparison.

Brighten your life with the light of self-knowledge and gain a world perspective usually reserved for ascetics and saints.

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The Laws of Nature

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

Karma and the laws governing nature are a baffling, entangling force that shackles us to this world. Understand the workings of the laws and the Lawmaker, get free of the restraints, and attain real freedom.

This absorbing book explores the age-old mysteries of karma and reincarnation, free will and destiny, enlightenment, and liberation.

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by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami
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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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