Yoga & Meditation

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 Path of Perfection

by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

In February of 1969, Srila Prabhupada gave a series of lectures in Los Angeles on the sixth chapter of the Bhagavad-gita, which deals with the yoga system. Path of Perfection is a collection of these historic talks.

"No one really wants to sit down and meditate. Why should we? We're meant for positive activity, for recreation, for pleasure."

A perfect life, in which the goal of yoga is reached, Srila Prabhupada explains, is dynamic and full of activity. Our nature is spiritual, and spirit is the essence of everything that lives. Real yoga means to connect our activities with the Supreme Spirit—in straightforward, practical ways. If perfection is possible, why settle for anything less?

"Perhaps you have seen pictures of Krishna, and if so, you have noticed that Krishna is always jolly. If you join His society, you will also become jolly. Have you ever seen pictures of Krishna working with a machine? Have you ever seen pictures of Krishna smoking? No, He is by nature full of pleasure, and if you unfold yourself in that way, you will also find pleasure."

In these absorbing talks, Srila Prabhupada deeply explores the philosophy of yoga as explained in the Sixth and Eighth Chapters of the Gita, showing clearly how these timeless teachings apply today. Srila Prabhupada's talks probe questions concerning the nature of consciousness, techniques of meditation, karma, death, reincarnation, and even spiritual ecstasy.

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The Perfection of Yoga

by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

What does it mean to practice yoga perfectly? Is it possible today? Find out.

In The Perfection of Yoga Srila Prabhupada cuts through the commercialism that now clouds the real meaning of yoga. He explains that beyond postures and exercises, beyond even meditation and breathing techniques, the ancient teachings of yoga aim at lasting loving union with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna.

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The Path of Yoga

by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Learn the science of yoga in all its aspects. Find out why your current yoga practice might not be serving you as fully as it can.

Yoga, in original context of ancient India, was intended for mind and body control and realization of the true self. Most modern practices fall short of yoga’s intended use. The science of yoga ties into the science of the soul and achieving the ultimate destiny of the soul—and that topic opens a broad range of philosophical discussion. All points are comprehensively addressed here.

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