• Leadership has always been a topic of interest and discussion not only amongst modern political and corporate circles, but even amongst great sages and emperors of yore. Leadership finds its relevance in spiritual circles too - spiritual leaders since ages have galvanized people for individual salvation and social transformation. In today’s times, when materialism and atheism have become super-organized, spiritual leaders also need to get their act together to organize mass movements for spiritual enlightenment. One such leader in the modern times, who has displayed a powerful combination of spiritual purity and organizational acumen is H.D.G. A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada, as his followers fondly call him, established a worldwide spiritual movement called- The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) which presents the pristine teachings of the ancient Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition in a way which is relevant and relatable to the post-modern world today.
    This book is a handy compilation of Srila Prabhupada’s quotes on 51 leadership themes, sourced from his books, lectures, conversations, letters, biographies, etc. The book will especially be relevant for the followers of ISKCON who wish to understand the mood, message and methods of Srila Prabhupada, especially in the context of leadership. The quotes presented in this book give insights into the sublime principles of spiritual leadership by which Srila Prabhupada was able to expand Kṛṣṇa consciousness throughout the world, cutting across all cultures, ethnicities, political leanings, geographies, races etc. - inspiring and training his fledgling disciples in culture and philosophy of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, teaching them to cooperate and surrender, invigilating the spiritual standards of his centers throughout the world, standing upto and fighting with challenges & threats—both external and internal—and, at the same time, writing spotless literatures, which would form the basis of his movement for posterity. When carefully studied, these quotes reveal a very striking model and pattern of leadership that Srila Prabhupada demonstrates with respect to each of these leadership themes. Even scholars who are interested in study of rise and growth of spiritual movements would find the book quite an interesting read.
  • About The Author : - Krishna Dhan Das completed his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering in 2002 and worked in Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Aircraft Manufacturing Division, for over five years. Thereafter, he devoted his time to the research in Vedic scriptures. He began as a full-time preacher of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in 2008. He is the Founder & Director of Samruddhi School of Leadership, an encouraging training and guidance forum for teenagers, under the banner of ISKCON. He has conducted several enlightening symposiums for corporate executives and students across industries and educational institutions.
  • Do the ancient scriptures have something relevant to share with us today? The answer is a resounding YES! Wisdom is timeless and does not come with an expiry date. Scriptures, when studied in the right mood and method, are not only stimulating for the intellect, but also a treat to the heart. This treatise on "The Art of Studying and Teaching Scriptures" by Gauranga Darshan Das eloquently reveals the long & short, and everything else you need to know on how to approach scriptures to truly benefit from them. Here in this concise presentation, taste the divine energy of scriptures by understanding the need, experiencing the mood, and knowing the methods of scriptural study. Unlock the potency of sweet slokas by learning the art of recitation and meditation. What more, discover the precise art of teaching scriptures gracefully. With over 15 years of studying and teaching scriptures to a worldwide audience, this masterly presentation by the author shares insights that are both profound and pragmatic. Get equipped to gather what the ancient sages had intended to benefit their readers with! About the Author: Gauranga Darshan Das, a disciple of His Holiness Radhanath Swami, is a spiritual author and shastric teacher. He holds a Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. He is a resident monk at ISKCON Govardhan Ecovillage (GEV) and serves as the Dean of Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha. He has authored over 22 books including the Subodhini, Pravaha, Bhagavatam Tales & Ratnamala series, and has delivered over 6500 hours of spiritual discourses. He regularly conducts scriptural courses for adults and children. Know more on gaurangadarshan.com.  
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    Good News to all students of Bhakti Shastri. To assist you in your study of Bhagavad Gita, Sri Upadesamrita, Bhakti Rasamrita Siddhu and Sri Isopanishad, here are four systematic Subodhini study guides. Written by Gauranga Darshan Das, the Subodhini series presents the gist, structure and flow of the scriptures by dividing the chapters into smaller sections, highlighting the connection between different verses and subsections, along with simplified flow charts, summary tables, thematic compilation, and analogies, based on the commentaries of Srila Prabhupada and the other Vaishnava acaryas. GITA SUBODHINI unveils the exciting structure and flow of Bhagavad Gita based on the explanations of Srila Prabhupada, Srila Baladeva Vidyabhushana and Srila Visvanath Cakravarti Thakur. BHAKTI RASAMRITA SUBODHINI by is a systematic study guide to Srila Rupa Goswami’s Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu, and the commentaries of Srila Prabhupada, Srila Visvanath Cakravarti Thakur and Srila Jiva Gosvami, that illustrate the profound philosophy of bhakti and its subtle nuances. UPADESAMRITA SUBODHINI is a systematic study guide to Srila Rupa Goswami’s Sri Upadesamrita, based on the commentaries of Srila Prabhupada, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati Thakur and Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, that enumerate the fundamental guidelines for the practice of bhakti-yoga. ISOPANISHAD SUBODHINI is a systematic study guide to Sri Isopanishad, one of the foremost Upanishads that describes the divine characteristics of God, based on the based on the commentaries of Srila Prabhupada, Srila Baldev Vidyabhushana and Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura.
  • The path to spiritual understanding can be a confusing one. The manic pace of the present age has loosened the threads that tied our ancestors to prayer and faith. But role models could still help us find our way back. In Icons of Grace, respected ISKCON monk Nityanand Charan Das introduces readers to the lives of twenty-one extraordinary people who served as spiritual guides, through their teachings and through personal example.At one level, the lives of these great souls—from Mirabai and Ramanujacharya to Sant Tukaram and Adi Shankaracharya—are a practical demonstration of the most essential spiritual principles. In relating them, though, Nityanand Charan Das aims not just to record the richness of their cultural and spiritual legacies but also to convey to readers the lessons one can learn through their daily actions and choices. Icons of Grace is inspiring. It also offers hope: however imperfect our journey has been thus far, spiritual redemption is accessible to us all.

    About the Author

    Nityanand Charan Das is a practising monk at the Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Temple, ISKCON Chowpatty, Mumbai, and a visionary who wishes to revolutionise the current urban scenario by aiding people to lead a life of purpose, fulfillment, and satisfaction. He also specialises in guiding today’s youth to reconnect with their roots and lead a simple yet happy life. Coming from an army background, Nityanand Charan Das’s childhood desire was to become an army officer. However, Krishna had other plans for him and orchestrated his life beautifully. Life led him to fail the NDA interview, despite being one of the best in the group; he took up engineering instead, and eventually became a monk when he was just twenty-four years old. Nityanand Charan Das focuses on making the sacred teachings of our holy scriptures simple so they that resonate with anyone and everyone. His message is simple: ‘Spiritual life is not a life of rejection. It is a life of connection.’ He says, we do not have to give up anything, we simply have to add this valuable dimension to our life. His divine radiance can be felt far and wide: his discourses are heard in every major city of India and in more than fifty countries across the globe.
     
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the world we live in, more so than all the recent events put together. The pandemic has made humans question certain assumptions, relook at priorities and adjust life according to the new normal in the twenty-first century. As we take stock of life ahead, beyond this cusp of change, focus emerges as the fulcrum to help ease this transformation. The Art of Focus, the second book in this three-part series, presents forty-five simple stories filled with revelations to enthral readers with learnings from the experiences of the protagonists and the dynamics of the situations that manifested in their lives. The first book in the series, The Art of Resilience, presented ingredients to the readers to help them develop resilience in challenging situations that manifested at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Art of Focus builds on the first book and inspires the resilient heart to develop a focused mind. This collective presentation will better equip the readers to take charge of their lives and adapt to the new normal effectively.  

    About the Author :

    Gauranga Das is a leadership and mindfulness coach based in Mumbai. A graduate from IIT Bombay, he found his calling to become a monk. A member of the Governing Body Commission at International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), he is actively involved in enhancing leadership effectiveness and governance of temples and communities globally. He is dedicated to helping people transform their hearts, establish sustainable and spiritual communities, and drive a positive change in society. A multifaceted spiritualist on a mission to create a value-based society, he is a mindful meditation expert, strategic character educationist, sustainability and climate change warrior, and social welfare catalyst. He is the director of ISKCON's Govardhan Ecovillage (GEV), founded by Radhanath Swami. The GEV, representing India, has won over thirty-six national and international awards, including the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Award in 2017 for its innovative model of 'Eco-Tourism as a Catalyst for Rural Development'. Gauranga Das has also strategized and led the execution of GEV's synergistic solution for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for climate change and enabled GEV's accreditation to multiple UN bodies such as UNEP, UN ECOSOC, UNCCD and UNCBD. He is the UNEP's Faith for Earth counsellor on behalf of ISKCON. The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) has recognized him as an IGBC fellow for his contribution to the green building movement. He sits on the board of the Govardhan School of Public Leadership, an institution that prepares students for the civil services exam. He has led several youth empowerment initiatives across the world to successfully inculcate in them clarity in purpose, purity in character and compassion in relationships. He is also the administrative director of the Bhaktivedanta Research Center (BRC), an initiative of ISKCON to connect professionals, housewives and students to the academic study of philosophy, create libraries of Vedic literatures and manuscripts, and facilitate MA and PhD programmes in philosophy.
  • When Vishnu in his Vamanavatara rescued the gods from the asuras, Brahma reverently washed his feet. Ganga was born from this holy water. Why did Lord Shiva hold her in his hair? Why did she descend on Earth? What are the different names of Ganga? Spiritual seeker and author Shubha Vilas has simplified this lesser-known tale of goddess Ganga in his inimitable style. The easy flowing language and wonderful illustrations add to the charm and make it a prized possession in one’s personal collection.
  • Goddess Shachi lived happily with her consort, Lord Indra. Once, Indra killed the demon Vritrasura, a brahmin, but left heaven out of remorse. Nahusha then became the king of heaven. What is Shachi’s other name? Why did she leave the palace? Did she find Indra? Spiritual seeker and author Shubha Vilas has simplified this lesser-known tale of goddess Shachi in his inimitable style. The easy flowing language and wonderful illustrations add to the charm and make it a prized possession in one’s personal collection.
  • Parvati was the daughter of the King of the Himalayas and Menaka. She was also the consort of Lord Shiva. One day, she created Ganesha. Why is Parvati also called Himani? Why did she create Ganesha? What does she symbolise? Spiritual seeker and author Shubha Vilas has simplified this lesser-known tale of goddess Parvati in his inimitable style. The easy flowing language and wonderful illustrations add to the charm and make it a prized possession in one’s personal collection.
  • Once the devatas and the asuras churned the ocean to obtain amrita. Goddess Lakshmi was among the treasures that appeared from the churning. Whose consort is goddess Lakshmi? Why is she a revered goddess? Spiritual seeker and author Shubha Vilas has simplified this lesser-known tale of goddess Lakshmi in his inimitable style. The easy flowing language and wonderful illustrations add to the charm and make it a prized possession in one’s personal collection.
  • Saraswati expels the darkness of ignorance from the world. She was created to bring order into the chaos prevailing in the Universe. Soon she appeared and everything fell into place. Who created Saraswati? What is her favourite vehicle? What musical instrument does she hold in her hands? Spiritual seeker and author Shubha Vilas has simplified this lesser-known tale of goddess Saraswati in his inimitable style. The easy flowing language and wonderful illustrations add to the charm and make it a prized possession in one’s personal collection
  • When Krishna planned his appearance on Earth, he asked Radha to go before he did. Radha took birth and opened her eyes only after Krishna arrived. Who were Radha’s parents on Earth? How did Krishna meet her? What was the first word uttered by Radha? Spiritual seeker and author Shubha Vilas simplified this lesser-known tale of goddess Radha in his inimitable style. The easy flowing language and wonderful illustrations add to the charm and make it a prized possession in one’s personal collection.

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