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Open-eyed Meditations is a beautiful compilation of thoughts wherein each meditation takes you on a journey to the past, bringing a secret herb to heal a problem of the present. A true distillation of ancient wisdom tips for modern lives, this unique self-help book uses the wisdom of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata to solve your everyday problems. Beyond the storyline, something deeper is waiting to be discovered from these ancient texts. This book is an attempt to uncover the hidden layer of wealth that is cleverly packaged within the commonly known storylines.
“The Real Side” is a voice that attempts to revisit the treasure that Valmiki & Vyasadeva gave by astutely analyzing and broadcasting the futility of new-age opinions and speculations that have regrettably eclipsed the true essence of their legacy.
Weaving Together Srimad Bhagavatam's first Four cantos into a flowing narrative of a story and philosophy, and incorporating relevant commentary from Vaishnav acaryas , this summary study assists readers in assimilating the Bhagavatam's Profound message, As Suta Goswami declares: "Srimad - Bhagavatam is the spotless Purana it is most dear to the vaishnavas because it describes the pure and supreme knowledge of the Paramhamsas....Anyone who Seriously tries to understand Srimad-Bhagavatam,Who Properly Hears and Chants it with devotion, becomes completely liberated" (Srimad Bhagavatam 12.13.18)
"Srimad-Bhagavatam is the literary incarnation of
Lord Sri Krsna and is therefore nondifferent from Him
[It] should be worshiped as respectfully as we
worship the lord......we can derive the ultimate
blessings of the lord through its careful and patient study."
About H.G Bhurijana PrabhuH.G.Bhurijana Prabhu first met Srila Prabhupada at 26 Second Ave, and was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1968. After preaching in Japan for about a year, in 1970 he opened ISKCON's first Hong Kong center. Throughout the early 1970s Srila Prabhupada would many times meet with Bhurijana during Srila Prabhupada's tours of the Far East: Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. In his last meeting in 1976, Bhurijana Prabhu was requested by Srila Prabhupada to help develop the educational system. Since then he has taught both academic and ashrama courses in Gita-Nagari and Vrindavana and has conducted several teacher training courses in Vrindavana. In 1987, in Vrindavana, he began the Vaisnava Institute for Higher Education, where he has taught courses in teaching, writing, and the main books of Srila Prabhupada -- Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Srimad-Bhagavatam, The Nectar of Devotion, The Nectar of Instruction, and Sri Isopanisad. To fulfill Srila Prabhupada's desire, he is now organizing degree courses on Srila Prabhupada's books, especially the first six cantos of the Bhagavatam. No wonder that his main topic at Govardhan Retreat is Bhagavatam. He has written several books, including The Art of Teaching, Surrender Unto Me (in-depth study of the Bhagavad-gita), Studying Srimad-Bhagavatam, My Glorious Master and "Unveiling His Lotus Feet" - in-depth study of the 1st 4 Cantos of Srimad-Bhagavatam.
UPADESAMRITA SUBODHINI by Gauranga Darshan Das is a systematic study guide to Srila Rupa Goswami's "Sri Upadesamrita," which is an ingenious enumeration of the fundamental guidelines for the practice of bhakti-yoga. Read, recollect and relish the nectarean instructions of Sri Upadesamrita, based on the commentaries of Srila Prabhupada, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur and Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, concisely and lucidly presented by Gauranga Darshan Das, for providing deeper insights into the essence of bhakti for both beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. Maintaining a similar style like that of his previous volumes of Subodhini series, Gauranga Darshan Das presents Upadesamrita Subodhini with relevant verse titles, line-by-line translations, key concepts and profound explanations from the acarya commentaries in simplified sections, subsections, flow charts and summary tables. About the Author: Gauranga Darshan Das is the Dean of Bhaktivedanta Research Center (BRC) at ISKCON Govardhan Eco Village (GEV). He is a member of ISKCON Board of Examinations (BoEx) and GEV Administrative council. He is the author of Gita Subodhini, Bhagavata Subodhini, Caitanya Subodhini, Upadesamrita Subodhini, Isopanishad Subodhini, Disapproved but not Disowned, Bhagavata Pravaha and Caitanya Pravaha and compiled vital scriptural verses in the form of Ratnamala and Tattvamala series. He runs a free monthly e-magazine called Bhagavata Pradipika and regularly writes articles on spiritual subjects. He has delivered over 5000 hours of spiritual discourses so far.
Life is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. In fact life is a series of choices. Happiness is a choice. So is misery. Honesty is a choice; so is dishonesty. However, in essence, the only choice every human ever has is to allow either internal voices to influence one’s external choices; or to allow others’ external choices to influence internal voices. By tuning in to one’s inner voice, ably guided by the time-tested wisdom of scriptures, one learns the fine art of voicing his choice; thereby becomes like a coconut – tough externally but soft internally and lasting many seasons. But if one chooses to hear others voices, then one becomes like a lichee -soft and sweet externally but hiding a seed of internal frustration and eventually lasting only one short season. ‘Voice Your choice’, is a collection of thought provoking articles that distill the mature wisdom of Mahabharata and Ramayana to assist one in empowering the inner voice.
Choosing choices, is our right and the
consequences are our responsibilities."In reality, life is dynamic, and can be likened to an incalculable river, one must learn to adapt and navigate through its's depths to successfully cross it without drowning. the journey is vastly different from taking a dip in an artificially built square swimming pool with a specific depth. Life is complex and with many layers. and with the peeing of each layer deeper and more subtle layers are revealed. Unsurprisingly, well-informed individuals see the choices behind so-called "accidents" or sudden outbursts.However those with limited insights, helplessly deduce life to something full of entanglements and a series of bad incidents.
Wisdom is the art of converting an experience into learning. Every experience one undergoes in the course of life is like a seed. The learning that comes out from that experience is like a tree. The biggest of trees manifest from the smallest of seeds. How easy it is to misjudge the depth of content that is stored in the tiny seed! If only we could learn to decode the hidden wisdom contained in every experience, life would become a journey of learning, rather than a series of frustrating experiences. The Wisdom Tree is a book that helps you see the world from the perspective of a learner.