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ramana maharshi | guru vachaka kovai | padamalai | heart is thy name, oh lord | absolute consciousness | the power of the presence – part 1
the power of the presence – part 2 | the power of the presence – part 3 | h.w.l. poonja | the truth is | wake up and roar | the fire of freedom
nothing ever happened | papaji – interviews | siddharameshwar maharaj | master of self-realization | amrut laya – volume 1 | amrut laya – volume 2
ramakant maharaj | selfless self | ranjit maharaj | illusion versus reality – part 1 | illusion versus reality – part 2 | ma anandamayi | life and teachings
vimala thakar | insights into the bhagavad gita | on an eternal voyage | upanishads | eight upanishads | chandogya upanishad
kabir | selected couplets | couplets from kabir | vedanta | the song of ribhu | uddhava gita | gayatri | yoga vasistha | tripura rahasya | the acarya

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Let there be peace and love among all beings of the universe. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

RAMANA  MAHARSHI                                                                   READ AN EXCERPT
GURU VACHAKA KOVAI | THE GARLAND OF GURU'S SAYINGS
By Muruganar
Translated by Dr T.V. Venkatasubramanian, Robert Butler and David Godman
Edited and annotated by David Godman
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"That which is worth taking up is the Self-enquiry that reveals the knowledge of the Self; that which is worth enjoying is the grandeur of the Self; that which is worth renouncing is the ego-mind; that in which it is worth taking refuge, to eliminate sorrow completely, is one's own source, the Heart.
That which should be attained is true knowledge of the Self; that which the mind should meditate upon is the feet of God; that on which one should firmly depend is satsang; that which should well up in the Heart is peace."


Guru Vachaka Kovai is the most authoritative collection of Ramana Maharshi's spoken teachings. The first Tamil edition of the book, published in 1939, was personally checked and revised by Ramana Maharshi himself. 
The 1,254 verses in this book, recorded by Muruganar in the last decades of Ramana Maharshi's life, cover the full spectrum of his teachings. This new translation of the entire work includes previously unpublished explanatory notes by Muruganar and supplementary teaching material by Sri Ramana that illustrates or expands on the words of the original text.

598 pages | 25,00 € | 1130 g



RAMANA  MAHARSHI
PADAMALAI | TEACHINGS OF SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI
Recorded in Tamil by Muruganar | First English Translation
Translated by Dr T.V. Venkatasubramanian, Robert Butler and David Godman
Edited and annotated by David Godman

"What is always natural to everyone is liberation, which is bliss. Bondage is delusion of mind, a false sensation. The ego alone is bondage, and one's own true nature, free of the contagion of the ego, is liberation. There is no greater deception than believing that liberation, which is ever present as one's own nature, will be attained at some later stage. Even the desire for liberation is the work of delusion. Therefore, remain still."

Padamalai is a Tamil work that contains almost 2,000 teaching statements by Ramana Maharshi, none of which has ever appeared in English before. They were recorded by Muruganar, one of Sri Ramana's foremost disciples, in two-line couplets.
David Godman, who has written several books on Ramana Maharshi and his disciples, has edited this English edition of Padamalai. He has arranged the teachings by subject, and he has added many supplementary quotations by Sri Ramana that amplify or explain the subject matter.
This is a completely new presentation of Ramana Maharshi's teachings that contains many statements and ideas by him that have never appeared in any other book about him.

396 pages | 22,00 € | 550 g




RAMANA  MAHARSHI
HEART IS THY NAME, OH LORD
Moments of Silence with Sri Ramana Maharshi
Foreword by Vimala Thakar

The Maharshi, Bhagavan Sri Ramana was drawn to Arunachala hill in his seventeenth year, after a spiritually awakening death experience. For the rest of his life, till the body was shed fifty years later, he never left his beloved hill. People from far and near came to his presence and were spiritually enriched.
His divine presence continues to be felt and his universal philosophy attracts an ever-growing following.
This book is a selection of his teachings arranged with beautiful full-page photographs, and is intended to help the mind turn inward and abide in deep Silence awaiting each of us.

Oh Arunachala! In Thee the picture of the universe is formed,
has its stay, and is dissolved;
this is the sublime truth.
Thou art the inner Self, who dancest in the Heart as 'I'.
'Heart' is Thy name, Oh Lord!

108 pages | including 50 photographs | 10,00 € | 495 g




RAMANA  MAHARSHI
ABSOLUTE CONSCIOUSNESS

"The seen is not different from the seer. What exists is the one Self, not the seer and seen. The seen regarded as Self is real."

This book contains some of the precious, direct and profound teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. The book is divided into three parts. The first part contains his main teaching, Nan Yar [Who Am I?], the direct path and consciousness. The second part concerns the eternal, unlimited, unchanging consciousness. The final part consists of Self-enquiry, ego, mind, rebirth and other subjects. Through Self-enquiry, one is able to bypass the endless thought pressures and remain in the the natural state of happiness and Self-knowledge. There are also about 50 photographs of Bhagavan Ramana.

200 pages | 7,00 € | 255 g




RAMANA  MAHARSHI                                                            3 VOLUMES
THE POWER OF THE PRESENCE | PART 1
Transforming encounters with Sri Ramana Maharshi
Edited by David Godman

What was it like to live with and be guided by Sri Ramana Maharshi, one of the greatest sages that India has ever produced? In Part One of this new anthology eight devotees narrate their personal stories that chronicle in detail how Bhagavan's power and grace had transformed their lives. The devotees are Rangan, Sivaprakasam Pillai, Akhilandamma, Sadhu Natanananda, N. R. Krishnamurti Aiyer, Chalam, Souris and Swami Madhavatirha. Most of these accounts have never before appeared in English. This book shows the many different relationships Bhagavan had with devotees who had widely differing backgrounds and who in many cases surrendered their lives to him.

"Going through these accounts again, some of which I have not read for more than tens years, I can only marvel at the awesome, effortless power that flowed from Bhagavan and transformed the lives and hearts of those who were pulled into his orbit. When I first came across some of these stories, I felt as if I had discovered buried treasure. Now, many years later, I feel that the time is now right to put this treasure into the public domain so that everyone who feels drawn to Sri Bhagavan can have a share in it."
                                 
David Godman

294 pages | 17,00 € | 425 g




RAMANA  MAHARSHI
THE POWER OF THE PRESENCE | PART 2
Transforming encounters with Sri Ramana Maharshi
Edited by David Godman

In Part Two of this new anthology six devotees narrate their lengthy first-person accounts of how their lives were transformed by Ramana Maharshi. The devotees are Kunju Swami, Muruganar, T. P. Ramachandra Iyer, Chhaganlal V. Yogi, Lakshmana Swamy and Viswanatha Swami.

"I was a learned fool. My flawed mind knew nothing till I came to dwell with Him whose glance filled my heart with the light of awareness. Dwelling in that gracious state of peace, whose nature is holy silence, so hard to gain and know, I entered into union with the deathless sate of knowledge of Reality."
                                 
Muruganar

269 pages | 17,00 € | 375 g




RAMANA  MAHARSHI
THE POWER OF THE PRESENCE | PART 3
Transforming encounters with Sri Ramana Maharshi
Edited by David Godman

In this third and final volume, David Godman has included an anthology of the lives and experiences of a number of outstanding devotees of Ramana Maharshi who never recorded their own stories. These devotees include Ramanatha Brahmachari, Mastan, Lakshmi the cow, Echammal, Mudaliar Patti, Krishna Bhikshu, Wolter Keers, G.V. Subbaramayya and Natesa Iyer. They all exemplify the highest quality of devotion to their Guru. Also included is a chapter by Lakshman Sarma that contains an excellent summary of many aspects of Bhagavan's teachings. This text is written in verse form and contains many of Bhagavan's direct quotations.

"The transforming glance of the sage of Arunachala penetrated my heart in a way that I, a worthless soul without true love, was redeemed completely. Through its action I was transformed into the state of Shiva."
                                 
Ramanatha Brahmachari

346 pages | 17,00 € | 475 g




H. W. L.  POONJA
THE TRUTH IS

This is a collection of spontaneous discourses, from 1990 to 1996, between Poonjaji and visitor's coming to him for guidance. Through his responses, Poonja reveals thousands of ways to help us enquire into who we really are – pure love and consciousness, the totality of existence. Bringing our awareness into the infinity of the moment, we are finally ready to surrender to the wisdom of our Truth.

Satguru is within your own Self and nowhere else.
Your Satguru dwells in your heart
and in the heart of all beings.
Since you don't understand his language,
by Grace he takes a form to point you within.
The Maharshi often would say,
"The real Guru is within."


Question : Why am I so insecure?
Papaji : Because you are depending on something that is not secure itself and therefore you cannot be happy!

553 pages | including 26 photographs | 29,00 € | 850 g




H. W. L.  POONJA
WAKE UP AND ROAR

"For an enlightened being there is no consideration of past or future. No consideration is given to the fruits of action. Rather, action is taken in each moment from Emptiness. The fruits will take of themselves."


This book introduces to the world an extraordinary development. Full awakening is possible here and now for everybody, regardless of background, practice or personal circumstances. This possibility is the teaching and transmission of Sri H.W.L. Poonja. Inspired by his teacher, Ramana Maharshi, Poonjaji leads one on to the Source – the Self, through conversations, in the form of questions and answers. The approach is simple and direct.
Many people have experienced glimpses of the Truth through psychedelics or meditating or unexpected moments of bliss. Yet, because of incorrect understanding, these moments usually get incorporated into the ego as just another experience. There is an unspoken belief that it is not possible to be totally awakened in this lifetime. Wake Up and Roar announces the possibility of true freedom now. No postponement or practice necessary! This is Sri Poonjaji's gift to the world.

''The Self contains everything. There is nothing apart from it. This is why you can call it Emptiness. There is nothing beyond Emptiness.''

320 pages
| including 25 photographs | 25,00 € | 630 g




H. W. L.  POONJA                                                                   READ AN EXCERPT
THE FIRE OF FREEDOM
Satsang with Papaji
Edited by David Godman

"If someone tells you something, don't accept it because no teaching has so far touched the Truth. This much I will tell you. No one ever spoke the Truth. No word has ever been coined to present it."


Sri H.W.L. Poonja, known in his later years by the title 'Papaji', has been one of the most influential spiritual figures of modern times. A disciple of the great South Indian Guru Sri Ramana Maharshi, Papaji brought the teachings of his own master to new generations of seekers in the decades that followed Sri Ramana's passing away in 1950.
After an incident-packed and peripatetic life that took him all over the world, Papaji finally settled down in Lucknow, North India, where he gave daily satsangs throughout the 1990's. His teaching, succinctly and trenchantly expressed in this completely new collection of teaching dialogues between Papaji and visitors who came to see him in Lucknow in the middle of 1991. At that time only about fifteen people would come each day, and all the satsangs were held in the living room of Papaji's house.
In these conversations Papaji explains the practical teachings of his master, Ramana Maharshi, in a simple and forceful way. As he engages his visitors in discussions about the nature of spiritual freedom and the means by which it can be discovered, he is always looking for an opportunity to take his questioners back to the source of their minds so that they can find out for themselves, by direct experience, what he is trying to show them.

"You have to wake up yourself; you have to see for yourself. The senses are not needed, nor are the eyes. The eyes cannot see it; the mind cannot understand it; the intellect cannot grasp it. None of these will accompany you. You have to be alone without these things. You have to proceed alone. None of the five elements will accompany you. You will go alone to meet this situation, but what it is, no one knows. "

291 pages
| including 20 colour photographs | 18,00 € | 445 g




H. W. L.  POONJA                                                            3 VOLUMES
NOTHING EVER HAPPENED
A three-volume biograpy of Poonjaji
By David Godman

"Nothing has ever happened. Nothing has ever existed. The world never came into existence or disappeared from it. That place is my real home. It is where I always am. One can say this with authority only when one abides in that ultimate Place."

A massive biography of Papaji, a disciple of Ramana Maharshi and one of the most influential advaitic teachers of modern times. In addition to the biographical narrative that spans more than eighty years of his action-packed life, there are teaching dialogues, extensive extracts from Papaji's diaries and letters, along with many accounts by devotees who were utterly transformed by him.
The first volume covers the early years of his life, his meeting with his master, Ramana Maharshi, and other teachers as well as his teaching and encounters with South Indian devotees. The second volume begins with his life in Rishikesh in the 60's and 70's. It moves on to his foreign travels and has teachings dialogues that took place in the 70's. The third volume is about his meetings with devotees in the 70's and 80's. It contains numerous extracts from his personal diaries and detailed explanations about the Guru-disciple relationship. In Sri Poonja's presence and through his dynamic transmissions, countless people have been made aware of the impersonal reality that underlies the world and all phenomenal experiences. This is the definitive account of Papaji's life.

1297 pages | 29,00 € | 1930 g




H. W. L.  POONJA
PAPAJI | INTERVIEWS
Edited by David Godman


Papaji: Interviews contains diverse interviews that foreign devotees and journalists had with Papaji between 1990 and 1993. All of them give an excellent introduction to Papaji's teachings. The book also contains a fifty page biography of Papaji, contributed by the editor, which focuses on Papaji's early life and his relationship with Ramana Maharshi.

Question: Is there not something a person can do in the way of spiritual practice in order to prepare himself or herself?

Papaji: This is postponement, no? Postponement. One who says, "I have to prepare myself" is deceiving himself, fooling himself. Whatever can be done tomorrow can also be done today.


305 pages | 16,00 € | 400 g




SIDDHARAMESHWAR  MAHARAJ                                  READ AN EXCERPT
MASTER OF SELF-REALIZATION | ADHYATMADNYANACHA YOGESHWAR
An Ultimate Understanding
Transcribed, edited and first published by Nisargadatta Maharaj

"Every sentence in this book has the potency of giving you the fruit of Self-realisation. One who will read regularly and ponder over these discourses will himself become the channel for the expression of the inherent spirit of these words. Every line in this book has the power to eradicate the reader's ignorance about his true Self and bring forth the true nature of his being."
                                                                   
- from the preface written by Nisargadatta Maharaj

This book is a collection of 130 talks given by Siddharameshwar Maharaj over the last 2 years of his life, recorded and edited by Nisargadatta Maharaj and originally published in two volumes in the Marathi language in 1960 and 1961. After 40 years, the text was reprinted in 2000 at the insistence of Ranjit Maharaj and was soon translated into English. It is truly a modern day spiritual classic in its own right. The teaching found here helps the aspirant to form a solid foundation for understanding the fundamental principles of non-duality and to realise his true nature. We have Nisargadatta Maharaj to thank for this powerful book of his master's teachings. Together with the two volumes, this book also contains Master Key to Self-Realization, which was authored by Siddharameshwar Maharaj in the form of a methodical explanation of many fundamental principles of advaita vedanta and Self-realisation.

532 pages | 22,00 € | 600 g




SIDDHARAMESHWAR  MAHARAJ
AMRUT LAYA | VOLUME 1
The Spiritual Science of Self-knowledge
The Stateless State | Discourses on Dasbodh
 
"Detachment is absence of even a single desire. This leads to fearlessness. Otherwise, there is no freedom from fear for you. One should not depend on others, as in the case where one thinks : "If I do not get anything to eat I will die." Desire for the bliss of the Self, is desire for the bliss within. People who hoard millions and then go about telling others the knowledge of Reality do not do good to themselves, instead they commit fraud."

Siddharameshwar Maharaj, the master of Nisargadatta Maharaj and Ranjit Maharaj changed his own master's traditional way of teaching through meditation [pipilika marg] called the ant's way into the bird's way [vihangam marg], which uses thinking to overcome ignorance. He preached the more direct Bird's Way in very simple and lucid language. Siddharameshwar Maharaj also wanted the understanding of final Reality to be accessible to all, so he refused to use complicated or technical language and used examples taken from daily life. He taught that the sat-chit-ananda stage [the source of knowledge or consciousness] is still an illusion. Reality is beyond both ignorance and knowledge. He first taught by way of knowledge and then told his disciples to renounce the world, because renunciation without knowledge has no value. Finally, he told them to renounce the renunciation because that is also ego based. This teaching enabled them to understand that the world starts from 'zero' [knowledge] and ends in 'zero', so when it is nothing, what is there to renounce? One then re-enters the illusory world convinced that it is nothing but 'zero'.
Written in the 17th century by Swami Samarth Ramdas, Dasbodh captures the essence of Upanishadic thought: the Reality of the all-pervading Oneness. The essential merit of Amrut Laya lies in the fact that Siddharameshwar Maharaj interpreted the seemingly esoteric and abstract teachings of Dasbodh in a lucid manner to facilitate understanding by even those without formal education. This book is ideally aimed at the seeker, who having tired of the transience of this phenomenal existence, strives to know the original cause of his creation.

200 pages | 8,00 € | 265 g




SIDDHARAMESHWAR  MAHARAJ
AMRUT LAYA | VOLUME 2
The Spiritual Science of Self-knowledge
The Stateless State | Discourses on Dasbodh

"All pride must vanish. "I am the body, my wealth, my son, I am a person with status, my wife, my relatives". So long as all these ideas exist, there cannot be real knowledge. After realisation of the Self, the aspirant regards his master as the greatest of all. He feels that he belongs to the master."

This volume is a companion to the first volume entitled Amrut Laya, The Stateless State. That first volume contains the the great work of distinction written by Siddharameshwar Maharaj entitled Master Key to Self-Realisation as well as the transcribed notes from 50 lectures given by Siddharameshwar Maharaj on various themes from Dasbodh.
This second volume of Amrut Laya contains transcribed notes of 88 additional lectures. This text is a great treasure-house of spiritual enlightenment and "Knowledge of Self" that has been imparted by Siddharameshwar Maharaj. In this book, he elaborates on various spiritual principles that are presented in selections from three main classic texts : Dasbodh, Yoga Vasistha and Eknathi Bhagawat. He gives details explanations of many principles of vedantic philosophy in a clear, simple language. Most importantly he describes the nature of the Self [Atman], Brahman, dispels ignorance with knowledge [jnana], and then tells us to cast off even that knowledge. He directs the reader to that indescribable Parabrahman which is our true form.

"Spiritual knowledge, unsupported by worship is baseless. If there is no devotion, there is no knowledge. Devotion is the mother of knowledge. Without the master's grace, there is no knowledge. When will the master's grace flow? Only through steadfast devotion. Then, even mud will turn into gold. The Satguru is your protector. Why bother about others when the Satguru is your guardian?"

151 pages | 8,00 € | 265 g




RAMAKANT  MAHARAJ                                                            READ AN EXCERPT
SELFLESS SELF
Talks with Sri Ramakant Maharaj

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"Invite your attention towards yourself seriously and you will come to know that there is no God except yourself."

Sri Ramakant Maharaj is a direct disciple of the late Nisargadatta Maharaj and spent 19 years with him. For over a decade at the ashram in Nashik Road, Ramakant Maharaj has been meeting with devotees from around the world to clear their doubts about Reality. His teachings are radical and direct, cutting through all the illusory layers of concepts until the conviction "I am nothing" is firmly established. From this, the true knowledge "I am everything" naturally shines forth.

"You have arrived. You have arrived at the destination because you are Final Truth, you are Ultimate Truth. Unfortunately, you are not accepting the Ultimate Truth, and that is the problem. The same principle, the same thing is being placed before you again and again, in different words, different sentences, using different stories, but the principle is one. Except your Selfless Self, there is no God, no Brahman, no Atman, no Paramatman, no master. You are your own master. You are your own Paramatman. But since you are measuring yourself in the body-form, you are unaware of your Ultimate Truth. You have to stand on your own feet. You are not handicapped. All this body-knowledge has made you view yourself as disabled, disadvantaged, incapable. The master says: "You are not disabled at all. You can walk using your own legs. Remove these artificial limbs. You have to learn to stand on your own two feet." You must have courage! It is a lack of courage and a lack of confidence that leads to problems : "Oh I am weak." Jump in and swim! This is the only way you can be strong. The swimming teacher throws the child into the water, and then, next moment, he is swimming. His confidence grows. The master is creating confidence in you."

555 pages | 23,30 € | 1185 g | 21 cm x 21 cm




RANJIT  MAHARAJ
ILLUSION VERSUS REALITY | PART 1
Dialogues with Ranjit Maharaj on the Stateless State

"Death is to the body. You are not the body. What comes must go, but you are ever there. Electricity doesn't worry if a bulb goes off. Put in another bulb and you get the light. You are everywhere. You are the source of everything. How can you die? Master makes you He [Reality], no death for you. I still go ahead and say this is a dead body at the moment. Power is connected, it speaks. In a fraction of a second power can be disconnected. Be He, that's the main point."

Between 1996 and his demise in 2000, Ranjit Maharaj was invited to Europe and America several times to answer seekers' questions about Reality. This book is a compilation of dialogues on the 'Stateless State' which took place in various countries.
Ranjit Maharaj met his master, Siddharameshwar Maharaj at the age of 12. His teaching, given in the spirit of his master's, makes no concession for the ego and aims only at pure Self-knowledge and freedom.

220 pages | 8,00 € | 325 g




RANJIT  MAHARAJ
ILLUSION VERSUS REALITY | PART 2
Dialogues with Ranjit Maharaj on the Stateless State

"One who goes to the depth of the ocean gets the pearl. Go to the depth of yourself and He [Reality] remains. One who gets the understanding doesn't feel anything. Whatever happens, let it happen, it's okay."

Ranjit Maharaj was born in Bombay on January 4th 1913. In 1924, at the age of 12, he met his master Siddharameshwar Maharaj, a great unknown master of the age. Ranjit Maharaj only began teaching in 1983 at the age of 70 when increasing numbers of seekers kept showing up at his door. The teaching of Ranjit Maharaj is in the continuity of his master's, with no concession for the ego and aiming only at pure Self-knowledge and freedom. This book gives a straight forward and comprehensive knowledge of Reality in the form of questions and answers which took place in Bombay and Europe from February 15th, 1999 until July 26th, 2000, less than four months before he passed away.

215 pages | 8,00 € | 270 g




MA  ANANDAMAYI
LIFE AND TEACHING OF SRI MA ANANDAMAYI
By Dr. Alexander Lipski

"Seeing the radiant face of Anandamayi Ma and hearing her laughter you guess that she is an incarnation of joy. Touched by the caress of her glance you know that her heart is overflowing with love for all beings. Listening to her teaching so simple and clear you understand that she is in possession of all wisdom. But one cannot say whether it is joy, love or wisdom that is the source of all this for with her all therr are inextricably and indissolubly mingled one could not exist without the others. The joy which Anandmayi Ma lives is not that which we know in worldly life, where pleasure and pain, hope, regret and disillusionment, attraction and repulsion follow on each other's heels, born one of another. Nor is it an egocentric calm of stoic rigidity that erects around itself an rampart of indifference. Hers is an overflowing, irrepressible joy that expresses itself in gaiety, that knows no obstacles, because it is deeply rooted in the Absolute, beyond the dualities of good and evil, of ''I''and "not-I", of pleasant and unpleasant, because its unshakable base is love and wisdom."


Dr. Lipski spent time with Ma Anandamayi and is well acquainted with her life and teaching. This book is both an introduction and a deepening into who she was.

75 pages | 5,00 € | 250 g




VIMALA  THAKAR
INSIGHTS INTO THE BHAGAVAD GITA

"In order to remain in the state of non-duality, in order to remain merged in the supreme cosmic intelligence, as a drop of water remains merged in the ocean, it is necessary to educate ourselves not to be harassed and tortured by the thought process."

Vimala Thakar gave a series of inspired talks on the Bhagavad Gita to a group of Yoga teachers, in three separate seminars, during 1992 and 1993 while she was visiting Italy. To her the Bhagavad Gita is very sacred because it deals with the organic wholeness of life; and the inbuilt complexity of life. It affirms the interplay between the microcosm and macrocosm and persuades us to remain united with the ultimate reality, not only to intellectual understanding, but through everything that we do, at every moment. Thus, the deepest spiritual insight concerning the Bhagavad Gita are presented, herein, into the words full of clarity and compassion.

374 pages | 12,00 € | 690 g




VIMALA  THAKAR
ON AN ETERNAL VOYAGE

"To respond to every thing around me is fulfilment. To walk austerely through pain and pleasure, beauty and ugliness, joy and sadness of life, is living in silence. The spontaneous movement of silence is meditation."

This book tells us how Vimala Thakar set upon an inward journey to freedom. It also contains the verbatim report of some of her talks with J. Krishnamurti concerning human transformation. After 8 years work in the land-gift-mission in India, Vimala Thakar set out to speak about the necessity of total inward revolution.

"Since childhood the Unknown has haunted me. The known world has absolutely no attraction for me. The visible and the known were nothing more than the shadow of the invisible; the shadow of the Unknown. Some years ago my romance with the Unknown came to an end. This book contains the story of its abrupt end. The abrupt end has meant the beginning of a new life. This life seems to have no purpose; no direction whatsoever; it has not indicated any pattern yet. The only thing I can say is - it is overwhelmingly fresh; it is unbelievably new; the freshness and the newness keep one ever alert, ever keen and ever insecure. Though the journey has come to an end, I have not arrived. Perhaps there is nowhere to arrive. Perhaps there is no static destination. It seems to me that life is its own purpose; life is its own direction. Life is dynamic and those who live are on an eternal voyage."
                                 
- Introduction

69 pages | 4,00 € | 120 g




EIGHT  UPANISHADS
With the commentary of Adi Shankaracharya
Translated by Swami Gambhirananda

"Arise, awake, and learn by approaching the excellent ones. The wise ones describe that path to be as impassable as a razor's edge, which, when sharpened, is difficult to tread on."

These two volumes present the thoughts of the great saint Adi Shankaracharya [788-820] in the original Sanskrit, with English translation.

Volume 1 contains the Isa, Kena, Katha and Taittiriya Upanishads.
Volume 2 contains the Aitareya, Mandaka, Mundukya & Karika and Prasna Upanishads.

"The Self is free of all sense-organs, and is above all internal organs. It is supremely tranquil, eternal effulgence, divine absorption, immutable, and fearless."

Volume 1 | 427 pages | 7,00 € | 370 g
Volume 2 | 505 pages | 7,00 € | 420 g




CHANDOGYA  UPANISHAD
With the commentary of Adi Shankaracharya
Translated by Swami Gambhirananda

"That which is this subtle essence, all this has got That as the Self. That is Truth. That is the Self. Thou art That."

This is one of the most ancient major Upanishads, the second biggest, next only to the Brhadaranyaka. It consists of eight chapters and a major portion of it devoted to upasanas, or Upanisadic meditation, which covers not only a life of action, but also an actionless life It gives a practical hint as to how one can be in the constant presence of the Reality in the midst of daily duties. The name 'Chandogya' refers to the Chandoga who is a hymn singer of the Sama-Veda, one of the four Vedas composed of chants. Shankara held the Chandogya Upanishad in great esteem, very often citing from it.

690 pages | 9,00 € | 500 g




KABIR
SELECTED COUPLETS FROM THE SAKHI IN TRANVERSION
400-odd verses in Iambic Tetrameter Stanza Form

No meditation equals Truth,
Equal to falsehood there's no sin;
In whoever's heart lies the Truth,
Know it's that heart where God dwells in.

Kabir's extempore outpourings of songs and couplets numbering thousands have been hailed widely for their deep spiritual fervour and poetic quality. The bases of selection from the Sakhi are: [1] Kabir's proverbial and worldly wisdom, [2] analogy-finding gift, [3] richness and variety of imagery, [4] recurrent theme of death, [5] gift for satire, and [6] rhetorical powers. This introductory part primarily focusses on Kabir as poet, which is his 'real estimate'. Thus, the introductory part is a piece of scholarly criticism judging and appreciating Kabir's Sakhi on the canons of English literary criticism.

195 pages | 7,00 € | 370 g




KABIR
COUPLETS FROM KABIR | KABIR DOHE
Edited, translated and compiled by G.N. Das

Who with love befriends you
Accept him with open arms
Who comes to you with crookedness
Keep him at arm's distance.

The poems and songs of the fifteenth century saint-poet Kabir, who belonged to both muslim and hindu communities, are widely read around the world and acknowledged for their depth in truth, fervour and poetic quality.
This book presents three hundred couplets in rhymed English verse translation besides a few lines in prose by G.N. Das.

132 pages | 7,00 € | 240 g




THE  SONG  OF  RIBHU
Translated from the Original Tamil Version

"Truth transcends all thought, speech, and the printed word. It transcends all ideas and even silence. It is inconceivable, yet it alone is. As it is the very being of all, it is known as the Self. There are none who know it, and there are none who do not know it. There is nothing that is it, yet nothing that is not it. Those who seek to realise it find it abiding within themselves as the one Self, free of a separate realiser, any notion of an object realised, and all dualism. The realisation of the Self, by which is meant the absolute Reality, is a matter of Self-knowledge. For those who recognise the vital importance of Self-realisation, this text was composed in ancient times. It was intended, and remains, as a sign pointing to the Truth of the Self, as an explanation of what the Self, the Absolute, truly is, and as an aid to meditation for those who look to their own being, or consciousness, to awaken from the dream of illusion to the ever-existent Reality."

The Tamil translation of the Ribhu Gita was first published in 1885. The final verse of each chapter of the Tamil version differs dramatically from the final verse of each chapter of the Sanskrit version. While the Sanskrit verses refer to Shiva, the Tamil version specifies Nataraja, a specific form of Shiva in dancing pose. Furthermore, the Tamil version displays an evident focus on summarising in the final verse of the chapter essential points proclaimed in each chapter.

760 pages | 25,00 € | 1310 g




UDDHAVA  GITA
THE LAST MESSAGE OF SRI KRISHNA
By Swami Madhavananda

Sri Krishna gives in this text His parting instructions to His beloved devotee and follower, Uddhava, shortly before His departure from this world. These teachings, which are in every way as important as those of the Bhagavad Gita, form the main part of the eleventh book of the great Hindu scripture, the Shrimad Bhagavatam. Various instructions are given, but in and through all, the necessity of seeing the Lord in everything, plus living a life of perfect self-surrender, and non-attachment, are continuously emphasised. In the end Sri Krishna says, "I have explained to you, in a concise as well as an analytic way, the essence of the philosophy of Brahman, which is unintelligible even to the gods."
Sri Ramakrishna always kept a copy of the Bhagavatam in his room. He used to say, "It is fried in the butter of knowledge and soaked in the syrup of love." The study of such a book cannot but be of the greatest help to a seeker after Truth.

376 pages | 7,00 € | 275 g




GAYATRI
THE HIGHEST MEDITATION
By Sadguru Sant Keshavadas

In Yoga, the mantra is a mystical formula, an incarnation, which aids the individual to liberate the self and attain bliss and ultimate fulfilment. This book describes the Gayatri, the mantra which helps the higher man to be born in us all. In India, it is said that there is no greater meditation than the Gayatri meditation. Sant Keshavadas profoundly tells the meaning and many facets [water rites, sitting posture, time, atmosphere, breath control, pronunciation of sacred sounds] of this ancient meditation. The sages of the Himalaya have demonstrated to the world at large that one can live a long life with perfect health by meditating on the Gayatri mantra.

148 pages | 7,00 € | 250 g




THE  SUPREME  YOGA
A NEW TRANSLATION OF YOGA VASISTHA
Translated by Swami Venkatesananda

This volume provides a clear and comprehensive summary of the classic work, Yoga Vasistha. Venkatesananda's excellent translation provides readers with the means to eliminate psychological conditioning as it clarifies the way to Liberation. This is one of the most important and oft-quoted of the vedanta scriptures that teach the means to Self-realisation through the path of Self-knowledge. It has always been considered as perhaps the most elaborate exposition of philosophy and religion ever written under the sun. The work, which is voluminous in its nature, has been abridged by Swami Venkatesananda to make the treatise accessible to people who would not have the time and patience to wade through this large literature.

"One who studies this scripture and comprehends its teaching is no longer deluded by world-appearance. When one sees that the yonder deadly snake is a life-like painting, one is no longer afraid of it. When the world appearance is seen as an appearance it does not produce either elation or sorrow. It is indeed a great pity that even when such a scripture exists, people seek sense-pleasures which lead to great sorrow. One who studies this scripture and contemplates its meaning has no need to undertake austerities, meditation or repetition of a mantra; for what is greater than liberation which is granted by a study of this scripture?"

382 pages | 15,00 € | 615 g




TRIPURA  RAHASYA
THE MYSTERY BEYOND THE TRINITY
Translated into English by Swami Sri Ramananda Saraswathi

"Unless a man live the ordinary life and check every incident as the projection of the Self, not swerving from the Self in any circumstances, he cannot be said to be free from the handicap of ignorance."

Tripura Rahasya was considered by Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi as one of the greatest works that expounded advaita philosophy. Since he often regretted that it was not available in English, his disciple, Swami Sri Ramananda Saraswathi took up the job of translating it in 1936 as a labour of love.
Tripura literally means the three cities. They are the states – jagrat [waking state] – svapna [dream state] and shushupti [deep sleep state]. The undercurrent of consciousness in all of them, remaining unaffected, is metaphorically called the Resident Mistress by name of Sri Tripura. The procreative faculty generating new beings and the link of altruistic love connecting the offspring to the parent are personified in the Mother; hence the feminine termination of Tripura. "The way to transcendence" signifies that interest in Tripura purifies the mind and creates the zeal for enquiry into the Truth.
As in many of the Great Indian texts, the presentation is that of a dialogue between master [Dattatreya] and disciple [Parasurama]. The latter conveys his doubts, one after another to his master who responds patiently with clarity and using as great a variety of explanations as the quantity of doubts thrown at him. Slowly but surely, He destroys his disciple's every doubt and misconceptions thus revealing the Truth beyond all states: the Stateless State.

Janaka reflected:
"As soon as I had decided on and attempted to turn my mind inward, another bright idea struck me : What confusion I am in! Although I am always in the perfection of bliss, what is it I want to do? What more can I acquire? What do I lack? When and whence can I get anything? Even if there were anything new to be gained, would it endure? How can I who am infinite consciousness-bliss know effort?
Individual bodies, their senses, minds, etc., are similar to visions in a dream ; they are projected from me. Control of one mind leaves all other minds as they are. So what is the use of controlling my mind? Minds controlled or uncontrolled, appear only to my mental eye."


260 pages | 9,00 € | 360 g




THE  ACARYA
SHANKARA OF KALADI | A STORY
By Indusekhara Sastri Madugula

"First, I am. Not the I that was born, but the I that's always been. I am, therefore I think, I act, I speak. And, after I have thought enough and spoken enough and acted enough, I still am, happy without seeking to be, and blissful without trying to be. There is no choice but to be in the perennial present, the pure consciousness, unchanging and unchangeable, ageless, timeless, nameless, formless."

This latest addition to Shankara literature is totally different in concept. It's not a biography; it's not history; and it's not quite fiction. Yet it is in some sense all these. It's based solidly in tradition, and it is at the same time just the kind of presentation that makes the post-modern reader sit up and take notice. It is philosophical, yet never forbiddingly so. It reads more like a story. The prose is simple, smooth, and meditative. Padmapada, Shankara's senior disciple, narrates the story in very human terms. His intent is not to glorify his master's life and work – for that is hardly necessary – but to present him as a friend of humankind, someone who is needed generation after generation, millennium after millennium. Humans have not changed in terms of their strengths or their weaknesses since the race evolved on the planet, nor are they likely to morph into saints any time soon. The prophets help us cope with the trails and tribulations of our daily lives and remind us of our divine roots if we care to listen. This book answers some of our serious questions about life if you have them read. If you don't, it will help you formulate them. Coming up with the rights questions, after all, is the first step toward finding the right solutions.

184 pages | 9,00 € | 290 g

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