a search for substance

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NOW AVAILABLE! Five Years, Eleven Months and a lifetime of unexpected love, a memoir. Like the DVD featured below, this is the story of a young American photojournalist who, feeling discontent with the culture she knows, travels East with a friend. In Nepal, a small band of  monks somehow open her to the beauty of a simple lifestyle. And in India, she’s fully exposed to a whole new vision of the world and her role in it. “Brilliant photographs … a talented writer … her descriptions are lyrical and evocative.” — Kirkus Reviews.  Five Years, Eleven Months

 

a memoir in photographs

A Bumpy Journey Toward Harmony with the Bhagavad-gita. A young American, disillusioned by the pressures and mindlessness of Western education and consumerism, journeys to the East looking for fun and adventure. In India she unexpectedly finds truth and knowledge beyond the intellect, beauty and hope beyond the mundane. Her life is never the same. A 24-minute DVD with music, sound effects,  provocative wisdom and over 250 stunning photographs. Bumpy Journey Toward Harmony

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Bhagavad-gita: A Photographic Essay, a visual guide to the world’s greatest spiritual dialog is a fascinating presentation of the key philosophical ideas of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is by His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada with the aid of powerful photographs. A Photographic Essay. Kindle edition: here.

* 2011 Independent Publisher Book Award Winner *

an illustrated memoir on applying the Gita's teachings in everyday life
Harmony and the Bhagavad-gita
is a contemplative memoir from the enchanting Sharanagati Valley, British Columbia. It demystifies the Gita, making its verses a clear source of enlightenment and personal development, and revealing the Gita’s wisdom. Harmony discusses contemporary concerns—ecology, stewardship, interpersonal conflict, peaceful living, priorities, and values—in a way that’s easy to understand and of immediate relevance. “A marvelous job … an inspirational memoir and a pleasant reminder that there is a spiritual side to our existence.” — Five Star Review, Susan Sewell for Readers’ Favorite  Harmony. Kindle edition: here.

For children:Krishna, the Supreme Lord and the speaker of Bhagavad-gita

Our Most Dear Friend, Bhagavad-gita for Children presents the essence of the Gita through simple yet captivating painting, text, and photographic montages. Children of every race, nationality, and religion will deepen their understanding of themselves, God, and His creation through this delightful book. Ages 4 and up. Our Most Dear Friend. Kindle edition: here.

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NEW! The Sparrow’s Egg is a charming, classic story of selfless love and the determination and grace it evokes. Ages 2 to 7. The Sparrow’s Egg

Bhagavad-gita

A book revered by 850 million people, the Bhagavad-gita explores the themes of harmony and purpose, work and attitude, love and reciprocation.

I first read the Gita while on a trekking adventure in the Himalayas. Gradually I found that the Gita’s poetic and encompassing wisdom offers consistent, logical, and deeply satisfying guidance — guidance that somehow made me a happier, more fulfilled person. To share the Gita with others, I’ve devoted the past many decades of my life to creating books and films about it.

I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad-gita. It was the first of books; it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence, which in another age and climate, had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions that exercise us.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American philosopher and poet

When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad-gita and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. Those who meditate on the Gita will derive fresh joy and new meanings from it every day.

— Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi, Indian nationalist and spiritual leader

Bhagavad-gita is one of the most beautiful and profound texts of world literature.

— Octavio Paz, Nobel laureate

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