a search for substance

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Finalist: 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Spirituality category  Five Years, Eleven Months and a lifetime of unexpected love, a memoir. The acclaimed story of a skeptical 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 is — and we are — 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.

“As multi-faceted and luminous as the photos it contains, this book is an important historical and spiritual journey told seamlessly.” — The BookLife Prize 2017.
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 *

 

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The expanse of open space, the unprecedented quiet, the freedom to be just who you are, the luxury of feeling earth instead of concrete beneath your feet — these are some of the natural charms of country living. Here is the story of a family of city dwellers who take a plunge: they join a remote community of country-living individualists who are guided by Bhagavad-gita, one of the oldest spiritual teachings in existence.
Along with comic and cosmic challenges, this daring family harvests soul-stirring life lessons suited for any time, place, or circumstance. And they somehow fall in love with the land and the joyful pioneers who call it home.

“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.

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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

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

That the spiritual man need not be a recluse, that union with the divine Life may be achieved and maintained in the midst of worldly affairs, that the obstacles to that union lie not outside us but within us — such is the central lesson of the Bhagavad-Gita. 

— Annie Besant, British socialist, theosophist, activist, writer, and orator

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