Transcendental Gems of Wisdom
In Search of the Ultimate Goal of Life
The subject of this book is about the highly philosophical and confidential discussions between Lord Caitanya and Ramananda Raya. Although Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu requested that Ramananda Raya may not disclose this topic but keep it as a secret, Srila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami in his Caitanya-caritamrta openly reveals the details of the Lord’s talks with Ramananda and encourages all the devotees to enter deeply into their inner meaning
Light of the Bhagavata
A section of the Srimad-Bhagavatam poetically compares spiritual life to the beauty of nature in autumn. Each verse is illustrated in the traditional Gongbi style by Madam Li Yuen Sheng.
Narada Purana (Stories from the)
Narada Purana comes in the category of Satvik Puranas as it describes the stories of Lord Vishnu and that of his incarnations. This is the second in the series of maha-puranas, told in story form. In the Shrimad-Bhagavatam, Canto 12 chapter 7 verses 23 and 24 it is stated: The eighteen major Puranas are the Brahma, Padma, Visnu, Siva, Linga, Garuda, Narada, Bhagavata, Agni, Skanda, Bhavisya, Brahma-vaivarta, Markandeya, Vamana, Varaha, Matsya, Kurma and Brahmanda Puranas. This summary is told by Purnaprajna dasa.
This volume is very small, specially considering the size of the Narada Purana, because it is a summary study, in story form. There are not many stories told in the Narada Purana. Most of the book consists of very elaborate descriptions of various methods of worship of the Supreme Lord or the demigods as well as glorification of various holy places and religious vows.
While writing articles for Back to Gadhead magazine, devotees have refereed to several stories in the Narada Purana, including the carving of the Deities of Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra by Vishvakarma, and the story of how Narada Muni became the gopi Naradi, so that he would be able to understand the conjugal pastimes of Lord Krishan.
I know that everyone loves a good story. There are many fascinating stories contained in the Puranas and so we hope that you enjoy these few that are presented from the Narada Purana.
Selected verses from the Vedic Scriptures
A selection of verses most often quoted by Srila Prabhupada. Sorted in order of books (Bhagavad-gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Caitanya-caritamrta, etc.)
Spiritual Yoga: The Path to the Highest Pleasure
If you think that you have to escape to a cave in the Himalayas to find the enlightenment that yoga promises, think again. In Spiritual Yoga, Srila Prabhupada, one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century, stretches the meaning of yoga beyond its familiar poses and breathing techniques and teach us how to attain a state of ever-increasing transcendental pleasure through bhakti-yoga(devotion to God) or Krishna consciousness by elaborating on the instructions a divine king named Rsabhadeva imparted to His sons long, long ago in India (taken from Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 5, Chapter 5, Verses 1-14).
Sri Chaitanya the Golden Avatar
Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared in Bengal, India, in 1486, and He lived for only 48 years, yet He began a revolution in spiritual consciousness that has profoundly affected the lives of millions. Renowned as a great saint even in His youth, Lord Caitanya left His family and friends at the age of 24 to teach the forgotten essence of the ancient Vedic wisdom throughout India.
Although He Himself was a fully renounced mystic, He taught how one can act in spiritual consciousness even within one’s home, occupation and social affairs. Thus His teachings, although timeless, bear specific relevance for today’s world. He taught a practical process that anyone can perform to directly feel the ecstasy of pure love of God. This book tells about the extraordinary life of this great saint and explains the essence of His teachings.
Sri Namamrta (The Nectar of the Holy Name)
Compilation of Srila Prabhupada speaking about the nectar of chanting Hare Krishna. By studying Srila Prabhupada’s instructions on this most important of subjects, we will become fully convinced of the central importance of offense less chanting of the Holy name of Krishna in our endeavor for spiritual advancement.