From Taj to Vraj
From Taj to Vraj reveals the feminine nature of the soul and its relationship with the divine. Here philosophy comes to life as the author shares both her personal challenges as a spiritual practitioner and her research as a Sanskrit scholar. Jaya Devi, an independent Western women, embarked on a worldwide bicycle tour at the age of twenty-three to search for a deeper experience of love. In India, she encountered different beliefs about women and how they should live and love. Even thought strongly drawn to indian culture, she was unable to accept the common beliefs about women. Questioning whether these were actually rooted in the Vedic teachings, she delved into extensive research which took her on an unexpected journey into a new vision of love.
Tulasyamrta: The Nectar of Srimati Tulasi Devi
This is a nice compilation of Vedic evidences about Srimati Tulasi Devi from various sources ranging from sruti, to Puranas and writings of the past acaryas. It also serves as a practical guide for caring and serving Srimati Tulasi Devi in Her plant form.
Part 1: Tulasi-Dhatri-Mahimamrta: The nectar of glories of Srimati Tulasi Devi (and Amalaki)
* Tulasi Upanishad
* Tulasi Kavaca
* Sri Tulasi Stava
* Tulasi Dhatri Mahatmya
* Vaisnava Tulasy Asvattha Mahatmya
* Sri Tulasi Stotra
Part 2: Tulasi Sevamrta: The Nectar of Serving Srimati Tulasi Devi
* Tulasi lighting
* Altar for Srimati Tulasi Devi
* Appendix: Glories of Amalaki from Hari-Bhakti-Vilasa
* Appendix: Various versions of how Markandeya Rsi conquered death personified
* Appendix: Practical aspects of serving Srimati Tulasi Devi
Vaisnavi: Women and the Worship of Krishna
A compilation of essays by various authors on the lives of prominent Vaisnavis as well as current debates on women in the Vaisnava world
Women Masters or Mothers
This book presents, in a very systematic and logical way, that how being a God conscious, devoted mother and a chaste housewife is the best thing for women all over the world and how this can restore our broken down society with so many single parent families and can bring back the lost happiness in family life which is pretty the norm nowadays.
Women, Masters or Mothers? presents traditionalist arguments for the direction of the Krsna consciousness movement, proposing that we should take up Srila Prabhupada’s mandate to establish varnasrama-dharma rather than capitulate to the norms and ideologies of secular culture. Particularly discussed are gender roles, parental responsibilities, feminist follies, and some of Srila Prabhupada’s more controversial teachings, such as those concerning early marriage, divorce and polygamy.
Included is also an MP3 with 150 lectures , translating into about 144 hours of listening.
Oriya novel by Pratibha Ray, translation by Pratip Bhattacharya.
Pratibha Ray’s novel won the Orissa Sahitya Akademi Award.
Draupadi, born of the sacrificial fire, in which her father invokes a son to help him defeat his archenemy Drona, she is named Krishnaa, or the “dark-skinned one”. Her story is familiar to anyone who has read the great epic. What is not familiar is how she felt about the various choices that were made for her by her father, her brother, her mother-in-law, her husband, even by Lord Krishna, who she was devoted to.
In a sense, her very birth is tragic. She is born unasked for from the sacrificial fire. After Arjuna wins the contest for her hand, she is forced into a polyandrous marriage by her mother-in-law, (perhaps because Kunti wanted to protect herself from accusations from her new daughter-in-law). In spite of having five husbands, she finds herself bereft of all support in the assembly hall at Hastinapura. As she vows retaliation, she seems to be aware of being instrumental in bringing about the end of an epoch and the birth of a new age.
Here is a chance to see Draupadi as she portrays herself. Narrated in first person, we are witness to her devotion bordering on love for Lord Krishna, her shock at being made the wife of all five Pandavas, her grief, her rage and her anguish. Amidst the scene of her greatest humiliation, she finds the strength to question the Kuru elders, about the very concept of their dharma, while her husbands sit mute. She is the strength behind the Pandavas and their weakness; her impotent rage at the insults she suffers sets their feet onto the inexorable path of a great war and the destruction of a dynasty.