by Swami B.V. Tripurari
Contemporary access to ancient teachings
Widely acknowledged as a masterpiece of prose, philosophy, and translation, Aesthetic Vedanta beautifully illuminates the timeless Sanskrit poem rasa-lila, the sacred love affair of Radha and Krsna. Interspersed with original poetry and renderings of medieval verse of several Hindu mystics, this book reveals the means to access the spiritual reality of rasa-lila.
The Bhagavad-gita is India’s most concise expression of the perennial philosophy. Speaking directly to the soul, it pinpoints the cause of all suffering—material attachment—and offers a remedy to this common human malady: the paths of right livelihood, mystic insight, devotion, and ultimately unconditional love.
In this stunningly produced volume, the artist's mastery and devotion are combined with compelling stories depicting the magical life of Krishna. Excerpts from classics such as the Bhagavat Purana and Gopal Champu accompany 180 paintings, wonderfully illuminated by Swami B.V. Tripurari's poetic and informative narrative.
This edition is the first definitive English rendering of Gopala-tapani Upanisad, the most important Upanisad for those following the path of Krsna bhakti. It includes the original Devanagari Sanskrit script, English transliteration, word-for-word meaning, English translation, and an extensive commentary that is both traditional and contemporary.
Joy of Self is an introductory book that draws from the sacred literature of spiritual India such that anyone can gain a well-rounded acquaintance with the foundational philosophical principles of Gaudiya Vedanta and thus come to know of the potential for joy inherent in the self.
While analyzing the mindset of the spiritual seeker while living in the holiest of places, Sri Vrindavan, I began to develop the chapters of this book. It is a book about just how different sexuality is from spirituality and how, ironically, the two, sex and the soul, are at the same time inseparable. Pure sexuality is the purest spirituality. The nine chapters of this book qualify this statement, distinguishing spirit from matter while establishing the novel idea that the soul has emotions and a sexuality of its own separate from the flesh. This is the precious gift of Sri Caitanya to the world.
Sacred Preface is a testament to the vitality of Krsnadasa’s Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, exploring the implications of Krsnadasa’s invocatory verses and auto-commentary from the perspective of a modern practitioner.
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The eight stanzas of Siksastakam detail the spiritual practice of Sri Krsna sankirtana and the steps it takes its practitioner through in pursuit of spiritual perfection. Poetic and spiritually profound, these eight stanzas constitute the entire literary legacy of Sri Caitanya—an open letter of love of God that has the potential to drown humanity in an unprecedented flood of spiritual emotion.
Tattva-sandarbha is a classic medieval work of Eastern philosophy written in Sanskrit prose more than four hundred years ago. It is an introduction to a larger work, Jiva Goswami’s Sat-sandarbha. The original manuscript seeks to explain the esoteric significance of the Bhagavata Purana, arguably the most important volume of India’s sacred literature.