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Healing Mantras Healing Mantras : Using Sound Affirmations for Personal Power, Creativity, and Healing
Thomas Ashley - Farrand
Written by one of the few Western experts on Hindu and Buddhist mantras, this book explains how and why mantras work and shows how to use more than fifty mantras to control habits, overcome fear, and gain health and inner peace. Has a guide to pronounciation and usage as well as real life examples of the efficacy of the mantras.
Tantra Tantra : The Path of Ecstasy
Georg Feuerstein
An authority of the yogic traditions, Georg Feuerstein explains tantra as the deep and complex spititual practice it is, involving mantras, chakras, yantras and realization of the subtle body.
The Ramayana The Ramayana
Valmiki and Ramesh Menon (Translator)
One of the world's great literary masterpieces and an integral part of India's cultural and religious expression, the Ramayana was originally composed by the Sanskrit poet Valmiki around 300 b.c. and recounts the epic of Prince Rama's betrayal, exile, and struggle to rescue his faithful wife, Sita, from the clutches of a demon and to reclaim his throne.
Chakra Mantras: Liberate Your Spiritual Genius Through Chanting Chakra Mantras: Liberate Your Spiritual Genius Through Chanting
Thomas Ashley-Farrand
Thomas Ashley-Farrand, one of the West's foremost authorities of Vedic and Buddist Sanskrit mantras, brings previously hidden knowledge from India and Tibet and teaches us how to activate our secret chakras through the use of healing sounds and chakra mantras, thus fueling spiritual advancement.
The Power of the Dharma: An Introduction to Hinduism and Vedic Culture The Power of the Dharma: An Introduction to Hinduism and Vedic Culture
Stephen Knapp
Concise and easy-to-understand overview of the essential principles and customs of the Hindu tradition. It also provides many insights into the depth and value of the timeless wisdom of Vedic spirituality and reveals why the Dharmic path has survived for thousands of years.
The Upanishads The Upanishads
Eknath Easwaran (Translator)
Readable rendition of one of the most difficult texts of all religious traditions. Each Upanishad is a lyrical statement about the deeper truths of mysticism, from the different levels of awareness to cultivations of love for God. There's one twist, though, for ultimately a devoted meditator realizes that God and the world are not separate from oneself. Then the ultimate goal becomes to reunite with the universal Self, achieving the infinite joy that accompanies such union.
The Rig Veda The Rig Veda
Wendy Doniger (Translator)
The earliest of the four Hindu religious scriptures known as the Vedas, and the first extensive composition to survive in any Indo-European language, The Rig Veda (c. 1200­900 bc) is a collection of more than 1,000 individual Sanskrit hymns. A work of intricate beauty, it provides unique insight into early Indian mythology and culture.
The Bhagavad Gita The Bhagavad Gita
Eknath Easwaran (Translator)
The story of Arjuna and his charioteer (an incarnation of Krishna) in which Krishna teachs him the ideas that form the foundation of Hinduism. Beautiful translation that is very readable but still feels almost likely poetry.
The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow
Sanjay Patel
Patel, an animator at Pixar studios, breathes new life into old mythology, telling the exploits of various deities while drawing us in‹literally‹with his joyous and unexpected full-color illustrations.
The Bhagavad Gita The Essentials of Hinduism: A Comprehensive Overview of the World's Oldest Religion
Swami Bhaskarananda
Brief catechism aimed at Westerners unacquainted with Hindu religious traditions. It covers the traditions in broad terms without going into doctrinal complexities and has a straightforward style that should appeal to casual readers and students at a basic level but will not interest advanced students and scholars.
The Mantram Handbook The Mantram Handbook: A Practical Guide to Choosing Your Mantram and Calming Your Mind
Eknath Easwaran
Eknath Easwaran explains how the mantram works, and gives practical guidelines for using it to focus our thoughts and access deeper resources of strength, patience, and love. The mantram can help us replenish our energy, release creativity, and heal old conflicts. These resonant phrases work equally well for parents with young children, colleagues at work, couples in a relationship, in illness or depression, and even at the time of death. Repetition of the mantram can open the door to a life that is increasingly meaningful and fulfilling.
Raja-Yoga Raja-Yoga
Swami Vivekananda
Raja-Yoga, the path of meditation and control of the mind, gives a scientific treatment of Yoga philosophy describing methods of concentration, psychic development and the liberation of the soul from bondage of the body.
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers, and Practitioners Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers, and Practitioners
H. David Coulter
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga is the only modern authoritative source that correlates the study of hatha yoga with anatomy and physiology. Hatha yoga is comprised of stretching, strengthening and breathing exercises in upright, lying down and inverted postures.
Meeting God Meeting God: Elements of Hindu Devotion
Stephen P. Huyler (Photographer), Thomas Moore
An introduction to Hindu religion that documents individual Hindus performing daily devotional rituals (pujas) in vivid photographs and personal vignettes.
Breathwalk Breathwalk : Breathing Your Way to a Revitalized Body, Mind and Spirit
Ph.D. Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. Yogi Bhajan
Teaches how to combine breathing and walking in a systematic and meditative way to enhance your physical, emotional and spiritual firness.
Layayoga Layayoga: The Definitive Guide to the Chakras and Kundalini
Shyam Sundar Goswami
One of the great works on yoga, this is the most comprehensive guide to chakra meditation and kundalini ever created.