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Title: Bhagavad-gita As It Is

Author: Translation and commentary by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Format: Hardbound

Publisher: The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

The Bhagavad-gita is the compact essence of all spiritual philosophy; at the onset of a world war, the warrior Arjuna asks his friend Krishna about the purpose of life, the difference between the self and the material body, and how to understand the ultimate cause of all causes. In just over seven hundred verses, Krishna comprehensively answers all of Arjuna's questions and then reveals His identity as the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, appearing on earth to usher in a new era of spiritual understanding.

Krishna teaches that the essence of the yoga system—and the ultimate goal of all pious works, meditation, and austerity—is to develop an attitude of loving service to the Supreme Person. His ultimate instruction, "surrender to Me," challenges us all to transcend "religion" or "belief" and enter the realm of bhakti—devotional service—which alone can fully satisfy the self.

Since its publication in 1970, Bhagavad-gita As It Is has become the standard reference edition of the Gita worldwide, with over 26 million copies sold.

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Title: A Comprehensive Guide to Bhagavad-gita with Literal Translation

Author: H.D. Goswami

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Krishna West Inc.

With its sophisticated thematic approach, this Comprehensive Guide brings clarity to the Gita's content in a most thorough and systematic way, inviting both first-time and seasoned readers to vigorously engage with the text while enjoying the rewards of deep understanding. Especially impressive is the fact that this volume not only provides the reader with a stimulating learning experience, but also serves as an exceptional reference book for specific topics. Concise yet thorough, this skillful exposition, containing hundreds upon hundreds of key Gita references, affords a conceptual window into the core elements of Krishna's teachings to Arjuna. Throughout this work we are graced by the knowledge, Sanskrit expertise and personal illuminations of one who is not only a highly trained scholar, but also a widely experienced spiritual teacher.

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Title: Sri Isopanishad

Author: Translation and commentary by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Format: Paperback

Publisher: The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Sri Isopanishad's eighteen mantras direct our attention toward how the Supreme Person is the complete whole of existence, and that all manifestations emanating from Him—including our bodies and the world we inhabit—are also complete in and of themselves. 


In the book's Introduction—adapted from a lecture Srila Prabhupada gave in London in 1968—he explains how the Vedas' teachings are perfect; Vedic sound is not of this world, not created by man, and thus not subject to human frailty and imperfection. Isopanishad is one of the principal Upanishads in Vedic literature that present the ultimate philosophical conclusions of all scripture. 

Srila Prabhupada presented Sri Isopanishad with the same scholarly standards as his Bhagavad-gita As It Is, providing the original Sanskrit verse, its English transliteration, word-for-word Sanskrit-English equivalents, translations and purports. 

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Title: Chant and be Happy: The Power of Mantra Meditation

Author: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Format: Paperback

Publisher: The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

An introduction to the history, practice, and benefits of mantra meditation, and specifically the significance of chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. This maha-mantra is recommended in many sacred texts as the most effective form of meditation for the present age. Since the 1960s and '70s, this mantra has gained worldwide popularity, partially due to its inclusion in the #1 hit song "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison. 

The book contains a conversation between the Hare Krishna movement's founder Srila Prabhupada, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Yoko Ono on what makes a mantra genuine and effective. It also discusses the scriptural origin of the mantra, as well as step-by-step instructions for chanting.

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Title: Quest for Justice: Select Tales with Modern Illuminations from the Mahabharata

Author: H.D. Goswami

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Krishna West Inc.

The Mahabharata is one of the world’s most significant historical epics. At a staggering one hundred thousand stanzas, this massive work reveals a highly complex ancient civilization – one that not only excelled in the arts, sciences, and philosophy, but that also embodied the highest ideals of justice, morality and spiritual understanding. Romance, tyranny, war and supreme enlightenment, all are described in this riveting, divinely inspired narrative, which has profoundly influenced South Asian culture and spirituality for thousands of years.

Quest for Justice is based upon a collection of lectures on various themes and episodes from the Mahabharata. Paralleling the magnetic oral style of the Epic itself, the book transmits these ancient narratives in an appealing, highly accessible, and engaging contemporary voice. Delivered with frequent good humor, the talks are easy and entertaining, even as they clearly confront the deepest meanings of the text. Indeed, H.D. Goswami skillfully depicts the psychological depth of the characters and the existential dilemmas they face in a strikingly vivid and immediate way. With his trademark wit, erudition and insightful analysis, Goswami breathes new life into the most compelling episodes of this ancient literary masterpiece.

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