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The Bhagavad Gita

Simon Brodbeck (Introducer), Laurie L. Patton (Translator)

The Bhagavad Gita is an early epic poem that recounts the conversation between Arjuna the warrior and his charioteer Krishna, the manifestation of God. In the moments before a great battle, the dialogue sets out the important lessons Arjuna must learn to change the outcome of the war he is to fight, and culminates in Krishna revealing to the warrior his true cosmic form, counselling him to search for the universal perfection of life. Ranging from instructions on yoga postures to dense moral discussion, the Gita is one of the most important Hindu texts, as well as serving as a practical guide to living well.

The Bhagavad Gita

Stephen Mitchell (Author)

The Bhagavad Gita, or 'Song of the Spirit', is the best known book of India's national epic The Mahabharata. Based on a dialogue between Bhagavan Krishna and Prince Arjuna on the eve of a great battle, it is held to be the essence of Hindu spirituality, sacred literature and yoga, as well as exploring the great universal themes of courage, honour, death, love, virtue and fulfilment. Of interest to the large number of contemporary spiritual seekers - of any faith and none - who want to read the world's most important sacred texts, and to learn from their wisdom. Also useful for scholars of Vedic literature and students.

The Bhagavad Gita

Juan Mascaro (Translator) , none (Author)

The Bhagavad Gita, a scintillating jewel embedded in the great Sanskrit epic Mahabharata, is a dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna set against the background of war. At the beginning of the poem, we learn that there is going to be a great war for the rule of a kingdom. On the battlefield, with armies of the Kuru clan ranged against each other, Arjuna and Krishna explore the necessity of war and the nature of the human soul. The eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita encompass the whole spiritual struggle of a human soul, and the central themes of this immortal poem arise from the symphonic vision of God in all things and of all things in God.

Prayers And Meditations

Peter Washington (Author)

The pieces in this volume are taken from all religions and traditions with the purpose of providing material for prayer and meditation. They are arranged in seven sections following the Canonical Hours of the Chruch: Matins, Prime, Tierce, Sext, Nones, Vespers and Compline. Each section gathers poems and prose according to theme and mood and suiting the hours of the day. Sources include Herbert, Hopkins, Donne, Christina Rossetti, Cowper, St Anselm, Cardinal Newman, Bunyan, Blake, Bonhoeffer, Emily Dickinson, Herrick, Wesley, Mother Theresa, Tennyson, Spenser, Simone Weil, Kierkegaard, St Francis, the Book of Common Prayer, the Bhagavad Gita, Buddhist Scriptures, the Dead Sea Scrolls.


Chip Heath (Author) , Dan Heath (Author)

We all know that change is hard. It's unsettling, it's time-consuming, and all too often we give up at the first sign of a setback.

But why do we insist on seeing the obstacles rather than the goal? This is the question that bestselling authors Chip and Dan Heath tackle in their compelling and insightful new book. They argue that we need only understand how our minds function in order to unlock shortcuts to switches in behaviour. Illustrating their ideas with scientific studies and remarkable real-life turnarounds - from the secrets of successful marriage counselling to the pile of gloves that transformed one company's finances - the brothers Heath prove that deceptively simple methods can yield truly extraordinary results.

Soul Signs

Rosemary Altea (Author)

Although most of us know our star sign, very few of us know we have soul signs, too. In this unusual and thought-provoking book, Rosemary Altea shows that there are also 13 soul signs to be discovered (for example, the 'newborn', the 'seeker', the 'traveller', the 'old', the 'warrior'). Soul Signs shows how to work out which one you fall into, what this means for you, your behaviour, your relationships and, indeed, every aspect of your life. When Rosemary Altea's first book, The Eagle and the Rose, was first published it became an international bestseller, selling well over half a million copies and topping charts all over the world. Her fourth book, Soul Signs, is hugely commercial, intriguing and fun - and is the new major work by this unusual author who is every bit as remarkable as James Van Praagh and John Edwards. Praise for The Eagle and the Rose:'A fascinating spiritual adventure. Rosemary Altea's journey of self-discovery reminds us that our existence is more mysterious than any of us have dared to believe' James Redfield, author of The Celestine Prophecy'I recommend this book-. One cannot deny the importance and truth of its message.' Bernie Siegel, author of Love, Medicine & Miracles

Cannabis: A History

Martin Booth (Author)

To some it's antisocial anathema, to others it is a harmless way to relax, or provides relief from crippling pain. Some fear it is a dangerous drug that leads to 'reefer madness' and addiction; to others still it is a legal anomaly and should be decriminalized. Whatever the viewpoint, and by whatever name it is known, cannabis - or marijuana, hashish, pot, dope, kif, weed, dagga, grass, ganja - incites debate at every level.

In this definitive study, Martin Booth - author of the acclaimed OPIUM: A HISTORY - charts the history of cannabis from the Neolithic period to the present day. It is a fascinating, colourful tale of medical advance, religious enlightenment, political subterfuge and human rights; of law enforcement and customs officers, smugglers, street pushers, gang warfare, writers, artists, musicians, hippies and pot-heads.

Booth chronicles the remarkable and often mystifying process through which cannabis, a relatively harmless substance, became outlawed throughout the Western world, and the devastating effect such legislation has had on the global economy. Above all, he demonstrates how the case for decriminalization remains one of the twenty-first century's hottest topics.

Intuition And Beyond

Sharon Klinger (Author)

Would you like to create more abundance in your life and experience financial freedom? Have better success in choosing the right business and personal relationships? Reach a higher expression of your creativity and ingenuity? And live a healthier, more fulfilling life? In this immensely practical and insightful book, Sharon Klingler helps you to open the door of possibility by learning to listen to a voice that doesn't even make a sound - the voice of your intuition. In three clear sections, you can discover:--What intuition is and how to identify your intuitive voice--How notable people past and present have used intuition to inform their most important decisions--Your current I. Q. or Intuition Quotient from answering a simple questionnaire--The A, B, Cs of Applied Intuition and how to create the intuitive experience at will

Everyday Immortality

Deepak Chopra (Author)

Everyday Immortality contains a series of insights, known in Eastern wisdom traditions as sutras or koans. Like a string of pearls, each insight follows the next, page by page. Only when the lesson of one page is fully absorbed does the reader go on to the next. Through this process, the reader`s thought patterns are literally transformed, causing a permanent shift in perception. These exercises are a modern version of Gyana Yoga, India`s ancient Yoga of Knowledge, long considered the most direct path to attaining enlightenment and immortality.

The Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali

Alistair Shearer (Author)

The basic questions of Who Am I? Where Am I Going? What Is the Purpose of Life? are asked by every generation, and Patanjali's answers (given in the third century BC) form one of the oldest spiritual texts in the world. 'That which unites' is called 'Yoga' - and is thus much broader than the form of exercise so popular today. It is a way to restore our lost wholeness, our integrity as complete human beings, by unifying the personality around a centre that is silent and unbounded. Alistair Shearer's superb introduction and translation bring these ancient, vital teachings to life in the modern world and are for all those who seek the benefits of self-knowledge.

Adultery And Other Diversions

Tim Parks (Author)

'An invigorating discussion of general ills, this collection of autobiographical essays ranges over adultery and parenthood, ghosts and gods, fiction and football. Living in Italy seems to sharpen the author's prose and make him even more cleverly English. A splendid volume of fascinating belles-lettres'. Mail on Sunday.

The Mahabharata

J D Smith (Edited by)

The Mahabharata is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. It is of immense importance to the culture of the Indian subcontinent, and is a major text of Hinduism. Its discussion of human goals (artha or 'purpose', kama or 'pleasure', dharma or 'duty', and moksha or 'liberation') takes place in a long-standing tradition, attempting to explain the relationship of the individual to society and the world (the nature of the 'Self') and the workings of karma.

Selected Short Stories

Rabindranath Tagore (Author) , William Radice (Introducer) , William Radice (Translator)

Poet, novelist, painter and musician, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) is the grand master of Bengali culture. Written during the 1890s, the stories in this selection brilliantly recreate vivid images of Bengali life and landscapes in their depiction of peasantry and gentry, casteism, corrupt officialdom and dehumanizing poverty. Yet Tagore is first and foremost India's supreme Romantic poet, and in these stories he can be seen reaching beyond mere documentary realism towards his own profoundly original vision.

Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul

Deepak Chopra (Author)

This important book picks up where Dr Deepak Chopra left off in his pioneering work Ageless Body, Timeless Mind. Having revealed the connection between our health and our thoughts, Dr Chopra shows us how to create a whole new self - the self we want to be - in this revolutionary sequel.

Dr Chopra explains how the body is a reflection of the mind, 'a symbol in flesh and blood of everything you think and feel'. From early childhood each one of us has invented our bodies and our personalities through our beliefs, conditioning and responses to everyday stress. But we have mostly done this unconsciously, which is why we may now feel unfulfilled. Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul will help us to reconnect with our ideal sense of self, guiding us one step at a time through a remarkable process of renewal and discovery.

Chopra invites us all to live from the soul, to satisfy our deepest desires in a life rich with joy and meaning. 'You are inventing your body in every moment of life,' he reasons. 'Why not take control and reinvent it from the highest level?'

Boundless Love

Miranda MacPherson (Author)

Writing from her personal experience, Miranda Holden shows that nurturing an authentic soul life brings a level of power, wisdom, strength and vision beyond what is commonly available, and that it can transform a life of struggle into one of exceptional ease, depth and joy. She sets out to communicate in a very accessible way ideas and methods that would otherwise take years of meditation, wading through mystic texts and many, many hours of therapy. Accessing the spirit within can provide us with peace, true stability and meaning in a fast changing world where business, conventional religion and family life are fast being altered beyond recognition.

Meditation For Beginners

Jack Kornfield (Author)

Ever though about trying meditation but didn't know how to get started? With Meditation for Beginners Jack Kornfield shows you how simple it is to start - and stick with - a daily meditation practice.

'Insight' or visspana meditation is the time-honoured skill of calming the spirit and clearing the mind for higher understanding. Now, in this complete course created for beginners, renowned teacher Jack Kornfield offers a straightforward, step-by-step method for bringing meditation into your life.

Using six guided meditations on the CD attached, you will discover how easy it is to use your breath, physical sensations - and even difficult emotions - to create tranquillity and loving kindness in your everyday life. These simple, elegant practices are so easy to learn that you will begin enjoying the benefits of medication immediately - while laying the foundation for a lifetime of inner discovery and awakening.

Chicken Soup For The Couple's Soul

Jack Canfield (Author)

These intimate, inspiring and true stories pay tribute to love's ability to endure beyond time, distance, difficulty, and even death. You will be touched and uplifted as you read about these couples who disclose the secrets of finding love and making it last. Each heartfelt story captures the defining moments of love from tender beginnings and deepening intimacy to overcome challenges and saying good-bye. Some stories will help you renew the passion in your relationship; others will help you appreciate how love has enabled you to grow; others will reassure you that although love challenges and blesses each of us in unique ways, you are never alone in your experience. These stories will leave and indelible imprint on your heart and inspire you to live a life filled with joy, hope and gratitude.

The Art of War

Tzu Sun (Author) , John Minford (Introducer) , John Minford (Translator)

For more than two thousand years, Sun-tzu's The Art of War has provided leaders with essential advice on battlefield tactics, managing troops and terrain, and employing cunning and deception. An elemental part of Chinese culture, it has also become a touchstone for the Western struggle for survival and success, whether in battle, in business or in relationships. Now, in this crisp, accessible new translation, John Minford brings this seminal work to life for today's readers.

Capturing the literary quality of The Art of War - its lucid, epigrammatic, almost poetic style - as well as its philosophical and strategic content, Minford present the core text in two different formats. First, the unadorned thirteen chapters allow readers to form their own first impressions of the ancient words of wisdom ascribed to Sun-tzu. Then the same text appears with extensive running commentary from the canon of traditional Chinese commentators and others, providing context and subtext to the work. A lively, learned introduction, chronologies, suggested readings, and other valuable apparatus round this authoritative volume. Even those readers familiar with The Art of War will experience it anew, finding it more fascinating - and more chilling - than ever.

The Vendor Of Sweets

NARAYAN, R. K. (Author) , R. K. Narayan (Author)

While the colourful sweetmeats are frying in the kitchen, Jagan immerses himself in his copy of the Bhagavad Gita. A widower of firm Gandhian principles, Jagan nonetheless harbours a warm and embarrassed affection for his wastrel son Mali. Yet even Jagan's patience begins to fray when Mali descends on the sleepy city of Malgudi full of modern notions, with a new half-American wife and a grand plan for selling novel-writing machines. From different generations and different cultures, father and son are forced to confront each other, and are taken by surprise . . .

The Way of a Pilgrim

Andrew Louth (Edited by), Anna Zaranko (Translator)

By the mercy of God I am a Christian, by my deeds a great sinner, by calling a homeless wanderer of the lowliest origins, roaming from place to place. Here, see my belongings: a bag of dry crusts on my back and the Holy Bible in my breast pocket; that's it.

In 1884 there appeared in Russia a slim volume containing four short tales. They told of a pilgrim, a lone wanderer, led by his quiet curiosity and a deep spiritual longing to undertake a lifelong journey across the land. A folk hero, a figure familiar from the works of Tolstoy and Leskov, this gentle pilgrim and his simple story would soon travel the world - and would even, much later, traverse the pages of JD Salinger's Franny and Zooey as the 'small pea-green cloth-bound book' that Franny keeps close in her handbag.

The pilgrim's ancient journey takes him from a city monastery through forests, fields and the steppes of Siberia. He walks by day and by night, through rains and summer months, finding food and shelter where he can. Along the way, he encounters priests and professors, convicts, nuns and beggars, a tipsy old man in a soldier's greatcoat, from whom he slowly gathers great stores of wisdom and experience. But at the heart of his journey is his time spent praying as he journeys on alone, discovering the peace and consolation that come of constant prayer and silent contemplation.

Simple and sincere, The Way of a Pilgrim paints an enduring picture of a life of detachment through wandering and prayer. And, as the pilgrim makes his way through the wilds, he invites us to travel with him, along an ancient path into an immense, mystical landscape.

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