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Review: Wise Love: Bhakti and the Search for the Soul of Consciousness
September 27, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Review: Wise Love: Bhakti and the Search for the Soul of Consciousness

Wise Love may be particularly helpful to readers who have some exposure to bhakti thought and practice, especially to Caitanya vaisnavism, through having friends or family members engaged in Krishna bhakti. Those who have been exposed to bhakti through college or university courses on philosophy or religious studies may also find this book useful. As I’ve noted, this book may not necessarily serve as the best introduction to bhakti for those who don’t have some background that has already aroused their interest. This is not a book that wraps bhakti philosophy up into a neat package. Instead, it opens space for questions.

Review: Sri Caitanya’s Life and Teachings: The Golden Avatara of Divine Love
June 28, 2018 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Review: Sri Caitanya’s Life and Teachings: The Golden Avatara of Divine Love

Published by academic publisher Lexington Books, the present volume is the second in a series dedicated to constructive work within the Indic traditions, that is, to delving into ethical, philosophical and theological questions from the practitioner’s engaged perspective, but in a way that meets scholarly standards of logical argumentation and evidence.

Review: Bhakti Blossoms
October 16, 2017 – 12:33 am | 33 Comments
Review: Bhakti Blossoms

Bhakti Blossoms, a new anthology of contemporary Vaishnavi poetry edited by Krishna Kanta dasi, offers readers the opportunity to hear from a wide range of female practitioners—feminine and masculine, newcomers and lifelong sadhakas—from a number of Gaudia groups.

Review: In Search of the Highest Truth: Adventures in Yoga Philosophy
July 10, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Review: In Search of the Highest Truth: Adventures in Yoga Philosophy

This volume shows how a popularized version of Gaudiya Vaisnavism can indeed engage meaningfully with the modern yoga community, so as to offer new perspectives on important issues of spirituality and philosophy.

Book Review: Sacred Preface
June 26, 2017 – 12:33 am | 3 Comments
Book Review: Sacred Preface

Sri Krsnadasa Kaviraja’s fourteen verse mangalacarana to his classic work Sri Caitanya Caritamrta serves as the seed conception containing all the central ideas of Gaudiya theology, metaphysics, and aesthetics that he intends to bring forth in the elaborated text. Exactly how this is so has been clearly, systematically and poetically illuminated by Swami B.V. Tripurari in his latest book, Sacred Preface.

Album Review: Agnideva dasa’s Prayer to the Lotus Feet of Lord Krishna
May 25, 2017 – 3:06 am | No Comment
Album Review: Agnideva dasa’s Prayer to the Lotus Feet of Lord Krishna

For those of us who love Agnideva prabhu and his kirtana, it has been far too long since his last album.

Review: Avatar Art: Neo-Vedic Paintings Celebrating Life
February 16, 2017 – 12:33 am | One Comment
Review: Avatar Art: Neo-Vedic Paintings Celebrating Life

The book is a must for artists and lovers of art, and for all who want to fully appreciate the visual beauty of Krishna Consciousness. It evinces a beautiful foray into an aspect of the Krishna movement that is rarely explored—its art.

Book Review: Sacred Preface
November 21, 2016 – 12:33 am | 7 Comments
Book Review: Sacred Preface

At the heart of this book is the methodology of Swami Tripurari’s constructive theologizing, which follows a hermeneutical trend set by Kedarnath Datta Bhaktivinoda, a predecessor theologian of the Vaisnava tradition.

Book Review: Swami in a Strange Land
May 5, 2016 – 2:16 am | No Comment
Book Review: Swami in a Strange Land

By the story’s dramatic conclusion, readers have met a true holy being, and many may come to agree with Greene that the title’s “strange land” is the world we all inhabit, and that the Swami has come to free us all from our illusions.

The Amazing Inner Lives of Animals
November 30, 2015 – 4:34 am | 10 Comments
The Amazing Inner Lives of Animals

Are our egos “threatened by the thought that other animals think and feel? Is it because acknowledging the mind of another makes it harder to abuse them?”

Know Nothing: The true history of atheism
April 2, 2015 – 12:30 am | No Comment
Know Nothing: The true history of atheism

Science does not—it isn’t designed to—recommend approaches to what Emerson calls “the conduct of life.”