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Review: From All Angles of Vision
June 2, 2013 – 2:43 pm | 5 Comments
Review: From All Angles of Vision

Bhrigupada Dasa voices appreciation for the intersection of bhakti and academia.

Review: Give to Live
May 15, 2013 – 9:12 am | 2 Comments
Review: Give to Live

Too often we encounter either complete beginner’s guides to spiritual practice or the classic sacred texts, which have endured yet may be hard to penetrate. Karnamrita’s book falls nicely in between these extremes.

Review: Blazing Sadhus: Or Never Trust a Holy Man Who Can’t Dance
February 2, 2013 – 8:28 am | 10 Comments
Review: Blazing Sadhus: Or Never Trust a Holy Man Who Can’t Dance

Achyutananda’s genuine tone pairs beautifully with his sincere discipleship. We might hope to hear more from Achyutananda Das in the coming years, especially at a time when other, less humanizing versions of Srila Prabhupada may otherwise become the standard narrative.

Review: On the Way to Vaikuntha
October 26, 2012 – 3:45 am | 14 Comments
Review: On the Way to Vaikuntha

In this book, Bon Maharaja shares his dreams with us, both literally and figuratively, and we see a sincere and repentant sadhu.

Review: Religion for Atheists
April 25, 2012 – 11:05 pm | 3 Comments
Review: Religion for Atheists

Alain de Botton’s attempt to encourage secular society to steal religion’s most fruitful ideas is admirable but ultimately hollow.

Review: A Universe from Nothing
March 25, 2012 – 11:16 pm | One Comment
Review: A Universe from Nothing

In this new book, Krauss argues that the laws of quantum mechanics have in them the makings of a thoroughly scientific and adamantly secular explanation of why there is something rather than nothing. Period. Case closed. End of story. I kid you not.

Review: Christ and Krishna: Where the Jordan Meets the Ganges
November 2, 2011 – 2:00 pm | No Comment
Review: Christ and Krishna: Where the Jordan Meets the Ganges

At the confluence of India’s holiest rivers, two childhood friends meet and share the respective traditions to which they have committed their lives.

Review: Mathematics in India
October 8, 2011 – 4:33 pm | No Comment
Review: Mathematics in India

Plofker’s book fills a huge gap: a detailed, eminently readable, scholarly survey of the full scope of Indian mathematics and astronomy (the two were inseparable in India) from their Vedic beginnings to roughly 1800.

Review: Food for the Soul: Vegetarianism and Yoga Traditions
August 1, 2011 – 12:03 pm | 4 Comments
Review: Food for the Soul: Vegetarianism and Yoga Traditions

Patanjali and other early authorities on the Yoga tradition assert that ahimsa, nonaggression, is as integral to yoga as meditation is, and Rosen’s contributors cite all the right sources, making this clear and obvious.

Review: Krishna’s Other Song
May 8, 2011 – 9:45 pm | 13 Comments
Review: Krishna’s Other Song

Steven J. Rosen (Satyaraja Dasa) is one of the most prolific of our modern Gaudiya Vaishnava authors, with innumerable books and articles to his credit. In Krishna’s Other Song, he attempts something new: scriptural commentary.

Review: American Veda
May 1, 2011 – 12:05 am | 21 Comments
Review: American Veda

For Goldberg, it all adds up to the slow “Vedicization” of American spirituality. By this he means that Americans have become more comfortable with a view of the world ultimately found in the ancient literature of India—the Vedas, the Upanisads, and the Bhagavad-gita.