for ISKCON News on July 8, 2011
Badger, CA, USA - Torchlight Publishing is pleased to annouce the arrival of the four new devotional titles:
Miracle on Second Avenue
by Mukunda Goswami is a vividly personal and up-close account of the beginning years of the Hare Krishna movement (1966-1969) in three cities: New York, San Francis¬co, and London. Mukunda Goswami describes the optimism and energy of those early followers of His Divine Grace, A.C. Bhaktivedan¬ta Swami, whom they affectionately called “the Swami.” (for more details read the ISKCON News article by Madhava Smullen - March 5, 2011)
“Miracle on Second Avenue is truly a masterpiece....We can see, feel and taste the excitement, humor and wonder of the sixties. All the while we witness the transformation of a seeker in the presence a compassionate saint. As we read Miracle on Second Avenue, we are transformed.”
— Radhanatha Maharaja
Hardbound with jacket, 6x9, 452 pages, 95 photographs, $24.95
Namacharya - The Life of Srila Haridasa Thakura (Lives of the Vaisnava Acaryas Vol IV)
by Rupa-Vilasa Dasa offers an insight into the exceptional life, divine qualities, spiritual ecstasies, and secret identity of Srila Haridasa Thakura—the saint whom Lord Caitanya Himself awarded the title Namacharya: one who perfectly teaches, by example, the chanting of the holy names of God.
“Compiling what must be all the known histories of the life of this divine personality, Rupa Vilasa has woven them into a highly readable and enjoyable narrative. His scholarly presentation gives the reader a deep insight into the mind and actions of a true saint. We are afforded the privilege of the intimate association of an eternal companion of the Lord with all the spiritual benefits that this confers.” — Krishna Dharma dasa
Hardbound with jacket, 6x9, 352 pages, 16 color plates, $19.95
Chanting Hare Krishna
is composed of selections from Srila Prabhupada’s books, lectures, conversations, and letters. This book offers practical guidance on chanting Hare Krishna, from the most basic understanding, progressively through kirtan, japa, initiation, sankirtana, and ultimately to the perfection of chanting—ecstatic love of God. Chanting Hare Krishna is meant for a wide range of readers. It introduces the general public to the maha-mantra and encourages them to take up the process of chanting. For the newer devotees its goal is to enliven and inspire them in their understanding and encourage them to make further progress. For the senior devotees it gives guidance and instructions for taking their chanting to a higher level and preparing for the ultimate test.
“Chanting Hare Krishna is giving us the most valuable gift one can imagine, a glimpse into the heart of Srila Prabhupada's realizations about the Holy Names. The publishers have taken us on a transcendental journey into the essence of chanting. I highly recommend it for everyone.”
— Sachinandana Swami
Softbound, 5.5 x 8.59, 276 pages, $9.95
A God Who Dances - Krishna for You
by Kalakantha Dasa begins with a selection of carefully chosen questions and answers about idolatry, mythology, polytheism, materialism, sectarianism, impersonalism and other excuses for avoiding Krishna. The majority of the book is a summary of the Bhagavad-gita and Bhagavat-Purana (including a poeticized version of the 10th Canto). A God Who Dances will be appreciated by both beginners on the path of Krishna consciousness as well as those who have been on the journey for a long time.
"If they want me to believe in their God they'll have to sing me better songs . . . I could only believe in a God who dances." — Nietzsche
Hardbound with jacket, 6x9, 436 pages, $21.95
These titles are now available at www.torchlight.com (1-800-443-3361), www.krishna.com, www.krishnaculture.com, and your local temple book store.