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   Lost Masters - Rediscovering the Mysticism of the Ancient Greek Philosophers,
  with a Foreword by Eckhart Tolle
   Available now at Barnes&Noble, and Amazon

Lost Masters introduces the long-neglected pre-Christian spiritual masters of the Graeco-Roman world. We learned in school what the Greek philosophers had to say about science, but we never heard what they said about spirituality, even though spiritual life was often their highest priority. Nor did we hear about their links with the yogis of India, despite numerous references to these connections in ancient Greek and Latin texts. This book pulls together a wealth of information about the spiritual roots of Western civilization, and its astonishing parallels with the yoga tradition.

"It is a tragedy, and deeply absurd, that we in the West have lost touch with the wisdom of the extraordinary mystics who gave rise to our own civilization. This book is a lively and valuable introduction to that wisdom, and helps open the door again to those mystics and their transformative teachings." Peter Kingsley, Ph.D., author, In the Dark Places of Wisdom, and Reality.

Himalayan Institute Press

Meditation is Boring?    Meditation is Boring? Putting Life in Your Spiritual Practice

Feel like your spiritual life is a bit dry? Seem like your spiritual practices aren't taking you anywhere? Confused about the "higher states of consciousness" you're supposed to be experiencing? I interviewed some of India's leading saints and yogis, and put together their practical advice on how to galvanize your inner life.

"Meditation is Boring? is a delightful explanation of practical living and application of meditation," Norman Shealy, American Holistic Medical Association.

From Complete Idiots Guides

The Complete Idiots Guide to Hinduism    The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism

Hinduism is by far the most ancient of the world's major religions. It's the only world faith that acknowledges that the Supreme Being all religions worship is one and the same. It's also the only world religion that still honors the Goddess! Most yoga practices and much of the New Age movement are rooted in Hinduism.

This guide has been very popular. It introduces Hinduism with humor and respect, describing its amazing history, its illumined sages, and its enlightened teachings.

"Probably the best introduction and overview of the Hindu religion available in English today," Vamadeva Shastri, American Institute of Vedic Studies.

Yes International Publishers

Daughters of the Goddess    Daughters of the Goddess: The Women Saints of India

If you thought Mother Teresa was the only saint in India, you're in for a surprise! Let me introduce you to some of the greatest living Hindu women saints, like Ammachi, Shree Maa, Gurumayi, Anandi Ma, and Ma Yoga Shakti. I'll also tell you about some of the amazing women spiritual giants from India's past, and about women's spirituality in the Hindu tradition. Winner, MBA Award for "Best New Age Book of the Year."

The Living Goddess    The Living Goddess

India is the one culture where the Goddess is still worshiped on a massive scale. It was a pleasure to introduce this continuous stream of Goddess spirituality, still flourishing in India's exotic temples, ecstatic festivals, and in the hearts of millions of devotees. I'd like you to meet the major Hindu goddesses and learn the spiritual practices associated with them. This is not a "fertility goddess" book, but represents the Divine Mother as the living force of universal awareness – just as She's really experienced by the adepts of Her age-old tradition in South Asia.

"Linda Johnsen is one of the West's foremost exponents of the worship of the Goddess. She brings the Mother worship of India to us as a living path to help transform our lives," Vamadeva Shastri, American Institute of Vedic Studies.

Kirtan    Kirtan! Chanting as a Spiritual Path (co-authored with Maggie Jacobus)

Kirtan has recently arrived in the West, carried by brilliant singers and musicians, creating a new musical movement that's turned yogic chanting into a cultural phenomenon. This book includes illuminating interviews with eight of America's top kirtan singers: Krishna Das, Deva Premal, Bhagavan Das, Snatam Kaur, Ragani, Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer, and Wah.

Alpha Books

Teach Yourself Yoga in 24 Hours    Alpha Teach Yourself Yoga in 24 Hours

Here are 24 one-hour lessons introducing you to the basic Hatha Yoga postures, to yogic stress reduction techniques, and to meditation practice. This practical manual helps you both design your own yoga program and understand what yoga practice is really all about.

"Master the postures and philosophies of yoga, one hour at a time." Alpha Books.