A Thousand Seeds of Joy
In an extraordinary conversation sweeping the planet, two Hindu Goddesses Lakshmi and Saraswati reveal the secrets of a new feminine path of joy that uses the body and the soul to quiet the mind and blossom into enlightenment with ease!
Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati promise nothing short of a grand transformation of humanity with the birthing of a new joy-centered consciousness on Earth at this time. They take us on a grand spiritual journey by weaving new insights into ancient teachings, correcting what has been altered in scriptures by their "male" authors, and revealing new secrets about Buddhas, and Gods and Goddesses who have walked on Earth.
The Radiance Sutras
The gateways to wonder and delight are flung open wide for all to enter. At once a beautiful love song and an encyclopedia of yogic techniques, the cherished text known as the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra shimmers with new effulgence in Lorin Roche's The Radiance Sutras. Lorin brings us his unique perspective on each of 112 Sanskrit teachings, along with his one-of-a-kind guidance in how to meditate with, embody, and practice them―what he describes as "answering the call of the sutras you love."
Here is an invitation to experience directly the ecstatic depths of yoga as revealed by the divine partners Shiva and Shakti, through an intimate exploration.
How do you live a life of spiritual awakening as well as outer abundance, inner freedom as well as deep intimacy? How do you serve the world selflessly, yet passionately celebrate your life?
The sages of Tantra have known for centuries that when you follow the path of Shakti―the sacred feminine principle personified by the goddesses of yoga―these gifts can manifest spontaneously. Yet most of us, women as well as men, have yet to experience the full potential of our inner feminine energies. When you know these powers for what they are, they heighten your capacity to open spiritually, love more deeply and fearlessly, create with greater mastery, and move through the world with skill and delight.
The Untold Story of Sita
The Untold Story of Sita replaces the traditional narrative of Sita's life as told in the Ramayana with Sita as she truly is -- an incarnation of the great Devi Narayani. Sita comes to Earth to join Sri Ram in setting the foundation for a new civilization at a time when humans are becoming separate from the natural world. She seeks to embed a great love for the forests and rivers, plant and animal life in the hearts and minds of the people, and to share the high spiritual accomplishments of the great women rishis and sages, many of whom you meet along Sita's journey. This is a story of a woman's wisdom, courage and strength, her love for the manifest and unmanifest worlds, and her selfless sacrifices for the welfare of all. So step into Sita's time and see what life was like during a more spiritually more advanced age, when there was an understanding of Dharma, not just as duty but as an alignment with the higher forces of love that make possible the preservation of our world.
Home for a Refugee : An Autobiography
Home for a Refugee is Devi Mohan’s intimate and rousing account of her heart’s journey Home to divine unionwith her beloved Guru and husband, Mohanji. As a refugee amid the horrors and agonies of the Yugoslav wars, and through the dramatic swings of life thereafter, Devi charts her own path with incredible determination and resilience, using her intuition as a guiding light. Home for a Refugee is about celebrating life, finding joy in the darkest of moments, and stepping bravely out from the shadows of victimhood to serve as a beacon of Divine Light. Every moment in this memoir of transformation blossoms into an artful lesson, a healing, a casual miracle, or a subtle awakening.
Devi Mohan invites readers to join her through multitudes of mystical and miraculous experiences (including dark night of the soul, near-death experience, astral projection and states of samadhi) and share in the blessings on her path to the One.
Becoming Kuan Yin
In his long career as a poet, Buddhist teacher, spiritual advisor, and writer, Stephen Levine has changed our understanding of death and dying. In Becoming Kuan Yin, Levine's first new book in many years, he turns to the legend of Kuan Yin, the Bbodhistitva venerated by East Asian Buddhists for her compassion.
In Becoming Kuan Yin, Levine shares the tale of Miao Shan, born centuries ago to a cruel king who wanted her to marry a wealthy but uncaring man. This is the story of how Miao Shan refused to follow the path her father had in mind and, instead, became Kuan Yin, the first acknowledged female Buddha who watches over the dying and those who work with them.
Devi: The Devi Bhagavatam Retold
The Devi Bhagavatam, also known as the Devi Bhagavata Purana, ‘the old book of the goddess’, is an integral part of ancient Indian mythology. It is important for the Shakta sect of Hinduism, which describes the Devi as the foundation of the world and equivalent in stature to Brahman, the supreme being. The original text was written in Bengali and consists of 318 chapters and 18,000 verses, all praising the Devi as supreme and describing instructions for her worship, including temples and rituals such as the annual ritual of Durga Puja which is celebrated all over India, especially in Bengal. The Devi, the mother of the Universe, is worshipped in India in her many forms as Goddess Durga, Kali, Shakti and Saraswati, to name a few. Menon’s Devi : The Devi Bhagavatam Retold, is a condensed version of The Devi Bhagavatam and describes the legends of the Goddess in all her forms and interpretations.
The books opens with the birth of Ved Vyasa, who is also regarded as the author of the Mahabharata and narrates poignant instances from his relationship with his son Suka, such as the dialogue between them over the decision to enter Grihastashrama.
Return of the Divine Sophia
An initiatic journey into the Mysteries of the Goddess and humanity’s return to an age of peace and celestial light
~ Details the ceremonies and rituals of initiation into the Fellowship of Isis
~ Reveals the lost teachings of Jesus about the Divine Mother and Father and how the goddess Sophia is connected to Mary Magdalene as the Female Christ
~ Explores the many archetypes of the Goddess, including Isis, Brigit, and the Black Madonna, and how we can transform into Homo luminous, spiritual beings of light
In Praise of the Goddess
About 16 centuries ago, an unknown Indian author or authors gathered together the diverse threads of already ancient traditions and wove them into a verbal tapestry that today is still the central text for worshippers of the Hindu Devi, the Divine Mother. This spiritual classic, the Devimahatmya, addresses the perennial questions of the nature of the universe, humankind, and divinity. How are they related, how do we live in a world torn between good and evil, and how do we find lasting satisfaction and inner peace?
These questions and their answers form the substance of the Devimahatmya. Its narrative of a dispossessed king, a merchant betrayed by the family he loves, and a seer whose teaching leads beyond existential suffering sets the stage for a trilogy of myths concerning the all-powerful Divine Mother, Durga, and the fierce battles she wages against throngs of demonic foes. In these allegories, her adversaries represent our all-too-human impulses toward power, possessions, and pleasure.
Seren Bertrand and Azra Bertrand
Unveiling the lost left-hand path of the Magdalene, the Feminine Christ, authors Seren and Azra Bertrand explore how this underground stream of knowledge has been carried forward over the millennia through an unbroken lineage of Womb Shamans, Priestesses, Oracles, and Medicine Women. They explain how the Magdalene Mysteries, symbolized by the Rose, have been encoded in Gnostic codices and gospels and in the highest art, literature, and architecture of many ages, including most significantly the Ghent Altarpiece. They examine Mary Magdalene’s connection to moon wisdom, sacred harlot archetypes, and goddesses in many traditions, including Isis, Inanna, Asherah, Lilith, and Jezebel, and look at shamanic, tantric, and Cathar expressions of sacred feminine mysteries as well as the Witch and Templar roots of Robin Hood and Maid Marian.
Embodying Tara: Twenty-One Manifestations to Awaken Your Innate Wisdom
Realize the power of Tara, the Buddhist goddess of compassion, within yourself in this modern guide to her 21 forms.Explore down-to-earth meditations and stories of real women who embody Tara's qualities.
Tara, the Buddhist goddess of compassion, can manifest within all of us. In this illustrated introduction to Tara's twenty-one forms, respected female Buddhist teacher and practitioner Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton shows you how to invite Tara’s awakened energy to come alive in yourself through:
insight into core Buddhist concepts and teachings;
mantra recitations; and
The relatable stories from Buddhist history and the author’s personal reflections will give you the tools to live a more compassionate life, befriend your fears, and overcome everyday challenges.
The Life and Visions of Yeshé Tsogyal
This secret life story of Yeshé Tsogyal presents a valuable and unique perspective that is quite a departure from any other account of this remarkable woman. Described as a "secret life story," its many layers include an outer account—detailing her birth, family, and societal constraints—an inner account that begins as she meets and escapes captivity with Guru Rinpoché, and a secret account as she enters twelve years of retreat at Chimpu only to miraculously journey to Oddiyana.
Secret of the Vajra World
Reginald A. Ray
This book provides an entrée into the Tantric (or Vajrayana) Buddhism of Tibet, as conveyed by Tibetan masters teaching in the West, and as received by their Western students. The Tantric tradition is a unique collection of lesser-known texts, concepts, and meditation practices that are usually made available only to experienced and specially initiated practitioners.
The "Vajra World" (vajradhatu in Sanskrit) is a realm of indestructibility, the level of reality beyond all thought and imagination, all impermanence and change, which a fully realized person knows and inhabits. Used metaphorically, "Vajra World" refers to the traditional culture of Tibet and the unique spirituality that is its secret strength.
Rachael Wooten Ph.D.
A practical guide for invoking the power and blessings of Tara, the beloved female buddha of Tibet.
Known as "the female Buddha" in Tibet and India, Tara connects us to the archetypal Divine Feminine―an energetic force that exists within us and all around us, and has been available to all humans since our earliest origin.
While there are many books on Tara, this practical guide shows us how those of any tradition can directly access her, through clear instruction and authentic Tibetan Buddhist teachings.
Return to Mindfulness
Trying to Stay Mindful in a World Full of Disruptions?
Mindfulness is our innate capacity to know what it means to be present, to see clearly, and to connect with ourselves and each other so that we can make fulfilling choices. The act of returning to mindfulness should be effortless, but persistent default habits can and do get in our way. Many people successfully practice mindfulness through meditation for stress reduction but once back into daily life, the same people quickly lose momentum. The brief moments of calm just don’t last or manifest themselves in changes at personal or collective levels. Shalini Bahl wants to change all that.
Eight Powerful Skills
Her groundbreaking methods help dissolve the gap between meditation and real-world mindfulness through the following eight skills—
• Awareness when we find ourselves automatically reacting.
• Compassion when we’re feeling judgmental.
• Curiosity when we’re stuck in an echo chamber.
• Mindful energy when it’s uncomfortable to change old ways of thinking and acting.
• Appreciative joy when negativity bias distorts our understanding of people and situations.
• Inner calm when attachments get in the way of seeing clearly.
• Focus when we’re feeling distracted and overwhelmed.
• Equanimity when impulsivity pushes us out of balance.
Dr. Bahl’s eight interconnected skills empower leaders to drive change without burnout or backlash, while inviting the rest of us to live, love and work with greater care.
Through extraordinary meditations, affirmations, holistic healing plant-based medicine, KMT temple teachings, and The Rites of Passage guidance, Queen Afua teaches us how to love and rejoice in our bodies by spiritualizing the words we speak, the foods we eat, the relationships we attract, the spaces we live and work in, and the transcendent woman spirit we manifest. With love, wisdom, and passion, Queen Afua guides us to accept our mission and our mantle as Sacred Women—to heal ourselves, the generations of women in our families, our communities, and our world.
Introduction to Tantra
Lama Thubten Yeshe
What is tantra? Who is qualified to practice it? How should it be practiced? What are the results? According to Buddhism, every human being has the potential to achieve profound and lasting happiness. And according to the tantric teachings of Buddhism, this remarkable transformation can be realized very quickly if we utilize all aspects of our human energy——especially the energy of our desires. Introduction to Tantra is the best available clarification of a subject that is often misunderstood. Tantra recognizes that the powerful energy aroused by our desire is an indispensable resource for the spiritual path. It is precisely because our lives are so inseparably linked with desire that we must make use of desire's tremendous energy not just for pleasure, but to transform our lives. Lama Yeshe presents tantra as a practice leading to joy and self-discovery, with a vision of reality that is simple, clear, and relevant to 21st-century life.
Women Who Run with the Wolves
Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Within every woman there lives a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. She is the Wild Woman, who represents the instinctual nature of women. But she is an endangered species. For though the gifts of wildish nature belong to us at birth, society’s attempt to “civilize” us into rigid roles has muffled the deep, life-giving messages of our own souls.
In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés unfolds rich intercultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories, many from her own traditions, in order to help women reconnect with the fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of this instinctual nature. Through the stories and commentaries in this remarkable book, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand the Wild Woman, and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine.
Reginald A. Ray Ph.D.
What does it mean to "meditate with the body"? Until you answer this question, explains Reggie Ray, meditation may be no more than a mental gymnastic ―something you can practice for years without fruitful results.
In Touching Enlightenment, the esteemed author of five books about Buddhist history and practice guides you back to the original practice of the Buddha: a systematic process that results in a profound awareness in your body rather than in your head.
Combining the scholarship that has earned him international renown with original insights from nearly four decades of practicing and teaching meditation.
Meditation Secrets for Women
Finally—an approach to meditation especially for women!
The benefits of meditations are manifold—but so few practices are tailored to the special needs and interests of women. Now, with Meditation Secrets for Women, you can discover how to love your body and find a time and place to tune into yourself and restore inner balance. Get in touch with your body's natural rhythms. Honor your instincts, and tap into your feminine power so that you can emerge nourished, revitalized, and joyful. Meditation Secrets for Women offers all the tools and insights necessary for women to design their own custom meditation techniques, without all the restrictions of traditional practices.
Return of the Divine Feminine, Rise of the Divine Masculine
"Return of the Divine Feminine, Rise of the Divine Masculine" explores the spiritual concept of duality and its influence in our everyday lives, down to the way we perceive each other and ultimately ourselves. In this book, the author delves deep into the psyches of men regarding their personal experiences and perspectives towards both the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine within themselves. Bringing focus on how society is impacted daily by a limited “either/or” thinking, this book emphasizes how we are all affected on a global level by neglecting the personal aspects of our own Divine Femininity and Divine Masculinity. The men featured in this book explore the religious manifestation and image of a male God, shining light on the fragments that remain without the union and prominent concept of a Divine Feminine figure. Thus, the human male can only fully express his Divine Masculine after he has awakened his Divine Feminine counterpart.
Sri Saundarya Lahari: The Descent
Swami Saraswati Satyasangananda
About the Book: Sri Saundarya Lahari: The Descent This masterful Commentary on Saundarya Lahari reveals ShaktaTantra for every level of aspirant.The original Sanskrit text byAdi Sankaracharya has been translated and explained in a lucid andeloquent style,which brings the reader into the living presence ofthe Goddess.The 103 Mantras of the text are presented here asmeditations and visualisations of Sri Devi,the root Matrix ofcreation,depicting her divine from as a path of highest Sadhana andrealization.The text deals with the essence of Tantric Philosophyand sadhana,elucidating the esoteric Traditions of Sri Vidya,theDasa Mahavidya,kulakundalini,chakras and tattwas,and their usage toBridge the gap between the outer and inner experience. SriSoundarya Lahari,the Descent,an exposition of the femininedivine,is substantiated and enhanced by the personal experience andin-depth Study of the author.Also included are a comprehensiveintroduction,prayoga (uses of the mantras,yantras and especiallythe Mandalas contained in the text,transliteration and index.
Tripura Rahasya: The Mystery beyond the Trinity
Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi often quoted from the Tripura Rahasya and considered it to be one of the greatest works explaining the traditional teachings of Advaita. This book is not to be picked up,read through and put away.The verses are full of Divine nectar which will quench the thirst of any earnest seeker who repeatedly reflects on their meaning and in right earnest,attempts to implement the teaching.
In this fascinating scripture,through stories and analogies,the entire spectrum of spiritual pursuit and attainment is laid out in clear terms.Every sadhaka,serious about attaining the supreme goal of life,should apply him or herself to the teachings of the Tripura Rahasya.
Sri Sukta: Tantra of Inner Prosperity
Pandit Rajmani Tigunait PhD
Sri Sukta—a cluster of sixteen Vedic mantras dedicated to the Divine Mother—is one of the greatest gifts to humanity given to us by the ancient sages. These awakened mantras empower us to pull the forces of abundance and nurturance toward ourselves so we can experience life’s fullness.
Sri Sukta: Tantra of Inner Prosperity is the modern practitioner’s guide to these mantras. Pandit Rajmani Tigunait’s beautiful translation, commentary, and delineation of the three stages of formal practice help us unravel the mystery of Sri Sukta. This volume offers a rare window into the highly guarded secrets of Sri Vidya tantra—the heart of a living tradition—and reveals the hidden power of these mantras.
The wisdom of Sri Sukta is needed now more than ever. It holds the key to our individual peace and prosperity, and to a collective consciousness healthy and rich enough to build an enlightened society.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati Shree Maa
For the first time, the chandi path is available to a Western audience, complete with English translation, Roman transliteration, as well as the original Sanskrit. The chandi path is one of the most ancient and complete systems of mantra worship of the divine mother goddess in the Hindu tradition.The name chandi comes from the word "Chand" Which in Sanskrit means to tear apart. The spiritual meaning of chandi is "she who tears apart thought." The recitation of the chandi path is designed to guide the reader's awareness into the presence of chandi - The divine mother herself - so that all conflict of mind may return to peace.The chandi path comes from chapters 81 to 93 of the markandeya Purana, one of the greatest spiritual treasures of Hindu spirituality. It is a universal epic which tells the story of how the businessman and the king discover the glory of the goddess.
Sri Lalita Sahasranama
Thousand names in praise of the Divine Mother. The names are given both in verse form for chanting and listed individually (Namavali) for archana. The text of the meditation, stotra, and Namavali is given in Sanskrit, with transliteration, and English translation. The translation of the Namavali is an extension of an earlier one by D.S. Sharma, who also wrote the extensive introduction.