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10 Controversial Quotes from Wendy Doniger’s ‘The Hindus’
Find out what's inside Wendy Doniger’s ‘The Hindus: An Alternative History’ that may explain the outspread uproar against the author which ultimately led to the banning of her book in India.

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
Autobiography of a Yogi is a popular and highly acclaimed book, now recognized around the world as a classic of spiritual literature.

The Stress-free College Student
A review of 'The Stress-free College Student:' The Hip Guru's Guide by Swami Sadashiva Tirtha. Through a series of stories, Swami Tirtha shows students how spirituality and techniques such as yoga, Reiki, Feng Shui and Ayurveda can help in relieving stress.


‘The Immortals of Meluha’ is the first book of the ‘Shiva Trilogy’ by Amish Tripathi. What makes this book, and the following two, a good read is the simplicity of language and an easy and racy narrative style.

The Shiva Trilogy
The concept and symbolism of Shiva and the imagery it evokes has been the mainstay of many books and movies before. But nothing beats Amish Tripathi’s Shiva Trilogy comprising three best selling titles - The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas, and The Oath of the Vayuputras.

Be Love Now: The Path of the Heart - by Ram Dass
Essentially, the message of 'Be Love Now' is that people can be complete in their divine hearts without any hoopla. By playfully teasing the esoteric, Ram Dass reveals through stories his ‘5 limbs of yoga’ – eating, sleeping, talking, walking, and drinking tea. That’s all that you need—you are enough.

Encyclopedia of Hinduism Released
The definitive 11-volume guide is conceived, compiled and produced by the India Heritage Research Foundation and published by Mandala Publishing.

Be Here Now - by Ram Dass
'Be Here Now' was the original 'Now' book 20 some years before Eckhart Tolle's 'Power of Now,' written in 1971 amidst the backdrop of the Beatles, Beach Boys, and the Woodstock era. Dass implores that the reader should go beyond all materialism and all human pleasure to experience that which cannot be bought and sold.

The Tenth Door - by Michele Hebert
La Jolla yoga teacher Michele Hebert's breakthrough book, 'The Tenth Door: An Adventure Through the Jungles of Enlightenment,' is another 'Eat Pray Love,' but with more spiritual substance. It's perfect for readers who are ready for a follow-up with greater depth.

‘Ageless Body, Timeless Mind’ by Dr Deepak Chopra
Dr Deepak Chopra’s ‘Ageless Body, Timeless Mind’ – a No.1 New York Times best-seller – rationalizes the process of growing old, solves the mystery of aging of the body, eliminates fear of death, and revolutionizes the concept of ‘the new old age’ where you can live to be 100 and beyond.

Dr Deepak Chopra’s ‘Ageless Body, Timeless Mind’
Dr Deepak Chopra’s ‘Ageless Body, Timeless Mind’ rationalizes the process of growing old, solves the mystery of aging of the body, eliminates fear of death, and revolutionizes the concept of ‘the new old age’ where you can live to be 100 and beyond.

Kabir's Dohas by Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore was deeply influenced by the mystic poet Kabir in his poetry and songs. Here we present the first ten verses of his translation of Saint Kabir from 'Songs of Kabir.'

Hinduism: Beliefs & Practices
Of all the basic books on Hinduism, this rather thin volume of 160 pages by Jeaneane Fowler is the most balanced introduction to the religion. Find out why...

Bhagavad-Gita As It Is
The most translated, and most widely used edition of the Gita, this book by Swami Prabhupada conveys Lord Krishna's profound message as it is. It uniquely qualifies to be the first and the last word among all Gita translations.

The Complete Illustrated Guide To Ayurveda
This book by Gopi Warrier & Deepika Gunawant, MD, is true to its name — a complete guide for anyone concerned with well being — easy to follow, enjoyable, lucidly illustrated and authoritative.

The Supreme Mystic
"The Supreme Mystic: A Biographical Novel about the Early Years of Lord Krishna" by Amal Bhakta is a remarkable introductory book on Krishna... entertaining, suspenseful, and fascinating.

Motilal Banarsidass
The largest bookstore on Indology and one of the oldest publishing houses in India

Hinduism in American Literature
What's common to four great American writers - Thoreau, Emerson, Whitman and Melville? They were all influenced by Hindu philosophy. Discover their writings in these immortal volumes.

Amar Chitra Katha
What better way to learn about Indian history and mythology than through the comic books? Every Amar Chitra Katha is historically accurate, lucidly written and superbly illustrated.

Recommended Books
A selection of books on Epics, Vedanta, Bhagavad Gita, Divya Prabandham, etc. Available for purchase from South Asia Books and Motilal Banarsidass through Amazon.com.

Bhaja Govindam by Chandrika
Swami Sadashiva Tirtha reviews Sri Sankaracharya's 'Bhaja Govindam' by Chandrika. The book tells the life of Adi Shankara, and his most famous poem, Bhaja Govindam, or 'Follow Your Heart.'

Hinduism and American Literature

Books Online
Handpicked books on Indian Philosophy and Religion. Topics include scriptures, Vedanta, biographies, anecdotes, history, society and culture.

Hindu Human Rights Report 2012
The Hindu Human Rights Report by HAF provides detailed accounts of human rights violations and discriminatory laws in nine countries and one state in India where Hindus constitute a minority.

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