Viveka Press Books

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  • Essentials of HinduismThe Essentials of Hinduism: A Comprehensive Overview of the World’s Oldest Religion

    By Swami Bhaskarananda

    Our best-selling title, this book gives clearly written explanations of the main ideas and practices of Hinduism. Through an easy to follow question & answer format it covers the most mundane to the most profound in Hindu religion and culture. Illustrated with appendices and glossary. 252 pages paperback; $14.50.

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  • Meditation, Mind, and Patanjali's YogaMeditation, Mind and Patanjali’s Yoga: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Growth for Everyone

    By Swami Bhaskarananda

    An in-depth presentation of meditation and other spiritual practices, with special reference to India’s ancient sage Patanjali, the founder of Yoga philosophy and psychology. Gracefully instructive with a touch of refreshing humor. Illustrated, glossary, index and more. 253 pages paperback; $14.50.

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  • Life in Indian MonasteriesLife In Indian Monasteries: Reminiscences About Monks of the Ramakrishna Order

    By Swami Bhaskarananda

    Charming, inspirational and intimate anecdotes about many of the monks of the Ramakrishna Order of India. These stories reveal the inner lives of the monks, their day-to-day activities and interaction, their humor, and what genuine and real spiritual growth means for any spiritual aspirant. Includes many photos & illustrations and glossary. 206 pages US paperback; $14.95.

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  • The Philosophical Verses of YogavasishthaThe Philosophical Verses of Yogavasishtha: An English Translation of Yogavasishtha-Sara With Commentary and Sanskrit Text

    Translated and annotated by Swami Bhaskarananda

    An authentic and highly accessible translation of the core philosophical precepts in the Yogavasishta, believed to be composed by the great sage Valmiki. An insightful and illuminating guide to understanding the meaning and profound implications of the non-dualistic philosophy. Includes glossary. 92 pages Indian paperback; $9.95.

  • Reminiscences of Swami BrahmanandaReminiscences of Swami Brahmananda: The Mind-Born Son of Sri Ramakrishna

    Translated from the original Bengali by Swami Bhaskarananda

    These reminiscences, related by Brahmachari Akshayachaitanya, reveal many wonderful ways in which Swami Brahmananda touched the hearts of those fortunate enough to have met him. The Swami’s multifaceted personality along with his deep insights into life and human nature establish these reminiscences as a true spiritual treasury. Includes a short biography, photos & illustrations, glossary and more. 265 pages Indian paperback; $14.95. (Published by Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, India with exclusive North American Rights held by Viveka Press)

  • Journey From Many to OneJourney From Many to One: Essentials of Advaita Vedanta

    By Swami Bhaskarananda

    A wonderful introductory book on Advaita Vedanta that covers all the basics of Advaita. Written primarily for people with little knowledge of Advaita or the basic tenets of Indian philosophy, it elucidates the fundamentals of Advaita employing easy to understand analogies, parables, stories, and insights. The author has rendered an often difficult subject in an easily understood way and brought the truth of Advaita within the reach of all individuals. Illustrated with glossary and index. 206 pages US paperback; $15.95.

  • The Wonder That is Sri RamakrishnaThe Wonder That is Sri Ramakrishna

    By Akshay Kumar Sen, Translated by Swami Bhaskarananda

    An abridged translation of the Sri Ramakrishna- Mahimna by the author of Portrait of Sri Ramakrishna. The author knew Ramakrishna and promoted him as a divine incarnation in his two books in 1910. Here is a very personal book filled with love and enthusiasm for the avatar/man who filled his life with peace. 213 pages Indian paperback; $14.95. (Published by Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, India with exclusive North American Rights held by Viveka Press)

  • How to Get Along With OthersHow to Get Along with Others Using Common Sense and Ancient Hindu Wisdom

    By Swami Bhaskarananda

    Drawing on the ancient Hindu sage and psychologist Kapila’s Sankhya system of philosophy, and further enhanced by an abundance of common sense, Swami Bhaskarananda shows the reader how to navigate successfully the complex and daunting world of interpersonal interactions. Written in an engaging style, and interspersed with numerous personal examples spanning a variety of situations, this book is a valuable contribution to the literature on this topic. 144 pages US paperback; $9.95.

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