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Torchlight Unveils Four New Books

by Adwaita Chandra das

Posted July 14, 2011

Torchlight Publishing has released four new devotional titles, including a biography of the Vaishnava saint-acharya Haridas Thakur and a retelling of the early days of Krishna consciousness in the Western world. Two other books explain and amplify the doctrines and devotional practices of the Hare Krishna movement and are intended both for intelligent lay people and for devotees seeking to deepen their understanding of Krishna and of chanting the maha-mantra.

Namacarya: The Life of Srila Haridasa Thakura (Lives of the Vaisnava Acaryas, Vol. 4), by Rupa-Vilasa dasa, offers an insight into the exceptional life, divine qualities and spiritual ecstasies of Srila Haridasa Thakura — the saint to 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 das.

Hardbound with jacket, 6" x 9" (152mm x 229mm), 352 pages, 16 color plates, $19.95

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 Western cities: New York, San Francisco, and London. Mukunda Goswami describes the optimism and energy of those early followers of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, whom they affectionately called "the Swami."

"Miracle on Second Avenue is truly a masterpiece.... We can see, feel and taste the excitement, humour and wonder of the sixties. All the while we witness the transformation of a seeker in the presence of a compassionate saint. As we read Miracle on Second Avenue, we are transformed." — H.H. Radhanatha Maharaj.

Hardbound with jacket, 6" x 9" (152mm x 229mm), 452 pages, 95 photographs, $24.95

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 Srimad Bhagavatam (including a poeticized version of the 10th Canto). The title is inspired by Nietzsche's remark: "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." Beginners on the path of Krishna consciousness,as well as those who have been on the journey for a long time, will both appreciate A God Who Dances.

Hardbound with jacket, 6" x 9" (152mm x 229mm), 436 pages, $21.95

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 senior devotees, it gives guidance and instructions for taking their chanting to a higher level and preparing for the ultimate test.

"Chanting Hare Krishna gives 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." — H.H. Sachinandana Swami.

Softbound, 5.5" x 8.59" (140mm x 218mm), 276 pages, $9.95

All four titles are now available directly from Torchlight Publishing, telephone (559) 337-2200 or 1-800-443-3361; or from resellers like and Many local temple book store may also stock the books.

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